As we move through the early weeks of the activation of the Holy Trinity-Nativity pastoral region, it is a good time to take stock of what we have accomplished together here in the last year. Through increasing transparency and communication about the parish finances, we had the opportunity to hear hard news, make tough decisions, and rise to meet challenges. Offertory increased during the COVID shutdown and remains at a level to meet current expenses. Through this effort money was also on hand to make the final payment owed on St. Nicholas Academy last week, closing that chapter in our parish story. Not only did we make our offertory goal again this past week, and complete our obligation for SNA, but the bills are caught up and we have taken the first steps to a 15-year plan to pay off the parish debt to the Archdiocese after negotiating a lower interest rate. These are all things to be very proud of as a parish community, not only greater financial sustainability, but being able to have hard conversations and work together in tough times. It is a testament to the resiliency and tenacity of growing disciples of Jesus in Norwood.