Home | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | El Centinela
Catholic Sentinel | Portland, OR Friday, February 5, 2016
CYO Football 2015 2015 Priest Reassignments, Archdiocese of Portland Cardinal Francis George dies Mothering with faith Sisters of the Holy Names, 2015 Live Nativity at St. John the Baptist 2014 Fall CYO results Catholic Charities Donor Lunch 2014 Year of Consecrated Life opening Mass Holy Spirit Sisters Jubilee 2014 Seaside youth conference Mount Angel 125th Northwest Hub Furlow at papal Mass 2014 Rosary Bowl NW Brother André 2014 Fall 40 Days for Life 2014 Inauguration of Fr. Mark Poorman Coffee shop at abbey First day of school, 2014 Regis High School 50th anniversary 2014 Crooked Finger Pilgrimage Mass with migrant farm workers Maronite Ordination Consecration to "Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima" CYO track Southern Oregon Evangelization 2014 Priest Ordination Christ the King youth 2014 priest reassignments Our Lady of Lavang Confirmation, 2014 Memorial Day 2014 2014 Transitional deacon ordination Padre Foster Granados visits Albany Bishop Smith ordination Canonization of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII Bishop Peter Smith 2014 Easter Vigil 2014 Walk of Cross 2014 Chrism Mass CYO basketball 2014 St. Patrick of the Forest 150th Catholic Charities Celebration of Hope, 2014 Boys2Men Archbishop visits Oregon State Penitentiary 40 Day Vigil for Life, 2014 Pope Francis creates new cardinals St. Henry shelter 2014 CYO swimming Funeral of Fr. George Wolf Travel on a budget Lunar New Year, 2014 Tech in Catholic schools 2014 Right to Life Rally Archbishop visits Santiam Prison First Mass in Oregon Milwaukie Posada St. Francis, Sherwood, Toy Drive Central Catholic football Typhoon Haiyan Deacon Ordination/ Kresbach, Schmitt A Catholic fisherman St. Cecilia Centennial Southern Oregon Welcome Mass Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point, dedication Grotto Anniversary 2013 Champions of Faith Dinner Gardenripe farms Coleman hop farm Corvallis Year of Faith Archbishop Howard at St. Rose Hitchhiking priests Franciscan Spiritual Center Sacred Heart, Medford Migrant Mass Tanzanians' jubilee World Youth Day 2013 2013 Blessing of the Animals 2013 Freedom Mass Albany school closure Fabric art Megan graduates from Catholic school St. Vincent de Paul Hillsboro 2013 Deacon ordination Sister Theresa Lamkin St. Helen Mission, Brownsville Marist Brainiacs St. Mary, Eugene St. Francis eighth graders Ascension confirmation 2013 Pastoral Ministry Conference St. Joseph Salem — Year of Faith Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass 2013 Archbishop Sample Chrism Mass 2013 2013 Young Catholics Pope Francis inauguration Celebration of Hope Vlazny Farewell Mass Archbishop Vlazny Farewell St. Paul Church in St. Paul Valley Catholic Green Building Rite of Election 2013 Water summit 2013 Lunar New Year Alveda King in Eugene New Monsignors, 2013 2013 Right to Life Rally MLK Mass, 2013 St. Henry, Gresham, Centennial Jesuit High drama School uniforms Friar in the mall Holy Trinity food ministry January Book Covers St. Andre Bessette food Year of Faith Mass Nestucca Sanctuary Hillsboro Choirs Father Betschart installation Salem Religious Freedom Rally Year of Faith Vespers, Awards Roy's Catholic School Adelante Mujeres 10th anniversary New Blanchet House Missionaries of Holy Spirit Priest, religious photos Providence Nursing Schools Pioneros Fortnight for Freedom Mark Bentz Deacon Ordination OLL School Walk Through Gaga over science St. Philip Neri Centennial Ordination of Bishop Cary SVDP, Grants Pass Holy Cross School centennial Confirmation - Mount Angel Holy Land Pilgrimage Blanchet Watershed Chrism Mass, 2012 Bishop-designate Cary Pope in Cuba, 2012 SSMO 125th Jubilee Mass Pope Benedict in Mexico 2012 Catholic Charities Celebration 2012 Madeleine Mardi Gras Centennial Rally for Life, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Mass 2012 Day Laborers-Guadalupe Guadalupe 2011 Christ the King, Milwaukie, 50th Sesame Doughnuts Central Catholic Volleyball St. Peter Centennial Deacon Ordination, October 2011 St. Agatha Centennial Rosary Bowl 2011 St. Wenceslaus, Scappoose, Centennial Filipino celebration Polish Festival 2011 Holy War Football 2011 World Youth Day 2011 Sun Gold Farm Our Lady of Victory's New Church Freedom Mass 2011 St. Mary Church Steeple Removal Priest reassignments, 2011 Old Catholic Buildings Paige Rice, St. Mary's runner Graduation 2011 Easter vigils 2011 Pastoral Ministry Conference Basketball Holy War 2011 Search for Peace 2011

