Congratulations to our graduating seniors! We pray that the next stage of your journey be profoundly filled with God's presence and His guidance, always with the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Please call back to the parish office if ever you need prayer for any situation you encounter. May the Lord bless all of your upcoming endeavors!
We had another finance council meeting this past week. Here are some highlights:
– We said goodbye, with great gratitude, to Tim Meyer, Jeff Clagg and Al Leibengood, who have served on the finance council for many years. Now that we are implementing term limits, the terms of these three men have come to an end. I am so grateful for the wisdom and input of these three men over the past couple years since I arrived!
– We reviewed the usual financial reports: the balance statement, the income and expense report, the payables report.
– One member reported on his internal audit, performed using the diocese's format.
– We considered the various projects that are in the works with Findlay Plumbing & Heating, especially the design of new a/c coils which cool the church, given the leak discovered last year. Recently we found five leaky valves connected to the a/c system cooling the parish hall – i.e., a totally different coil. We have yet to determine if the coil itself is leaking. Once the valves are repaired, we'll be able to pressurize the coil to determine if there is a leak. I am hoping we don't have a second set of coils to replace.
– The new church lighting project is in slow motion as we seek out new contractors to quote. We noted that the one quote we recently received was now some $40k higher than an estimate from a year ago. This is due to the extreme inflation of costs in every area of life nowadays.
– We revisited the situation of the new maintenance/storage building, which I reported on in a recent bulletin letter. I received a revised design from Peterman & Associates just after this finance meeting, and I sent those to our design committee for consideration. Hopefully we are very close to a final design. Next step: figuring out the cost :(
– We are still trying to collect repair money from the young man who kicked in the youth room door months ago. The police continue to help us in this process.
– We looked at the TRIP funds available for ongoing support of Catholic education for our students at Calvert and Bishop Hoffman schools.
– Two weeks ago Deb Brickner and I had our first meeting with our coach from the company handling the diocesan capital campaign. Our wave (#2) of parishes begins in August. Our parish goal for the campaign is $1,060,000. Thirty-five percent of that amount comes back to the parish. Once the parish passes that goal, the parish gets 50% of the donations back. In the coming month, we will be putting together a capital campaign team, and creating a local plan for use of the monies collected. The pilot parishes and parishes of wave #1 have done astoundingly well with their goals. I hope we can do the same. There are certainly fine plans for the money at the diocesan level; and at the local level we are some great ideas so far. I will do my best to keep you informed as the campaign gets underway.
– As of my writing this letter, the parish has reached 70.5% ($35,481) of its ACA goal ($50,329). Thank you so much to everybody who has given. And please consider a gift, if you have not yet given. Every gift counts!
So, there are some highlights. Have a blessed week!
In cordibus Iesu et Mariae,