4350 W. Sunnyside Avenue, Chicago, IL
MASS TIMES ANNUAL STEWARDSHIP REPORT
Vigil Mass - Saturday 2016-2017
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FISCAL YEAR A Letter from Our Pastor
994 Dear Parishioners,
I encourage you to take some time to review our Annual Stewardship
Report. After review by the parish Finance Council we submit the report to
380 the Archdiocese and to the parish. This year our report is more than just a
financial statement. It focuses on all aspects of Stewardship that we practice
SCHOOL ENROLLMENT at St. Edward – time, talent and treasure.
The report covers the period of our fiscal year (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017).
St. Edward is a busy, vital, Christian community.
RELIGIOUS ED FAMILIES Numbers indicate the financial stability of the parish and school, showing
the revenue gathered mostly through donations and tuition and fees, along
59 with the expenditures and cost of keeping the parish running. We strive to
be good stewards of your donations and the legacy of buildings, programs,
BAPTISMS resources and faith which have been handed down to us from those who
have gone before us.
It also includes information about the many ministries which our
1ST COMMUNICANTS people are involved in, including several new ones from this past year.
Also included is five year comparison that shows how many parishioners
37 are registered members, how many contribute, and the number enrolled in
the parish school and religious education program and the sacraments
5 Of course, the most important aspect of parish life is the dedication of
people’s hearts to the Lord. Being a disciple of Jesus shows itself in many
WEDDINGS ways. These numbers are only one way. The involvement of volunteers in
the work of the Church and the gifts of time and talent are just as important.
We are blessed as a community with so many quietly faithful people
FUNERALS working to come closer to the Lord and to bring others to knowledge of the
Lord. We give thanks.
Church Facility Improvements
Phase I of the Church tuck-pointing was completed during the Fall of 2016. With
gratitude to those who participate in the To Teach Who Christ Is pledge drive, we
were able to begin the capital improvements earmarked in the campaign.
Our kitchen in the lower church hall was completely renovated! Special thanks to Terry
Gallagher, Elva Wayda and Linda Hehir.
Refurbishing elements of our church environment began several years ago with the re-
finishing of the tabernacle and angels a the top of the back altar. This year the brass
door handles were re-finished.
School Facility Improvements
The 75 year old boiler in the main school building had become too
costly to continue to repair. New boilers were installed that are more
efficient and cost saving.
With the installation of the new boilers it became necessary to
rebuild and line the chimney.
New water bottle filling stations for the main school were installed.
New School Boilers
2016-17 annual report
st. edward finance council
The Finance Council members are parishioners and serve as an advisory council. We meet
six times a year and review financial reports, assess facility needs and provide feedback to the
pastor. One of our responsibilities as a Finance Council is to review and submit the annual
financial report to the parish.
St. Edward is a vital and active parish with an outstanding pastor. We are truly blessed
that our parishioners willingly support the parish through our various ministries, activities and
Sunday collections. However, for St. Edward to continue to thrive it is essential that we become
of aware of the need for continuing and increased participation in all areas of parish life,
including financial support of the parish.
After reviewing the financial statement you can see that collections are down from last
year. We rely on your Sunday offering to support parish operations, maintain a balanced
budget and like you, pay the bills. With that in mind, we are asking that you consider
increasing your Sunday offering. Prayerfully reflect on your level of giving. Perhaps you may
be able to increase your giving by 5%, 10% or even more.
One option that makes giving more convenient is online giving. GiveCentral is a safe and
secure way to make your weekly offering and is beneficial to parishioners as well as to the
parish. You can use a debit or credit card or have your donation withdrawn from you checking
account (ACH) weekly, monthly or for a one-time donation. You can still drop your envelope in
the collection basket on Sunday and indicate that you give online.
St. Edward Finance Council Members
Enrolling in Give Central is easy.
Visit the parish website at www.stedparish.org
or call the parish office at 773-545-6496.
Called to Serve
2016- 2017 New Ministries
St. Edward began a High School Youth Group in September
2016. Each week a group of 12-15 teens gather in the Church
Hall for Mass, games, and then an evening program of
catechesis, open discussions, service projects, or a social.
Thanks to a dedicated group of adult volunteers our teens have
been able to grow in faith and friendship.
Salt & Light
This new ministry to St. Edward brings together adults and
children for various service projects either on our campus or in
our community. This past year a group traveled to the Well of
Mercy to paint their hallways, we cleaned our own Church in time
for Thanksgiving and Advent, and we helped pass out food at the
Mission of our Lady of the Angels mobile food pantry.
Adult Faith Formation
Since August 2016 our new Adult Faith Formation program has
organized six series that have covered topics such as Amoris
Laetitia, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Sacraments, and Prayer.
This ministry has also brought in speakers to discuss various
topics on the faith.
5 year comparison
Our Parish Family as of June 30th each year
My parish is composed of people like me.
I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
It will be holy, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will be prayerful, if I pray.
It will make generous gifts to many causes,
if I am a generous giver.
It will bring others into its worship,
if I invite and bring them.
It will be a parish of loyalty
and love, of fearlessness and faith,
of compassion, charity, and mercy,
if I, who make it what it is,
am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with the help of God,
I now dedicate myself
to the task of being all the things
that I want my parish to be.
Adapted from the stewardship prayer of the Diocese of San Diego