2009-10 Parish Year End Report

Published on 31. Oct, 2010 by in Administrative, News

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October 2010

Dear Faithful St. Ann Parishioners,

Thank you so much for your faithful stewardship and support of this mission and ministry called St. Ann parish. I do have good news to report regarding Fiscal Year 2010. (FY10) We were in the black, with a net gain of $29,708.41. That is always good news.

Let me just make a few comments about the numbers you see on the report.
(Click on the report image to view a larger version)

Our schools remain the largest ‘expense’ on our profit and loss statement. But they are one of the most important ministries we are involved in here at St. Ann. In a recent study, over 65% of students who attended a Catholic Grade school CONTINUE to attend mass in their college years and beyond. We are creating the future of the church by what we do here.

By way of comparison to last year’s financial report, our K-8 school was in the red to the tune of $280,851 in FY 09, compared with this year’s total of only 210,458. (a net decrease of ~ $70,000 in indebtedness.) Our Early Childhood Center (Pre-School) ran at about the same level of indebtedness as the year before. It was, however, the first year of trying the “all day option” for that school. This year’s higher enrolment should find the ECC becoming a more financially solid organization.

You will notice that the final total for the Sponsor’s dinner dance is lower than the ~$61K we announced to you. The Archdiocese has asked us to ‘code’ the ~$10K in “Teacher’s Wish List” funds collected as a “School Revenue” and not a “Dinner Dance” Revenue.

Finally, as a part of the fiscal transparency that every parish in the diocese is mandated to show, all of our parish organizations’ monies are reported on our financial report. Thus, SACPO, Men’s Club and St. Ann Scrip monies are what constitute the “Organizations Funds” category on our report.

Our current year’s budget (FY11) has us ending up with a net profit of just over $7,000. The finance council and our bookkeeper keep me informed of any trends that might be worrisome, but, at the moment, they tell me it is okay for me to sleep peacefully at night. Thank you so much for your support, and for all that you do for the good of our St. Ann community.

Blessings,

Fr. Bill Kempf

Pastor, St. Ann, Normandy


P.S. – If you have any questions about our FY 2010 year end report, feel free to contact me at your convenience…

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Those of you who ‘acted’ in the haunted garage may have a leg up on today’s gospel question. I always found it a bit disconcerting how ‘easy’ it was to enter into those scary roles on Halloween. Put on a mask or some face paint, add a costume, a prop or two, and the normally meek and mild mannered Father Bill became a zombie or werewolf or whatever par excellence. The scariest part of Halloween is how easily we can become things that we are not.

Zacchaeus certainly knew that truth in his life. We’re told that he is a tax collector and a wealthy man. We’re not told, but it is implied, that he was pretty hated by so many – because of the shock of the people in reaction to Jesus’ invitation to come to his house. But it was not how he started out. Like so many, he found a job with the occupiers, because it was a living, a way to put bread on the table. It didn’t take long to enjoy a slightly better standard of living than his peers. And good wines. And a fine house. Hated by his peers, he becomes more and more insulated, more and more withdrawn from those normal relationships that keep a person balanced and centered. Layer upon layer of ‘costumes’ covered Zacchaeus, and soon, he could hardly recognize the man in the mirror. He had become the role he put on – that of a wealthy, hated tax collector.

But you sense it is not his truest and best self. Because it doesn’t take much for that to all crumble. Just the word that Jesus was coming to town was enough to make him lay aside all his dignity and climb a tree for just a glimpse of this man. How undignified. How utterly unlike a ‘wealthy’ tax collector! “Come down, for I must dine in your house this day.” That invitation, by love itself, is enough for all the masks and walls and pretending to completely collapse. “If I have defrauded, I’ll pay back 4 times over. Half of what I own, I will give to the poor – I don’t need it. It’s all a part of that sham life that I have hated for so long anyway… What a change in him when he meets love itself.

