Mark Cush - President
Rick Christ - Vice President
Mark Capuano - Secretary
Jo Ann Yost
Worship: Mark Capuano & Joanne Yost
Culture Building: Paula Cush & Kathy Morris
Formation: Rick Cercone & Rick Christ
Evangelization: Dave Weiland & Amy Rowland
Pastoral Council Meeting - Church of the Holy Trinity
January 20, 2015
In attendance were, Deacon Lyn, Father Tomson, Karen McDonnell, Mark Capuano, Dave Weiland, Paula Cush, Mark Cush, Rick Cercone, Rick Christ, Amy Rowland, Kathy Morris, and Joanne Yost. Father Coning had been excused. Dave Weiland opened in prayer.
There were no committee reports presented at this meeting. We were informed that 9 additional responses have been received from the parish census, as a result of a final effort from Annette Prokop.
Finance Council Update
Dave Weiland attended the most recent meeting, and updated us on their activities. Annette Prokop and Kristi Schaub supplied a balance sheet for 2014 at that meeting, which shows that we are continuing to pay our bills. Sunday collections, however are lower than at this time last year. The "E Offering" initiative is a work in progress, and could be presented from the pulpit at the planned 2015 general meeting. Our 2015 parish budget includes a planned $39,000 input from the Spring fund raiser events. (Casino night and golf outing).
Missions Reports: Note: This is the first council meeting where presentations from the four newly formed Parish Missions are being received.
Worship: The Traditional and Folk choirs each presented beautiful and inspiring hymns and worship music at the Christmas services, and several compliments have been received. In order to continue to help choir members prepare for practices, both John and Edie are now sending out emails with the proposed song selections for the coming Sunday. This has helped the members a great deal.
We were informed that the second collection was missed at last Sunday's 9:00 Mass. To help mitigate reoccurrences of this, Mark Capuano will explore ways in which to communicate the need for preparedness to Ushers, and to each of the worship ministries through their respective leaders.
The sub-committee of Deacon Lyn, John Wojcicki and Annette Prokop have determined the best way to utilize our grant money from the Catholic Foundation (earmarked for sound reinforcement) will be to install a six foot wide sound absorbing runner down the center aisle, a remote sound board which can be controlled from the congregation, and two new high quality portable microphones.
Formation: We were reminded by Rick Christ and Deacon Lyn that the next segment of our Adult Faith Formation Class will begin this Sunday. We will be discussing Matthew Kelly's Book - "Rediscover Catholicism" over the next seven weeks. This is the spiritually motivating book our parish gave out to the congregation at Christmas.
Culture Building: Karen McDonnell updated us on the local emergency food pantry requirements and status. A total of $1100 - in addition to food items - was collected from Holy Trinity in 2014. The annual
Christmas Collection for our three religious brought in $1782. Last week's blood drive also seems to have been well attended.
Evangelization: Deacon Lyn informed us that noted Catholic musician and singer John Angotti has been contacted, and a 2016 date will be reserved for him to minister at Holy Trinity. This will most likely be during the Lenten season, so we have time to prepare for the event with advertising, and other promotions.
An Event Planning Form will be developed in order to schedule, reserve facilities, avoid conflicts, and determine resources for parish activities, as they come up in 2015. At the next council meeting Mark Capuano will submit an initial paper copy, and will see if our Webmasters can develop an electronic format of this as well. For 2015 scheduling, we will continue to use the paper calendar outside the office and manually transfer that information to the parish website calendar and weekly bulletin; the intent is to develop the electronic format for use in 2016.
The only maintenance issue involves a sewer odor in the ladies' restroom, which is being investigated by Mark Cush and Dave Schaub. Some minor roof needs are also being addressed. We next revisited the need for a preventive maintenance list and the scheduling of routine and repetitive tasks in order to avoid a particular maintenance need from "slipping through the cracks". Chris Allen, who has the most recent training and education in the field of equipment maintenance, will be approached concerning this project.
A rather lengthy discussion of office security in general, and particularly the procurement of an outside video monitor will be resolved by Kristi Schaub and Father Ty.
We were reminded that our famous "Super Bowl Hoagies" will again be sold this Sunday, beginning at 10:30AM. Tasha Lorenz is organizing this activity (many thanks!).
Members are suggesting that Holy Trinity remain in close contact with Father Rigobert, after he returns to Tanzania next month. Our parish fully intends to do just this, and Deacon Lyn is making sure Fr. Rigo's contact information is available as well. We were certainly blessed by his presence over the past two years, and he has touched many lives.
Fish Fry Fridays begin on February 20th, and volunteers are currently being solicited for this major fund raiser.
We next welcomed our newest members - Joanne Yost, Kathy Morris, and Amy Rowland - and thanked Karen for a wonderful year in which she served on council. With Dave Weiland stepping down as President, we agreed how blessed we all were by his willingness to serve the parish in this capacity. Much hard work is involved in this position, and Mark Cush, our new President, is eager to begin. If this meeting is any indication, he will do a fine job. Finally, Rick Christ was voted in as our new Vice President for 2015. (Congratulations, Rick!)
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 17th at 7:00PM.