Our Pastor’s Message
Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish
Finance Report & Grand Annual Collection
Just over three years ago, Cardinal Sean O’Malley created the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport as a collaborative of two historic parishes: Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. Although our parishes share one pastor and one pastoral team, each parish remains canonically independent; has its own finance council; and maintains its own bills, building maintenance, and pastoral programs. Although collaboration between parishes is sometimes challenging, parishioners from both Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish are now praying together, working together, and helping each other live the Gospel, share God’s love, and rebuild the Church here in Gloucester & Rockport.
During the past three years, Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish has been blessed in many ways. Attendance at Mass is good. Parishioners are offering very positive feedback about our adult and youth faith formation programs. More young adults and young families are joining us for Mass. Special events like the penny sales, seasonal fairs, and the Crowning Feast of the Holy Spirit are successful both by raising funds and by building and strengthening our parish as a vibrant community of prayer, fellowship, and service. And although we missed the goal for our Grand Annual Collection, contributions increased by 25% over the previous year! Thanks be to you and thanks be to God! As we count our blessings, however, we must also confront our challenges. Included in this week’s newsletter and posted below is a financial summary for the fiscal year that ended on June 30th. For the third consecutive year, we did not balance our budget. As you know, we have worked hard during the past three years to significantly reduce our operating expenses across the board without weakening the pastoral ministries of our parish. Despite these efficiencies, we could not balance our annual budget. This means that we were forced again to use funds from our savings account to make ends meet.
But in every challenge, we find an opportunity! If we had reached last year’s goal for the Grand Annual Collection, our budget would now be balanced! For this reason, I am writing to ask you to help me raise $45,000 for this year’s Grand Annual Collection. This fundraising campaign is vitally important to our annual parish budget and our long-term financial stability. It bridges the gap between our weekly offerings and our financial obligations: salaries and benefits, insurance premiums, utilities and snow plowing, essential parish programs, and stipends for our senior priest. Every contribution, whether it’s for $10 or $100 will help us achieve our goal of a balanced budget; and every penny raised goes directly to Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish! During the coming weeks, every registered parish family will receive an offertory envelope for the Grand Annual Collection. Please place your offering in the second collection basket during the weekend of October 21st and October 22nd; or mail it to me as soon as possible. Additional envelopes are available from the office or at the doors of the church. As our Grand Annual Collection begins, please join me in praying that each of us, according to our means, will give generously to this all-important fundraising effort.
Finally, please join me in thanking the members of the Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish Finance Council for their dedicated service, good advice, and wise counsel: Patricia Bertero, Jean Madruga, and Ann Marie Noble. Special thanks also to two members of our pastoral team, Claire Murphy and Cliff Garvey, for their hard work and for keeping us focused on making the best use of the financial resources made available to us by our parishioners. Last but not least, my deepest thanks belong to our parishioners for their ongoing prayers and support. Your kindness and encouragement humbles me and sustains me in my ministry. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. And as always, thank you for your generous support of Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish!
Peace and blessings to all,
Reverend James M. Achadinha, Pastor
Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport
Note: On behalf of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, Father Jim wishes to sincerely thank Kate Nordstrom for graciously allowing us to use her beautiful painting, entitled “Our Lady of Good Voyage”, on both our website and weekly newsletter during this week. Learn more about Kate and her work at knpaintings.com.
Knights of Columbus
Third Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, October 13th
All are invited to join the Knights of Columbus (Council 215) for its Third Annual Golf Tournament (best-ball) on Friday, October 13th at the Cape Ann Golf Course. The entrance fee is $125 per person and tee off is 1:00pm. Registration forms are available at kofc215.com or at the doors of Saint Ann Church, Saint Joachim Church, and Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. All proceeds will benefit the charitable works of the Knights of Columbus in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport. For more information about this special event, please contact Mark Natti at email@example.com or leave a message at 978-281-4820. Please join us! All are welcome!
Our Lady’s Guild
Baked Bean Supper
Friday, October 13th
All parishioners, friends, and guests of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport are invited to join Our Lady’s Guild for its Annual Baked Bean Supper on Friday, October 13th from 5:30pm until 8:00pm in Our Lady’s Hall. We are delighted to announce that the North Shore Acapella will provide entertainment throughout this special evening of good food, fellowship, and song. A donation of $10 is requested for each adult; and $6 for each child (age 10 and under). Tickets will be available at the door. Our menu will include hot dogs, linguiça, baked beans, coffee, soda, and a variety of delicious homemade desserts. For more information, please contact Beth Fosberry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Holy Family Women’s Guild
Harvest Bread, Pie & Craft Sale
Weekend of October 14th-15th
Fall has arrived! In celebration of the new season, the Holy Family Women’s Guild is sponsoring a Harvest Pie, Bread & Craft Sale on Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th before and after the following Masses: 4:00pm in Saint Ann Church; 8:15am in Saint Ann Church; and 10:00am in Saint Joachim Church. Offerings will include freshly baked pies, quick breads, and a variety of harvest crafts. All proceeds support Holy Family Parish. For more information, please contact Lydia Bertolino at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your generous support! Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Clothes Closet Coat Sale
Saturday, October 14th
On Saturday, October 14th from 9:00am until 1:00pm, all are welcome to browse the Saint Vincent de Paul Society’s Clothes Closet for a selection of new and slightly used winter coats and jackets. The coats will be on display in the parking lot (located at 74 Pleasant Street in Gloucester). We are grateful to the Knights of Columbus and to all of our friends and fellow parishioners who have donated coats and jackets for this special sale. The Saint Vincent de Paul Society’s Clothes Closet is located in the basement level of the Saint Ann School with an entrance from the school yard on Pleasant Street. The shop is open year round on Saturdays from 10:00am until 1:00pm. For more information about the Saint Vincent de Paul Society’s Clothes Closet Coat Sale, please contact Helen Downey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us! All are welcome! Thank you for your ongoing support of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society!
Heartsavers CPR Course
Saturday, October 21st
Irene Kerr, a certified CPR instructor, longtime friend of our pastor, and member of the Assisi Project, has generously offered to teach the American Heart Association’s Heartsavers CPR Course to parishioners and friends of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport. Upon completion of this three hour course, participants will receive a certification from the American Heart Associa- tion in CPR and other lifesaving techniques. The course will be offered on Saturday, October 21st from 9:00am until 12:00pm in the parish center (located at 74 Pleasant Street in Gloucester). The Heartsavers CPR Course is free but limited to just six participants. Please note that you must register in advance. Please also be advised that the course is fast-paced and involves some strenuous physical activity. If you would like to enroll in this special course, please contact Cliff Garvey at email@example.com. Please join us!
Established in 2014, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport is a collaborative of two historic parishes: Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. Working together as a Roman Catholic community united in prayer, fellowship, and service, we are committed to living the Gospel of Christ, sharing God’s love and mercy with all people, and rebuilding the Church in Gloucester & Rockport. All are invited! All are welcome! Always!
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