Message from Msgr. Schwanger
My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,
I want to thank the members of our Finance Council for all their hard work; not only in preparing our financial report to the parish but for all the work they do throughout the year! Patricia Schutt-Aine, the current President of the Finance Council, and her team of Paul Barthole, Robert D’Souza, Hector Figueras, Valli Kellman, Frank Morrison, Luis Peters, and Cristina Tapies-Villasmil are a hard-working bunch who spend many hours helping us to be good stewards. It is truly one of our most dedicated teams.
The purpose of the Council is to advise the pastor in matters concerning financial planning and management in order to promote the good stewardship of resources and advance the mission of the parish community. And, of course, they prepare an annual report both for the Archbishop and for our parish family.
This year’s report reflects the suffering we have all experienced due to the COVID-19 crisis and our not being able to gather on campus for Mass as a parish family. I am very thankful that we have begun to use Faith Direct for our monthly financial contribution to the parish. Without the regular support of those giving through Faith Direct the parish would never have been able to continue its full range of pastoral services throughout these past months, including the livestreaming of daily and weekend Masses. If you have not already begun to use Faith Direct please reconsider and schedule through Faith Direct your regular monthly offering to the parish.
The Archbishop has been very supportive in all this, but we do have to come current on our obligations to the Archdiocese of Miami. His ministry, too, must continue to move forward and that is only possible with our help. Our Lady of Lourdes Church is a tremendous blessing for the people of Miami and even beyond. We can be proud of what, by God’s grace, we have been able to do so far, and embrace with confidence and enthusiasm the work, the life, that lies ahead!