Due to diminished Sunday offertory and other income, it became necessary to lower the parish’s operating expenses. We did it by cutting some hours and benefits of all the paid staff to help balance the operating budget for the current fiscal year, which started September 1st. We are also very appreciative of a few generous people who answered the call to volunteer in the parish office. One of the tasks that were taken over as of this week is the weekly parish bulletin.
We have been blessed in the past several years by an outstanding job done by the bulletin editor, Annette Fabiano. Annette will continue to work at the office greeting people with a smile, a kind word, and taking care of their office needs. The weekly parish bulletin will be edited and submitted to the LPi publisher for the time being by new bulletin volunteer editor, Ann Suchyna. We thank Ann for taking on this vital volunteer ministry. All submissions for the bulletin should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four people have already adopted the $50/month new parish annual subscription to Flocknote. It is an online service specifically designed and operated to significantly enhance communication with most parishioners through email and text messages. Adoptions of more months is anticipated, and will be much appreciated and welcomed. The Flocknote will be used this fall to send invitations and reminders to all who choose to subscribe to a FREE online 5-week study of the book by Bishop Robert Barron, Letter to a Suffering Church. The book addresses the recent, and very painful and faith challenging sexual abuse scandal in the Church. Bishop Barron gives historical, spiritual, and pastoral perspectives, with some specific suggestions for all the faithful to endure, be healed, and grow in faith in these challenging times. The books can be picked up, one per family, at the chapel entrance of the church before and after all Masses this weekend. A discussion night has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4th at 6:30 pm at Father Cotter Hall.