Stewardship thought for the week
September 28, 2014 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.” – Matthew 21:28
Christian discipleship is not easy, God never promised it would be. But, what He did promise is that if we put Him first in all things, He will provide all that we need. Through our daily decisions we have the opportunity to generously share our gifts and help those who may not be in position to help themselves.
Last week’s collection:
Envelopes $910.00; Loose $223.00;Other $157.00.
Masses this week:
|Saturday, September 27||Frances Dvorak||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Sunday, September 28||Sam Ulett||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Saturday, October 4||John Brush||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, October 5||Bill Korpecki||TBA|
Jitro, Czech Girls Choir. This group 25-50 girls has been admired all over the world for 35 years. They will be presenting a Christmas concert at the Cathedral Basilica on Monday, November 24, at 8:00 pm. What a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. Tickets range from $19.00 to $39.00. You can order tickets by phone at 314.533.7662. Or, there are ticket order forms at the entrances to the Chapel.
Irish Country Fair: The Hibernian Irish Country Fair will be held on Sunday, October 5, at Saint James Church in Dogtown, from noon until 7:00 pm. There will be Irish music and dance, children’s activities, an Irish Market, food, beverages, booths, and games. Admission is free.
Goulash Festival workers are needed. There are signup sheets at both entrances to the chapel. We are also still looking for prizes.
Second Collection next weekend will be for formation of permanent deacons. While the diaconate itself gets its funding from the ACA, the men in formation pay most of the expenses for five years of schooling out of their own pockets. This collection helps defray some of those costs. Please be generous.
Next Sunday, October 5, is the first Sunday of the month, Hospitality Sunday. Pastries and coffee will be served in the hall after mass.
Deacon Mike: I’d like to share some information with you this week on finances for our Chapel. For the fiscal year ended June 30, we had total income of $142,000 (all figures are rounded) and expenses of $195,000, for a deficit of $53,000, or roughly $1,000 per week.
Just to give you an idea of what it takes to run the chapel, our occupancy expense (insurance and utilities) is $34,000 per year, or $615 per week. Our annual assessment to the Archdiocese (employee benefits, high school contribution, and other things) is $32,000, or, again, about $615 per week. There are other expenses which must also be paid. The $1,290 we contributed this week barely covers just these two items. Several times recently, our offerings have been less than $1,000.
The good news is that we have investments which generate part of our income. The bad news is that we frequently have to draw on those investments to pay the bills. If everything stays the same, eventually we will run out of money. And, every time we dip into the principal, we reduce our investment income.
Now, our mission has nothing to do with money. Our mission is to make disciples. If we make more disciples, the money will follow. But, I think it’s important that you know where we stand financially.
“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”