And you and I – we’re invited to let go of the masks and costumes and images of our selves that is anything less than what God wants of us to be. For that same Lord that told Zacchaeus: “I must dine at your house today” also wants to dine with us this day. And he bids us leave behind the costumes and masks and walls that we erect to protect ourselves. Leave behind those roles you have stepped into – perhaps as a protection, or perhaps intentionally as a way to ‘define yourself’ – and let the one who loved Zacchaeus back into life also love you into life.

Because the scariest part of Halloween (and perhaps all our days) is how easily we can become what we are not. Here around this altar, we always learn what we are and who we are – people who are loved and valued by God and people who are called to be fully who God created us to be…

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Pastor’s Pen – October 31, 2010

Published on 31. Oct, 2010 by in Pastor's Pen

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New Resident at the rectory…

As you know, we have had a fair share of folks who have lived here at the rectory. I am happy to welcome another at the request of Archbishop Carlson. He brings an interesting twist to the history of the associates who have lived here. Instead of leaving the priesthood, he is in the process of ‘coming back’ to it. He wrote a brief introduction which I share here.

I am writing to introduce myself and to thank you for the opportunity of being a part of your faith community, beginning November 10.

I come to St. Ann’s hoping to be reinstated to the active priesthood. In 1981 I was ordained a priest for the Congregation of Holy Cross at Notre Dame. In 1986 I left the Congregation to contract a civil marriage. This marriage ended in divorce in 1994. From this union, I have one son, Ben, age 22, living in Las Vegas, NV. One year after my divorce, I discerned a desire to return to the priesthood. For the past 14 years I have been pursuing this desire. Graciously, Archbishop Carlson has invited me to St. Louis to discern if this is where God is calling me to serve. I ask for your prayers and support in this process, and am happy to share with you the details of my journey since leaving the priesthood.

For 16 years after leaving the priesthood, I worked as a Certified Addictions Counselor. Later I served as a supervisor, administrator, and quality improvement coach for various health care organizations. For the past 35 years I have also taught theology and spirituality at the university level. My main passion is helping Catholic Christians enter more deeply into the mysteries and beauty of the Catholic faith. For the past 5 years I have been associated with God’s Embrace Renewal Centers (www.godsembrace.net), an apostolate that helps form laity and clergy in the practice of contemplative prayer. I believe deep, contemplative prayer is essential for living any vocation in the modern world.

My other interests include, golf, political discussion, and eating. I am a food addict who has lost 100 lbs. (and kept it off for 5 years). I attend at 12-Step recovery group, Food Addicts Anonymous in Recovery. I am willing to share what I have been given through this program to anyone who is interested.

I hope my time with you will be of spiritual benefit to you and to me. You are already in my prayers as I make final plans to transition from my current job as Pastoral Administrator of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini parish in Vassar, MI. Please remember my parishioners here in your prayers as I prepare to join you and Fr. Bill Kempf at St. Ann’s.

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,

Phil Krill

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From THE PASTOR of our Archdiocese…

In a very short time, we will go to the polls to elect officials for various national, state and local offices. In addition, in the State of Missouri, we will also be asked to vote on Proposition A, which concerns City Earnings Tax. As you prepare to vote and to inform yourself about the issues on the ballot, I would like to offer some information on Proposition A.

The earnings tax is authorized by the State for the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City. It came into use to replace revenue lost when the urban areas suffered as people moved to the suburbs. Both cities have experienced urban decay common to large cities in the United States. Along with this urban decay came a deteriorating tax base as property values dropped. The costs of maintaining the city’s aging infrastructure: streets, sidewalks, sewer, water, police and fire protection rose as the tax base dropped. Both cities have a disproportional population of minorities, poor elderly, low-income families and homeless.

These two cities struggle to provide support for their own citizens, while expected by the people who live outside the city to provide all the benefits of a large community. These benefits include museums, zoos, safe streets, sports arenas, and entertainment venues and an expressway to carry them away from the problems of the urban areas.

The earnings tax is a way for these two cities to fund services by taxing those who earn their living in the city and enjoy all the benefits the city offers.

