Annual Parish Report (September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013)

Annual Parish Report (September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013)

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

Soon we will be gathering with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving.  During this time of year, I am reminded of all for which we are thankful, especially in the shadow of the recent storms.  This year with be an extra special celebration as I give thanks to God for sending me to my new faith family of St. Pius X!  I am so appreciative of each of you in this wonderful faith community.  My dear mom in India is grateful that her son is surrounded by such love.  She too gives thanks for each of you along with my Dad in heaven who watches over me and my new spiritual family. 

This is also the time of year when the Pastor presents the Annual Report to the parish. We are an exciting community, and these certainly are exciting times for us.  Our parish has much to be proud of as well as some challenges ahead.  We are in a period of renewal, both physically and spiritually.  I have always been a person who sees that glass as half full.  For me, challenges are opportunities for renewal, growth and change.  If there is anything you have learned about me over the past few months I hope you realize that I love people and I love my priesthood. 

When I arrived as pastor in late June, I encountered a parish that unfortunately was left unattended spiritually, physically, and financially.  But I also encountered a most generous faith family willing to do anything, eager to be renewed.  So, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. 

Physical Facilities

Regrettably, the physical state of the parish facilities was in need of immediate attention.  In some cases, it appears basic maintenance had been neglected for some time leading to a precarious or unsafe environment.  In other cases, the lack of immediate action now would have resulted in more extensive repairs and cost in the near future.  In addition, renovations to restore the water damage done by the storm in early June was undertaken and completed.  I have made every effort to keep you updated with the renovations to our facilities in the bulletin and website.  The cost of these necessary renovations was substantially reduced since as I was able to call upon the service of friends and negotiate excellent contracts. The goal of this work was to assure we have a safe and welcoming space for our parish.  I believe we have accomplished this goal.

Pastoral (or Spiritual)

I am first and foremost a priest and I am here to serve you, especially your spiritual needs.  Unfortunately, the urgency of the state of the facilities required considerable amount of my time over the past few months leaving me less to dedicate to liturgical and spiritual programs.  I am pleased, however with what has been implemented and some of the special events we hosted.  For example, I am overjoyed to see everyone exchanging a warm welcome at the start of each Mass.  Our special liturgical event to honor the feast day of St. Pius X received many praises.  As a parish, we stopped for the first time on September 11 to share a Mass of Remembrance.  Mary and Joseph have been restored to their rightful place on the side of the altar.  Our Church is now a warm and welcoming space inviting people to stay awhile and visit.  A priest visits the sick and homebound to offer companionship as well as spiritual comfort.  We also have instituted a monthly Mass at the local assisted living facilities.  Priests are present at each liturgy to meet and greet you and visit our children regularly at the Religious Education classes.  My goal for these first few months ministerally was to plant some seeds and to see what takes root.

Financially

Parishioner weekly offerings are the financial lifeline of this and every parish.  I am grateful to see the dedication you have to your stewardship responsibilities.  We do, however, have a few challenges. 

  • Overstaffing – the parish was overstaffed.  Working closely with the Diocese, we were able to bring this expense under control with a reduction in staff. 
  • Rental of Parish Facilities – the group that was renting part of the school informed the parish last April that they would not renew their lease as they had outgrown the space.  Since arriving we have been working diligently to seek a new tenant.
  • Convent – the convent has been unoccupied in excess of 10 years.  Since arriving, we are working with the Diocese and others to sell this property.
  • Decrease in weekly offerings, fundraising activities & parish programs – there has been a decrease of approximately 10% in revenue between 2012 to 2013. 

Where do we go from here?  The election of Pope Francis once again revealed to us the ‘God of surprises’ and our beloved pope continues to surprise us, encourage us and challenge us.  “Let us journey together,” is his personal invitation.  I invite you to do the same – Let us journey together as we seek to build a stronger and more vibrant parish of St. Pius X.

In my daily prayer, I thank God for sending me to this parish of St. Pius X as your pastor.  I am so ever grateful to be part of this church community.  I am ever thankful to you for your support of me and your financial and ministerial gifts to our parish. You allow God to work through you to accomplish His wonderful works.  

On a personal level, I want to thank our Parish Financial Committee: Mr. Charles Pendola (Chairperson) Mr. Argante Cappelli, Mr. John Shamul, Mrs. Kathleen Wright, Mr. Richard Wright, Mr. Jim Reilly, Mr. Anthony Corrente, Mr. Dennis Murphy and Mrs. Lisa Boscarino for their oversight of the parish finances.

Be assured of my prayers for you and I ask that you remember me in your prayers.

Yours Gratefully in the Lord,

Fr. Valentine

 

 

2012-13
(8/31/13)

2011-12
(8/31/12)

     

REVENUE

   
     

Regular Collections

   

Sundays & Holydays

248,627

266,678

Christmas & Easter

61,187

64,057

Total Regular Collections

309,814

330,735

     

Fundraising

   

Catholic Ministries Appeal

31,332

33,752

Golf Outing

41,186

61,460

Other Fundraising

525

616

Total Fundraising

73,043

95,828

     

Parish Programs

   

Religious Education

51,696

61,645

CYO

119,373

122,115

Other programs

2,531

2,743

Total Programs

173,600

186,503

     

Other Revenue

   

Interest

22

1,223

Donations & Bequest

74,920

93,788

Votive, Shrines, Baptism, Weddings

16,842

23,002

Auxiliary revenue

47,557

45,819

Total Other Revenue

139,341

163,832

     

Total Revenue

695,798

776,898

     
     

EXPENSES

   
     

Salaries

   

Salaries & Benefits

304,476

305,448

Professional Fees

39,025

38,100

Total Salaries

343,501

343,548

     

Parish Programs

   

Religious Education

110,166

106,973

CYO

59,920

75,624

Other programs

2,995

3,033

Total Parish Programs

173,081

185,630

     

Subsidy

   

Regional School Subsidy

30,292

48,000

Total Subsidies

30,292

48,000

     

Office

   

Postage, printing, supplies

8,007

9,279

Telephone

3,336

4,822

Office leases/Contracted Services

14,812

16,505

Total Office

26,155

30,606

     

Other

   

Liturgical Expenses

10,348

13,918

Choir

749

2,386

Diocesan assessment

57,398

54,317

Rectory

64,863

58,819

Miscellaneous

1,792

1,419

Total Other

135,150

130,859

     

Building & Maintenance

   

Utilities

29,138

30,407

Maintenance & Repairs

28,225

32,284

Building Insurance

26,167

23,446

Capital Expenditures

134,897

91,342

Total Building & Maintenance

218,427

177,479

     

Total Expenses

926,606

916,122

     

Net (exclusive of Rental Income)

(230,808)

(139,224)

     

Rental Income (Net)

144,272

140,695

     

Net

(86,536)

1,471

     

Net Assets (August 31, 2012)

205,858

 

Net Assets (August 31, 2013)

119,322