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From the Pastor's Desk - August 28, 2022

Adjusting times for confession. After talking with the other priests, we want to stay in the confessional a little longer for you. Starting the first weekend in September, Saturday confessions at each parish will be as follows:

St. Mary – 2:45-3:45 pm (it was 3-3:30 pm)

Our Lady of Good Hope – 3:15-4:15 pm (it was 3-4 pm)

St. Henry – 3:45-4:45 pm (it was 3:30-4:30 pm)

I do ask that everyone understand the priest really does have to end confessions on time, so that he can get ready for Mass. 

 

Reviewing end-of-year financial reports. One of the tasks of a pastor is that he needs to be familiar with the finances. It is his job to sign checks and to review the bills that are being paid; to review monthly bank statements and payroll records; and to be familiar with the whole picture of how your hard-earned dollars are being spent. As you might imagine, this can take some time, and I confess I do not particularly enjoy reviewing a lot of these documents. 

Making this more manageable. One of the changes that will come in the years ahead will be streamlining accounts and procedures, to make this manageable. Of course, people will ask, don’t you have help? Yes, I do. We have a business manager for each parish and others who assist with bookkeeping tasks either in the parish offices or the school. And we have a finance committee for each parish, and one for the school, and they do great work helping prepare budgets and to help keep track of things through the year. 

But a pastor cannot simply abdicate this oversight responsibility, as tempting as it might be. For one, if a pastor doesn’t know what bills we get, what things cost, and how the overall budget works, can he really claim to know the parish he serves? It would be like your parents, or mine, not knowing what it cost to keep the refrigerator full, or to keep the house warm in winter. 

Just so you know: this isn’t a complaint; I just want to give you a sense of what your pastor does during the week.

 

- Fr. Fox

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