Stewardship thought for the week
March 19, 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Lent
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again.” JOHN 4:13
Jesus reminds us that material things, even something as basic as water, can never satisfy us for long. When we build our lives around material possessions we always want more. True Joy and Peace only comes when we follow Jesus; when we become more “God-centered” and less “self-centered”.
Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $1,384.00; loose $293.00; Other $130.00
|Saturday, March 18||Draper Bickham||Father Reginald Wolford|
|Sunday, March 19||Bill Korpecki||Father Reginald Wolford|
|Saturday, March 25||Joseph & Stella Remes||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, March 26||Kenneth Kalbac||Father Paul Rothschild|
Thank you to everyone who helped with the clean-up project. The windows have been replaced in the attic and primer-painted. There is some work still to do but everything is sealed up tight and looks 1000% better.
Crowning and Picnic Letters and raffle tickets are available at the entrances to church. Please pick yours up.
Friar Ed Mundwiller is on the mend. We spoke to him this week. He had surgery on his leg and the doctors are telling him not to put any weight on it for three months. He says he’s getting around on crutches and a walker. He’s very appreciative of all the prayers, cards and good wishes. He’s looking forward to returning to SJN soon. Please keep him in your prayers.
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Next weekend there will be a second collection for Catholic Relief Services.
The Czech Festival will be held at the Czech Educational Center, 4690 Landsdowne, on Saturday, April 1, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. There will be Czech dinners, a boutique, booths, games, and live music.
Rummage sale, presented by the Ladies of Charity, will be held at Saint Vincent DePaul on Saturday, April 1, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. For more information, call 314.231.9328.
Financial results are in for calendar year 2016. There’s quite a bit of good news (with the exception of the bottom line). Our income was $126,620, $12,116 more than 2015 and our expenses were $184,295 vs. $191,873 or an improvement of $7,577. The bad news is that our expenses exceeded our income by $57,675. However, this was an improvement of $29,254 over 2015.
Our short-term goal is to break even which means either (1) find more members (2) encourage our current members to contribute more, or (3) further cut expenses.
Frankly, we’ve done some serious trimming of expenses and may have done about all we can. So, that leaves (1) and (2). Please give this some serious thought and prayer. Your suggestions are welcome.