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Fr. Jeff's Monthly Stewardship Newsletter

June 1, 2016

Dear Members of Immaculate Heart of Mary,

As we begin this monthly letter, I want to offer a special note of thanks to all of the members of our tri-parish family for the support, understanding and touching sentiments so many of you expressed on the recent death of my brother David. Though his passing was a true sign of God’s mercy, as there was no healing in store for his body, there remains a certain emptiness in me and in my family that I know God will heal with time. He went home to God on the same day and time as our mom, the Tuesday after Mother’s Day-13 years after her own passing. We have drawn much comfort from that simple coincidence as well as knowing he was surrounded by all of his brothers and sisters when his time came.

God Bless you all for your kindness, and again Thank You from the bottom of my heart!

Fr. Jeff and family

 

Now that Wisconsin spring has finally arrived, we look forward to brighter days moving us into the months of Summer. While they take on a little different rhythm, the days remain busy for us in the cluster, just as they do in so many of your families. The Tri-Parish Council continues to reflect on the results of the surveys and we are now about the task of recommending the first draft of the strategic plan for our future. Our Pastoral Council has chosen to take a little bit more time during the next two months to organize the plan and the methods we will use to encourage your feedback. As mentioned last month, our first effort will concentrate on the information we still want to share with you - most of it in answer to the comments that came to us through the surveys. We plan to share this during June. Just after sharing the “Q&A” document, we will share the financial report in the beginning of July, hoping to answer your questions (and maybe even surface a few more) about the financial health of each of our parish communities. In August we will release the first draft of our strategic plan as well as the invitation to gatherings where you will be encouraged to offer your feedback and suggestions. As the Council reflected on the importance of this task, we wanted to have the time necessary to develop the best draft we can for your input. Thank you for walking with us all on this part of the journey.

As we approach the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2016) in each of our parishes, folks have been hard at work putting together the budget for the next year. Financial realities are certainly sobering as we come to the end of the year. We are asking you to please assess your situation and give as you are able to help your parish finish the fiscal year on a positive note. Having heard your comments through the surveys and witnessing the decreasing level of stewardship, we face many financial challenges in our future. Our goal for the next year is to find new ways to increase our stewardship at all levels; time, talent and treasure. Every increase at every level reflects the sacrifices and the confidence we share in the future operation of our parish cluster.

As we come to the end of the budget year, please accept our thanks for your efforts, knowing that God’s Blessings challenge and affirm us as we move together into a future filled with hope. This particular kind of hope comes from the Holy Spirit. This hope helps us to acknowledge the reality of our situation, based not on our limitations alone, but as an opportunity for new growth and change for the better. This is the hope of all who believe in the Mission of the Church here on earth.

We wish each of you a pleasant and peaceful spring.

Fr. Thomas, Fr. Jeff and the Pastoral staff of our tri-parish community

 


 

Since we are now serving three parishes, the easiest way to reach us is after mass, by phone or email.

E-mail Fr. Jeff  <frjeff@ihmwestallis.com> or tel. (262) 424-3341
E-mail Fr. Tom <frtom@ihmwestallis.com> or tel. (262) 945-8071

 
 
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