Church of the Holy Trinity

A Family - Centered Catholic Church Serving Northern Tuscarawas County

Pastoral Council

Mark Cush - President

Rick Christ - Vice President

Mark Capuano - Secretary

Rick Cercone

Paula Cush

Cathy Morris

Amy Rowland

Dave Weiland

Jo Ann Yost

Mission Directors

Worship:  Mark Capuano & Joanne Yost

Culture Building:  Paula Cush & Kathy Morris

Formation:  Rick Cercone & Rick Christ

Evangelization: Dave Weiland & Amy Rowland


April 2015 Council Meeting Minutes


Parish Council Meeting - Church of the Holy Trinity


April 21, 2015


 In attendance were, Deacon Lyn,  Mark Capuano, Dave Weiland,  Paula Cush, Mark Cush, Rick Christ, Amy Rowland, Kathy Morris, and Joanne Yost.  Rick Cercone was absent.  Mark Cush opened in prayer, and the February meeting minutes were approved (there was no regular meeting in March).


Committee Reports :


The Building Committee has selected 3 architects as finalist for discussions involving the new church building.  They are hoping to have cost approximations and preliminary designs to show at the May 16-17 Parish update.   At this time, the Finance Council is working directly with the Building Committee to develop these estimates.


Finance Council Update


The Council's last meeting was primarily focused on preparations for the May presentation as well.  They were asked about the fact that grant monies has not been disbursed from the diocese as of yet, and responded that the usual procedure is to submit bills and receipts for this project work to Columbus, after which reimbursement would be made to the parish.  The sound system improvement work has begun, and we currently have one quote on a center aisle runner. 


Dave Weiland updated the final census numbers at 274 active families.  This number will be used in determining our 2015-16 fiscal budget.  Budgets for each of the various church committees are needed at this time.  We were advised that this would be a good time for each leader to assess needs and seek additional funding.  


Missions Reports: 


Worship:  The list of ministers has been completed and was turned over to Mark Cush.  Preparations for the First Holy Communion celebration are proceeding.  It should be a memorable event for the children and their families, as well as for the entire parish.


Formation:  The list of ministers has been completed and was turned over to Mark Cush.  There will be 11 students making their First Holy Communion on April 19th. 


PSR students are continuing their "loose change" collection for African missions, which will be presented to the Church in Migori by Lyn and Beth in July, as they travel to Africa.


Evangelization:  Dave Weiland has also completed his list of leaders and members within the Evangelization Ministry. 


Amy Rowland asked that we consider placing the Larry Rowland Memorial Scholarship under the Evangelization Mission, and this was approved.  


The Adult Faith Formation Class will be considering the topic of Evangelization during their final sessions.  A report on their work will be completed by the next Parish Council meeting.


Culture Building:  Kathy Morris shared her ideas on how to get parishioners involved in various Mission Committees, as follow up to the May presentations.  The concept of highlighting a new Mission/Committee in the bulletin each week  so members of the parish are aware of the many opportunities to serve, and may feel led to become personally involved, was well received.  This will be discussed with Father Jeff.  Ideas for developing full page inserts, posters, and other communicative tools were enthusiastically discussed.  Deacon Lyn noted that this was an opportunity to "sell" your mission.    




Old Business:


Ministry training sessions were held on Thursday March 5th and Saturday, March 7th.  The results were fair, with some coordination issues hampering total success.  As a result, those who were not in attendance were sent letters, stating our assumption that individuals who were absent, and were not previously excused no longer desire to continue serving in their current capacity.  The letter advised them to contact the office if this was not correct.  Deacon Lyn is handling the follow up of this task. 


The preventive maintenance list is a work in progress, with preliminary jobs having been identified and new jobs being added.


A preliminary Event Planning Form was presented to President Cush for review, to facilitate the scheduling of non routine parish activities, reserve facilities, avoid conflicts, and determine resources, as they come up in 2015.  Doug Dillon has confirmed that 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 rough draft of the Parish Council's portion of the May presentations has been completed. 


We were advised that changes to the front page of our bulletin, to reflect administrative and key member changes are subject to an approximate 9 week delay, due to the publisher's need to exhaust current supply.


The K of C fish fry was a great success, in spite of the terrible weather that first week.  They actually ran out of fish on the final week.  Good reports have been received by many attendees.




New Business:


The website needs to be updated with new Missions, liaisons, committees, etc.  Mark Capuano will work with our Webmasters to accomplish this. 


Also, we are still searching for an outside maintenance leader, as well as a housekeeping employee.  These open positions will be shared with the parish in upcoming weeks.


Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May  19th at 7:00PM. 


Respectfully submitted,




 Mark Capuano  




Perhaps we can help. Please contact any Parish Pastoral Council member with a problem or concern that you feel needs attention. We will work with you to try to resolve the issue. Let's all work towards a better, stronger Parish! 

Thank you - from the PPC