Message from the Pastor

Bulletin Issue: November 19, 2017

In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear another parable from Jesus in which He presents how a master congratulates his servants for being “faithful in small matters.” As the pastor of Holy Trinity, it is my responsibility to promote this lesson of Jesus so that as a parish we are faithful in small matters as well as in large ones. In this respect, the parish staff’s stewardship of contributions and gifts, small and large, are to be received, accounted for and dispersed responsibly.

This weekend and the following week we are presenting glimpses of the parish’s pastoral picture (financially and ministerially). Like a painting by numbers, we portray the parish’s financial picture by means of this column and the publication of our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017.  Our financial picture will be referred to during my annual sermon on the state of the parish, which I will present at each Mass this weekend. Then, you can expect to receive the Parish Pledge letter and information, which registered parishioners should receive in the mail this week. In this letter, I highlight several examples that illustrate our matrix of Ignatian ministries and reflect our mission statement as one of welcoming, accompaniment, celebration, and transformation.

Allow me to note some important numbers:

— Registered Parishioners: 3,500
— Parish Operating Revenue: $4,258,000
— Parish Pledge: $2,650,000 from 1,365 households
— Offertory and Holiday Collections: $671,000
— Other Sources of Revenue: $515,000
— Total Parish Expenditures: $4,258,000
— Total Groups and Programs of the Parish: 101

Sacramental and Religious Education
— Children in Sunday Religious Education: 750
— Children Baptized: 197
— Adults Baptized: 7
— Adults Received into Full Communion: 19
— First Eucharist: 133
— First Reconciliation: 142
— Confirmations: 123
— Liturgical Ministers: 600

Holy Trinity School
— Enrollment: 343
— Need-based financial aid provided: $650,000

Social Justice Tithe
— Distributions: $405,000
— Organizations Supporting the Poor and Vulnerable: 27

Ignatian Spirituality
— Individual Engaged in Retreats: 209
— Students in Ignatian Training Program: 17
— Women Engaged in ISP Retreats: 40
— Sacred Space Booklets: 2,500

These numbers paint quite a picture of a parish that is actively engaged and contemplatively grounded. Our challenge is to continue to sustain these activities responsibly as good and worthy stewards of Christ. Thank you for your contributions of time, talent, and treasure.