Monday, June 23, 2014

Update on the Lighting and Security Project

Brothers and Sisters,

Last week I received the green light from the diocese to officially move forward with the security and lighting project.  In the coming weeks, work will be starting around the property to add lighting in the main lot, security cameras, and update the security system in the school and the rectory.  As I mentioned in the bulletin a couple of weeks ago, the cost of the project is around $75,000.  I would like to thank those who have already made a contribution to the project.  If you would like to help us offset the cost of this project, please consider dropping your donation in a plain white envelope in the collection and label it for “Safety and Security.”
Father Carroll

A Message from Father Carroll regarding the closing of the Fiscal Year.

Brothers and Sisters,

            This weekend is the final weekend of the month and the close of the fiscal year.  Let me begin by once again thanking you for your generosity.  As we close the fiscal year, we will be closing it in the red.  We are projecting our deficit to be around $70,000 - $80,000.

            In order for us to keep from taking out a loan with the diocese, we will be pulling funds out of savings to cover the deficit.  Some of our deficit comes from unpaid tuition.  Taking that into consideration, that part of the deficit will be taken out of the Msgr. Brenner Education Fund.  When the tuition comes in over the summer months we will replenish that account.  The other portion of the deficit will be paid out of our General Parish Savings.  So while we will not be in debt to the diocese, we are operating in a deficit.  In other words, while the end result will show us in the black, we are operating in the red.  As a parish we were truly blessed with two significant bequests.  If it wasn’t for these bequests we would have to take a loan from the diocese.

            Over the last couple months I have been working with the Parish Finance Council to address this concern.  Since March, changes have been made to help us address our operating deficit and other areas of potential cost savings are being carefully studied.  We are working extremely hard to be fiscally prudent.  Yes, in the future, we may have to spend money to ultimately save money.  That is why we are carefully studying our utility bills and our reestablished Long Range Planning Committee is looking at our property.  Once of the challenges we face is that we have a lot of property to maintain (and a lot of underutilized space) and a lot of our buildings are aging which means they will eventually need work to keep them maintained.

            As we close out of fiscal year and look at our current deficit there are signs of hope.  The generosity of this parish is clearly evident.  This year we have surpassed our Lenten Appeal in the pledged amount.  As the Mass schedule changed out weekly offertory has stayed steady.  This is a clear testament of your support.  Once again thank you for your generosity to our parish and as your pastor I am truly grateful for your support of our parish.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Carroll

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Saint Patrick School Students sing the National Anthem at York Revolution Game

Saint Patrick School students had the opportunity and honor to sing our country's National Anthem at Monday Nights York Revolution game.  Before the National Anthem sixth grader Abigail Brenneman and Father Carroll had to opportunity to throw out one of the honorary first pitches.  Many thanks to Mrs. Fry and all those who participated on Monday Night.  It was truly a great night for all!!! 


Monday, June 9, 2014

Schedule for the week of June 9th

Please remember...

Monday June 9th:  Confessions from 4pm - 4:45pm, Mass @ 5pm, NO CONFESSIONS FOLLOWING MASS.

Tuesday June 10th:  Confessions from 4:30pm - 5pm, Mass @ 5:15pm

Wednesday June 11th:  NO CONFESSIONS/NO MASS...Mass will be celebrated at the Lutheran Home at 1:30pm

Thursday June 12th:  Mass @ 9AM...Sixth grade moving on Mass, Confessions from 4:30pm - 5pm, and Mass @ 5:15pm

Friday June 13th:  Mass @ 8:30am and Confessions from Noon - 1pm

Looking Ahead to Next Week...

Monday June 16th:  Confessions from 4:30pm - 5pm, Mass @ 5:15pm, NO CONFESSIONS FOLLOWING MASS. (Father Fred will be celebrating Mass and hearing confessions because Father Carroll is attending the Adult Scouters Recognition Dinner at the Diocese.)

Friday, June 6, 2014


New Weekend Schedule
Saturday Confessions from 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Mass @ 4:30pm
Sunday Confessions from 7:15am - 7:45am
Sunday Masses @ 8am, 10:45am, and 5:30pm

Father Carroll's Special Week...

On Wednesday June 4th Father Carroll was formally installed as Pastor of Saint Patrick's Church at the 5:15pm Mass.  Father Robert Gillelan the Vicar General of the Diocese of Harrisburg and Pastor of Prince of Peace in Steelton presided over the installation.  After formally being welcomed by the parish and the pastoral staff Father Carroll presided over the rest of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  The following pictures were taken by Bob Lenz.  Many thanks to Bob for taking these pictures. 

Mr. Stephen Logue parishioner of Saint Patrick Church and Seminarian of the Diocese of Harrisburg leads the servers into Church for the Celebration of the Mass.
The faithful of Saint Patrick's gathered to celebrate and give thanks to God.
Father Carroll presiding over the Liturgy of the Eucharist alongside Father Bob Gillelan and Deacon's Michael DeVivo and Don Bender
Father Carroll with his dad Keith Miley Carroll and his sister Anne Sphar
Today June 6th Father Carroll celebrates a double blessing his 33rd Birthday and his 5th anniversary of his priestly ordination.  Father Carroll celebrated his birthday with celebrating the 8am Mass at Saint Mary's, the 8:30am Mass with the School Children of Saint Patrick and will be hearing confession from Noon - 1pm.  As Father C. said in his facebook post this morning "No better way to celebrate my birthday then by exercising the awesome gift I received 5 years ago today."

Father Carroll kneeling before the Most Reverend Kevin Rhoades

Father Carroll pictured with his classmates Father Jonathan Sawicki, Father Jose Mera-Vallejos, and Father Paul Theisz
Father Carroll pictured with his mother Doris Carroll, his sister Anne Spahr, his father Keith Miley Carroll and his brother Kevin Carroll
Tomorrow June 7th will mark the 5th Anniversary of Father Carroll's First Mass of thanksgiving.  The Saturday 4:30pm Mass will be celebrated for his intention. 
Father Carroll getting read to celebrate his First Mass of Thanksgiving

Father Carroll holding up both the host and the chalice.