Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend we celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus says to the apostles: “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”   I offer the following reflection by Stephen S. Wilbricht, CSC.

We make all kinds of excuses for not seeking that “deserted place” where we can rest with the Lord.  Finding the time for quiet prayer each day is no easy task.  Many days find us bombarded with so many commitments and tasks that spending time engaged in something that has little immediate payoff ends up being low on our priority list.  Yet Jesus embodies for his disciples that quiet prayer is a fundamental need for balance and proper perspective.  Do not let this staple fall from your routine; it will help give you the Lord’s outlook.
©2014 Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago.

Last week I shared some end of the year information with you regarding registered parishioners, sacraments received, funerals celebrated, and the number of liturgical ministers serving the parish.  I promised that I would share some financial information with you this week.  Because it has been a full week, occupying most of my time with meeting with families and preparing for two funerals, I will do the financial summary in two parts.  Here is part one.  With part two, there will be some explanation given.  Before I present the information, I would like to thank those of you who have been so generous in your stewardship of treasure.  In preparing the budget for the first year of a new parish, the budget committee and Finance Council had to make their best estimate of anticipated income and expenses.  Of course, we had some unexpected one-time expenses this last year which prevented us from doing some things we wanted to do.  So, the Finance Council has been prioritizing our projects for this coming year and discussing the ways in which we might finance them.  Next year’s projected budget is based on the experience of this previous year which affirmed that we were pretty much on target with the income we projected we would need, even though we did not reach that target.  Here is a short summary which will be followed by a more thorough report next weekend.

Saint John Paul II Parish
2014-2015 Budget – End of the Year Summary


Debt-free July 1, 2015  
Income carried over to the new Checking Account
from the three merged parishes on

July 1, 2014                                          $24,934.00+

 2014 CSA Deficit carried over            ($20,000.00)*



Projected Sunday/Holy Day Income: $380,000.00

Actual Sunday/Holy Day Income:       $349,037.60

Deficit:                                                             ($30,962.40)


Projected Total Income:                   $517,660.00

Actual Total Income:                          $454,785.00

Deficit:                                                            ($62,729.00)


Total Projected Expenses:                $517,660.00

Actual Expense:                                $491, 931.00



Total Deficit:                                       $62,729.00    



Savings Withdrawal                           $15,000.00

                                                          - ($12,000.00)

+Carried over July 1, 2015              + $24,934.00

Used for unexpected expenses,           $12,934.00

(Details next week)


CSA Assessment 2014                                    $62,755.00

CSA Pledged and Paid:                      $41, 717.00

Deficit:                                                           ($21,038.00)*

*Original shortage of $20,000.00 plus additional unpaid pledges as of June 30, 2015.  Deficit turns into a loan with interest July 20.


SACS (Saginaw Area Catholic Schools)**

2014-2015 Assessment                       $91,000.00

Paid                                                     $41,000.00

Deficit:                                                            ($50,383.00)++

**Based on 26% of the total Sunday/Holy Day Income of the three merged parishes’ reported in End of the Year Report 2014

++Diocese has added this to our 2015 Assessment – more on this next week++

This is an exciting week for the Youth of our parish and our vicariate with Bible School beginning on Monday at 9:00 AM. It is going to be one special week as the children experience what things were like in the time of Jesus, when he walked this earth – meeting rabbis, going to the wailing wall of the temple, experiencing live animals, singing, and learning lots about Jesus.  (I understand there are well over 100 children attending).    I plan to go over to Saint John Vianney Church this week and see what’s happening myself.  I do hope your children and grandchildren are signed up.  It is still not too late to attend.  Please note the details in today’s bulletin.

Just a reminder to all youth (grades 8 through 20 years of age): MYE Faith, sponsored by the Diocese of Saginaw, and taking place on August 8 at Saginaw Valley University will be a wonderful and enriching spiritual experience!  If you have not registered yet, you may still do so.  For further information, please speak with Amy Dupuis.

Please note the CSA update in today’s bulletin. Thank you to those of you who have already turned in your pledge form.   If you have not yet made a pledge, please prayerfully consider what you are able to do this year.  Beginning this week, we will be contacting those who have not made a pledge by Monday, July 20.   


Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