Stewardship Annual Report
Dear Family of God,
I am pleased to present the 2020-2021 Stewardship Annual Report. The report highlights the important work accomplished by 385 volunteers whose work spans 38 ministries as well as committees, programs, and services that touch the lives of our parishioners and also those in need within our diocese. During the fiscal year of July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021, our ministry leaders, staff, and volunteers continued to address and resolve the unique challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic. Many of our parishioners also found creative solutions to COVID restrictions and were able to continue answering God’s call to serve our parish.
The second year of the pandemic brought many blessings despite the ongoing uncertainties of how to tend to the minds, bodies, and spirits of our parishioners. We continued to live-stream masses each weekend to help our parishioners stay connected to Our Lady of Joy. Fr. Clement, Fr. Kurt, and staff members also continued to produce YouTube videos to keep our faith community engaged. The church and adoration chapel remained unlocked for those wanting private prayer. Of great importance was that we were able to successfully fulfill our two annual parish projects: the Parish Advent Project benefiting St. Charles Mission School and St. Agnes Catholic School, and the Parish Lenten Project benefiting First Way Pregnancy Center and Aid to Women. Despite the reduced attendance at our masses, our faithful parishioners continued to provide generous financial support to these four project recipients.
Our Faith Formation programs continued strong throughout the year with approximately 148 children still making their sacraments in smaller separate masses. Holy Family Catechesis provided at home lessons for over 80 families and also met once-a-month on campus including adoration for all. Our preschool opened for regular in-person classes at the end of August to the delight of 34 children and their parents. Our Youth Ministry continued to lead the Life Teen and Edge programs both in-person and virtually in the Fall and Spring semesters of 2020 and 2021. As our fiscal year ended on June 30, 2021, plans were already underway for the full restoration of parish life as we assessed the needs of the faithful while prioritizing the physical well-being of our parishioners and the community-at-large.
Please know of our constant and continued prayers for all of you throughout this entire pandemic. We pray each day for all of you at morning mass and during our evening prayers.
Thank you for continuing to serve the Lord and Our Lady of Joy by your tireless support, your presence and worship-offering. I am grateful for each of you and the generous support you have given the parish and myself, as well as Father Clement and Father Kurt. May the Holy Spirit guide me, and may God bless each of you and your families. Please continue to pray for me.
Yours in Christ through Mary,
Fr. Jess Ty