I was in the area of my old parish a couple weeks ago and I couldn’t help but scratch my head when I saw the significant construction that was taking place with both church structures. Before I moved, I remember hearing of the great deal of debt that the parish was in and that they had a line of credit with the diocese to help pay down the debt. 2 and a half years ago, there was a 5 year plan to raise 4.5 million in total construction costs for both facilities. Well both projects are in full swing!!!
So I went on to the website and looked more into detail about this project. I saw the total cost of these renovations and the “suggested donations” for the parishioners. They were astounding!!! It started at 2500 dollars and went as high as the stars. In this time where people are losing their jobs left and right and the neighborhood is a high crime area, how could they ask people to donate more when they have nothing left to give??? It seems that the parish is losing touch with its parishioners even more and will continue to deal with huge debt.