The intent of Proposition A is to force Kansas City and St. Louis to develop a referendum on the earnings tax. The proponents of Proposition A insist they are only asking the cities to let the people vote on keeping the tax in place. They offer no suggestion on how the vital services of the city should be funded. This will force St. Louis and Kansas City to raise the sales tax.

Throughout the nation various Catholic Conferences have condemned the use of sales taxes to pay for civil services because of its regressive nature. An example: A person with income of $10,000 pays the same sales tax on toothpaste as a person with $100,000. Earnings taxes are applied progressively as those with the greatest resources are asked to commit proportionately with their income to the common good of the people.

I believe that Proposition A will put the poor and vulnerable at risk. I suggest you prayerfully consider this before voting on Proposition A.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson

Archbishop of St. Louis

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I remember as a kid having a kind of hate/love relationship with the IOWA Basics. Those were the standardized testing of my day. (Replaced now by ITBS testing) I hated taking the tests themselves. I loved getting done in some of the sections way before my classmates did. I hated the math sections because I never finished those sections. I loved it when the scores came back, because this not very gifted athlete was gifted in some of those intellectual areas. What was different than the normal scoring, if you remember, is that your ‘grade’ came back as a percentile. Not how many did I get right compared to how many did I get wrong – but “Where do you stand in relationship to everyone else who has taken this test?” The difference is akin to asking if Mizzou should be ranked #1 in football this week. They have a perfect grade – 100%. But what is their ranking in comparison to the other teams in the nation – that is the percentile question. At its best, percentile ranking was a way of gauging whether you were learning in any particular grade the things you were supposed to be learning. At its worst, it was a way feeling good by putting others down.

This Sunday’s Gospel is all about a person who never got past the ‘percentile ranking’ way of looking at his life. You heard the story and its conclusion. The Pharisee is criticized by Jesus not because he said anything that was not true. The Pharisee was correct in saying he was “not like the rest of humanity – greedy, dishonest, adulterous – or even like this tax collector.” However, that is where he gets in trouble – the moment he begins to find his worth by comparison to others.

God does not want us to rank ourselves in comparison to others. Like the Pharisee, each one of us can look good if we position ourselves next to the right people. But God wants each of us to examine our own life in terms of the abilities, blessings, and opportunities God gives us and in light of God’s continuing call to grow in holiness. “How am I doing in relationship to how I could be and should be doing?” That is the only percentile comparison that matters. What needs to be changed within me? What attitudes are getting in the way of my love for God and his people? Our prayer should spring from that place, rather than a boastful and arrogant sense of self aggrandizement.

The tax collector gets it right in this regard. Knowing his need for God, he doesn’t even try to make an excuse for his life nor compare himself to others. He just prays from his heart – “I’ve messed up so badly, God. I have not lived as I know I could and should. GOD – have mercy on me. God – please do what you do best – love me back into life…”

And we know who goes away redeemed in that story.

So this week, get off of the comparison game. Don’t ask the questions: “Am I smarter or wiser or funnier or more perceptive or a better haunted garage builder or ‘whatever-er’ than my peers and classmates?” It doesn’t matter. There will always be people better than you and worse than you. Those percentile questions are not worth the asking or answering, because they will trap you in an endless cycle of Iowa Basic comparisons. Be rather like a reservoir who is content to fill up and spill over – and is not ashamed to be only as ‘productive’ as the stream that fills it. God has given to each of us a different measure of different gifts. It is ours to use OUR gifts fully and well.

Stand this week in the only place that works, Jesus tells us. Stand in the knowledge of your need for God’s love and mercy, and in the giftedness that God has put uniquely into your hearts. For if you stand there, then God can and will use you well…

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Pastor’s Pen – October 17, 2010

Published on 17. Oct, 2010 by in Pastor's Pen

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Amazing faith…

While you are reading this, I am with the UMSL Newman Center students on our Awakening Retreat. It is a retreat by college students for college students. Thank you, as always for your prayers during these days. It is a gift to be able to tell the students at the beginning of the weekend that they are being supported in prayer by many people who have never even met them.

