Over the last few months, we have talked about, on a variety of levels, the responses to the parish survey conducted a year ago in preparation for Building for the Future Long Term Planning. Be assured you will continue to hear about our planning for the future and I believe there are many things to cause excitement as we look to the future as a parish community.
Today I need to address one particular concern that must be addressed if we are to remain a vibrant community of faith. I need to talk about money! There were a number of comments included in the feedback in the survey which clearly said, in one way or another, we do not talk about money often enough. I was shocked! As I have said before I would rather eat a plate of liver than talk about money and, as you know, over the years I have not addressed money very often.
There is a finance sub-committee of the Building for the Future Long Term Planning which is building a more detailed plan of how we are going to remain financially healthy in the future; they will present their plan in January.
Right now, I need to address our immediate need for an increase in our financial support of our parish. You will notice in the in the finance corner of the Bulletin we are lagging behind in our regular collection. For the first quarter of the financial year, we are $20,000 behind our budgeted need, if this trend continues we will have a deficit of $80,000 by the end of our fiscal year. Very honestly, we cannot afford this trend, despite what some people think we have very little in unrestricted savings. This is a problem we face as a community; it is our challenge to remain financially stable.
The median income for a household in Pittsford is just over $84,000; with this in mind, our Parish should not be having an income problem. Some parishioners have already committed to contributing 5% of their annual income to our Parish and our Diocese. This is my commitment and I have found it a great blessing in my life. In the normal year, approximately 900 of our 1450 family households contribute to our Parish. Do some simple math, if 900 families gave 5% of the median income to the Parish we would be in a fine financial position. I realize there are people below and people above the median income in our Parish. Just for the sake of an example, if we used the medium income number of $84,000 x 2.5% (splitting the 5% to take into account the mixed income levels) x 900 we would have an income of $1.9 million. If all 1450 households contributed, which I know is unrealistic; we would be in unbelievable positive financial position.
I hope you take my comments to prayer and make a serious attempt to respond in a most positive fashion possible. THANK YOU!
Please make your Catholic Ministries Appeal pledge quickly and please be generous, thanks! If you lost your pledge card there are plenty in the Gathering Area or you can go to www.dor.org/cma to make a pledge on-line.
On the lighter side! With cooler weather upon us, here is one for you to think about. Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter what was the theme of The Children’s Liturgy of Word. The daughter answered, "Don't be scared, you'll get your quilt." Mom was perplexed. Later in the day, the leader of The Children’s Liturgy of Word stopped by the house and the Mom asked her what the morning lesson was about. She said, "Be not afraid, the Comforter is coming."
Let us continue to pray and sacrifice for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,