Parish audited! Good experience.

Such days of distraction we’ve had, however necessary such an essential service is as provided by the diocese. All the parishes are supposed to be audited every few years or when a pastor is transferred. I doubt that I’ll be transferred out of this, my most favorite of all parishes. But we’re way out of date for any audits, both because of some diocesan planning logistics and because we’re about as far away from the Chancery as one can possibly get in these back-sides-of-the-back-ridges of beautiful Western North Carolina. But now we’re up to date and good to go for another few years.

It was quite the eye-opener for our auditor, the actual Director of Internal Audits, you know, our smallest of all parishes as compared to the big city parishes. Most of the audit inquiries were entirely irrelevant in our tiny parish, such as what kind of compensation oversight did we have for oversight teams for hiring third-party oversight teams for whatever project teams we might have, for instance, in creating oversight teams for oversight teams. Sorry, just a bit of humor there. ;-) But you get the idea. Some things are relevant only to the mega-big-city-parishes. Having grown up with wolves and moose in the North Woods of Minnesota, I’m so happy to be waaay out in here in the State and National Forests.

Our patron saint to whom we pray at the opening of our Finance Council meetings in the parish is Saint Turibio, a Mexican priest, a Cristero martyr, who the day and night before he was murdered took his horse from parish to parish to parish to get all the books in order! I’m impressed.

I bother to make this a post on this blog for the sake of encouraging good vocations to the priesthood who are going to be squeaky clean regarding finances. You cannot serve both God and mammon. Don’t be scandalized by all the scandal. You just do what is right. And that’s already its own reward. You are free of the darkness, free to serve Jesus with one’s whole mind, soul, heart, strength. A joy.

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5 responses to “Parish audited! Good experience.

  1. sanfelipe007

    Yippy! I’ve added my own prayers to yours and Father’s, Joisy Goil. More to come, of course.

  2. Joisy Goil

    Father George,
    Please pray for my young friend Patrick. I have known him since he was a toddler. I have always thought he would be a great candidate for the priesthood. Recently he told me he hopes to become a priest and asked for my prayers. (YIPPY!)

    Please pray with me that God’s will is done.

  3. Gina Nakagawa

    Joisy Goil: I will never have the influence of a prienst, but please accept my prayers for your young friend Patrick. It is about time that we help good priests outnumber the not-so-good priests!

  4. Mary Jean

    & being ordained this coming Saturday in our diocese. 2 that I know personally. God is great!

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