Many of you may already be aware of this but it is with sadness that would like to inform you that we have had to reduce our staff here at St. Monica. You may have noticed that we had a collection shortfall that totaled over 50,000 dollars by the end of August. We budgeted to be able to collect $37,000 a week but we currently only collecting around 31,000 a week. If we continue to trend this way we will be almost $300,000 off for the fiscal year, meaning we will have spent $300,000 more money than we collected.
There comes a time when I as your pastor have to evaluate a situation like this and decide whether or not to ask for more or accept that this is the reality of our current financial situation. In consultation with several groups including the Archdiocese it is my belief that accepting our new financial reality is the prudent choice. I have an obligation to be responsible with the resources that are provided by you and so this is the decision I have made.
As a result I have decided we need to reduce our staff by phasing out the following positions:
Director of Communication and Stewardship, Director of Pastoral Care, 1 of 2 receptionists
It is important for all to know these are staff cuts are not performance related. Those who worked for us in these positions have been great employees and done great work for us. I would happily recommend any of them to another employer and it should be known that I have personally been pleased with the service they have offered to the Church and to St. Monica during their time with us. If you are aware of job openings related to these three areas please let me or our office know and we will pass on the information.
We will continue to support these administrative positions for the time being:
Pastoral Associate, Family Life Coordinator, Director of Religious Education, Business Manager, Music and Liturgy Coordinator, School Principal, Associate Pastor, Pastor
I would ask for your prayers during this time especially that those who need to will find meaningful work that enables them to continue to glorify God in all that they do.
A concluding thought that I have is this: just because we are not as financially wealthy does not mean that we are not a vibrant parish of persons who seek to be disciples of Jesus Christ, it just means we don’t have as much money as we used to. As we continue to focus on our personal prayer this year and prepare to understand our vocation and call to evangelize know that I will be in need of your help to embrace the call that God is giving our community to witness the Gospel message in the area that God has blessed our parish to be in.