A capital team: Council advises on parish money matters

While many of St. Ann’s ministries are doing work that pulls at your heartstrings, there are a few that are a bit more practical and one whose very existence is mandated by canon law.

The Finance Council is a group of 10 parishioners and staff who have diversified backgrounds and are charged with advising Father Ray Cadran on financial decisions for our church.

“Our ministry mission is much like every other mission at St. Ann’s – to provide the required time, talent and treasure to perform God’s work here on earth,” said council Chairman Steve Demboski. The council members serve three-year terms and meet quarterly. They have experience in business activity that ranges from accounting to internal controls. 

“We are not so much a projects-based ministry, but a ministry of helping ensure the right projects are funded in accordance with the parish’s need to ensure spiritual and physical growth,” Demboski said. On the Finance Council’s ministry webpage, parishioners can find financial reports for the last two fiscal years and the 2020 budget.

“It is always fun to meet with Jim and Father Ray to go over the financial results and to hear firsthand about what is going on in the various ministries,” Demboski said. “They are very open and appreciate the diversity we bring to the discussion.”

Pictured: St. Ann’s Finance Council is comprised of staff and parishioners who advise Father Ray Cadran (seated) on the parish’s financial health. Members are (from left): Tim Escott, Jim Herrel, Steve Demboski, John Callozzo and Kevin Murray. Not pictured: Jennifer Brennan, Chris Dodd and Rick Toppin. 

The Catholic Church of St. Ann is a La Salette parish family dedicated to reconciliation through worship, word, works and sacrament.

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