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


September 2015 Meeting Minutes

                                 Parish Council Meeting - Church of the Holy Trinity

                                                          September 15, 2015

In attendance were Cathy Morris, Deacon Lyn, Mark Cush, Dave Weiland, Mark Capuano, Rick Christ , Amy Rowland and  Jo Ann Yost.  Paula Cush, Rick Cercone, Father Jeff,  and Father Jonathan were absent.  Mark Cush opened the meeting in prayer, and the August meeting minutes were approved, after adding a special "thanks" to the Catholic Foundation for the sound system grant monies. 

Committee Reports :

The Building Committee met last Tuesday, and is meeting again tonight.  Father Jeff has asked the diocese to release the Building Fund hold so we may resume collections and pledges toward the new worship space. 

Finance Council Update

The Finance Committee met last night, with Mark Cush attending.  Mark was informed that our liability insurance has been increased by $300/month, and the reason is unclear.  This matter will be further investigated by Finance.

Work on the roof has been completed.  Blausenhaurs' has fixed the A/C Unit deflector which was causing damage to the roof.  Paul and Doug Ackerman have volunteered to tape the ceiling.  Thanks guys!!

Details are being finalized for including the monthly needs amount in the weekly giving section of the bulletin.  This is so parishioners can see how we are doing with respect to our budget. 

Missions Reports: 

Worship:  A Liturgy Committee is being formed to help in the selection of new hymnals, along with the new missals for 2015-16 Masses.  In addition, this group will serve in an advisory role to Father Jonathan regarding the five pertinent matters of liturgical service.  Our October task is to continue this work. 

Formation:  The 2015-16 Adult Faith Formation Class will begin this Sunday with a 6 week course on the "Seven Deadly Sins".  Other topics this year will point to the subject of Divine Mercy, in conjunction with Pope Francis' declaration of a Jubilee Year of Mercy, beginning December 8th.  Susan Labish has purchased a TV/DVD monitor with the PSR budget to replace the worn out TV's now being used.  Susan will let us know if she needs any other resources for this important ministry.  The October task involves preparatory work and coordination of the second annual "Trunk or Treat" festivities, on 10/25/15.

Evangelization:  It was suggested that a retreat be planned for the upcoming liturgical year; perhaps one for men and one for women.  Beth Houze and Amy Rowland will begin working with Fr. Ty in selecting a speaker for the women's retreat, along with other retreat suggestions from Fr. Jeff.  The Lenten season of 2016 was suggested as a target date.  Amy is also planning on visiting area homeless shelters, food banks, etc. to determine candidates for personal contributions and service from the parish, as well as herself.  This is their October task.

Culture Building:  We were advised that Annette Prokop will be taking over the sacristan duties.  The Annual Fall Dinner, and Fund raiser event has been scheduled for Friday evening, November 13th.  Father Jeff and Deacon Lyn are meeting with Dave Ross and Frank Price to insure that this, and future events will continue to be successful, as we transition to new volunteers for leading fund raising events.

Old Business:

Mark Cush handed out a rough draft of Inside and Outside Maintenance tasks for us to review.  As people think of additional items, they will be added to these lists. 

Father Jeff has advised our Council that second collection information is available weekly from four different sources:  The previous week's bulletin, the sign in the hallway before Mass, the Mass announcements, and the envelope packets.  There should be no confusion as to when this collection is taken, and what it will be used for.

Parking lot repairs will be needed soon, and could run as high as $13,000.  We will ask Annette to investigate the possibility of applying for grant monies to help us perform this needed work. 

Mark Cush suggested we contract Speedie Drain to run a camera down the vent stacks in order to investigate the odor which is sometimes present in the ladies' restroom.  It is definitely a sewer gas odor.  Mark will be seeking approval from the Finance Council for this work.

New Business:

We were asked by Father Jeff to consider how our parish will participate in the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, which begins December 8th.  He has made some suggestions which will be discussed in the October meeting, along with any other thoughts.  Cathy and Jo Ann will address this issue.

President Cush reminded us that Parish Council elections will be coming up in December.  There are three openings for new members, as the terms for Mark Capuano, Dave Weiland, and Paula Cush will expire at that time.  Jo Ann passed out a written copy of the notes she had taken during the "Meet and Greet" activities from the past month. 

Father Jeff has confirmed to us that Deacon Lyn is his delegate to our council meetings, and acts on his behalf in all matters.  He has also advised us that among the traditional four fund raising events held by the parish, we should focus primarily on the Spring and Fall events (Monte Carlo / Golf Outing and Fall Dinner).

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 20th, 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