In the Catholic Church, Canon law governs how parishes operate. One canon introduces the Parish Finance Council as a mandated body having an advisory and consultative role with the pastor. Canon 537 states, “Each parish is to have a finance council which is regulated by universal law as well as by norms issued by the diocesan bishop; in this council the Christian faithful, selected according to the same norms, aid the pastor in the administration of parish goods.”
At Christ the King we have an active Parish Finance Council that takes the time to carefully review our pastoral goals and advise me on ways to effectively deliver our many ministries while assuring the financial wellbeing of our parish. It is important to me that there is a high degree of visibility on our income and expenses and how your donations are managed by this parish. The Parish Finance Council has full access to all parish financial information and provides advice to me on our budget, financial controls and management practices.
I want our parishioners to have visibility into CTK finances as well. As we do each year, this past February, Parish Finance Council members made a brief presentation at all masses on the state of our parish finances, the capital campaign and our current project to update the CTK Ministry Center. We are truly blessed to be a healthy parish financially. However, we are challenged with rising operating costs and the demands of aging buildings that require careful financial planning and tight fiscal discipline.
My sincerest thanks to you for your generous gifts to CTK – time, talent and treasure. I appreciate everything you do for our Church. I am committed to assuring that our parish operates within a balanced budget, and I am working very closely with the Council, staff and ministries to make this happen. Together with the Finance Council, I am committed to absolute transparency about our income and expenses.
In view of that, I invite you to a town hall meeting on Saturday, May 6th after the 5.00 pm Mass in Rooms A&B of the parish hall for a more detailed presentation on Christ the King Parish Finances. I promise this will be a lively and interactive meeting. Along with added detail on our costs and income, there will be more detail on our Ministry Center project and the next steps with our capital campaign. Refreshments will be served. I will be there along with members of the Parish Finance Council to answer questions and listen to your comments and concerns. Please join us.
Ministry Center Update
CTK is very blessed with a seasoned facility committee consisting of design and construction professionals with lifetimes of experience. Over the past 90 days, the Facilities committee has studied the existing structure to assess deficiencies. As the building is essentially a 50-year-old convent, they have found that the structure is antiqued but has good bones. The group has thus concluded that it is more cost effective to repair the structure rather than replace it.
They have also worked with the parish office and other stakeholders to consider options and priorities for converting this old structure into a modern parish center. It should be said that this process has included consideration of costs: not only construction costs but also recurring costs such as energy and maintenance. All of the above has been rolled into a second submission to the City and Diocese AKA "Design Development Phase". Once approved, the consultants will complete the permit drawings. After that process, we will solicit bids from contractors.
We expect to begin construction in late summer or early fall. Initial phase will be abatement of any hazardous materials in the building. We expect the building will be opened in spring 2018.
8:00am, 5:00pm (vigil)
7:00am, 8:00am, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm, 6:00pm (youth mass)
8:00 am, 6:30 pm (during Lent);
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 12 noon-7:00 p.m. (except summer)