Dear Parishioners, +JMJ
On May 16 we had another finance council meeting. Here are the main points of discussion.
- We pored over the most recent monthly reports: the balance sheet, the profit and loss statement, the accounts payable summary, noting any significant differences between budgeted and actual amounts.
- We noted the progress on the rectory exterior at Paulding. The contractor found that the soffit and fascia boards, and crown molding is not fit for another layer of paint. Therefore, we will wrap all of these in metal. In the long run, this will be a good move, because we will not have to do any painting in the years to come. This raises the expected overall cost by another $16,000. Many thanks to those who have given so generously to the many rectory improvements over the past three years.
- As of the writing of this letter, we have reached 82.84% of our Annual Catholic Appeal by the Bishop. Parishioners have generously pledged $26,510 towards the goal of $32,000, set by the Diocese. Please consider a gift, if you have not yet given. Many thanks to those who have already given!
- We are beginning to consider bringing the computer infrastructure at the school up-to-date. The current system is about 20 years old, yet we have some very cutting-edge Smart boards and other technology in the school. We replaced the old office computers in the school, and other hardware and software, which cost $5,175.
- We submitted the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget to the diocese. The fiscal year runs July 1-June 30.
- Upcoming projects in Antwerp: We are going to try coating the outside of the belltower with a sealant, and installing weep spouts to allow moisture to escape. This will be a $1,800 expense. We learned of another church that had a similar problem with moisture coming in through the exterior brick, and this approach seemed to solve it. We are replacing the Antwerp Center exterior doors with doors that have panic bars. That way the doors can be locked during PSR, yet everybody could get out very quickly if need be. I am still trying to make some contact with people who could suggest better organ speakers and/or speaker positioning, so that the organ speakers are not so close to the people sitting up in the loft. We plan on installing windows in all of the classroom doors in the hall at Antwerp. We still have to find a solution for adequately venting the dryer in the basement of the Antwerp rectory.
- Projects in Paulding: The roof leak in the hallway near the boys’ sacristy is still active. Estimated repair is $9,500. (I am still looking for somebody who would be willing to work less than 10 hours a week to help me manage such projects. The parish can pay a modest wage for this.)
- Payne projects: We still have bats up in the rafters. We finally added a water heater underneath the sacristy, so that we have hot water in the sacristy for cleansing vessels after Mass! Many thanks to a couple parishioners who covered the cost! Some parishioners have volunteered to spruce up the bathroom and vestibule at Payne. Awesome! We are cleaning the gutters, and installing around the school, the hall and the one section of roof directly above the sacristy entrance to the church. Especially around the hall, there are a couple places where clogged gutters are not allowing water to pass, so the water spills over onto the sidewalks, and freezes in winter, right where the children pass to get to Mass and other activities. We have spoken with somebody to put dirt or stone around the perimeter of the parking lot, where it meets the lawn, yet where there is a significant gully left after the new asphalt was installed. We don’t want anybody to sprain an ankle, walking on the edge of the yard or asphalt and slipping into this gully. Perhaps this will cost $500?
- We plan to install a new intercom in the school, allowing bi-directional conversation between classrooms and the office. As it is currently, teachers are not able to call to the office from their rooms on the intercom. We hope that school endowment interest in the fall would be able to cover this, but that will have to be discussed, once we get the endowment reports in the fall.
- Repair of all the bells in our three church towers is still on the horizon.
So, there are the highlights from the finance meeting. So many thanks to those who give of their treasure to keep parish operations going. We are trying to be as responsible as possible with the finances. Please call Dianne Jones at the office with any comments or questions regarding parish finances.
Have a blessed week!
In cordibus Iesu et Mariae,