Last week we were notified that our parish ended the fiscal year in the red. This has not happened for some time and I know many parishioners find the news alarming. Currently, we are raising money for a newly proposed makeshift middle school, 6 million in debt reduction on new church, a new social hall, a $60,000 Net youth team, 30-40 thousand dollars for upkeep of our historic church, and a new k-8 catholic grade school building. I humbly throw out the question: Our we a bit overextended?
The good Lord has blessed our parish with an incredible Pastor and wonderful gifts. We have so many Christ filled parishioners doing so many wonderful things. We have raised many thousands of dollars and built what many consider the most beautiful modern church in the area. Have we reached a point where we might need to listen and pray and make sure all our endeavours are what Christ truly has planned for us? We are having trouble raising new money and collections have not grown despite a steady infusion of new families.
Is the money out there? I wish it was in my checkbook but I seem to be missing a few zero's in my balance. Let's all pray and fast for our leaders so they will be able to make the best decisions during this apparent dry fiscal time. Curious to see how others feel about this important topic.