Dear Members of St. Joseph and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parishes,
Our annual parish financial reports for St. Joseph and for Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parishes are included in this newsletter. Each year we are required to submit a report of the finances of our parishes to the Diocese of Cleveland as well as a report to you, the members of our parishes. And so, I ask you to take a good look at these reports of money that has come in and money that has been spent over the last fiscal year which ran from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. Also included are our budgets for the current fiscal year, ending June 30, 2024.
As stewardship parishes, we concentrate on sharing the God-given gifts of our time our talent, and our treasure. I want to thank all of you who are so faithful to Sunday offertory each week and month using your envelopes or online giving through direct debit or by credit card. You enable us to do as parishes what we do.
Sometimes people will say, “The Church should take care of that. “Which translated means, “Other people should take care of that. “They also say, “The Church has tons of money. “A careful look at our financial reports quickly dispels that myth. We need to remember that we are the Church. Each of us is a member of the Body of Christ. And each of us is called to be a fully participating member of the Church.
As you look over these financial reports, I ask you to consider whether the amount of your weekly or monthly offering might call for some adjusting. Sometimes we get used to a particular amount and it is good to review our personal circumstances and see if this gift of our treasure accurately reflects our life right now.
Household and personal expenses are going up each year, and so are those of our parishes. Whether talking about our parishes or our households, we cannot afford to pay our bills by depleting our savings. As participating members of our parish families, what is the Lord asking of you right now in terms of sharing a portion of the treasure that He has entrusted to you?
Several people are making their Sunday offerings by online giving through myEoffering. I have been using online giving for my own regular contributions to the Sunday offertory to St. Joseph and Nativity parishes for a lot of years now. Online giving ensures that the Lord gets our first fruits each month, that the parish receives this contribution when people are out of town, and it also is more convenient for those who use this method regularly to pay their bills.
For St. Joseph parishioners and Nativity parishioners, signing up is as simple as going to the parish website — www.stjosephamherst.com — and clicking on “eOffering” on the home page. This will take you to myEoffering where you may sign up, indicate your parish, and then begin giving online.
I stand in gratitude for the goodness of the people of our St. Joseph and Nativity Parish families. Thank you so much for sharing so generously your time, your talent, and your treasure so that the Lord’s work may be done. And may the Lord continue to bless you and those you love, richly and warmly.
Gratefully in Christ,
Fr. Timothy J. O’Connor,