From the Business Manager’s Office

As part of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s internal restructuring and to increase safeguards for Pastors and parishes, it is now required for all parishes to have a Parish Finance Council (PFC).  Per the Archdiocese of Detroit Parish, Vicariate, and Councils Handbook: “The Parish Finance Council assists the pastor in the proper administration of the finances and material assets of the parish.” This includes the financial, physical, and human resources of the parish.

re·source [ree-sawrs] noun 1. a source of supply, support, or aid, especially one that can be readily drawn upon when needed.

The St. Anastasia Finance Council has been meeting monthly since January and has recently approved its first annual budget. They are currently writing a mission statement so they can be reminded of their focus and purpose. 

With the name “finance council” is it assumed that the only concern of the council is the money assets of the parish. This is not true. The PFC, Fr. J.J., and I are the main stewards of the buildings, grounds, equipment, staff, and volunteers of St. Anastasia – along with the finances.  This is a role we all take seriously. Recently, we made  arrangements to change the telephone and internet service for the   parish – resulting in savings close to $3,000 per year. We have been researching how to use the gym more effectively during weekdays (it’s seldom used during this time) to help with room set-ups in the Social Halls and in the Davidson Center – saving our maintenance staff time and energy.

Assuring all resources are effectively and efficiently utilized is “Priority One” to me.

Until the next time,
Brian Burgin