Tuesday, May 27, 2008

St. Alphonus Parish Council Minutes April 14, 2008

Posted on the bulletin board in the church foyer.
III. Pastor's Report ...
e. Greendale Rec. looking at rectory building for daycare possibility.

(see this earlier post)
l. Dreams & Visions program on 5/20, moving forward as a new education program
I was invited to this event because I'm a catechist, so I might blog on it later. In the meantime, here's a review by Dan Pierson at Catholic Book Journal, August 13, 2007, of the book Dreams and Visions: Pastoral Planning for Lifelong Faith Formation, by Bill Huebsch.
m. No progress on mortgage refinancing

The parish's part of the subprime mortgage mess, the part about borrowing money to build more than you need.
IV. New Business
a. letter going out on percentages and focus on middle one-third giving 1/3 for additional support.

That refers to some conventional wisdom dividing parishioners into thirds: 1/3 give 2/3 of the money, 1/3 give 1/3, and 1/3 give nothing. Maybe the bottom 1/3 doesn't give because they think the parish is too focused on money; if so, the focus on the middle 1/3's giving should help convince them of this, as well.

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