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Annual Contribution Statements were mailed out this past Monday to all parishioners that contributed at least $1.00 during the 2008 calendar year. The statements were mailed out first class in order to eliminate any problems with the bulk rate mailing process. We have worked very hard in order to ensure that your statement is accurate however there is a chance that you may have a discrepancy. Please contact me as soon as possible to resolve any problems you may come across with your statement. In addition, here are a few circumstances where a contribution made may not appear on your statement. If you throw loose cash in the offertory, we will have no record of your gift. If you made a donation payable directly to Jamaica Outreach Program or St. Vincent de Paul and not to St. John the Evangelist, the gift will not appear on your statement. You will receive an acknowledgement directly from JOP or St. Vincent De Paul. If you have been contributing to the Catholic Faith Appeal in the 2008 calendar year and have exceeded the IRS $250 threshold, you will receive an acknowledgement directly from the Diocese of Venice. If you did not meet the $250.00 threshold for CFA contributions in 2008, you will need to use cancelled checks for tax purposes. Thank you very much to all of our parishioners for your generous support in 2008. We would not be able to efficiently operate without you. Please ignore any literature placed on the windshield of your vehicle during Mass. As recently as last weekend, we have had non-approved and non-factual pieces of propaganda distributed on the windshields of our parishioners. We would kindly ask that the offenders choose a different platform to dispense your message and not offend our parishioners. You may have noticed in the collection summary that the number of registered households has been adjusted dramatically to more accurately reflect the true size of our parish family. Earlier this month, we began purging families that had no giving or attendance history for the 2007/2008 fiscal year (July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008). As you know, individuals may register for any number of reasons and never actually attend Mass. Some may join the parish in order to have their child baptized. Others may join in order to be married in the church and still others may join to enroll their child in religious education. After several years, these registrations add up and falsely inflate our census. The statistic you now see is an accurate assessment of the actual number of parish families attending Mass at St. John the Evangelist. Have you noticed the massive blue lift that has been residing in our parking lot for the last few weeks? We recently had the fascia repaired on the upper soffit of the church roof where some rotting had taken place. We are now replacing the weather stripping around the upper windows of the church. After 17 years of the elements, we chose to take a preventative measure so that we will not have to pay the consequences later. Work should be completed by the end of this coming week. If you are looking to get an additional “fix” of Paul Todd and visit the town of Ave Maria all in the same day, you will be able to do both on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Paul will be playing a free concert on the steps of the Oratory at Ave Maria from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. If you don’t want to bother with the drive, Ave Maria is offering bus transportation from St. John’s for only $15 which includes a snack upon arrival. The 57 passenger motorcoach will pick up parishioners at 11:30 a.m. in front of the church and return immediately following the concert. Tickets may be purchased in the parish office. Catholic Schools Week (January 25-31, 2009) is an annual national celebration of the important role that Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the country play in providing a values-added education for America’s young people. Catholic schools are proud of their educational network that emphasizes intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical and social values in their students. The used printer cartridge program untaken by our youth ministry department returned a $50 profit in only its first week. When you are finished using an ink cartridge, simply bring it by the PLC and drop it in the container provided. The cartridges are then shipped off and in return, a check is received based on the number of viable cartridges that may be recycled.

Thank you so much for supporting St. John the Evangelist. In His work together, Scott Schlossberg, MBA General Manager

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