The Office of Financial Standards and Parish Accounting engages parishes and Catholic schools in standardizing their financial operations and provides best practices, resources, training and transitional support.This includes initiatives of the standardized software system ParishSOFT, as well as the Parish Accounting Service Center (PASC) and payroll administration.
The Parish Financial Manual provides standardized accounting policies, best practice applications and internal control procedures for managing parish and school financial activities. This multi‐chaptered handbook is posted on archCONNECT in the Parish Administration section, under Documents ‐> Finance and Administration.
The annual Standards in Church Ministry Conference, occurring in August, is a must-attend for staff members who primarily work in finance, administration, employee benefits and payroll for parish operations. Many clergy –particularly pastors –also benefit from this conference.
The Parish Accounting Service Center (PASC) provides comprehensive accounting services in order to further the ability of parishes to focus on their pastoral mission. PASC is designed to partner with parish stakeholders for the purpose of gaining economies of scale and delivering services that are in support of the pastor and his staff.