Business Manager’s Update

From the Office

I was not able to do an Offertory Review for this issue due to timing…we’ll get caught up on that next week. I will be doing the financial review for the last fiscal year and also YTD this fiscal year for you in January; I know I’m late on this but I feel we’ve done a good job of keeping you informed of financial issues and their impact to St. Anastasia. I need to coordinate the timing of the reports with Father J.J. as I plan to be here that weekend for all the Masses to answer any of your questions in person…probably in the Narthex afterwards.

Hope your Thanksgiving was as good as mine…as usual; I overdid it on the Turkey and all the trimmings, but then it’s a tradition. How’s that for justification for overeating! The day after Thanksgiving is always a sad day for me, it’s the day every year when I winterize my Harley and get the snow blower out – change the oil, spark plug, and get it ready for the eventual onslaught of the snow. It’s also the day I put up the Christmas lights…funny, as I’ve gotten older and the kids have gone off to college and gotten married, the volume of lights and my enthusiasm for putting them up has waned. I guess I’m getting old and pessimistic because when I put them up, I keep thinking about KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) as I will need to take them down in January and it’s generally not that pleasant being out there at that time. Others have assured me that upon the arrival of grandchildren (maybe this year??) my attitude will reverse and I’ll get back to the Clark Griswold (remember him…the Chevy Chase character from the movie Christmas Vacation ) method of putting up Christmas lights.

I want to make sure and remind you that when considering your Christmas donation to St. Anastasia, that you remember we keep that collection 100% tax/assessment free from the Archdiocese of Detroit; we are taxed/assessed at a rate of 6% on our regular weekly donations. I’ve had a couple of calls from parishioners asking me about that and a few of you do your entire tithing for the whole year via the Christmas collection. Be sure to use your Christmas Collection envelope for that collection, if you don’t have one mark the envelope you are using in big letters “Christmas Collection”. Those of you on automated donations will be hearing from me shortly as we are working with the bank to allow you to do an automated donation for the Christmas collection…we are still dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s on that. To give you some background on the Christmas collections, in 2004 it was $90,362; in 2005 it was $88,452; in 2006 it was $86,079; in 2007 it was $103,729; in 2008 it was $85,630. Based on the past history and how we’ve been doing this year, I am confident that your support will at least equal last years and I’m praying that we may be pleasantly surprised and see numbers like we did 2007. We count on this tax/assessment free donation as a vital part of our budget. In the past, it’s been the difference between operating in the black as opposed to the red and having to access our savings. Please prayerfully consider your support at this holy time of the year. We certainly aren’t blind and we do realize the economic crunch many are in – but also we realize that not all of us are in dire straights. We need to search our conscience and pray on it…remember the words of the Gospel from Matthew 25:35-46: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did to me”.

God bless, Franz