You may have heard by now that the diocesan Catholic Charities Appeal has had a decline in donations this year and has not reached its goal. Our parish also missed it. This is likely a reflection of the frustration and anger of many donors with the local and universal Church’s leadership handling the clergy abuse scandal, even if most of the actual abuse cases happened decades ago. The same evil scandal also has negatively affected the financial situation of most Catholic parishes, including ours. The main source of income, the Sunday contributions, are down. The memorial contributions and rental income are also down. The anticipated new independent Catholic school rental has been delayed by a year to 2020. To mitigate the shortages and the operating fiscal deficit, we cut some of the operating expenses, reduced paid staff hours, and need to rely more on volunteers to fill in the gaps.
One such need will be a volunteer position of the parish bulletin editor, starting this September. The short qualifications required for the new bulletin editor ministry are basic computer skills with Windows OS, Word, and email preferable, working knowledge of good English grammar, vocabulary, writing, and attention to detail. The commitment would be for one year with expected time needed between 6-10 hours each week. It would be a home based ministry, with all computer and printer equipment plus training provided by the parish, as needed. All text and image materials will be emailed to the editor. Questions and inquiries can be submitted by email or in person to Annette at the parish office. It is a very satisfying and spiritually rewarding ministry for the right person.
Volunteers are also necessary to assist with the Faith Formation Youth Ministry program on Sunday evenings, starting also this September. Help is needed with monitoring the youth in the gymnasium and during parish provided meal times.
I am taking a few weeks off to visit my sister in Poland, who could not come over for my 25th anniversary due to health reasons. I promise to pray for all parishioners, including offering weekly Masses.