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Sunday, September 1, 2013
The Pastor's Viewpoint
Our parish fiscal year begins on September 1; it concludes on August 31. The annual report to the Diocese of Buffalo is due in mid-October. Early in November we will share with you the State of the Parish, both its fiscal and ministerially measurable data. We will also offer the new fiscal year’s budget.
I am especially grateful to Maureen Orgek, our business manager and the parish Finance Committee for their responsible stewardship. I thank you, Nativity parishioners, for continuing financial and ministerial commitments to Nativity.
Our facilities manager, Otto Misso, has again done a magnificent job with our facilities. Over the next sixteen months we will be attending to some major projects. They include a new roof for our church in the spring, repairing our handicap ramp on the church’s east side including its railings, upgrading our lawn equipment, replacing the flat roof over the east side of the rectory, painting the church interior in the winter of 2015, enhancing our church lighting, and doing some sidewalk replacements.
Over these past months, I laud the great improvements and continued attention to our parish grounds and the upgrading of our church’s sound system. Next year we will resurface and stripe our parking areas.
The future projects for our church correspond to the building’s fiftieth anniversary of construction in 1964. I will seek your generosity for these projects through a drive to be conducted in the late spring of 2014.
Fr. John Leising, our Senior Parochial Vicar, will celebrate his 70th birthday on November 9. He will complete a six year term with us at the end of this calendar year. Fr. John plans on retirement at that point. He has graciously offered to remain at Nativity through 2014. He will minister here as his time allows.
Fr. John also assists at several area nursing homes and serves the Sisters of St. Francis, Williamsville, as a chaplain.
The largest numerical classes of priests ever ordained in the Diocese of Buffalo are all arriving at their retirement years. So, our old expectations of priestly presence and ministry must adapt. Our parish council has taken this issue seriously and has attended to it in our parish’s strategic plan and its action steps. That plan and its action steps will be shared with you soon.
The challenges, given the rate of change, plus many unpredictables, is large. I am confident that we are doing our best in preparing for a future, known and unknown. Your service on parish ministries, from governance to planning, to liturgical, sacramental, educational, and counseling life, are most welcome.
I expect Nativity to experience many personnel changes over the next months. Grateful for what has been, I look forward to what will be.