Fr. Raj led prayer at 5:30.
Present: Fr. Raj, Terry Brennan, Anne Welborn, Eileen Grant, Brad DeSaye, Bill Jacobs, Dan Putschoegl, Yvonne Napolitano
Guests Present: Jim Wren, Donna Maneely
- Capital Campaign Report: figures as of October 30, 2019
- Pledges and donations paid to Capital Campaign: $2,490,135
Completing the Mission Report: figures as of October 30, 2019
- Pledges Made: $423,835
- Total Contributed: $401,225
- Balance on Reserve Fund Loan $74,000
- Will pay another $5k this coming week to BOK Financial reserve loan
- Minutes Approval: September 25, 2019 Minutes approved
- Anne motioned to accept the minutes, Brad seconded the motion- all approved
- Financial Statements: September Financials approved
- Tuition- Anne asked if the decrease in school expenses will help offset the tuition revenue shortfall. Jim is encouraged that tuition revenue will increase. Jim said that CEA representatives came to the school board meeting and suggested the school host a cocktail reception for local businesses to learn more about the Corporate CEA. Yvonne asked why there is a decrease in tuition revenue and school students. Jim said there are a variety of reasons; we can’t really be sure. Jim spoke about the conference he recently attended and someone from the Diocese of Wichita, KS talked about tuition free Catholic schools. He will contact them for more information if anyone is interested. Fr. Raj also spoke about the new principal bringing catholic values to the school and helping with bringing the school and church together.
- Bill motioned to accept the September financials, Yvonne seconded it; motion passed
- Bank Statement Approval:
- Dan reviewed the September bank statements; no discrepancies noted
- Terry will review the October bank statements along with Brad
- Pastor’s Report:
- Raj commented that the last two weeks have been hectic due to Heritage Weekend, the new parishioner dinner, Eucharistic Minister and Lector training and the Marian Consecration.
- We are still in the quiet phase of the Diocesan campaign. Fr. Raj will speak at all the masses on November 16th and 17th about the campaign.
- The 50th anniversary Diocesan Jubilee is on December 2nd. Thirty seven people from our parish will be attending.
- Parish Manager Report:
- Jim spoke more about the Diocesan Jubilee. The diocese allocated 30 tickets to Sacred Heart to attend. Jim and Jimena will be in the procession bringing a floral offering. Thirty seven people from the parish are attending, which includes the priests and deacons. We rented a bus to take most everyone to the event. None of the Jubilee expenses are budgeted as we were unaware of this event at budget time.
- Jim attended the International Catholic Stewardship Conference this month in Chicago. He attended many worthwhile trainings and gave a summary about ‘Jesus on Money’ – budgeting and fundraising should always start with the question “why”.
- Jim is recommending that the parish become a member of ICSC so next year’s conference will cost less; it is in Anaheim so maybe more of the staff can attend. Jim feels at least one person should go; possibly add to budget next year.
- Jim discussed the open Development Director position; suggested changing it to a stewardship position. Current salary is low, which was the reason the one person who was interested backed out. Need to re-evaluate the position and ask why we need it. And change the position description if necessary.
- Heritage weekend (including the new parishioner dinner) was a success; not a fundraiser but we did make a little money. Next year Jim would like to make it more true to its name by having more of a variety of food offerings to celebrate all heritages. The entertainers did a great job. Procedures for collecting money were followed.
- New parishioner dinner: The event was popular with everyone. Lisa Tucker made homemade lasagna. Representatives from all ministries and councils were there.
- Jim spoke about Catholic Community Foundation grants that are available. He would like to apply for one to help with the cost of buying art for the Gathering Place.
- Old Business: None
- New Business:
- Raj has asked the Council to re-evaluate our current charitable contributions. Yvonne asked if there is a Diocesan charitable donation policy. Jim stated that there isn’t, we can give to whomever we choose. The diocese doesn’t control that. Bill suggested that a few finance council members look into this and report back. Bill suggested that we should support our two seminarians-Daniel Carlisi and Jeff Pooley. Fr. and Jim agreed. We will discuss at the next meeting.
- We have been putting our monthly revenue and expenses in the bulletin for transparency. The council received a letter from a parishioner who feels that these reports are meaningless. Jim asked the council for their input and a reply to the letter. Bill suggested a year-to-date report each month. Terry agreed. The consensus was to change to year-to-date income and expenses. The finance council will send a letter to the parishioner that some changes will be made to the bulletin revenue and expense report. Raj stated that we publish the date of the finance council meetings so anyone can attend the meetings if they choose.
- The next finance council meeting is November 20th.
Fr. Raj led closing prayer at 6:38pm
Respectfully Submitted by Donna Maneely