Although I was alive in the 1960’s, I was too young to feel the strife and division in our country at that time. And so these days are the worst in my memory: the total lack of civility in public discourse, the polarization even within families and the increasing level of violence in our local communities. Then I read this quote from St. Teresa of Kolkata and it resonated with me. “We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other.” While not the entire answer, there is truth in what St. Teresa says. Moral standards continue to decline precipitously and eventually there won’t be any standard for decency because we cannot protect the most innocent. Please join us for Life Chain which is scheduled to take place between 2 and 3pm on October 2, 2016. We gather in the front of church along Mackenzie Rd. and witness to the sanctity of human life. Gradually, one victory at a time, Life will be victorious.
The Holy Cross Academy Legacy Gala occurs in November and is an opportunity to celebrate the members of our community who serve as leaders rooted in the values of our faith. Many of you contribute to our parish by evangelizing our faith, ministering to the poor, the weak and the ostracized, or building a community of prayer and service around core Catholic Christian values. I can think of several parishioners who are committed to academic success or who give generously of their time, talents, and treasure for the enrichment of us all. The Annual Legacy
Gala is an opportunity for us to recognize such individuals this year. Please see the next page for a more detailed description of how to nominate someone from our parish for an award.
I cannot imagine functioning as a pastor without the assistance of our permanent deacons: John Hivner, Jim Murphy and John Beckmann, the pastoral associate. I feel very blest to have such talented men dedicated to God and the Church with whom I can collaborate in serving you. Mike Brancato is currently in formation for the permanent diaconate. The Office of the Permanent Diaconate needs our support as they prepare the next wave of candidates for service in the Church. To that end, we are going to have a second collection on Sunday, October 2nd. Please be generous in support of our permanent deacons.
Annual Parish Report
Every September the pastors of St. Dominic Savio along with the parish finance committee make a financial report to the parish. The last three years the report has been published in this bulletin. Previous to that, it was a separate mailing. The President of the parish finance committee is Mr. Mike Hagerty. Other members include: Mr. Bill Ossie, Mrs. Kim Chier, Mr. Dan Roper, Mr. Bryan Krueger, Mrs. Jean Whelehon and Ms. Nicole Pourney. Mr. Bob Puricelli is the business manager and staffs the committee.
It is also important for parishioners to know when a new pastor is assigned to a parish, the Archdiocesan finance office does an independent audit of the parish’s finances and internal controls. When we were discerning our incorporation into Holy Cross Academy last fiscal year, a second review of the policies and procedures of St. Dominic Savio’s finances were undertaken by the internal audit department of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Both internal audits were “clean” and showed ongoing improvement. I am grateful to the previous pastors for their hard work as well as the oversight offered by the parish finance committee.
We have a balanced budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. In order to get to that position, we had to reduce our expenses; reductions which you are well-aware of.
Some parishioners expressed some confusion about something I wrote in a previous column. What I wrote read as follows: Because Archbishop Carlson directed us to conduct the Beyond Sunday campaign, I have decided not to have our annual stewardship drive in the parish. We can only ask for so much and since 40% of the money you contribute to the Beyond Sunday campaign is kept here at the parish, I felt it was appropriate to return to the local stewardship campaign next year. I believe it was the second sentence that created the confusion for which I apologize.
Because we are currently involved in the Beyond Sunday campaign, we are not going to have our annual festival of ministries or stewardship campaign, BUT I did not mean to imply that we did not need your regular Sunday offerings. In order for our parish to survive, we need you to continue to support the parish as you have in the past and even to increase your Sunday offerings if possible. What I meant to communicate was we are not going to conduct the annual stewardship drive. Whatever donations you make to the Archdiocesan Capital Campaign are supposed to be over and above what you give to the parish on a weekly basis.
With that being said, you have been very generous to the parish and I want to thank everyone for their Sunday contributions.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us
Fr. Paul J. Rothschild