Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bulletin for the Week of September 25, 2016 and the Pastor's Corner


In this weekend's bulletin is our annual financial report for fiscal year 2015-2016 (side by side with the budget published last year). On the flip side of the page is our budget for the upcoming fiscal year, 2016-2017. I have worked with the Finance Council to provide you with an understandable presentation of our church finances. As pastor, I am accountable to you for the proper use of the offerings given to support church ministry and operations, and the report is a way to keep you informed of the financial status of parish. Overall, our financial status continues to be stable, and I thank you for your support over the last year.

The budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 assumes that we will operate at or near the amount budgeted for our regular offertory and the offertory for repair and maintenance. Our goal this year is to average $9,000 per week in our regular offertory, and in an effort to keep you informed of our financial status throughout the year, we will continue to publish in the bulletin the amount of the average weekly offertory needed to meet our budget as well as the actual average for the fiscal year to date.

As you know, we are now in the midst of renovating Valentin Hall to better serve the needs of our community.  The financing for the Valentin Hall renovation did not require a formal capital campaign, but rather through savings and a legacy gift, as well as a diocesan loan, we will be able to pay for the renovations by use of the funds we already have on hand if we maintain the level of our regular offertory and meet the goal we have set. We ask that you please consider increasing the amount of your offering so that we can reach our goal. In determining the amount one should offer, the following criteria may be useful:

1. The offering should be thoughtful and made after prayerful consideration, as opposed to arbitrary.
2. The offering should be generous, as it is only giving back what has already been received.
3. The offering should be substantial (as opposed to a token), showing the value we place on our spiritual life.
4. The offering should be appreciative, giving thanks to God for the gifts He has given to us.
5. The offering should be regular and disciplined, habitually keeping in our mind God's gifts to us.
6. The offering should be sacrificial (it is good if we can point to something we gave up to make the offering).
7. The offering should be in joyful spirit, in other words, we are "glad to do it."
8. The offering should not prevent us from meeting our obligations or cause undue hardship.

Also please be reminded of the impact legacy gifts have on our community. The work we are going to do on Valentin Hall would not have been possible without legacy gifts our church has received over the last few years. These gifts are a way to express gratitude for the service the church has provided to us and our community, and they help to perpetuate the mission of the Church for future generations. There are many ways one can provide a gift to the church in their estate planning, including wills, bequests, trusts, and life insurance policies, or the gift of stocks or a family home. If you are so moved, please remember the church in your estate planning. If you have any questions we can certainly help you with obtaining further information.

Thanks again for your generosity over the past year and your continued support! God Bless!!

Fr. Brady

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The bulletin for the week of September 25, 2016 has been posted. Click here to see it.

The calendar on the website has been updated with all events for the coming week along with prayer intention information and information on the second collection for all of the masses. Take some time to look at our calendar here.

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