PRAYER: Responsorial Psalm this week: Psalm 90 – “And may the gracious care of the Lord our God be ours; prosper the work of our hands for us! Prosper the work of our hands!” We ask God to ‘prosper the work of our hands’ with our parish!
PARISH MAINTENANCE & ONGOING MISSION/EVANGELIZATION/GROWTH:
- The Parish Council and Finance Council have had dialog with the Diocese of Springfield over the last year about Holy Name of Jesus Parish challenges. Despite the monies owed to the Diocese by the parish and the repairs necessary to Assumption Church and Rectory, the Parish Council wants to keep the Parish going and work to get healthier.
- The Parish Council recommends that Holy Name of Jesus start to pay all its bills to the Diocese going forward and work to pay back monies owed. We will work with parishioners to increase offertory giving/ hold fundraisers.
- The Parish has savings and will fix the Church boiler for about $20,000 (est) and fix the church and rectory flat roofs for about $150,000 (est).
- Make a 5 year plan to attract more youth and families to active participation building on the existing “family involved youth faith formation” and the Edge/LifeTeen middle school ministry/program.
Peace of Christ,
Deacon David Southworth, Parish Manager