Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Thank you for your continued support and prayers through this time of uncertainty within our parish community. As the coronavirus complicates our financial stability, my heart goes out to all of you who are burdened with worries about health and finances.
Unfortunately, due to the same circumstances, coupled with the inability to come together for the celebration of Holy Mass, financial support has dropped significantly. Normally we receive 300 Sunday offertory envelopes; last week only 42 envelopes were brought in. Since the “stay at home” order, while operating expenses have remained the same, income is down 45 percent.
Currently, we priests at the Cathedral have taken a 50% pay cut and many of our generous staff have voluntarily offered to reduce their salaries. We are thoroughly investigating avenues of financial relief, such as federal grants, different employment scenarios and loan options. Thanks be to God, we remain firmly committed to the mission of our Catholic Faith and charity impels us to be actively engaged: Masses are being live-streamed, funerals celebrated, confessions heard, hospital calls made, marriage preparation done, teachers are still working with students and the parish office is still taking calls and managing the parish and school.
Your heartfelt support of St. Mary Cathedral is essential in meeting our obligations and outreach. If you feel moved in your heart to continue supporting our St. Mary Cathedral Parish and School family, you can do so by following this link. Here you can sign up to give your weekly offertory or give a gift to our newly created Coronavirus Relief Fund which will help support our immediate and long-term needs related to the impact of this crisis.
Recently, I was touched by a parishioner who offered to donate their pending federal stimulus check to the parish. They felt that this unexpected money was not critical to their personal finances and was better applied to parish needs. What a wonderful example of giving. Maybe this is something you might prayerfully consider?
Thank you for your understanding, for your prayers and your ongoing support. Our Lord is good; He will not simply see us through this moment, He will bring us out better than before. I know in my heart we will be closer to Him and to one another.
Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Fr. Matthew Wigton