From the Business Manager’s Office

During the nearly three months that I have been on the job, I have been   attending training classes through the Archdiocese. While I have degrees in Accounting and Business Management and I understand generally accepted accounting practices, the AOD methods of accounting are specialized for the church’s use and do not necessarily follow the practices of “normal” businesses. During these classes, I have learned that the AOD is rewriting the accounting policies and procedures. This is a good thing. The last update was provided in 1981 and did not differ from the original drafted in 1931.

All of this is part of Archbishop Vigneron’s endeavors to eliminate inefficiencies and provide an air of transparency between the parishes, the Archdiocese, and the parishioners. The AOD has recruited accounting professionals within the Finance Department who have been charged with re-writing these procedures and policies and are doing so from an accounting perspective.

With all of this in mind, we are in the process of revising the 2011-2012 budget for St. Anastasia to better reflect the current conditions. Also, because so many of you are making offertory contributions electronically on a monthly or semi-monthly basis (again, this is a good thing), I will be providing a month end report in “The Good News” bulletin of offertory donations (as opposed to weekly reports). This should eliminate the weekly ups and downs that appear on the reports.

We want you to know that we take your generosity seriously and strive to be good stewards of the resources you provide on behalf of St. Anastasia Parish.

Brian Burgin, Ext. 130
Business Manager