This past week I met with the Finance Council of the parish and they wanted me to let you know that we are having another banner year. At the end of March we had a sizable surplus and it looks like by the end of the fiscal year we will have a similar surplus as last year ($180,000).
We are moving ahead with the Lenten Appeal and more parishioners have given to Lenten Appeal than in the past. We still have a way to go but we did have a sizable increase from last year. That is because we are doing well financially and because our parish is doing well, the diocese asks more of us. (I have no problem with a little healthy competition between parishes and I have to say that the parishes around us have already met their goal! I know we can do it!)
The amazing thing about our finances is that we have been doing a lot of things (new convent, new parish center, some renovations, etc.) and we are still in such a good place. I get the impression that there is misinformation out there that we are in financial difficulties and I can say without qualification that we are doing great! Keep up the good work and God bless you for your generosity!
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St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
359 West Areba Ave.
Hershey, PA 17033
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