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Parish News & Information

A Call for an Increase in Giving

On the weekend of October 14, 2018, Parish Finance Council presented a renewed effort to increase regular Sunday giving for St. Paul of the Cross. The goal being better fiscal management by lessening our reliance on unplanned items such as bequests to balance annual results. St. Paul of the Cross is a thriving parish by several measures. We have a long and diverse list of parish ministries, our Religious Education program has over 1,200 students. Our school’s enrollment is currently above 550 students and our preschool and kindergarten are continuing to grow. During Fr. Britto Berchman’s tenure, 1,500 new families have joined and we are one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese. We have a large, well-maintained campus and facilities.

 

ST. PAUL RESPONDS GENEROUSLY TO SPECIAL CAMPAIGNS

Special collections, pledge drives and appeals receive generous financial support from our membership as a parish:

  • TTWCI capital campaign – exceeded our goal
  • Archdiocese Annual Appeal – we are always a leading parish and exceed the goals set for us
  • We strongly support all our Second Collections and Missions

 

OUR RESERVES ARE STRONG

We have a strong cash reserves position, which allows us to absorb unexpected financial needs such as the new organ. We also receive substantial bequests.

 

REGULAR WEEKLY GIVING HAS REMAINED FLAT

The one financial area where we have lagged is our weekly collections. This is the backbone of our operating revenue, funding parish staff, building repairs & maintenance, and all our ministries – envelopes at Mass, online giving.

FY 2011 to FY2018

Regular collections increased 2.8%

Payroll – 27.2%

Utilities – 11.6%

Archdiocese assessment – 18.6%

Collections revenue has not kept up with rising operating costs. Operating costs rise, as do prices for most things. Fr Britto and the Parish Finance Council believe this is simply because we have not focused the congregation on the issue.

 

WE ASK YOU TODAY

Make a prayerful consideration (or re-evaluation) of how much you can and will support the parish on an annual basis. Consider using the Online Giving program to commit to the annual amount on which you decided.

 

WHY ARE WE ASKING?

If the parish is in good shape now, why do we need to increase Weekly Giving to match rising operating costs?

  • Sound fiscal management – a higher, more consistent level of support allows us to better manage parish expenditures.
  • Expand our ministries – for all we do, the parish can help even more people than it does now.
  • Maintain a healthy reserve fund – significant maintenance or capital projects happen on a large campus with many facilities.
  • Technology – hardware and software projects are becoming more prevalent for our church and school facilities

 

CONCLUSION

Our parish has a history of being very generous whenever the congregation is asked. We haven’t talked much about regular collections in the last decade. If parish members commit to annual funding amounts and we establish a pattern of collection revenue increasing to match operating expenses, we can use more proactive management of parish financial resources. Some items to consider:

 

HOW TO SIGN UP FOR ONLINE GIVING WITH GIVE CENTRAL

You can create a personalized donor ID and sign up for Regular Sunday Giving though GiveCentral. Once you have set up your donor ID you can also select to give to second collections, memorials, the school endowment and special events.

 

FOLLOW THESE LINKS FOR HELP WITH ONLINE GIVING

CREATE YOUR DONOR ID on the GiveCentral website.

NEED TO CHANGE YOUR CURRENT DONATION? Find answers to frequently asked questions

 

OTHER WAYS TO GIVE

Give using our parish app on your smart phone: Download St. Paul PR App & select the “Give” button.

Download the Give Central app on your smart phone

Text the word, “Donate” to 847-865-8370

Regular weekly envelopes can also be mailed to you. For more information contact parish records.

 

St. Paul of the Cross Parish Finance Council advises Fr. Britto Berchmans on financial matters. They also have oversight of the annualparish operating budget and school operating budget. The Parish Finance Council also review annual fiscal results, reporting results tothe Archdiocese, as well as the Annual Report to the parish in November. The Parish Finance Council also reviews and approves capitalprojects that exceed $10,000. They also oversee investment of parish reserve funds.

For more information please contact the parish Business Manager.

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Contact Information

St. Paul of the Cross

320 South Washington Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068


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Phone: (847) 825-7605
Fax: (847) 825-5186

Mass Schedule

Sunday

7:30 a.m. - Upper Church
9 a.m. - Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel
10:30 a.m. - Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel
12 p.m. - Upper Church
5:30 p.m. - Upper Church

Monday - Friday

6:25 a.m. - Upper Church
8:30 a.m. - Upper Church

Saturday

8 a.m. - Upper Church
4:30 p.m. - Upper Church & Holy Family Chapel