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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
(The following is a summary of my announcement at Mass last Sunday regarding the restructuring of the clerical/support offices of the parish.)
These past 100 days I have spent a great deal of time learning and engaging the many facets of parish life and ministry, including their infrastructures and budgets. The biggest part of any non-profit budget is personnel. Unfortunately, I have come to learn that we have been over-expending operating funds for personnel. For example, in the last fiscal year submitted for archdiocesan review(ending June 30, 2016) we spent 78% of our offertory collection on staff compensation (salaries, taxes, benefits, stipends, etc.). (By contrast, the National Association of Church Business Administrators [NACBA] reports that in the Denver metro area in 2014, comparably-sized congregations averaged 53% of budget on staff compensation and benefits.) All other expenses, including archdiocesan assessments, maintenance, insurance, utilities, computer hardware and software, etc., were paid in part from other sources of parish income, including savings, investments, etc.
Having said this, I want to affirm that Notre Dame has an excellent pastoral staff—top notch, dedicated, and highly professional. But, too, Jesus, the church, and you expect that I be a good steward of the resources which you generously contribute to the parish. Moreover, as you, so too Notre Dame must live within its means. Furthermore, we must meet new challenges presenting themselves to us, especially in reaching out and evangelizing young families and the youth. Therefore, to meet these challenges I have restructured the clerical/support offices of the parish. First, I will be hiring a full-time director of IT (information technologies) and digital evangelization. Second, I am eliminating the position of receptionist and sacramental archivist, currently held by Elizabeth Powers, and creating a new one of office manager and parish secretary. Third, I am eliminating the position of Administrative Assistant to Fr. Gass and Fr. Monahan, currently occupied by Rita Cassell, and that currently occupied by Julie Ripley, who edits our paper bulletin and manages the web site. Instead I will be hiring a full time ministry and administrative assistant.
I thank Elizabeth, Rita, and Julie for their tremendous service to the parish and people of Notre Dame these past years. They have served well and have come to be much loved by the parish. In my short time here, I too have come to appreciate and value their service. I know you join me in assuring them of our prayers and love.
If you are interested in applying for these positions, I direct your attention to the job posting elsewhere in this bulletin and on our parish website: https://denvernotredame.org/whats-happening.
Please note that November 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation, All Saints Day.
Mass times for the Holy Day are as follows: Monday (Anticipatory Mass) 4:00pm. Tuesday, November 1st Mass times are: 8:00am, 9:15am (School) 5:30pm.
October 23, 2016
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 Sir 35:12-14, 16-18
The LORD is a God of justice,
who knows no favorites.
Though not unduly partial toward the weak,
yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.
The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan,
nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint.
The one who serves God willingly is heard;
his petition reaches the heavens.
The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;
it does not rest till it reaches its goal,
nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,
judges justly and affirms the right,
and the Lord will not delay.
Reading 2 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18
I am already being poured out like a libation,
and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have competed well; I have finished the race;
I have kept the faith.
From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
which the Lord, the just judge,
will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
but to all who have longed for his appearance.At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf,
but everyone deserted me.
May it not be held against them!
But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
so that through me the proclamation might be completed
and all the Gentiles might hear it.
And I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat
and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom.
To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Gospel Lk 18:9-14
Jesus addressed this parable
to those who were convinced of their own righteousness
and despised everyone else.
“Two people went up to the temple area to pray;
one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself,
‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity --
greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
But the tax collector stood off at a distance
and would not even raise his eyes to heaven
but beat his breast and prayed,
‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’
I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;
for whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
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