The Good Shepherd Catholic Parish Finance Committee consists of a number of parishioners with professional and financial backgrounds. The Finance/Administration Commission is a Commission of the Parish Pastoral Council in accordance with Canon 537. Its primary function is to assist the Pastor in the preparation of the yearly budget for review and approval by the Parish Pastoral Council.
This Commission is to sustain the mission and the ongoing development of the parish community by providing the necessary administrative and financial skills. Working closely with the Pastor, who is accountable for the administration of the parish, this Commission concerns itself with all parish resources, the Catholic Parishes Campaign, the annual parish budget, parish support, and the effective use and maintenance of parish facilities. The collaboration of this Commission with the Pastor, the parish staff, and the Parish Pastoral Council is intended to free the Pastor for his role of spiritual leadership.
Areas of responsibility:
- Buildings and Grounds
- Preparation of the annual parish budget
The Finance Council also helps our pastor ensure proper funding is budgeted each year to pay our Catholic High School Assessment. Since 1998, local Evansville parishes are assessed a specific amount per parish student each year who attends Reitz Memorial and Mater Dei High School. Distributions from the assessment are used to help support the mission, spiritual and academic life at Reitz Memorial and Mater Dei High School. Our support enables them to offer a high quality Catholic education through the support of our entire Evansville community. Tuition only covers 60% of the total operating costs of the schools.
Paying our yearly assessment is just one example of how Good Shepherd Catholic Parish also participates in the Church's position on tithing. The key to understanding how God wants all parishioners to give to the Church is found in 1 Corinthians 16:2, "On the first day of the week [Sunday] each of you should set aside whatever he can afford," and in 2 Corinthians 9:5-8, "So I thought it necessary to encourage the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for your promised gift [donation], so that in this way it might be ready as a bountiful gift and not as an exaction. Consider this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work."
We pray that our contribution to the High School Assessment helps keep the cost of Catholic Education affordable for families in Evansville, while building an active and prayerful Catholic community for the present and future Catholic Church in southwestern Indiana. Follow this link for a list of students being supported by our prayers and financial assistance during the 2016-2017 academic year:
Finance Committee Members:
Fr. Zach Etienne
Bingo is a major fundraiser for Good Shepherd Parish. Good Shepherd tithes 10% of Bingo profits to other charities. Bingo is held on Tuesdays and Sundays in the parish hall. Parents of students attending school and many other parishioners volunteer to work on Bingo crews. Contact the parish office/477-5405 if you are interested in helping.
Catholic Parishes Campaign (CPC)
This annual campaign is a means of providing financial support for various service programs offered by the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. The financial assessment is set by the diocese and any money collected above the assessed amount is returned to the parish.
Endowments are a wonderful way to support our Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, School, or specific ministry forever. By Creating this Catholic Legacy, the donor has the opportunity to name the endowment in honor or in memory of a loved one. Donors may determine the primary purpose of the endowment for a minimum gift of $5,000. Anyone can add to an existing endowment at any time and in any amount.
An endowment application is available on-line so that you may begin the process of Creating your Catholic Legacy. Your charitable gift through an endowment is truly perpetual and will help to secure the future of Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, School, or specific area within our parish and the Diocese of Evansville.
To learn more about our current endowments being managed by the Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana, Inc., please follow the following links:
Good Shepherd Parish - https://catholicindiana.org/?s=&post_type=cfswind_fund&beneficiary=good-shepherd-parish
St. Theresa Parish - https://catholicindiana.org/?s=&post_type=cfswind_fund&beneficiary=st-theresa-parish
St. Theresa School - https://catholicindiana.org/?s=&post_type=cfswind_fund&beneficiary=st-theresa-school
Fall Festival Booth
Before our official Parish merge, which became effective July 1, 2016, the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish's Fall Festival Booth was faithfully staffed by St. Theresa Catholic Parishioners for over 30 years. Booth proceeds for the 2016 Fall Festival Booth will be shared between Good Shepherd Catholic Parish and our Twinned Parish (St. Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti).
Church name and city: Good Shepherd/St Theresa - Evansville, IN
Fall Festival Booth Number: 25
Brief Description of food items offered: Giant Tenderloin Sandwiches, Corn Dogs, Potato Soup in a Bread Bowl, Munchen Rolls (Bratwurst, sauerkraut and mozzarella cheese wrapped in pizza dough) and Drinks.
Good Shepherd School Families may purchase scrip cards in the parish office or online and earn credit towards next year’s book fees! If you would like more information on how to use myscripwallet.com or shopwithscrip.com, contact Connie Sermersheim at 812-431-8053, or email her at email@example.com. We now have Azzip pizza and McAlister’s Scrip in stock! Click here for the most up-t0-date -scrip-order-form-
Spirit of Hope
This raffle and fundraiser helps support our operating budget. Tickets are still available. Please contact the parish office if you would like to purchase a ticket. We wish to thank all participants for their help to continue the St. Theresa tradition and the fun of the Spirit of Hope! Contact the parish office with questions at (812) 477-5405.
This is a major parish fundraiser that supports our operating budget. Our social is held the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday that include the fourth Saturday of June. The summer social consists of food, game, auction, raffle and sales booths, carnival rides, dinners, and various other activities. A number of chairpersons oversee various operations of this event.