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
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.
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.
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.
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.