We thought this chart of parish income and expenses would help us to share the financial state of the parish without getting into so many technical details that it became hard to read.
The first thing you may notice is that since the yearly cuts to the Diocesan subsidy that we received for years, we have gone from being “in the black” (with income to save) to being “in the red” (having to go into savings to meet yearly expenses). This past fiscal year (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017), we were “in the red” in the amount of $27,046. Needless to say (but it is important to say it anyway), this is a huge challenge for the parish.
As you can also see from the charts, most of the social service expenses were covered. The St. John Food Pantry costs about 8% to 10% of the parish budget in any given year, but also receives a lot of grants and donations, so the final cost to the parish is very small (generally less than $3,000 – and we do need to make some contribution to the pantry costs as it is a condition of many of the grants, so we cannot reduce that to zero). The St. John Community Center (what you may have noticed we are now calling the St. John Center, in order to make its purpose clearer to outside funders), the former school that now houses social services and church and community activities, also has most of its costs covered by grants, rent and shared expense payments (the latter paid to the church by organizations like the Community Kitchen to cover their share of the costs of the St. John Community Center), so it is also not as much of a burden to the church as some might assume. The Community Kitchen is a separate nonprofit (although still in close relationship to the church) and they pay for all their own expenses in addition to paying the church for shared expenses (utilities, maintenance, insurance, etc.).
The St. John Learning Center (adult education), which also used to be a separate nonprofit, was made a part of the parish again as of July 1, 2017 (so their costs and income are not yet included, but will be next fiscal year), but did come into the parish with enough grant funding to cover its costs. So, it also should not be a burden to the parish and will continue to contribute to some of the shared expenses of the St. John Community Center.
So, the biggest expenses not covered by grants (and difficult to cover through grants) are just the general expenses to keep the parish running: church salaries, church and Bakhita Center overhead, general maintenance and upkeep, etc. We do receive a bit of funding toward these things through grants, especially the grants we receive through The Catholic Foundation. And we receive donations from outside the parish that assist with these expenses. But, for the most part, these are the types of expenses that the Diocesan subsidy used to cover and now covers less and less as the subsidy is cut each year.
We have cut these types of expenses as much as we can, but are still left with a shortfall. So, the gist of this is: if you can afford to give a bit more, please do. This year, our Diocesan subsidy has been cut again, which means we are in danger of ending up “in the red” even more by the end of next fiscal year.
Thank you for your donations. Our church members are very generous and we are proud of that, and share it with the Diocese regularly. But, additional donations are needed, and if you can afford to give more this coming year, please prayerfully consider doing so. Thank you and God bless you!
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