I sincerely hope that you and your families are well and coping with this ongoing pandemic in a calm and safe manner. Let us hope that the gradual easing of restrictions will lead to a somewhat back-to-normal lifestyle.
Last Friday night, (on Zoom, of course), I had two very important meetings; one with our Parish Council and the other with our Finance Committee.
With the Parish Council, we discussed different options for the time when the Archbishop allows the reopening of churches to celebrate daily Mass with our parishioners in attendance. Most probably, we will create a system of “booking seats” for every weekend Mass, in order to maintain the maximum of fifty people in attendance per Mass. Hopefully, this would alleviate the situation of having to turn someone away – making for anger on their part and embarrassment on ours.
With the Finance Council, we looked at our finances and then revised our budget for 2020. In a nutshell, our weekly Sunday Collections have dropped about 50%. Also, we had to cancel our Annual Golf Tournament, which is one of our major fundraisers. Although our financial situation is stable, we will still be facing some difficult decisions on how to best use our resources to continue to serve our community. We are reviewing all ministries and support services to reduce costs where possible; but doing so in a cautious and practical manner. Some personnel and programming changes have already been made.
Another item discussed was the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan. It would be very helpful if more parishioners would use this type of payment for their weekly Sunday donation. The Pre-Authorized Payment Plan ensures us of a steady and predictable monthly income, allowing for a better insight into our finances. All you need to do is to open the link below, fill out the form and email or drop it off at the Parish Office.
On behalf of myself, Fr. Konrad, and the Parish and Finance Councils, I would like to thank all of you for your ongoing support in these challenging times. Enjoy the long weekend… while remembering to follow all of our provincial authorities’ guidelines.
Fr. Chris Pastuszka, SDS
MASS INTENTIONS (Requested by)
May 18 to 24, 2020
Monday +Jun Lopez (Dia and Family)
Tuesday Spl. Int. Gloria Ferrer 101st Birthday (Family)
Wednesday +Fernando Di Cesare (Family)
Thursday Spl. Int. Sarah Fong (Family)
Thursday School Mass – Parishioners
Friday Spl. Int. Catherine Chen (Agnes and Family)
Friday Spl. Int. Christel Allison (Eva R.)
Saturday Spl. Int. in Honour of St. Pancras (Cynthia Avelino-Gomez)
Saturday +Rosa Corrado (Children and Family)
+Gregorio D. Anonas Junior (Family)
+Angela Valente (Giannelli Family)
Sunday +Sam Buonassisi (Holy Cross School)
+Domenico Terragni (Wife and Family)
Sunday ++Deceased Members of Santagiuliana Family (Family)
+Ivan Udovicic (Marisa Demare and Nick Gentile)
+Rosina D’Onofrio (Giuseppina G.)
Sunday +Paul Thow (Family)
+Ophelia Pereira (Daphne)
Sunday Spl. Int. Lennie David (Doris Lee)