Fiscal Year 2014 (July1. 2013-June 31, 2014) showed St. Ann Parish with an operating deficit of $20,333. (For the members of the 21 Club, with the Archdiocesan year-end audit, we reclassified some expenses/receivables into the current fiscal year, thus the slight discrepancy from the original $21,007) That deficit was after capital expenditures and bad debts were added in. In terms of ‘normal’ operating budget items, we showed a slim ‘profit’ of $25,418, compared to a ‘profit’ of $85,189 in FY 2013. Cash in our checking account and money market fund total $76,585, down from $121,789 last year. But, as I mentioned in my homily on Stewardship Sunday, that operating deficit is a direct result of the founding grant by Ann Lucas Hunt which set the mission of this parish: “To see to the needs of the congregation and the education of the children.” Here is the breakdown.
Expenses – Capital and Non-Cash
Capital Expenditures (cost element 61) totaled $34,599, significantly down from the year that saw the replacement of the boiler and redoing of the school computer lab. The breakdown of major costs is as follows:
- Parish Building expenses of $8,400 covered repair of the gym floor from some water damage, the second half of the window replacements in the school hallways, and the internet rewiring project of this summer.
- Equipment expenditures for the parish/school were $26,078, which included 2 replacement a/c units; an additional boiler water treatment tank; the hearing assist units for the church sound system; some replacement computers for teachers, plus $16,587 for a Mac-Mini and 30 i-Pads for school whose costs were split between the parish and a Boeing grant.
Non Cash expense (65) was $11,158, attributable to bad debt and uncollectable tuition.
Expenses – other than Capital or non-cash Capital
- Personnel Costs (51) rose at a 4.7 % level, reflecting an Archdiocesan mandated 3% raise for faculty, with the resulting increases in Federal taxes, Health Insurance premiums and the like.
- Supplies (52) showed a overall decrease of $8,649. Major variances include: The costs to replace the English Series as compared to last year’s Math Series ($3,500) and Parish Organizations’ expenses – aka: Men’s club, SAPO, Ladies Guild, etc., ($4,314) were offset by savings in janitorial supplies, (-$1,503) one time software Operating Systems for the computer lab purchased in FY13, (-$5,752) a reclassification of Teachers wish list monies to the areas where we spent them -transportation, instructional items, supplies, etc.) (-$10,316)
- Fees and Services (53) showed a decrease of $5,327, as a result of some savings by our School Marketing committee as well as reclassifying the Shipping and Handling fees for our textbooks into the just mentioned “Supplies” category.
- Occupancy (54) saw a decrease of -$7,151 overall as compared to the previous year. Higher heating costs and Snow removal costs (Remember the Polar Vortex?) were offset by having less Repairs and Maintenance needed, (Remember the hail storm the night of the 2012 Dinner Dance?). The purchase of a copier last Fiscal Year resulted in $3,103 of savings in the Equipment Rental category.
- Transfers to Other Parishes/Diocese (55) jumped as expected. The bulk of this ($11,430) was due to the Alive in Christ Initiative, as this ‘tax’ hit its “2% of external revenues” ceiling, and an increase ($2,000 ) to the Priests Retirement Fund expenses.
- Unrestricted Revenues (41) of $364,236 were flat this year, showing a minimal $554 increase from last year’s giving. This includes our Sunday Envelopes, Holy Day and loose changes, as well as memorial and other unrestricted gifts. (Offertory gifts for normal Sunday collections were up, but were offset by a decline in unrestricted gifts – funeral memorials, and gifts given in honor of individuals, etc.)
- Restricted Offerings and Gifts (43) were down (-$11,034) as compared to the previous year’s specialized appeals for the boiler fund in both our Visitation Appeal and the Pay It Forward appeal. (Visitation netted $35,906. The bulk of the Pay It Forward appeal came in the previous fiscal year, with the remainder trickling in this year at $2,385.)
- Program fees (44) compromise tuition, book fees, registration as well as the Archdiocesan Alive in Christ Scholarship money to St. Ann School families. There is good news and bad news in this category. The good news is that the Alive in Christ program supplied 36 school families with $59,300 of scholarship money to help them afford the Catholic education we provide. The bad news you know: nearly 20 families initially took advantage of the School Transfer Law, so that our enrollment based revenues were down by -$43,276. This was partially offset by the sale of some cemetery plots, ($5,200) for a net decline in program fees of -$37,987.
- Investment Income (45) – It was another good year for the markets, showing a net increase of $7,688. We were able to realize $21,667 from the endowment from last fiscal year, and we will receive $5,664 this coming July 1. Endowment earnings are held, as of Dec. 31, in a protected fund for budgeting purposes, until they are deposited into our account on July 1 of 2015.
- Grant Revenue (46) was up by $19,500 from last year. We were the recipients, once again, of a generous gift from the Catherine Manley Gaylord Foundation to St. Ann School of $5,000. And, as mentioned above, Archdiocesan Grants to St. Ann parish through the Alive in Christ initiative; Tuition assistance to Teachers in Catholic Schools and CFTA, (offset by no insurance settlements this year), rose by nearly $28,000. We continue to pursue grants for our School and Pre-school to help pay for improvement projects in the future.
- Other Revenues (47) shows decrease of -$5,091. It was a good year for the fiscal health of the various organizations that comprise St. Ann parish – Men’s Club, Ladies Guild, SAPO, and the like, showing an increase of $14,230. These revenues were offset by a decline fund raising revenues from the previous year to the tune of $16,134 (School plays, fish fry’s Dinner Dance, Recycling, etc)
Thus, total revenues show a decrease of $26,370 over last year’s totals. So, when you add it all together, we are left with a net income of – $20,333.
In summary, we nearly absorbed the decreased enrollment numbers due to the School Transfer Ruling.
