BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
From today’s Gospel reading:
Then taking the fine loaves and the two fish,
And looking up to heaven, Jesus said the blessing over them,
Broke them and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd
Trusting in our God, who constantly nourishes us, we bring our hungers to the Eucharistic celebration today. We also name the hungers of our world. Like the fleeing Israelites fed in the desert, the Middle East and Europe are swamped with modern, desperate refugees also fleeing tyrants and pursuing armies.
So we ask ourselves:
At our last Parish Business Meeting the Finance Council shared with the parishioners in attendance the financial report for the fiscal year 2014-2015 that also included Mass attendance records and sacramental celebrations. This reports showed a continued growing trend in our parish. It was an opportunity for us to be completely transparent with finances and a moment of celebration for the way the Lord has continued to bless our parish community. We are indeed a welcoming community that is fulfilling its mission of "Welcoming all God's children". We were reminded on how important it is to keep looking toward the future and recognize how we need to be responsible stewards and look forward to the future as we accomplish our our call and mission to "Form Disciples".
To fulfill our mission of "Welcoming all God's children and Forming Disciples" we need to continue to support the many ongoing ministries. We have also begun to look at the state of the buildings on our campus. Here lies our greatest challenge. After going through an extensive strategic planning process for our school we discovered that the roof in the school building is in "bad shape". At this point we know that there are a few spots in the roof that are needing serious attention and will need to be replaced within the next 3 years. We also need to address the lack of water pressure in the school that is affecting the bathrooms. And finally there is an urgent need in the school to remodel the bathrooms. Regarding these concerns I and the Finance Council and the School Administration are committed to be vigilant in these concerns and always put our children at the top of our list. We would never do anything, or not do something or postpone responding to the issues in any way that would put our parishioners, especially our children in any dangerous situation.
Here are some of the other concerns with our buildings on campus: The Church roof that extends to the office and to the convent is also in bad shape and will eventually need to be replaced. We are still planning to replace the pews and eventually remodel the bathrooms and the sacristy. This project includes removing the cry room to increase the sitting capacity and use the gathering area for the overflow and for noisy babies and children.
We have discovered that the The DayCare is the lowest point on the entire campus and thus explains why it floods every time it rains. We are looking into building a trench-drainage system to take care of this problem.
To assist the Finance Council in making some sound recommendations in addressing all these issues I am asking them to do the following
1. Perform an extensive review of the all the property,
2. Prioritize the issues
3. Estimate the approximate costs
4. Create a timeline to take care of all these issues.
If anyone has any particular expertise and informed opinions about any of this please don't hesitate to address your suggestions with any members of the Finance Council or with me.
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