Stewardship Annual Report
Dear Family of God,
I am pleased to present the 2013-2014 Stewardship Annual Report. The report highlights the important work accomplished by 720 volunteers whose work spans 63 ministries, committees, programs and services touching the lives of many of God's children and families. I thank you for answering God's call to serve your church by giving unselfishly of your time, talent and treasure. It is by loving one another and acting on this love that we can spread the good news of the Gospel and bring people closer to God.
As we celebrate the first anniversary of Perpetual Adoration in our new Queen of Peace Chapel, I again extend my gratitude to all who were involved in this spiritual undertaking. We are blessed to have over 300 adorers spending time with our Lord 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We have received many wonderful comments about adoration "My hour with Jesus is the best hour of my week." and "An hour with our God is not a wasted hour, but an hour best spent." I ask you to think about your relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ – spending one hour of quiet time with him in the new chapel will bring you even closer to Him.
The annual report contains a financial report on the health of the parish. You may recall that last year, we announced Our Lady of Joy Parish was blessed with a generous monetary gift of over 4 million dollars from the William G. Poortvliet Family Trust. Those who knew Bill and Gigi remember they loved the sacred music program at our church. To honor the family's bequest, the parish purchased a new digital organ; auxiliary pipes were recently installed as well. The sound from this beautiful instrument should inspire all of us to praise God with our congregational voices.
While blessed to have this extraordinary gift, a portion of the funds were considered ordinary income and subject to a Bishop's assessment to help support the operation of the diocese and Priest Assurance Fund. As good stewards, great care has been taken to preserve funds for the future and care of the parish. A significant amount has been placed in intermediate and long term investment funds in accordance with Diocesan policies. A small portion has been set aside to fund the parish's spiritual plan and physical facility plan for the next five years. Please know that even with this most generous gift, our everyday operating expenses could not be funded without the consistent financial support of all our parishioners.
Thank you for continuing to serve the Lord and Our Lady of Joy by your untiring support, your presence and worship-offering. I am grateful to God for the support you have shown me since my arrival at Our Lady of Joy. May the Holy Spirit guide me as your new Pastor, and may God bless each of you and your families. Please continue to pray for me.
Yours in Christ and Our Lady,
Fr. Jess Ty