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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 2 April 2017
This weekend at all Masses the parish finance council and I are reporting on Notre Dame’s financial activity in the fiscal year that concluded June 30, 2016, that is, the last fiscal year before I assumed my pastoral responsibilities in July. (Regrettably our archdiocesan review didn’t take place until January, seven months after the fiscal year concluded. We are asking the Archdiocese of Denver to schedule us in a more timely manner when we conclude the current fiscal year on June 30.)
In this space today, I want to remind you of the role of a parish finance council as prescribed by the church’s Code of Canon Law and the policies of the Archbishop of Denver.
The code requires that every parish have its own finance council; it is not optional. The code establishes simply that the council is “to assist the [pastor] in fulfilling his...function.” For his part, the Archbishop of Denver, Archbishop Aquila, has established more specific regulations defining the rights and responsibilities of parish finance councils in the Archdiocese of Denver. I list some of the more pertinent ones here. (The full list of these archdiocesan norms can be read at http://archden.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2016-AOD-Pastoral-Handbook.pdf).
As pastor I am required to obtain the counsel of the finance council “on all matters of parochial financial administration.” I am required to seek the consent of the finance council in certain matters; I cannot act without or contrary to their consent. This means that in practice it is the responsibility of the parish finance council to govern Notre Dame Parish in those matters established as such by the archbishop. For example, the finance council “must review, approve and recommend the annual parish budget….” Additionally, as part of the budgeting process, the finance council “is to discuss the wages of all parish employees with the pastor.” The finance council is to “actively monitor the actual financial results as compared to the budget throughout the fiscal year” and “determine what, if any, financial remedies need to be put in place.” Each year by August 30 the finance council is required to submit to the archbishop an annual report of the just-concluded fiscal year. When the archdiocesan review of a parish’s finances is completed, the finance council “must meet with the CPAs and/or Internal Auditors.”
The Notre Dame Parish finance council is made up of seven highly respected parishioners competent in matters of finance, accounting, investments, business administration, etc. Since I became the pastor we have been meeting at least monthly, and more often as necessary. Notre Dame Parish is blessed that these parishioners are overseeing our parish finances, facilities, and fiscal future.
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