Thursday, July 15, 2010

Simple machinations

"Human progress planned as alternatives (to God's plan) introduce injustice, evil and violence rising against the divine plan of justice and salvation. And despite transitory and apparent successes, they are reduced to simple machinations destined to dissolution and failure." -- Pope John Paul II

One week all parishioners are urged to begin giving $5 a week more in order to solve our budget problems, but when the very next week two long-time employees are let go, it seems 'machinations' are in play. Why weren't parishioners given the opportunity to give more (again)?

And if the budget has already been cut to the bone, we'd like to see in what way. But parishioners are given very few particulars. The money we hand over each week is never really accounted for in a detailed way. We are given a 'big picture' view.

As a parishioner not on the finance council, would you like to have a more detailed budget presented? If so, how far into specifics? If you feel it's none of your business, let us know why you are not concerned.


  1. I want to know why additional donations were not given a chance to work. Additionally, why not trim non-essentials, like paid musicians, rather than core staff?

  2. Good questions, anonymous. Transparency in finances is a good thing, and we're hoping to see more details about our parish budget in the future.