Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal...for where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. Matthew 6:19-21

Stewardship of treasure grows out of our call to care for God’s Garden on earth. It is not based on our giving to a need, rather it is based on our need to give. Consequently, giving of our treasure is an act of love and faith.

Numerous biblical passages refer to tithing, and often 10% is referred to as the biblical tithe and an appropriate tithe. Many ask questions like, “Is this 10% on the top?”, or “How do contributions to the community affect my giving?” A good rule of thumb is an 8% tithe to the church, and 2% to the community. What is most important is to acknowledge that giving is a returning to God what is rightfully His.

Our Product/Our Faith

Our Lady of Lourdes is one of the most vibrant stewardship parishes in one of the most widely recognized stewardship dioceses in the country. With your support we are able to:
  • Provide a beautiful church for worship
  • Support over 45 ministries that serve both the community and the individual
  • Offer tuition-free Catholic education for Kindergarten through Senior High
  • Maintain facilities for our ministries and education
  • Offer a Catholic Student Center, St. Pius X, for Catholic students attending Pittsburg State University
  • Evangelize our Catholic faith to Pittsburg and the entire Southeast Kansas Region
  • Support the world-wide church and the diocese with United Catholic Stewardship
  • Please support the efforts of this parish with your treasure. We can continue this ambitious mission only if we each do our part.

FY 2014-2015 Financial Results

Total income received by the parish was $2,717,800. The largest source of income (94%) was $2,551,000 weekly giving from parishioners and visitors. Other sources of parish revenue included $141,200 tuition for non-Catholic students and preschool students and $25,600 other gifts to the parish.

Total expenses of the parish were $4,003,700. Salaries and benefits for parish staff and school personnel were $3,107,600 (77% of total expenses). Tithing to the Catholic Diocese of Wichita was $255,000. Other expenses, including maintenance, utilities, supplies, insurance, and educational programs, were $641,100.

Expenses over the income received were covered by a $1.3 million withdrawal from the Memorial Fund (gifts to the Memorial Fund are made throughout the year).

Of the total expenses, 38% were for St. Mary’s Elementary School, 37% for St. Mary’s Colgan Jr/Sr High School, and 25% for parish operations.

FY 2015-2016 Budget

The budget for the current fiscal year anticipates total income of $2,734,100, consisting of $2,570,000 weekly giving, $137,700 tuition, and $26,400 other income.

The budget anticipates total expenses of $4,052,300, consisting of $3,106,700 salaries and benefits, $257,000 tithe to the diocese, and $688,600 other operating expenses.

Weekly Giving

The weekly offering during FY 2014-2015 averaged $49,058.

The weekly offering for FY 2015-2016 through December 31st has averaged $48,157.

A goal has been established of increasing weekly giving by 2% annually. When each parish family makes a conscientious effort to increase their weekly commitment, we will reach this goal.

FY 2015-2016 Financial Reports

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