Stewardship Annual Report
I am pleased to present the 2019-2020 Stewardship Annual Report. The report highlights the important work accomplished by 385volunteers whose work spans 38 ministries as well as committees, programs and services that touch the lives of our parishioners and also those in need within our diocese. 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.
This year has brought many blessings, as well as many uncertainties and a lot of “first times” for all of us. Following our Bishop’s request, we closed our live masses as well as any in-person meetings or ministries on March 16th and did not resume fully for the remainder of this fiscal year. In an effort to help our dear parishioners stay connected with our parish, we began live-streaming masses each weekend and producing video messages from myself, Fr. Clement, Fr. Kurt, and staff members. We made an effort to call each and every registered member to see how you were doing. The preschool was shut down and the staff went on furlough. Some of the staff moved to working from home, while a few of us stayed so that the parish office would remain open for those of you who needed us. The church and adoration chapel remained unlocked and available to those who wanted for private prayer. Please know of our constant and continued prayers for all of you throughout this entire pandemic. We pray each day for all of you at morning mass and during our evening prayers.
The annual report contains a financial report on the health of the parish. After being under remodel for nine months, the Parish Hall re-opened on February 2nd. The completion of the hall also completes our use of the Poortvliet Trust and we will continue to count ourselves blessed by the consistent financial support of our parishioners.
We are moving toward the goal of full restoration of parish life with prudence and caution, balancing the needs of the faithful with our great concern for the physical well-being of our parishioners and the wider community. 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 for each of you and the generous support you have given the parish and myself, as well as Father Clement and Father Kurt. May the Holy Spirit guide me, 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