It has been a year since I arrived as a Pastor of this Parish.
Since the very beginning I have been
trying to be the Pastor of all of you
, serving the whole community and being available to all.
We are a very peculiar bilingual community: about 2,200 people attend Mass every week from many nationalities; around 500 kids and youth in the Religious Education Program; a School with 260 students; almost 600 people participate in our Small Groups; 200 in our youth groups; many spiritualities: charismatics, cursillo, Franciscans of Mary, Regnum Christi, Legion of Mary; multiple devotions and Marian devotions; a Food Pantry where we distribute 240 bags of food to local families every week. Last year 186 children, 14 youth and 5 adults were baptized. 79 Children received First Communion, 90 youth and 7 adults received Confirmation and 49 couples received the Sacrament of Matrimony. To those numbers we should add the hundreds of hours of Confessions, spiritual guide, visits to the sick, meetings in the Archdiocese, the merge with St. Denis parish…
A year has passed and there are things that I don’t know and need to learn, but I do know something: St. Peter’s – St. Denis Community, the people, you, are extraordinary, live the faith with joy and generosity, and I am very happy to be your Pastor.
Pray for me. I pray for you.
In the next page I am presenting the financial report and a petition. I count on you.
Let's the numbers speak!
|INCOME FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE
|SALARIES AND STIPENDS CLERGY
|RELIGIOUS EDUCATION EXPENSES
|MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING
|INSURANCE AND TAXES
|PAYMENTS TO ARCHDIOCESE
|DONATIONS TO OTHERS
In summary it was a year with a positive balance where for the first time in many years we did not need to ask for money from the Archdiocese for our daily operations. This happened due to some extraordinary donations that we received from some parishioners that passed away, who left some funds to us in their wills. God bless them for their generosity.
What have we done this year with the resources?
In addition to the ordinary programs that I mentioned on the first page of my letter (Religious Education, Sacraments…), this year we did some long overdue cleaning and maintenance:
- renovation of the Food Pantry (we got a special donation for this)
- renovation of the meeting room in the Church
- renovation of the security system for the Church
- renovation of the main doors of the Church
- We built a stage in the choir loft to be able to accommodate more people
- painting of the gym
- painting and floor maintenance of the sacristy
- maintenance of the boilers
- maintenance of the roof and elevators in the School
- renovation of the office and meeting room in the rectory
I think we all agree that after this year our Church is in better shape and is cleaner. We thank above all the many volunteers that always answer the request for help.
Also this year we did 89 videos for our campaigns for the Small Groups, for this we received funds from a Foundation.
Finally we had our feast for St. Peter under the big tent in the parking lot. It was a big success, thanks to the help and collaboration of all.