Finance Council Report and new SMT Mobile App

October 14, 2018

The Finance Council will present the SMT annual financial report at all Masses this weekend. A copy of the report has been mailed to all registered parishioners. It is also included in this week’s bulletin. Although we kept our expenses down, our overall collection income was down last year. Additionally, we had some major capital expenditures such as the Church HVAC unit. This resulted in a deficit for our most recent fiscal year.

The parish’s financial condition is very stable. However, like a business, our fixed expenses increase every year. We need your support to cover these increases and balance the budget for this coming year.

I encourage you to enroll in our Automatic Credit Card payment feature. You may set up weekly or monthly recurring payments on our website or by contacting Christine at 310-476-7403 in the Rectory office. This would be particularly helpful in stabilizing our finances. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity to SMT.

We are introducing an exciting new mobile app for your Smartphone: the SMT APP – One Parish. Faith Formation Director Susana Nieto will have tables set up on the patio after Mass for the next few Sunday to help you with downloading and using the app.

The main feature of this app is to provide parishioners ways to grow in faith. You select your role (spouse, parent, or teen) and choose a virtue you would like to develop. The app also features Saint of the Day, daily prayer, daily scripture readings, Mass Times throughout US and videos by Bishop Robert Barron: Word on Fire.

Another feature that I really like is my ability to communicate directly with you. We do not have up-to-date email addresses for all our parishioners (and quite frankly, we all receive too many emails each day). The SMT One Parish app allows me to send short and simple messages to your phone. Our various Ministries are also able to use this feature to communicate within their specific group.

The app also allows parishioners to make financial contributions. I know that I tell you to turn off your phone before Mass, but I want you to turn it on during collection time (!!!) so you can contribute on the app. Many of us no longer carry checkbooks and we can’t swipe our credit cards during Mass. This makes it difficult to remember to contribute later. The app allows you to contribute on the spot.

I encourage you to download the app and use it for at least 30 days. I am hopeful you will enjoy the features and ease of use and will share it with others.

Kathryn Richards