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Fr. Tom’s Letters

 

Each week Fr. Tom writes a letter to parishioners in our bulletin.  Every letter is comprehensive, including current information about the Parish, an explanation of Scripture for that Sunday, and an invitation to become more engaged in the life of the parish.

 

 

 

 

December 3, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

As we begin a new church liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent, many parishes offer a financial report concerning the previous fiscal year. This report addresses the 2022-23 fiscal year that began September 1, 2022 and ended August 31, 2023. As is always the case, parishioners have been very generous and I am grateful to all for your generosity and support. Our parish trustees remain Mr. James Gatta and Mr. James Griffin. Our Parish Finance Committee has not changed since last year. Our beloved parishioner and longtime committee member Joe Ferrick passed away. All the Finance Committee members miss the wisdom and precision Joe brought to the quarterly meetings. Most importantly, we miss Joe’s love for St. Anne’s Parish and School. Mrs.  Mary Lou Engrassia continues her oversight of all our parish operations and finances. St. Anne’s is blessed with an excellent parish staff and volunteers who serve on committees and help with so many parish ministries and organizations.

A wonderful achievement of the parish this past decade is the St. Francis Ministry Center. The building is fully operating and all bills have been paid for the new building. Most recently, an additional very generous contribution has been made so that the main meeting room is fully wired for sound. During the first full year of operation more than 400 gatherings of all different kinds, for people of all ages have occurred in the St. Francis Ministry Center. We are truly blessed with the parishioner generosity that made this addition possible. Thank you.

For the parish report, you will find on the following page, we report a deficit of $14,310. Interestingly our Sunday offerings were up 6% as was Christmas. Auxiliary revenue, down by $600,000 reflects the previous year’s government grant related to the pandemic. That grant, part of the PPP government pandemic relief program, inflated our income for the previous year.  Our extraordinary income is greatly reduced because collection of capital campaign pledges is now mostly complete.

On the expense side, spending increased by 4% for operating expenditures, funding used to cover the expenses for the ordinary day to day operations of the parish. I think the expense numbers are consistent with past years and reflect continued intelligent budgeting and responsible spending.

We are hopeful that the continued growth of parish contributions through WESHARE will help us work towards a balanced budget with no deficit and a small surplus. More than 1600 parish families are enrolled in WESHARE and following their own scheduled and planned giving, WESHARE contributions now combine for nearly 2/3 of our Sunday contributions. We ask all parish families to consider using WESHARE as a way of supporting the parish.

Operating Revenue

2022-2023

2021-2022

Variance

Sundays & Holydays  

1,256,709

1,187,813

6%

Christmas

219,496

207,643

6%

Easter

121,218

124,318

-2%

Fund Raising (Spirit Day, Big Bucks, Booster Club)

21,887

37,812

-42%

Faith Formation (Religious Education)

159,731

155,643

3%

Parish Programs (Parish Social Ministry, Camp Saint Anne, CYO, Respect Life)

185,822

125,312

48%

Auxiliary Revenue (Sacramental Offerings, poor boxes, votives, interest, rent)     

100,611

700,690

-86%

National & Diocesan Collections 

30,593

42,633

-28%

Total Revenue

2,096,067

2,581,864

-19%

 

 

 

 

Operating Expenditures

 

 

 

Salaries

787,304

736,275

7%

Fringe Benefits (Medical/Dental, Pension, FICA taxes, etc.)

409,120

396,908

3%

Faith Formation (Religious Education)

61,178

54,352

13%

Parish Programs (Parish Social Ministry, Camp Saint Anne, CYO, Respect Life, Pre-Cana)

137,275

105,449

30%

Parish Subsidy for Saint Anne's School

300,000

336,198

-11%

Printing & Office

102,637

91,081

13%

Auxiliary Expenses (Liturgical, Choir,  Assessments, etc.)

