Happy Sunday! I hope you and your loved ones are well and in good spirits.
Thank you to everyone who came to our Town Hall Meetings! Since this column is being written before the meetings, I will summarize action items before my homily.
This past week, I was able to attend the regular meeting of the local Rotary Club. It was a great opportunity to talk about our beautiful new church and all the great things happening in our parish! I want to thank Babette Sabia for the kind invitation. Please know that I am open to visiting any community or civic group. We have something worth talking about here at Our Lady of Grace and I welcome any chance to share it with others!
As I explained earlier, I’ve requested an audit of our parish finances. This is a common request when there’s a transfer of priests. I’ve recently been told that the diocesan team will be here on October 5 to initiate the audit. Also at that time, the diocesan team will assist us in moving portions of our finances to the diocesan Parish Accounting System (PAS). This will help us to maintain a regular review of funds and assure that our policies conform to diocesan standards. I’ll explain more in detail after the October 5 meeting.
There seems to be some slight confusion on terms. Currently, our community is a “parish” is terms of organization and structure. The formal Decree of Establishment is forthcoming. This is a formality within church law. It should not be misinterpreted as if we are not a parish, etc. We are a parish and we will receive the Decree soon. Additionally, my title “Administrator” has been given because we are not yet a canonically established parish and because this is my first pastorate. It is common that the Bishop waits until a priest is settled in before he bestows the title “pastor.” My title of “Administrator” does NOT mean that this is a temporary assignment. I am here to stay and for the long haul!