Completed And Future Projects At Our Parish

Dear Friends,

At least once or twice a year it is important to show you what projects have recently been completed on the church and or rectory and what still needs to be done. If you are a homeowner, then you are aware of what it takes to keep up with maintenance and repairs on the home. Some repairs may be low cost and others require budgeting and saving for. The older the home, the greater the need to make repairs or replacements. Your family parish is no different. Our Mother of Good Counsel was built in 2001 which means we will be celebrating 18 years in August.

Please look on the next page and see what projects have been completed recently. The parish has spent $92,319.02 in much needed improvements. You can see that projects to complete in the coming fiscal year will total approx. $140,000.00. We have four A/C units and four furnaces that are original to the building which have been maintained and they are nearing time of replacement.

One major project in the future is to replace all the lighting in the Church. Some lights over the Altar are burnt out and replacement bulbs are not available. In addition, to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, we would like to move towards all LED lighting. The pavement also is original but it eventually requires a total resurfacing. As you can see on the chart, our long term projects total over half a million dollars and require some planning and budgeting.

Thank you to the many dedicated committee volunteers past and present that have worked for the benefit of the parish. Being so financially responsible allowed us to pay off our building loan earlier than anticipated. However, there has been a decline in our building fund donations. We hope you see a need for these donations and why they are important. Our building fund donations from July 1, 2018 to date is $8,972.00

As of this date, we have approximately $130,000 in our checking account. This money is used to pay our monthly bills, professional services, supplies, and day to day maintenance. We have two savings accounts in the Diocese with approx. $90,000.00 in each account. One is unrestricted the other is a restricted building fund. Money is allocated for capital improvements.

Owning a home is very rewarding, but can be expensive. We as parishioners own a home together. We as a family need to support each other, not only financially, but spiritually as well. Please take some time to reflect on the future of the parish. Thank you for your continued support to the parish and may the love of God be with us as we continue this journey together. God Bless.

From the Building and Grounds Commission