I am writing, perhaps, because I want to brag a bit about these ‘kids’ leading the retreat. Every year we have a “Speakers Overnight” about two weeks prior to the actual retreat, in which the 6 speakers ‘give’ their talk to the rest of the group for comment and feedback. The honesty of their talks, the level of reflection and prayer, their willingness to take risks and share appropriately are just amazing. They have given me a lot to think and pray about.

So, if you have ever thought or wondered or questioned whether ‘this younger generation’ ever ‘gets it’ in terms of faith and church and God and life, let me answer that with a resounding YES. Though they take different routes than perhaps you and I did in appropriating their faith, they are still seeking the answers to ‘life, the universe and everything’. And they have found a valid path to those answers in our Catholic faith heritage. If these young adults are any indication, the church is in very good hands as we move forward.

Year end report…

I have had the year end fiscal report on my desk for a little while, and met about two weeks ago with the Finance Council to review the data. The good news is that we were in the black once again. Thanks to your stewardship of the gifts of treasure that God has bestowed on you, we are continuing the mission founded by Anne Lucas Hunt and the Jesuits so many years ago. Depending upon when our webmaster returns from his latest business trip, I hope to have the year end report posted on the St. Ann webpage by Oct. 22 at the latest. You may view it online at the parish website: www.stannchurch-stl.org. (Doing this electronically is another way to be good stewards of the earth as well as your donations.) If you want a paper copy, call Eileen Engelmeyer at the office and she’ll arrange for you to obtain one…

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Are you a leaner?

Published on 17. Oct, 2010 by in Sunday Homilies

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(Sing) Lean on me, when you’re not strong, and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on. For it won’t be long, ‘til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on…

That song, by Bill Withers, captures something that is important, I think, in our spiritual journey. There are times when we lean on others. And times when they lean on us. It is just the nature of the beast. But even more so, it is something that God desires for us in God’s great plan of salvation. Are you a natural leaner? Or does that come only with great difficulty?

In that first reading we hear that interesting story of Moses and the battle with the Ameleks. But before I go any further about that, I ask you to hold your arms straight out in that gesture of praying – hands facing upward toward the heavens. Hold them in that position as long as you can. As long as you can…

As long as Moses had his hands raised, in this gesture of supplication – the Israelites had the better of the battle. And when his arms grew tired, and the drooped, it did not go well. Perched on the hillside, holding the staff which split the Red Sea in two, that symbol would be an obvious sign that the same God was with them in the battle. (arms tired yet?) He knows he has to hold his hands up, to let people know that the strength for this war comes from God, and God alone. And so he leans on Aaron and Hur. He relies upon their support, their strength to get through the battle. Moses was a leaner.

In an interesting side note – you cannot find any mentions of the Ameleks in any history book (save the Bible which is not a history book per se). Perhaps it was a real battle. We won’t know, at least on this side of eternity. (How are those arms doing?) Perhaps, though, “Amelek” is a rather a symbol of all that challenges us on our spiritual journeys home to God. The battle with Amelek stands for all that must be faced and defeated and conquered. And it is a battle that is longer than our strength. Like Moses, the Israelite people had to learn to lean on one another and lean on God to see the journey through. And like Moses, we have to be willing to ask for the help we need to see the journey through. To let our Aaron’s and Hur’s strengthen us and hold up our arms when our faith is struggling.

This is why Jesus formed a church, and not a group of rugged individuals. It is good for us to lean on folks at time. It is good for us to be leaned upon. It is almost hardwired within us.

And so, this week, ask yourself, where do I need to do a little leaning – in the area of homework, the arena of relationships, or even with a looming ‘life’ decision about what to do after college, or after this relationship? Then seek out a friend, or a favorite Newman Center staff person and have a heart to heat about what’s going on.

And, from whom can you be the one leaned upon? Do a little proactive question asking about a roommate’s week – any tests, difficult meetings, etc, that they need some help and prayer about? Let the answers to those questions give you some insight into how you might love them better.

