Analysis of Expenses

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish has annual expenditures of $3.8 million. Of that, 75% ($2,871,000) are expenses related to salaries and benefits for parish staff, including school personnel. All other annual expenses combined, which includes maintenance, utilities, school supplies, insurance, educational programs, etc., total less than $1 million.

Breakdown of Parish Revenue
(numbers from FY 2010-2011)

Of the $3.8 million received as income for parish operations, one-half of that is weekly giving from parishioners and visitors ($1,878,000). The next largest source of income is a $1.4 million withdrawal from the Memorial Fund (gifts to the Memorial Fund are made throughout the year). Other sources of parish revenue include tuition for non-Catholic students and preschool students ($69,000), school fees ($94,000), and philanthropic gifts to the parish and school ($367,000).


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 trea- sure is an act of love and faith.
Numerous biblical passages refer to tithing, and o#en 10% is referred to as the biblical tithe and an appropriate tithe. Many ask questions like, “Is this 10% o the top?”, or “How do contri- butions to the community aect my giving?” A good rule of thumb is an 8% tithe to the church, and 2% to the community. What is most impor- tant 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 tuiton-free Catholic education for Kindergarten through Senior High
  • Maintain facilities for our ministries and education
  • Offer a newman Center 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. 

Weekly Giving

The weekly oering during FY 2010-2011 averaged $36,115 ($1,878,000 annually). A new goal has been established of increasing weekly giving by $300,000 to $2.2 million annually ($42,000 per week) –a 15% increase. When each parish family makes a conscientious eort to increase their weekly commitment, we will reach this goal.


Expenses by Parish and School

Total expenditures for the parish are $3.8 million annually. Of that, $1,478,000 (39%) are expenses for St. Mary’s Elementary School; $1,413,000 (37%) for St. Mary’s Colgan Jr/Sr High School; and $876,000 (23%) for parish operations.