People’s amazing generosity in response to my Stewardship appeal in October has stabilized our financial bleeding. In the short term, our cash reserves are not where I would like them to be. And the school enrollment trend, which most Catholic Schools are fighting, is still problematic. Yet, I am confident that we will continue to be able to fulfill the mission given to us by both our Savior and Anne Lucas Hunt, to “see to the needs of the community and the education of the children.” We will be conducting the Pay It Forward appeal this spring and the Visitation Appeal in the fall, as usual. And we will be doing some long range planning in the near future to look at building improvements and ongoing maintenance. In the mean time, for the 158th year and counting, we will continue to be a community “living Faith since 1856”.
— Fr. Bill
Despite Mother Nature doing her best to thwart our efforts the 2011 St. Ann Parish Picnic was held on Saturday – May 14th. Although the day was rainy and cold people came out to celebrate St. Ann and spend time with friends in a carnival atmosphere. There were rides for the kids, carnival games, food, live entertainment and even craft vendors selling their wares in the Parish Center. There was something for everyone!
We hope that all of you had a chance to brave the weather and spend some time with your family and friends in support of the St. Ann Parish. In between rain showers we were able to get a few photos of the picnic. Here is a video remix of the photos as well as a link to view individual photos online. (Remember, 50% of any online print purchases goes back into the St. Ann community.)
A hearty thank you to everyone who made this weekend’s Sponsor’s Dinner Dance & Auction such a success. From the looks on everyone’s faces during the event I can tell you it was a huge success. We are truly blessed to have such a caring and passionate community here at St. Ann’s.
Below is a video remix of photos taken at the auction as well as a link to view photos individually with the option to purchase a print of your favorite photos. 50% of the proceeds from purchased prints will go directly back to the St. Ann community.
Spring is almost here and it’s that time of year again…time for the St. Ann Parish Picnic.
Not only was last year’s picnic a lot of fun it was also a huge success for the parish. So we hope you can come out and join us again this year. Here’s all the important details you’re going to need to make the most of this year’s event.
St. Ann Parish Picnic
Saturday, May 14th, 2011
Noon – 8:00 pm (music until 11:30 pm)
Bring your family, friends & neighbors!!!
|Entertainment Schedule||Saturday Attractions|
|12 pm – Normandy Jazz Band||Beer-Margarita Garden|
|2 pm – Murphy Dailey||Dunking Booth|
|4 pm – TBD||Gaming Booths|
|6 pm – Advance Notice||Carnival Rides|
|8:30 pm – Crossfire||Sno Cones & Cotton Candy|
|Saturday Food||50/50 Raffle|
|Gourmet Hot Dog Lunch||Silent raffle for Gift Baskets|
|5 pm BBQ Pork & Fried Chicken Dinner||Pull-Tab BINGO|
General Tickets used for BBQ & Drinks: $1.00 Each
Ride Armbands: $22.00 each advance purchase or Day of the picnic: $25.00
Individual Ride Tickets: $1.00 each (2-3 tickets required per ride)
To purchase advance tickets, come by the Parish Rectory Monday-Friday between 9 am – 3 pm or email [email protected] to schedule a pick up time. Advance tickets end May 6th.
You may download the Advance Ticket Order Form here for your ordering convenience.
Order Form also includes a flyer with picnic details.
If you weren’t able to join us last year check out the 2010 Parish Picnic Re-Mix video below.
Dear St. Ann School families, friends & parishioners,
The 41st annual Sponsor’s Dinner Dance & Auction is coming up on Saturday, April 30, 2011. This is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Last year we raised an amazing $65,000, which was used to finish updating the Science Lab, purchase 2 additional classroom MIMIO boards and laptops, plaster and repaint the school gym, and refinish some flooring. In addition, the money raised helps to ensure the financial stability and budget of the school and parish, and take care of many other necessary repairs/maintenance to the school and church … all thanks to many generous donors.
You may not realize it, but you have connections to local and national businesses, individuals, and organizations that may be willing to contribute to this event!
Do you work at a hotel or know someone that does who would donate a stay? Do you have a connection at one of the airlines who would be willing to give tickets? Do you have a vacation home/time share you would be willing to donate for others to bid on and enjoy? Do you have a favorite restaurant, coffee shop, or movie theater that would be willing to donate a gift certificate? How about a hairdresser, masseuse, craftsman, or contractor that would donate their services?
Please take some time to think about what you do and who you know and how you may be able to help make this year’s event a huge success!
New items and services are always needed to keep the auction going, year after year. Just call or drop a note through school to one of this year’s auction chairpersons, Kay Dieckmann (381-7201) or Cheri Smith (382-1107) and let us know what you are thinking about. The deadline for donations is March 31. If you are interested in helping out in other ways with this year’s auction, please let us know… new people bring new ideas.
We hope you are able to join us and other St. Ann School parents and parishioners on April 30 for a fantastic evening of great food, fun, a live band, dancing, and over 175 incredible items and services to bid on! Don’t miss it!
Cheri Smith & Kay Dieckmann, 2011 Auction Co-Chairs
The Catholic Newman Center will be hosting a fundraiser on March 4th. It is entitled Wines around the World. The cost is $35.00 and that allows you to taste wines from Italy, France, Spain, Argentina, and the U.S. In addition, we will have live music (Kathy Reid), hors d’oeuvres, gourmet wine basket raffle, beer and soda. Just call 385-3455 or email Kay at [email protected] to make reservations.
Space will be limited.
Thanks again for supporting the Newman Center.
In case you didn’t make it to St. Ann Catholic Church for Christmas mass here’s a photo of how the church was decorated this year. Click on the photo for a larger version.
For your winter viewing enjoyment here is a video remix of photos from the November 13, 2010 St. Ann Murder Mystery Dinner.