I hope everyone has had a great summer!
Last Sunday Peggy Lemons read a letter in regards to the rectory. I want to heavily emphasize that several parishioners brought this to the attention of the Finance Committee after the Parish Council meeting of August 18th. No decision has been made regarding the rectory at this time as to continue to remodel the current rectory, which is approximately one hundred years old or purchase another rectory as many factors come into play here. If another rectory was purchased the current rectory could be used as parish offices for the secretaries and myself as well as an area to make counseling available etc. along with a conference room to have meetings. I told the Finance Committee that I don’t want to put the parish in any financial strain and they recommended trying to get pledges for this to help offset the expense of a new rectory. I gave them permission to do so and it was agreed that they would seek a five year pledge at $5000.00. There are several people that agree that this needs to be done. We would like for everyone to give as much as possible upfront if we proceed. On another note if you would like to make a pledge and cannot afford $5000.00, which we know everyone cannot, any amount is welcome. We have set a cap of $150,000.00 total for cost of a house including any repairs that needed to be done. I emphasized, I do not want the pledges to affect the general contributions to the church. I feel that the best way to get everyone’s opinion on this issue is to have a town hall meeting so that everyone has a chance to speak. Dialogue is crucial. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 6: 00 pm in the school cafeteria. At this meeting everyone has to be respectful to each other. After this meeting, the Finance Committee and Parish Council will consult with me in giving their guidance of which direction to go. The church has to remain unified with whatever decision is made as we are a small parish and cannot afford division. We have to look toward the future of anything that we do. We know that we’re not going to get everyone to agree, but hopefully a healthy discussion will bring us closer to a decision that is best for our parish.
Change is hard for everyone, but change is inevitable if we want to continue to grow. I greatly respect everyone for the tireless work that you do at Immaculate Conception Church and I pray that you respect the decisions I make as your pastor and recommend to the diocese and to Bishop Taylor as they have the final decision.