WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO THAT IS COLLECTED EACH WEEK AT CHURCH?
Every parish has financial obligations, including the basic operation of the buildings, salaries, maintenance, and improvements. In addition, there are schools to support, programs to run, charities to be funded, and operational expenses like hosts and wine for Mass, music books, vestments, and so on. In some cases, cemeteries and other buildings need attention. Finally, there is the diocesan assessment that each parish pays to help run the diocese and the support services provided to each parish.
Most parishes manage to get by with the collection, a few fund raisers and bequests. But contrary to popular opinion, cash flow is also a problem, and many parishes operate in the red. The Finance Committee is responsible for assisting the pastor in fiscal management. Good stewardship is the basis for successful programs.
We, the Catholic Faith Community of St. Mary/St. Patrick, called by Baptism to be a visible sign of Christ’s love, commit ourselves to witness to Jesus Christ’s Gospel call to spread the word of God through the celebration of the sacraments, through the practice of Christ’s law of love and through personal growth and relationship with Jesus Christ.
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PLEASE UPDATE YOUR PHONE NUMBERS by calling the Parish Office at (815) 248-2490 or placing a note in the collection basket, ‘Attention Judy’ with changes. Without updated numbers, it is difficult to reach families for RE items, ministry schedules and parish activities.