Our 6 Month Financial Report is very positive. First, income increased $75,000.00 compared to the same 6 months of the previous fiscal year. Secondly, we paid the Ville loan off, which will help lower expenses in the second half of the year. Third, we went from being about $62,000.00 in the hole in our parish account to having $62,000.00 positive in the account. We still will need to be careful with our spending in the next 6 months since income is always lower as there is only one December each year. However, my hope is we can end up with not only a balanced budget, but with a little cash on hand at the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. We also will end up with significantly less debt as we paid off the Ville in October and are quickly paying off the 2009 stewardship debt as well as the HVAC loan. Thank you for your generosity that not only balances our budget, but even more provides for our ministries to youth and adults.
The 2016 Annual Fund projects have been selected with the help of the staff, finance and development committees. First, we plan to re-stain and seal the Ville floor including the entrance. Almost all of the stain and sealer have been worn off in the Ville over the last 10 years because a lot of use and cleaning. So we need to refinish the floor and touch up some of the walls that have minor damage. Second, we plan to build a 24 x 30 foot storage shed. We need more 1st floor storage space for everything from ladders to tables and chairs to volleyball nets and other equipment for the youth and other groups. The shed will be just north of the Ville and near the back door to allow easy access. The youth have asked for things like tables and chairs to use outside and my primary struggle was the problem of where to store any additional equipment. Hopefully, this shed will solve many of those problems as well as replace the existing small shed that needs more repairs than it is worth. Finally, we will continue to use the remainder of the Annual Fund to pay off the heating and air system for the north side of the building.
ReMembering Church continues this Thursday, January 28th at 7:00 PM in Room 1A. It is a place to ask your questions “why” and reconnect more deeply with the Church here at St. Vincent’s. Come join us. No reservation is needed.
The Life Event on Sun. Jan. 31st and Feb. 3rd will feature a teaching from Fr. Robert Barron on “Paths to Holiness.” Life has its ups and downs. The challenge is to remain grounded in Christ as the source of our security and happiness. Reserve your place this week on the parish web site, by calling the office, or by signing up under the LIFE banner in the gathering space. By the way, there are no football playoff games on Sunday Jan. 31st.
ReMembering Church begins this Thursday, January 28th at 7:00 PM in Room 1A. It is a place to ask your questions “why” and reconnect more deeply with the Church here at St. Vincent’s. ReMembering Church is one of the ways we seek to be a Church with “open doors” in words of Pope Francis. Come join us. No reservation is needed.
The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is always open and heated for those that want a quiet place to come and pray. The outside door is the north door on the west side of the worship space. There is a combination lock by the handle, but it is never locked. You can just come, turn on the lights, adjust the thermostat and spend as much time as you like in prayer. On Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in the chapel. Anyone can come during those Tuesdays, but other people will be there at those times.
An Annulment Workshop is this Thursday, January 21st at 7:00 PM in the Daily Mass Chapel. All are invited. No reservations are needed. I am willing to help anyone that wants to get an Annulment.
The Life Event on Sun. Jan. 31st and Feb. 3rd will feature a teaching from Fr. Robert Barron on “Paths to Holiness.” Life has its ups and downs. The challenge is to remain grounded in Christ as the source of our security and happiness. Reserve your place on the parish web site, by calling the office, or by signing up under the LIFE banner in the gathering space.
Good Wine ministry to those 70 and better and their spouses will be this Thursday, January 21st at 11:00 AM with a presentation by Fr. Kent. Lunch follows at 12:00 noon. All those 70+ are welcome. No reservation is necessary. Just come join us in the Ville.
High School Students planning to go to a Catholic High School next year need to contact the parish office within the next couple of weeks to schedule an appointment to complete the Parish/Family/Student agreement for 2016-2017.
Pope Francis calls for a “missionary option” to transform the Church in every place. But are we afraid to share our faith? We do not want be overbearing or to impose our beliefs on others. However, is there another way of sharing faith that is not overbearing and imposing? How can we in the words of Pope Francis “offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ?” Perhaps, we need to begin by listening to the needs and concerns of others. Then if they are grieving we might share how faith gives us hope of eternal life—how we imagine heaven—how we hope to be reunited with our loved ones. If the other person is struggling with relationships, we can listen and share our insights and what real love means to us. The list could go on, but can we start by listening, and then share our experience of life that has been shaped by faith not in an overbearing way, but with love. We start by listening without judgment, but with the acceptance that Jesus showed to the tax collectors and prostitutes.
Pope Francis is Okay with a “Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty from being out on the streets”—a Church that offers understanding rather than judgment. Pope Francis says, “If something should rightly disturb us, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life.” Can we find loving ways to share our gift of faith with others?
Quilt Bingo is this Sunday, January 10th starting at 2:00 PM in the Ville. There will be a luncheon from 12:00 noon to 2:00 in the Ville before the Quilt Bingo.
The Life Event on Sun. Jan. 31st and Feb. 3rd will have a fun carnival feel, which will feature a teaching from Fr. Robert Barron on “Paths to Holiness.” We will look at where we are on the ever spinning wheel of life & what it takes to stay grounded in the Lord. Reserve your place on the parish web site, by calling the office, or by signing up under the LIFE banner in the gathering space.
High School Students planning to go to a Catholic High School next year need to contact the schools and the parish office within the next couple of weeks. The enrollment process begins this month. I will be meeting with all families of Catholic High School students in the 2016-2017 school year. Call the office to schedule an appointment to complete the Parish/Family/Student agreement for 2016-2017.
The Baptism of the Lord reminds us of our baptism and the gift of faith rooted in a relationship with Jesus. Faith is living with a trust God will be with us and care for us always. Faith leads us to experience God’s infinite love for us, which leads to joy and a desire to share that joy with others.
Our Masses for the Holy Day of Mary the Mother of God are Thursday, Dec. 31st at 5:00 PM and Friday January 1st at 11:00 AM. We have tried to make the schedule as convenient as possible for those to celebrating the New Year.
The parish office will be open this week until Thursday at 12:00 noon.
Our charitable ministry in Andover and the surrounding communities has grown over the past 3 or 4 years. We now have a St. Vincent de Paul Society that helps people in our parish boundaries that need everything from utilities to prescriptions. We participate in Hands to Serve that helps with home repairs in Andover and the surrounding communities. This year we got involved in Andover Caring and Sharing that helps families in Andover schools that are struggling. We also have increased our support to the Andover Community Food Bank located at the Methodist Church and we will probably host the summer food program this year. Finally we now are helping the Sunshine Children’s Home here in Andover.
This outreach to our local communities is important for 2 reasons. First, there is a need in Andover and we as the largest church have an important role to play for these efforts to be successful. Secondly, there are fewer services in Butler County so churches and community organizations need to pick up the slack. I want to thank the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the many volunteers in the different ministries and Michele Carlini here in the office for all their good work reaching out to those in need in our local community. This local involvement is fulfilling the second part of our mission statement, “to build God’s kingdom.”
Consider making a special year-end gift to St. Vincent de Paul Church. The need for your gifts is real. Your year-end gifts carry us through the whole year. Our ministries to the youth, faith formation, and outreach to those in need in our community are all going strong. Help support the great work happening here at St. Vincent’s. Finally, thank you to all who have already responded with generous gifts.