The Saints of October
Saturday, 05 October 2019
October is a great month of celebrating the Saints! No, I am not talking about my New Orleans Saints going on a winning streak and running roughshod over their NFL opponents. Though I do hope that happens, I am writing about all the many Saints we celebrate this month. Here is the list: St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus (the Little Flower) (October 1st), our Holy Guardian Angels (have you ever celebrated your guardian angel? October 2nd), St. Francis of Assisi (October 4th), Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos (ministered here in the USA October 5th), Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7th), St. Denis and his companions (October 9th), St. John XXIII (October 12th), St. Theresa of Avila (October 12th), St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (October 16th), St. Ignatius of Antioch (October 17th), St. Luke (October 18th), Sts. John de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues, and companions (the North American Martyrs were martyred here in our country and in Canada October 19th), St. John Paul II (the Great! October 22nd), St. John of Capistrano (October 23rd), and Sts. Simon and Jude (Apostles October 28th). How will you celebrate these brothers and sisters of ours who practiced heroic virtue?
Forming Disciples, Leading All to Christ
Thank you so much to everyone who has responded and participated in the Increased Offertory Program, “Forming Disciples, Leading All to Christ”! Even though everyone may not be able to increase their offertory giving at this point, everyone can participate in the program and return a Commitment Card because everyone can pray for the success of the program and the success of all our ministries and opportunities which form disciples and lead people to Christ. Some people have done this and I thank you for your prayers!
I have received a couple of questions regarding the increase in the School Subsidy. It is the second largest increase highlighted in the brochure. The school is healthy in management and in enrollment (we started with 405 kids while budgeting for 390). The school subsidy went up by $100,000 for a couple of reasons.
- The Diocese of Savannah Office of Catholic Schools implemented a salary scale for all the teachers and staff. The school needed an increase in the subsidy to cover that this year. Before the implementation of this salary scale, we were not underpaying them according to the former salary request from the diocese. However, we needed to adjust salaries accordingly. The school needed a cushion to adjust.
- The lower school will be needing a new roof within this Fiscal Year (ending June 30, 2020) and this is a way for the parish to assist without making it an overwhelming capital expense for the school.
The School is the main ministry of our parish. It touches and involves more families and children than any other ministry.
I hope this helps to clarify the need for the school subsidy to increase this fiscal year.
The health of the School and many exciting things are happening at our parish as we fulfill our mission of “Forming Disciples, Leading All to Christ.”
May the Lord Jesus bless you and your families abundantly! Thank you for your generosity, prayers, and commitment to St. James the Less Church!
~ Fr. Daniel Firmin