The pastor's mind (being in constant ferment) is always at work. I suppose that a brick-and-mortar (or brick-and-martyr) pastor is what I've become. From the repair of the north retaining wall, or the building of the new parking lot, or the driveway and carport for the rectory, the dirt is starting to fly.
With the bishop's blessing we bought three new properties. The first was a 100-foot square lot directly across the street from the front door of the church. This will become the new parking lot. It will be a handy access for our older people, if they look both ways before crossing the street!
Dr. Smith's house and office are purchases that round off our property on the west. The house will provide more rental income for the parish, and will, along with about half of the monthly rental income, go to pay the note for the money we borrowed from the diocese for these properties. Being a landlord has been a cash cow for the parish.
But how many souls are being saved?