MAY 9-10, 2020
Dear St. Paul the Apostle Parish Family,
It is encouraging to see so many people engaged in the life of our parish, supporting one another during this difficult time. We have provided a number of online resources to keep our parish family united as we bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to our community.
The Finance Council and I want to ensure you have a clear understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parish operating income and expenses. We project a $52,000 shortfall in this year’s budget due in large part to the decreased weekly offertory. The Sunday offertory since March 15 including Easter is 30% below the amount for the same period last year.
While we have been able to lower some expenses, the wages and benefits of our employees continue to represent the largest share of our operating costs. Our parish staff is working hard to maintain the life of our parish and address the needs of our more than 7,500 parishioners.
We will continue to use our parish savings to meet our expenses; however, even with that, there is a long-term impact of the decreased offertory on operating income. With the assistance of the Archdiocese of Chicago, our parish applied for and received a CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program loan. In accordance with the provisions of the Act, we must only use these funds to pay payroll and utility expenses over the next two months. Any unused funds will be returned at the end of the two-month loan period. In addition, we are hopeful that much of the CARES Act loan will be forgiven.
The Finance Council and I understand that this is a time of economic uncertainty and are truly grateful to those who have been able to continue supporting our parish. We remain one family of faith and everyone’s contributions of time, talent, and treasure are vital to the life of our parish.
May God bless you, your loved ones, and our entire St. Paul the Apostle Parish family.
Happy Mother's Day.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Chris Ciastoń, Pastor
Finance Council Members: Bob Sekany, Dave Grum, Charlotte Nielsen, Doug Nieman, Joe Perry, Claress Pettengill, Bud Reed
Please click here for Q&A about CARES Act and PPP loan.