You soon will be receiving the quarterly report on your giving to the parish. One reason we send these reports out is to ensure our records are accurate, please be sure to contact the parish if there is any mistake. This report also helps our parishioners review how they are doing on their tithing pledge. One year I had pledged an increase in my tithing, but forgot to notify my bank for the automatic withdrawal, the quarterly letter helped me catch that. Another year my automatic withdrawal to the parish expired and I did not catch it until I received the quarterly letter.
I am extremely grateful for all who have been able to financially support the parish in these difficult times. Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen about a 20% drop in our Sunday income. We are still working on a budget for the new fiscal year we have just begun. The Finance Council is projecting a decrease of about $300,000.00 from our Sunday income. This means some parish program will need to be put on hold and the parish staff may need to be reorganized.
An additional challenge is our Annual Catholic Appeal that supports the ministries of the archdiocese throughout western Washington. The parish is responsible to meet our goal. We are currently at only 66% of that goal. If we do not meet that goal through the direct appeal to our parishioners, we may have to budget an additional $50,000 from our operational budget to cover our responsibilities. Last year we did not make our goal for the Annual Appeal because we needed to launch the Called to Serve Campaign at the same time as the Appeal. The parish must now pay the $7,000.00 shortfall of the 2019 Appeal.
If you are able, please help us meet this year’s goal. You can go online to
to make your gift today to the Annual Catholic Appeal. Your participation, regardless of the amount, will make a difference – to you, to us, and to those who benefit from your generosity.