Because when it is all said and done, (Sing) “We all need somebody, to lean on.”

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Class of 1970 Reunion

Published on 15. Oct, 2010 by in Alumni, Events

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The St. Ann Class of 1970 is holding its 40th reunion on Saturday, November 27, 2010.

The evening’s agenda is as follows:

5:00 PM Mass at St. Ann with MsgR. Pat Hambrough (member of the Class of 1970)
6:00 PM Tours of the school
6:30 PM Buffet dinner at Oscars Cafe following the school tours. (Dinner ends at 9 PM)
9 PM until Midnight All school alumni dance with Bob Kuban in the Parish Center. $5.00 donation at the door.  Cash bar.






If you would like more information please contact Shelia O’Keefe Boul at (314) 482-1163 or via email at sokboul2000@yahoo.com.

You may also contact Chris Pagano (314) 799-1444 or Anne Barry (314) 304-0983.

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2010 St. Ann Garage Sale

Published on 15. Oct, 2010 by in Events, Fundraising, News

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It’s garage sale time again! The Annual St. Ann Garage Sale begins on Saturday, October 23th. We are in need of usable items to sell so go ahead and free up some square footage in your house by bringing your tax deductible donations to the Parish Center starting Sunday, October 17th at 1 PM until Thursday, October 22nd 7 PM. Please remember pick up your tax-deduction form on the bar counter.

You are twice blessed if you put your donated items where they belong in the Parish Center!

Contact Bob Reid at pe@sacs-stl.org or (314) 599-8433 if you need donations picked up (the earlier in the week the better)


TOP 8 REASONS TO DONATE ITEMS OR VOLUNTEER AT THE ST. ANN GARAGE SALE

8. You get to meet and hang out with other wonderful, awesome volunteers

7. Teachers get to pick items to further enhance the learning in their classrooms

6. Leftover items benefit a number of charities, inc. Kidney Foundation, Our Lady of Guadalupe (books for their sale), homeless gentlemen in south St. Louis, and Remains (which distributes items to 3rd World countries)

5. Volunteer hours will go toward SACPO obligation

4. Donating items makes your house seem bigger by freeing up space

3. Donating items makes you eligible for charitable tax deduction

2. Proceeds and items benefit Vincent de Paul Society assisting needy folks in our area

1. Proceeds benefit our favorite grade school – St. Ann of Normandy


The best times to volunteer are:

10/17 thru 10/22 anytime between 1 and 7 to help sort, fold, hang, organize. (Even if you can just come for a little while)

10/23 between 8 and 3. 10/24 between 9 and 1. Call Bob Reid at (314) 599-8433 if you can help out on the day of the sale

10/24 at 1:00 to box and bag up leftovers for charities and perhaps take a van or truckful up to Value Village.

Thank you in advance for helping us out!

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October 15, 2010

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We will celebrate World Mission Sunday on October 24th. This is the one Sunday of the year when Catholics worldwide pray and sacrifice for Missionaries in over 1,150 mission territories who depend on this support in order to share the message of the Gospel.

In his message for World Mission Sunday, Pope Benedict observes: “Like the Greek pilgrims of two thousand years ago, the people of our time too, ask believers not only to ‘speak’ of Jesus, but to ‘make Jesus seen’.

Missionaries worldwide make Jesus seen in striking ways. Here are some examples:

  • The Little Sisters of Jesus delivered food to local families in Haiti after the earthquake.
  • Sister Julie of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Karachi, Pakistan helps educate the little children on the roads of Pakistan so that they can earn their living instead of begging.
  • A native Priest of Bluefields, Nicaragua said: “I was inspired by the missionaries I met when I was growing up. Now I am a missionary in my own country.”

Please be generous to the special collection for World Mission Sunday on October 24th. May our prayers and support enable Missionaries “not only to speak of Jesus, but to make Jesus seen.” May God reward you for having a missionary heart!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis

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