February 19, 2017
As I mentioned at the masses last weekend, I am beginning to send out letters to everyone on our mailing list asking for a 5% increase in our Sunday giving. A few weeks ago we inserted a parish financial report for the first six months of the fiscal year that shows income over expense by $11,000, better than we had projected at this time. This positive figure was due to special donations and program revenue that exceeded our projections. However we also have a $22,000 shortfall in our Sunday offerings. Though the first six months figures are positive, we are still projecting a budget deficit of $26,000 by the end of this fiscal year.
In order to address this shortfall, a 5% increase in parish giving is needed. And so I am asking everyone in the parish to increase their Sunday offering by 5% over what they are currently giving. I have begun sending out letters to everyone on our list over the next few weeks. It has been over four years since I’ve asked for an increase in parish giving, and I am hopeful that if we all pitch in we should be able to balance our budget for this fiscal year.
God Bless, Fr. Gary
About our Parish and our Website
Our parish mission statement identifies St. Vincent’s as a Eucharist centered people who, as the Body of Christ, live our faith in word and deed by sharing our time, talent, and treasure to support one another and serve those in need.
This website is intended not only to provide you with the information you need about our parish but also to help us build up our life as a community and so help us in our mission. It provides a way for us to connect with each other; and we invite you to use it to share stories, to learn about what’s happening and what’s coming up, and to provide information you think we all need to hear. This site will evolve as our parish evolves; it belongs to all of us. I hope you find it helpful.
“All are Welcome in this Place.”
As one of Father Gary’s favorite hymns, this song speaks to the atmosphere, design, and heart of St. Vincent’s parish: there is a place here for everyone. In fact, you are not only welcomed, but needed! As we explore and expand our ideas of just what a Church community is, we recognize first that pivotal life events occur in church: weddings, baptisms, First Communion, Confirmation; but, we also find that we need community in order to be a Spirit filled Church where we praise God, share our faith, and help one another by way of fellowship, and the numerous ministries available to all parishioners. Through our stewardship, the gift of our time and talent, there is a wonderful opportunity to give and receive, to make friends, to help friends, to see how our talents are a gift from God made for sharing. We are bonded to a group of people with whom we already have at least one thing in common, and that is our faith. It is our hope that you will use this community website to build bridges and connect with one another, and see that each of us, too, is a gift from God meant to be shared.