21 MAY 2023
ASCENSION OF THE LORD
SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION
John 15,26.27; 16,1-4
(Andrei Rublev, 1408)
I am pleased to present the Annual Report for Saint John the Beloved. It summarizes our financial position as of 30 June 2022. A summary of our pastoral work, financed by your incredible generosity to our parish, over the course of FY22 is also provided.
This past year we welcomed back a normal parish life as pandemic restrictions were lifted. Sunday and daily Mass attendance slowly increase. Confession remains popular. Academy enrollment is so robust that it merited public accolades at the last Diocesan meeting of Principals and Pastors. Religious Education and Youth Ministry are swinging literally and figuratively. It has been wonderful to see all parish events, such as our Fall Festival, Lenten Soup Suppers, the Academy Spring Dream Gala, student performances, and Seniors Luncheons, all well attended.
Given the financial uncertainties that accompanied the pandemic, very carefully considered FY22 investments in parish infrastructure ($175,000) were limited to HVAC improvements, indoor and outdoor classroom enhancements, a performing arts stage, and enhanced security equipment. The year’s net income at nearly $40,000 added to operational reserves.
Our parish depends on your continued generosity underwriting St. John’s good works. The Parish Offertory is our primary source of operating income and is used to fund our many ministries (Religious Education, Youth Ministry, Music Ministry, Adult Faith Formation, and many more), as well our administrative and facilities expenses (including payroll, utilities, and maintenance). You can imagine that we receive an increasing number of calls from people asking for rental and other assistance, to which we try to respond generously. Understanding that you too continue to experience cost of living increases, nonetheless, I ask you to review prayerfully and renew generously your financial support of the parish. At the same time I urge you to join me in evaluating our personal commitment to serving the poor in a tangible way, beyond our charitable contributions. The world is a better place because of who you are and what we do. Thank you for all your sacrifices and efforts to engage in and sustain the work of the Church.
Please be assured of my deep and sincere gratitude for your trust and support. Promising you my prayers for you and your loved ones, I remain
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Rev. Christopher J. Pollard
Watch From Home
Video Archives of Holy Mass, Evenings of Prayer & Catechesis, Funerals and other events at St. John the Beloved can be found at https://livestream.com/StJohnMcLean. Occasionally weddings and funerals are simulcast at https://www.youtube.com/c/StJohntheBelovedVideoLab or https://www.facebook.com/FrCJJP/.
Sacraments in Unusual Places
Holy Communion can be received in the vestibule after any and every Mass. Outdoor speakers permit you to listen to Mass without coming inside. Our priests can bring you Holy Communion at home as well.If you desire Confession somewhere other than the regular confessionals, please feel free to call the rectory emergency line 703-835-2808 to request a confessor to meet you in church cry room or in the parking lot.
Neighbors in Need
Many parishioners have volunteered to help deliver groceries or otherwise render assistance to neighbors who are not able to leave their homes. Please call the parish office either to alert St. John the Beloved about someone who needs help or to volunteer.
Eternal rest grant unto them...
Mother of Denise Kissinger
Larry Hountz Sr
Nilda Bianchi Cormack
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