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Parish Changes Due to 2020-2021 Financial Projections

JULY 23, 2020

 




2020-2021 FINANCIAL PROJECTIONS & REDUCING DEFICIT-SPENDING


The STM Finance Council, Executive Committee, and Pastoral Council have finalized our budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year (which began July 1). As you would expect, the impact of COVID-19 has made it necessary for us to take a conservative approach to revenue projections due to the unknowns around returning to school and the financial hardships our parish families are undoubtedly experiencing in this pandemic.

We have taken the following cost-cutting measures in an effort to continue to reduce our deficit-spending: freezing school and church staff salaries, eliminating positions, outsourcing functions, and reducing some employees’ hours. While these decisions have been very difficult to make, we have made them with prudence after careful discernment. Please be assured that both the school and church have reworked job duties to ensure that we are able to continue to provide the level of service, instruction, formation, and worship that we have in years past.


CHURCH CHANGES:


Our Liturgy Director has taken over the Choir Director responsibilities and some of the Sacristan responsibilities. The Choir Director position has been eliminated and our Sacristan’s hours have been reduced.

We have eliminated the Faith Formation/Justice and Service Director position and have divided responsibilities up between staff members. Our Pastoral Care Associate will assume faith formation responsibilities, our Associate Pastor will assume sacramental preparation responsibilities, and our Pastor will assume justice and service responsibilities.


SCHOOL CHANGES:


We are restructuring the Spanish program using an outside company that we utilized last year for our K-3 students. The Spanish Instructor position has been eliminated.

We are outsourcing the lunch program to an outside vendor that is more cost-effective and better able to adapt to changes wrought by the pandemic. The Food Service Specialist position has been eliminated.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT


We are grateful for your understanding in these difficult decisions and appreciate your continued support and feedback. Know that we continue to take action to maximize forgiveness of our PPP loans which have allowed us to weather some of the financial storm. We are encouraged and humbled by our community’s ongoing commitment to this community, even in difficult times. Thank you for your time, your prayers, and your financial support. Let us continue to pray for one another as we seek to build the city of God here and now!


God Bless,

Fr. Warren Sazama, SJ
Pastor




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