The Finance Council met Tuesday night and addressed the following items:
~ The final report from the Archdiocesan Auditors indicates our Parish overall being financially healthy in its operations. However, they voiced concerns regarding the offertory collection being so low and the amount of money being used from Parish funds to supplement out-of-parish tuition scholarships to families. We are the only parish in the Archdiocese doing this. It was recommended that the fund continue to be embellished through fundraising, special appeals and Parish events; otherwise the principle will soon bleed to death.
~ It was decided to proceed with the restoration of the bell tower. The Archdiocesan engineers, together with Paul Arcella and many experts, have reviewed the extent of the repairs and secured three estimates in keeping with the chancery policy. J.W.R. Construction was awarded the contract, which will be signed by the Archbishop’s office.
~ The question of the construction of a pavilion/gazebo adjacent to the Parish Hall was revisited. Although there were “rave reviews” from parishioners regarding the Easter Sunday tent for refreshments and outdoor events, members of both the Finance and Parish councils have reservations about the need for a permanent structure that is estimated to cost in the region of $400,000. The suggestion was made to utilize the Parish Hall and/or the temporary tent to determine whether parishioners will even gather regularly for Sunday morning socialization.
~ Paul Ludwick gave a Power Point presentation about current structures at other neighborhood parishes as well as alternative approaches, including the popular Shade Sail Concepts. Parishioners are urged to be pro-active in helping to decide the direction of the project, making your suggestions to council members.