172,334

170,092

1%

Rectory Household

24,572

25,374

-3%

National & Diocesan Collections 

30,593

42,633

-28%

Building Maintenance & Utilities 

355,054

338,087

5%

Total Operating Expenditures

2,380,067

2,296,449

4%

 

 

 

 

Net Operating Revenue in excess of expenditures

-284,000

285,415

-200%

 

 

 

 

Extraordinary Income

 

 

 

Donations & Bequests

147,300

140,639

5%

Capital Campaign revenue

261,071

1,219,442

-79%

 

 

 

 

Extraordinary Capital Expense  

 

 

 

Non-recurring capital expenditures funded by capital reserves

 

 

 

2022-2023: Masonary repairs, exterior lighting, church painting, hot water tank replacement

115,256

110,500

4%

Capital campaign and new building related expenses

23,425

2,545,802

-99%

 

 

 

 

TOTAL INCOME

2,504,438

3,941,945

-36%

TOTAL EXPENDITURES

2,518,748

4,952,751

-49%

TOTAL NET

-14,310

-1,010,806

-99%

 

PARISH SCHOOL

Our parish school remains a vital ministry of St. Anne’s Parish. In this increasingly secular culture, with so many issues being debated about choice in education, parents’ rights, topics related to morality in terms of technology use and the internet, social behaviors and relationships, we are blessed to have a parish Catholic school that continues to preach and encourage gospel living throughout the school day for our children. Our kids pray every day, study their faith, involve themselves in service, and our faculty, principal, and staff assist our school parents in guiding and forming children in the faith.

Providing a Catholic parish school opportunity is a tremendous undertaking for a parish. Parents, faculty, the parish all combine their efforts and make sacrifices to keep the school open and affordable. I realize more than ever our parish school is a bargain, relative to some other tuition at Catholic school. One parish family explained to me that they spend $25,000 to enroll their two children in a local Catholic middle school for sixth to eighth graders. I explained to her that she can enroll two middle school students at St. Anne’s for $10,000.  Comparatively, we are a bargain!

Our present enrollment is 384 students and we hope to grow that enrollment. We have a new principal Dr. Thomas Fasano. His dedication as principal, his commitment to our Catholic faith, his involvement and concern for the children, his relationship with the faculty is creating an exciting future.

Our school operated at a deficit of $254,089. That includes a parish and diocesan subsidy of $340,000. We need to decrease that deficit. Enrollment, salaries, and tuitions are the most critical factors in managing the school budget. Pastors with parish schools and diocesan educational leaders are working together to address concerns of more just salaries for our teachers and tuition costs that meet more effectively the financial demands of operating a parish school. It is a challenging situation. At the same time, having been involved in Catholic education for 65 years, 21 years as a student, 15 years as a teacher, and 32 years as a priest/pastor, I have very good feelings and positive thoughts about how St. Anne’s Parish will continue to meet the challenges of offering a parish school opportunity. Ours is a parish ministry. Although our school family parents make great financial sacrifices to send their children here, the entire parish financially supports the parish school. There are many ways to help us with the financial management and health of the school. I am very grateful to those parishioners who offer financial support to our school. These persons believe deeply in Catholic education. If you would like to become more financially supportive of our school and the children, please let me know.  Your assistance is most welcome.             

Revenue

2022-2023

2021-2022

Variance

Tuition & Fees

2,118,328

2,180,885

-3%

Subsidies (Parish and Diocesan)

340,000

376,198

-10%

Fund Raising & Development

49,565

213,900

-77%

Mandated Services

225,125

186,562

21%

Other Income

19,844

1,649

1103%

Total Revenue

2,752,862

2,959,194

-7%

 

 

 

 

Expenditures

 

 

 

Administrative Salaries & Expenditures

401,554

393,186

2%

Instructional Salaries & Expenditures

1,596,924

1,604,255

0%

Building Maintenance Salaries & Expenditures

378,586

385,269

-2%

Fringe Benefits (Medical/Dental, Pension, FICA taxes, etc.)

595,713

656,048

-9%

Miscellaneous Expenditures

3,088

2,826

9%

Total Operating Expenditures

2,975,865

3,041,584

-2%

 

 

 

 

Net Operating Revenue in excess of expenditures

-223,003

-82,390

171%

 

 

 

 

Extraordinary Capital Expense  

31,086

28,290

10%

Total Expenditures

3,006,951

3,069,874

-2%

 

 

 

 

Net Revenue in excess of expenditures

-254,089

-110,680

130%

 

 

 

 

 

DIOCESAN BANKRUPTCY

Many of us became aware this week that the bankruptcy case for the Diocese of Rockville Centre is at a critical point. The clergy sexual abuse of children has been a tragedy. Victims and families of victims continue to live with the pain. Those who perpetuated crimes against children will never be able to repair the hurt and devastation that they have inflicted. The Church and clergy still seek to find ways to help the victims deal with the pain that the sexual abuse has caused. Our Church and parishes are weaker because of the clergy sexual abuse. The scandal began to unfold nearly 25 years ago. The crimes were committed decades ago and we stand more vigilant than ever that these crimes be prevented and not repeated.