Boletín (25 de julio de 2004)

Este domingo me voy al Perú por tres semanas y media. Unos feligreses han donado ropa para niñitos para dar a las mamás que vienen al Centro Mary Bloom. También estoy empacando una bolsa de dormir (“sleeping”) y unos buenos zapatos porque una parte de las vacaciones será el Camino de los Incas entre el Cusco y Machu Picchu.

Esta semana he enfocado en el reporte anual y las preparaciones para la Campaña Capital. En la reunión informativa en junio hubo una recomendación de comunicar con feligreses sobre los diferentes aspectos de la Campaña. Un hombre que trabajo en diseño grafico está donando su tiempo para hacer cuatro volantes sobre las cuatro partes del proyecto: escuela, Ailbe House, templo y parking. Los volantes van a empezar a estar en el boletín durante las semanas que yo esté en el Perú.

Nuestra situación financiera no es tan positiva como debe ser, pero sigo siendo muy agradecido por el apoyo constante de los feligreses de Holy Family. En la parte inglesa he dado mas detalles. Cada año la parroquia requiere uno $1.6 millones para mantener sus operaciones que benefician a tantas familias y niños. Es un desafío enorme y estamos trabajando juntos para enfrentarlo. En la Campaña Capital, vamos a enfrentar la deuda parroquial. La Arquidiócesis ha sido paciente con nosotros, pero al mismo tiempo tenemos que pagar intereses en los que debemos. Eliminar la deuda sería un alivio grande para todos.

La parte más importante de nuestra parroquia obviamente es su vida sacramental. Durante le año pasado tuvimos:

v Bautismos: 492 v Primeras Comuniones: 181 v Confirmaciones: 92 v Bodas: 56 v Funerales: 34

El mantenimiento económico y espiritual depende de muchos individuos y grupos. Quisiera mencionar y agradecer en una forma especial el Grupo de Eventos Sociales. Tuvieron una variedad de actividades que recaudaron unos diez mil dólares para las necesidades parroquiales. Eventos Sociales incluye el Movimiento Familiar Cristiano, Guadalupanos, Grupo de Oración, Adoración Perpetua y Grupo Juvenil. Un agradecimiento especial para Rogelio Rodríguez y su familia que trabajaron en estas actividades y también la venta de boletos para rifas y otras actividades para recaudar fondos. Este domingo de 10:30 a.m. hasta mediodía, el Dr. Bill Pérez y su señora Sheila darán una presentación sobre el Método Billings de Planificación Natural de la Familia. También presente para consultas individuales será la Dra. Gina Landicho-Wicks que tiene una clínica llamada Mary’s Family Medicine. Dra. Gina es un recurso maravilloso para parejas buscando un medico que apoya sus esfuerzos de vivir plenamente las enseñanzas de Jesús como se encuentran en el Catecismo (2366-2370). La presentación será en la Biblioteca Sharon Carriere.

This Sunday evening I will be heading to Peru for a three and a half week vacation. I am looking forward to the change of pace. As I mentioned last week, part of the vacation includes hiking the Inca Trail. Also, I will be spending some time at the Mary Bloom Center to review the past year’s work. It is a medical and educational center which serves the poor in Southern Peru. It is situated in Puno, a city on the shores of Lake Titicaca, 12,500 feet above sea level.

Before leaving the parish, I have been focused on the annual report and preparations for the upcoming Capital Campaign. The most important part of our parish is its sacramental life. Statistics do not tell the whole story but they give some indication:

v Baptism: 492 v First Communions: 181 v Confirmations: 92 v Weddings: 56 v Funerals: 34

We are also working on finalizing our 2003-2004 financial report. As I write this, we have not yet had the meeting between representatives of our School Commission, Finance Council and the Archdiocese. However, I can give you some figures based on the report of CPA Lesley Phillips. Although our Sunday collections were down slightly, overall, parish (non-school) income was up by almost fourteen thousand dollars. (Last year $741k, this year $755k.) This increase came as a result of donations for various sacramental services (baptisms, weddings, funerals, blessings, etc.) as well as fund raising activity such as the raffles. Our parish (non-school) expenses were also lower this year ($763k vs. $770k.) This came about mainly by reduction of parish staff. The main reason why expenses are still above income is because of an IRS fine of $16k. As I explained in January, we are contesting that fine and continue to do so.

Our parish school also significantly reduced its expenses during the past year (from $905k to $881k.) This was achieved mainly by the reduction of school personnel. On the income side, although collection of tuition was good, we had a smaller enrollment than expected. Some of the fund raising activities in the school did not meet their goal so we have wound up with a deficit. It will have to be made up by a reduction in the parish subsidy to the school for the 2004-2005 fiscal year. After our report is finalized I will give you the exact figures.

Although our financial situation is not as positive as one would hope, I continue to be grateful for the ongoing support of Holy Family Parishioners. Annually we are carrying forward a $1.6 million operation which benefits so many families and children who come to Holy Family Parish. We have a big challenge and are working together to meet it. In our Capital Campaign we will address our parish indebtedness. Although the Archdiocese is patient with us, still we are paying interest on the debt, and it would lift a huge burden if we could eliminate it.

The Capital Campaign will also address the deferred maintenance needs of our school, church, Ailbe House and parking lot. During the coming weeks I have asked Tom Weber to do some bulletin fliers which will explain the various components of the Campaign. A parishioner who works with graphic designs is donating his time and talent to help prepare the fliers.

The maintenance of Holy Family Parish depends on the many individuals and groups. In conclusion, I would like to highlight one of them. Our Hispanic Social Events Group did a variety of activities this past year including food sales after Sunday Mass. I am happy to report that they raised almost ten thousand dollars for parish needs. The Social Events Group includes Christian Family Movement, Guadalupanos, Prayer Group, Perpetual Adoration and Youth Group. A special thanks goes to Rogelio Rodriguez, who worked not only on these activities, but also on the raffles and other parish fund raising activities as well.

Final note: I posted on the bulletin board Archbishop Brunett’s complete statement on “Politicians and Communion.” It is a measured, but quite forceful statement. For example, he says, “Catholics, including Catholic politicians, cannot on one hand profess to be in communion with the Catholic Church and on the other hand support abortions.” Archbishop Brunett has shown strong leadership by meeting one on one with Catholic politicians to discuss these issues. We likewise should both challenge and encourage fellow Catholics to not separate their faith from political life.