NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS, effective as of July 1, 2018 are:
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (closed for lunch from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
Friday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Except on designated holidays.
THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED Wednesday, July 4 in observance of the 4th of July.
Please see Fr. Joe's letter in the bulletin this week for more details or see a portion of his letter below:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I have another important topic that I want to address with you, our parishioners. I want to thank those who regularly support our parish through the Sunday collection. I am asking for everyone to please give to our Sunday collection. This is the main way we pay for all the services we provide at St. Bonaventure. This includes the parish priests, office staff, and support personnel. This includes the cost of maintaining fifty-year-old buildings as well as paying for utilities.
Some parishioners have asked me what happens when we fall short. They say, “Do you get money from the Bishop?” The answer is no, he doesn’t give us any money. Nor should he have to. In fact, 11% of each parish's income helps support the diocesan offices and the Bishop.
In asking you for support, I assure you that we are doing everything we can to be good stewards of the gifts you give us. We are also tightening our belts. We are making the following cost reductions for the new fiscal year: 1) Department heads have reduced total spending by $73,245 compared with last year’s budget; 2) Executive staff are willingly taking a 10% cut in pay; 3) We will also lower costs by reducing office hours. (New hours are listed on the back of bulletin.)
Please help us with your prayers. Please help us with your sacrificial giving. Please help us with your involvement in the parish ministries. We’re in this together. Together with God’s help, we will make this work.
In future Pastor’s Letters, I will be telling you about how Father Martin, Father Tim, and I are prayerful reflecting together on the Scripture Reading to enhance our Sunday Masses including the homilies and music. Our staff is finding creative ways to help all of us grow in our relationship with the Lord. Let’s pray and work together to grow closer to one another and the Lord.