The Coming of the Holy Spirit
Today, as we celebrate the Feast of the Coming of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus, we continue celebrating the part of the Spirit of God present in our human history. His part is to work within each one of us so that we may do our part in the mission of the Church in our world.
It is my intention to continue where I left off last week commenting on the material management of the Church and some of the consequences of that responsibility for us in our parish. A key element of managing the material goods and financial resources of the parish, I wrote last week, is transparent management of the parish finances. We count on the support of parish members and we at the same time must be able to demonstrate that this support is being managed honestly and effectively.
Last week I talked about our collections at Masses and the practices we follow in carrying them out, practices that can be verified and observed. This week I am commenting on other ways that money comes to the parish and the practices we use to be responsible with those funds.
We certainly have a much more complicated reality in these other kinds of income for the parish. Parish groups and ministries raise money for different needs and activities. They do fundraising events, or sales or raffles, to raise funds for their group activities. There may even be some special raising of funds to provide for some special need, e.g. to be able to purchase articles for the parish.
In all of these ways that money changes hands in our parish, we need to follow the policies and practices that we have, for transparency, use of funds for the purpose they have been given and for accountability.
Following the instructions of the Archdiocese, even funds that are given to parish groups for their own activities are part of the parish finances – the name and reputation of the parish under which the funds are collected requires that the parish have responsibility for those funds.
One of the issues of special concern in the management of funds is how to assure all those who have a right/need to know that the funds have been handled honestly and for the purpose they were given. And something that has been a special concern in our parish is how we do that efficiently and effectively. In very practical terms this most often has to do with questions about money that is collected and is not turned in in a timely way. Questions and suspicions arise when money that is collected is set, or kept, somewhere for a period of time or taken to someone’s home and later brought in to the parish office or not received at all in the parish office. Transparency is lost when that happens and we open ourselves up to lack of trust with what has been given. For this reason our practice in the parish is that whatever money is given for whatever purpose be brought directly and immediately to the parish office where it can be counted and a receipt can be made out. From there a clear paper trail is available showing the exact amount that was turned in and testifying that it was indeed deposited into the bank account. Money that comes in that way is then put into a sub-account for the use of the ministries and groups for the purposes for which it was raised. We can then verify what has come in, and when and what has gone out and for what purpose. That way there is transparency that can be examined and verified. We take very seriously our obligation to be able to respond for what has come in and what has gone out and then have funds available for the functioning of the parish, and want you to know as well what our practices are so that you also can promote the following of them for the benefit of all the members of our faith community.
May God shower his blessings on you through our Church and the presence of the Holy Spirit in it.
Fr. Thomas Rush, OMI
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