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December 2022 Newsletter
Dear St Joseph Family,
In gratitude, let us give thanks to the Lord for bringing us to the end of another calendar year. God is so good to us. Enclosed with this letter is the fiscal year-end financial statement for our parish ending on June 30, 2022. As you may recall, we were anticipating a $65,000 budget shortfall at the beginning of this last fiscal year, but thanks to close watch on our parish expenses and YOUR generosity, we actually ended the fiscal year 2021-2022 in the positive. THANK YOU for your generosity! I am most grateful to everyone for stepping up to make this happen.
As we pray for God’s blessings on the new year, one area of the parish that I want us as a parish to focus more on are those who are homebound and in long-term care facilities. In my years as a priest I have often times found many wonderful people among the homebound who have truly changed my life. I do need your help though. I often don’t know who the homebound are unless the parish is notified by one who is homebound or
a family member of one who is homebound. If you are homebound, or if you have a family member who belongs to St. Joseph Parish who is, please call the Parish Office to let us know. We are working on assembling a list of homebound parishioners so that they are not forgotten. One of my intentions as we begin a new year is to be more intentional about visiting those parishioners who are homebound. I would also like to invite other members of our parish to be a part of homebound visitations as well. If this is a ministry that you might be interested in, please call the Parish Office to let us know. I know a few who are already involved in homebound visitations, but we could use more people to help in this capacity. Please, if you are homebound, we do want to know who you are so please do not hesitate to contact us. I want you to know that you are a very special part of our parish family.
By now, I'm hoping you have picked up tickets for our 3rd annual Mega Raffle. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for our parish. This year we are raising the Grand Prize to $20,000 and there will be 249 other cash prizes. We are asking every family to sell as many raffle tickets as you can to make this a success once again this year. The raffle drawing will take place on Saturday, February 25th at 5:30pm, so we have just about two months to sell 2500 tickets. Once we reach 2500 tickets we will not be selling any more to keeps the odds of winning 1 in 10. Please do your part to help make this raffle a success. Perhaps you might even consider buying a raffle ticket as a gift for those on your Christmas list.
Thank you for all you do for the life of our parish and our vital mission of proclaiming the Gospel. I am very happy to be here at St. Joseph with you and I look forward to journeying closer to the Lord together with you in 2023.
On behalf of Deacon Rick, and our parish and school staff and faculty, I wish you and
your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year!
What return shall we make to the Lord our God, for all that He has given us, for all that he has done for us? Thank you for all you do for St. Joseph Parish. I am very grateful to you and for all you do for St. Joseph Parish.
Fr Andrew Kysely