IFRC 4th Letter to Pastors

October 1, 2009


October 1, 2009


Dear Father/Monsignor:

We would like to briefly update you on the work of the Improved Financial Relationship Committee (IFRC).

Regional Consultations (May/June 2009)

Over 400 parish leaders attended one of the IFRC regional consultations.  At the conceptual level, there were few suggestions on how to improve the envisioned model and no defenses of the Archdiocese’s current model of financial relationship.  However, at the detailed level, many suggestions/concerns were expressed.  Numerous parishes requested more information on how the school tax would be implemented in the new model, how their particular parish would be affected by the new model, and how the model would be implemented in a way that ensures the central ministries helps parishes that need extra assistance to meet their requested fair share amount.

For those of you that would like copies of the consultation materials, please visit www.ParishFundraisingBlog.com and click on the IFRC category on the right.  Materials from the May/June and February/March consultations are posted there.

IFRC Committee Meetings

Our committee has met five times since the consultations to review input and discuss how best to incorporate that feedback into our work and model going forward.

Because of your feedback, our committee has decided to recommend a phased implementation of the IFRC to Cardinal Seán.  This approach will allow appropriate learning and fine tuning, as well as ensuring we have enough staff resources to assist parishes in the transition between models.  We anticipate that the first phase of implementation would begin on July 1, 2010 and would involve 30 parishes who would volunteer to participate. 

Next Steps

We are preparing for upcoming consultations with the Presbyteral Council, the Archdiocesan Finance Council, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, and the Cabinet.  We had originally hoped that these consultations would happen in the summer but because of their meeting schedules and the work we needed to do, we were unable to do so.

One important element of the envisioned model of financial relationship is input from the parishes into the Central Ministry budget.  Consistent with this, we will request your feedback this Fall via a survey on Central Ministry budget priorities.  The long-term goal is that your input will help Central Ministry budget allocations better reflect parish priorities & needs. 

After the planned consultations (listed above), we will invite parishes to volunteer to sign up to be a part of phase one of IFRC implementation.  More information on this will be provided in November. 

Thank you for your continued support of this important initiative.  Please share this information with all those from your parish that attended the consultations or is interested in the progress of the IFRC.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any member of the IFRC.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Bryan Parrish, VF and Steve Barrett

On behalf of our fellow IFRC Members: Fr. Richard W. Fitzgerald, VF, Msgr. Paul V. Garrity, VF, Msgr. Francis H. Kelley, VF, Fr. Paul Ritt, VF, Fr. Thomas S. Foley, VE, Scot Landry, Herb Lynch, James P. McDonough, Denise McKinnon-Biernat, Bro. James Peterson, OFM, and Paul Sandman

Link: Improved Financial Relationship Committee (IFRC) – Timeline

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