It is a tradition here at St. Luke’s for the finance committee to publish the parish finances for the previous fiscal year July 1 through June 30. As your new pastor, I will continue to make the report available. I personally thank the finance committee for their continuous work in regards to our financial matters. Many thanks to Ruth Bohac, our business manager, for her tedious work as well. You can view our Income and Expense Statement and our Balance Sheet here.
I thank all of you for your generosity and deep love for our parish. Our St. Luke family is very generous and consistent when it comes to parish stewardship. May we continue to grow and build our capital reserves in the next fiscal year. Through the intercession of St. Luke the Evangelist, the patron of our parish, may we all continue to formulate a blue print for future fiscal matters.
The Georgia Bulletin, our archdiocesan newspaper, has a wonderful article about our recent celebration dedicating our new grotto and retiring our debt. It can be found at
http://www.georgiabulletin.org/news/2015/08/dahlonega-parish-dedicates-marian-grotto-celebrates-financial-milestone/. You can also view a short video of our grotto dedication at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKxs8foxujs.
The recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage is a source of deep concern for us as Catholics. Archbishop Gregory and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have both released statements expressing their disappointment at the ruling and calling for civility in our discussion. Archbishop Gregory’s statement can be found on our Archdiocesan website at www.archatl.com and the USCCB statement can be found at www.usccb.org. Continue reading
Archbishop Gregory has promulgated our Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan which calls for the active participation of all of our parishes and institutions in pursuing four themes as faith goals for our archdiocese over the next five or six years: Knowing Our Faith, Living Our Faith, Sharing/Keeping Our Faith, and the Evolution of Our Parishes. The archbishop has encouraged us to read and study the pastoral plan which is available on the archdiocesan website: www.archatl.com.
Recently Archbishop Gregory and Bishop Hartmayer (of Savannah) issued a statement prohibiting the carrying of weapons on any diocesan properties. The summary of the statement is as follows: Continue reading