Update on School Building
Since the Oak Tree School closed just as the academic year was just about to begin, we have been earnestly seeking out new tenants as well as exploring new possibilities for the use of the building. Immediately upon their departure, our parish took a hit of nearly $42,000. That's a real issue. As of November 25th, we have had two listening sessions where parishioners have had an opportunity to bring forward their brainstorms and discuss ideas. Some of those ideas have included a Day Care/Pre-school, a new Catholic high school, an Adult Day Care, an assisted living facility, an after-school center, a doggie day care, extra classroom space for Pacific University, a homeless shelter, and many more. All of these ideas are being mulled over. No idea is being overlooked, short of selling the property (definitely not an option). In the meantime, we continue to seek out lessors who might be a good fit for the space. We've published ads in the local papers as well as craigslist.org. We've followed up on each potential lead and have had a variety of interest from people. We will be improving our signage, inquiring with the local chambers of commerce, broadening our advertising, and begin to reassess the use of all our facilities. Both the Administrative and Pastoral Councils are concerned and working to solve this financial deficit as well as plan for the future. If you have any ideas or concerns, please don't hesitate to let me know.
Expecting a Kicker Windfall?
What would you do if you won the lottery? How would you spend it? How would you save it? Would you spend time in prayer upon having such a windfall come your way? Well, this year, each of us in Oregon will be receiving a tax refund. No, this is not the lottery. I don't think any of us will be able to retire on this refund. However, this is a windfall, an unexpected gift from our government. I've been told the median amount will be ~$285. That means at most half of Oregonians who have paid their taxes will receive more than this amount. The other half will receive less than this amount. Pretty basic. This refund is being called a "kicker."
Between now and when you receive your kicker (sometime after Dec. 15th), I ask that you would bring to prayer the needs of St. Anthony's parish and consider making a special one-time gift to help us meet our shortfall. It is entirely possible that if enough parishioners donated their kicker check, we would kick this deficit.
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10
Fr. William Holtzinger