Dear People of Saint Anne,
I am writing today to bring you up to date on the financial picture of our parish. Let me begin by saying that in my 25 years working for the church, I have never witnessed so much compassion and support from the people of faith as I have in the last five weeks.
We all know how difficult it has been to be separated from each other while our buildings have been shuttered, preventing us from joining as a faith community for Mass and prayer together. Saint Anne has tried to keep that spirit alive through daily reflection and Sunday Mass that is available to all of you on our website at www.stannebarrington.org. Mark Karney, a long time parishioner of Saint Anne, has been recording these events for us so that we can stay connected. We all owe him a great debt of gratitude.
We have taken measures to reduce our costs during this time. We have our boilers working at an extremely low capacity-just below 15% of the normal. We do, however turn on portable blowers to keep the air movement going. We have turned off all heating rooftop units as well as heating and cooling pumps, with the exception of the Gathering space. We have only safety/emergency lighting operational, except where necessary during the day. These utilities are needed to support our construction team that has begun renovations for the Legacy of Faith Campaign. An update on that will be in a later bulletin.
In accordance with the Archdiocese guidelines, our staff is working from home. We continue to pay for salary and benefits for all employees. We need to keep our staff intact and be ready to serve all of your needs when we are together again. Our faculty continues with the E-learning lessons for all of our students. The overall reaction of our school families has been very positive, as they adjust to this new way of life. Now we have learned that in class instruction will not resume this school year. We thank God that our faculty was prepared to conduct E-learning on such short notice.
Our maintenance staff continues to be present to make sure all of our facilities, and the equipment within, are running at a minimum but with the utmost efficiency. We have a very skeletal staff presence in the front office to collect the mail, make deposits and keep up with bill payments and the day-to-day operations. We realize that you may have questions for us during this time, and if so, please see the back of the bulletin and email the appropriate staff member of your concerns.
With nearly 100 employees, we have been anxious about their wellbeing. As you are aware, Congress passed the Cares Act Payroll Protection Program in which loans became available to assist small businesses and protect their payroll. Saint Anne applied for, and with the assistance of Wintrust and Barrington Bank and Trust, successfully secured the loan. One important aspect of the PPP law is that if the loan is approved, and if the proceeds are used to retain employees (and pay certain, specified costs of operation, such as utilities), subsequent repayment of the loan would be forgiven. This loan covers an 8-week period and will bring us into June.
Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time. Over the past 5 weeks, we have seen Give Central and electronic giving increase by almost 10%, and many others who would give at church on Sunday are mailing in their contributions. Your loyalty to the parish and your willingness to support Saint Anne at this uncertain time for all of us has been extraordinary.
Saint Anne has always been a proud and generous people. I thank you for continuing your support through prayer and donations during this time. As God’s people we will continue to reach out to feed the hungry, comfort the lonely, give a smile to a passerby, and watch our Catholic faith come to life.
Blessings to all of you,
Business and Operations Manager
Saint Anne Parish