Pacifica Senior Living - Calaroga Terrace

Home : News : Local
11/17/2010 9:42:00 AM
Budget manager is asset to Beaverton parish
Holy Trinity Parish photo
Holy Trinity business manager Kenya Palmer and Father Dave Gutmann foster an atmosphere of collaboration.
Holy Trinity Parish photo
Holy Trinity business manager Kenya Palmer and Father Dave Gutmann foster an atmosphere of collaboration.
Clarice Keating
Of the Catholic Sentinel

BEAVERTON — When financial problems arise at Holy Trinity Parish, Father Dave Gutmann runs to Kenya. Not the country. The business manager extraordinaire. Though, he points out, not many troubles arise with Kenya Palmer at the helm of parish finances.

“She is a gem,” the priest said. “Her 25 years of experience in upper management at Nike give her a skill set that is a huge asset to the parish.”

For more than 10 years Palmer has worked at the parish and she has been a part of the worship community for nearly two decades.

In this parish, the pastor, office staff and administrative council work collaboratively to be prudent stewards of the personnel, financial and capital resources. An ongoing planning process means they revisit the master plan annually and update it based on growth and needs, to ensure it’s always a useful guideline in determining parish priorities.

Father Gutmann and Palmer have regularly weekly meetings, but check in with each other regularly on projects that affect all aspects of the parish community.

“Father Dave and I have developed a relationship based on mutual respect,” Palmer said. “It is a communication model that is based on continually looking for ways to go from good to great in all aspects of parish and school life, realizing there are always areas we can do better.”

Often, Palmer’s dog Lacie comes to work with her, and livens the spirit around the parish office.
Both the priest and the business manager have “type A” personalities. They set the bar high and aren’t satisfied with mediocrity, Palmer said.

It’s careful management of parish resources that helped the parish pay off a new church building six years after construction, and also float through hard economic times such as these, Gutmann said.

“Our parishioners know we are being very responsible. The trust level is high,” he said.

Attendance is also high. Weekend Mass attendance at the church in Beaverton is now more than 2,000 people during four services.

Transparency is how this parish operates.

“I’m not sure that’s the truth at many other parishes,” Palmer said. “We keep our books open, and any questions that come up, we are glad to answer them. We try to be good stewards of not only finances, but all our resources.”

Thanks to Palmer’s “recession-ized” budget, the parish has been able to maintain programs and staff through the past several years of economic downturn. The parish also doesn’t charge for any of its programs, and doesn’t hold fundraisers during the year other than the offertory and the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.

Buildings are in good condition because Palmer ensures what maintenance needs to be done is done, Father Gutmann said.     

“I’m a better pastor as a result of working with her,” he said.



Advanced Search






Mary Jo Tully ~ The Path to Resurrection

News | Viewpoints | Faith & Spirituality | Parish and School Life | Entertainment | Obituaries | Find Churches and Schools | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising
E-Newsletter | RSS Feeds

© 2016 Catholic Sentinel, a service of Oregon Catholic Press

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved