Saturday, February 16, 2019

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St . Michael Parish
612 North Walnut Street
Plymouth, IN 46563
(574) 936-4935
Rev. John S. Korcsmar, C.S.C.
Pastor                 
jkorcsmar@saintmichaelplymouth.org  
February 16, 2019

Dear Parent,

We know that it is a sacrifice for you to help cover the expenses for your child(ren) at St. Michael. We are grateful that you are willing to sacrifice for your child(ren) to be in a faith-filled, Catholic educational environment. It takes a lot to provide for the salaries, books, equipment, repairs, and utilities that we need.
However, this is also a major sacrifice for the parish and would be difficult to sustain in the long run. Just as your sacrifices mean that you cannot afford some things, the sacrifices from the parish mean that we are not doing repairs, upkeep, and the programs we should. It is currently costing $7,000 per year per student to operate the way we are. We cannot spend 70—80% of our collection on the school and effectively maintain both church and school.
            We need to be very intentional about our expenses and our income. To keep the school at the level it is and to maintain the parish buildings and programs, we need to:
1.      Understand and communicate what it costs to operate at this level,
2.      Understand and be selective in methods to raise the needed income,
3.      Use our resources as carefully as we can so that we can help those families that need assistance in an objective and fair way.
We cannot simply go on the way we have been, hoping that the necessary funds will appear. We have to identify ways to meet our costs. The plan is to charge more closely what it really costs and provide help through scholarships and other plans.  We move more closely to providing the assistance on a needs-based basis.
Through discussions with the Parish Finance Council, the Pastoral Council and the School Board we have concluded that we need to move in a direction where the financial support of the parish St. Michael School is more need-based. We want to be able to help people. But we need to do it on a case-by-case basis. We plan to implement best practices determined through discussions with other parishes and schools and diocesan guidance.
With that in mind, we are setting the tuition rates for the school year 2019-2020 at:
Non-Catholics, non-active Catholics:  $5,600 per student
o   Active Catholic families:                  1 student     $5,600
·        2 students $10,304
·        3 students $14,112
·        4 students $17,696.
In order to register for next year, all current tuition must be paid in full. Registration is not complete until you receive a letter from Mrs. Baca from the church office.
In addition, in order to support families and reach our goals of covering the actual cost of education we will use the following resources:
1.      Choice Vouchers through the State of Indiana (Families must apply and qualify.)
2.      S.G.O.’s. These are set up through the diocese and are needs-based scholarships to families meeting federal income standards. We have asked parishioners to donate to this fund. The diocese scholarship organization grants the funds to the school upon the recommendation by St. Michael School.
3.      Income tax rules now provide for use of a 529 plan to pay for elementary school tuition. Please consult your tax preparer for more information.
4.      Parish financial assistance. This is money set aside by the parish. One must apply through the FACTS program.
5.      The Bishop D’Arcy Scholarship for large families.
6.   Scrip can be used as a means to obtaining credit towards tuition.

Learning from the experience of many other parochial schools in our diocese, we use the F.A.C.T.S. program as a way to determine which families need financial support and how much. It gives us an objective and fair guideline that is not solely based on family income level but does consider other aspects of family situations.

We encourage families, individuals, and businesses having the resources to consider using the S.G.O. program or a direct donation to St. Michael School to provide assistance for financial aid for those who need it. We are developing a FAQ sheet which explains ways in which families can have to the assistance that they need.

I am aware that these things are not easy, but they are necessary in order to keep the school and the parish at their current levels.

Sincerely,

Rev. John S. Korcsmar, C.S.C.
Pastor

Monday, January 7, 2019

Father Tippmann

Father Larry Tippmann--who had served at St. Michael Parish--has died. He had been living at St. Anne Home in Ft.Wayne. 

Funeral arrangements are: 
Friday, Jan 11 
Visitation at St. Charles Church, 
4916 Trier Rd., Ft. Wayne, IN 46815 
From 4--9pm Vigil 
Service 6:00 pm 

Saturday, Jan 12 
St. Charles 
Visitation 9:00 -- 10:30 
Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas and New Year's Schedule

Christmas Event/ Eventos Navideños 
Christmas Eve/Noche Buena: 
4p.m. Children’s Mass 
6p.m. Mass in Spanish 

Christmas Day/Navidad: 
12a.m. Midnight Mass (with Christmas songs starting at 11:30p.m.)
 8a.m. Mass in English 
10a.m. Mass in English 
12noon Mass in Spanish 

New Years Eve: 
5p.m. Mass in English 
7p.m. Mass in Spanish 

New Years Day/Año Nuevo: 
10a.m. Mass in English 
12 noon Mass in Spanish

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Holy Day of Obligation

This Saturday, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. In many cases, if the holy day is just before or after a Sunday, there is no obligation. However, the Immaculate Conception is the Patronal Feast of the United States of America, and so the obligation remains. Therefore, this week-end all Catholic in the United States are obligated to attend Mass two times: once for the Feast Day and once for the Sunday. There is no "one for two." We must go to Mass twice.

Our Mass schedule at St. Michael will include:

Friday, Dec. 7  7:00 p.m.  Bilingual

Sat.,     Dec. 8  8:00 a.m.   English
Sat.,     Dec. 8  5:00 p.m.   English
Sat.,     Dec. 8  7:00 p.m.   Spanish

Sun.,    Dec.9    7:30 a.m.  English
Sun.,    Dec. 9   9:30 a.m.  English
Sun.,    Dec. 9  11:30 a.m.  English

Sun., Dec 9   2:00 p.m. Mass in Spanish will NOT be here at St. Michael. It will be the pilgrimage Mass to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Warsaw.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Religious Education

We are grateful that Mrs. Lily Pimentel (our eighth grade teacher at St. Michael) has accepted the position of Director of Religious Education (DRE)  on an interim basis. She brings a lot of enthusiasm and energy to the program, as she does to the school.

The job description is listed on the link above.  If you are interested, please contact Fr. John at 574-936-4935 or jkorcsmar@gmail.com.