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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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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