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


June 2014 Meeting Minutes

Pastoral Council Meeting - Church of the Holy Trinity
June 8, 2014

In attendance were Margaret Gursky, Karen McDonnell, Dave Schaub, Mark Capuano, Dave Weiland, Rick Christ, Paula Cush, Mark Cush, Rick Cercone, and Father Coning. Deacon Lyn was on vacation, and Doug Dillon was present to talk about the parish website. Karen McDonnell opened with prayer.

Doug explained to us that the website for now, is serving more as an electronic bulletin, but many possibilities exist to develop it into a communications and information hub for the parish. The goal is to develop a site which will facilitate human interaction, rather than replace it, and Doug challenged us to "think big". After some discussion, Doug excused himself, and Dave Weiland opened the regular meeting with a review of the question of the week: "What important work is Jesus asking of you at this point in your life?" Next, the minutes were approved, and we began reporting on the Parish Missions.

Maintenance: The roof has been repaired at no cost to the church! Dave Schaub was able to have the work done under warranty, which resulted in hundreds of dollars of savings to the parish. He also advised us that the ceiling in the women's restroom has been repaired by Rick Christ and Dave Weiland, and is ready to be painted. Father Jeff said he will have Ray perform this task as part of his work for Sacred Heart.

Social Justice: Loren Wallace hosted an inter-church men's fellowship breakfast at Holy Trinity last week, in which 70+ men participated. Larry Kerr was the main speaker and it was a good way to reinforce the commitment of local churches to the needs of the community.

Liturgy: The worship schedules have been sent out for the summer. After next Sunday, the Traditional Choir will be off for a while, and the Folk Choir will continue to minister at the 9:00AM Mass. Father advised us that it is much too early to consider changing the Mass schedules.

Old Business:
The Knox box is ready to be installed, now that keys, and emergency information have been obtained for it. The lights in the foyer have been replaced, and the brighter entrance to the sanctuary is quite noticeable! New batteries and pads have been purchased for the defibrillator, and training of Gatekeepers and Greeters will occur soon. The cost of these critical maintenance items was ~$300.

New Business:
We were reminded that the need for a new custodian is imminent, since Dwayne and Alicia will be moving next month. Although it won't be easy to find someone up to their level of excellence, Dave Ross is conducting interviews, and we're confident of his expertise and experience in this selection process.

Father Tyrone Thompson's official position will be "Parochial Vicar" (i.e. Associate Pastor) for Sacred Heart and Holy Trinity Parishes (Father Jeff is now officially our Pastor - not "Pastor Pro Tem"). Fr. Ty is expected to arrive July 8th, and scheduling a "Getting to Know Ty" event will be on the agenda for the next council meeting.

Work has been done on Mary's garden, but her statue will need a thorough cleaning. Father Jeff will take care of this for us.

The need for scheduling a workday at the parish was discussed, and the concept of scheduling this event over several days was also considered.

Our next meeting will be Sunday July 13, after the 5:30PM Mass

Respectfully submitted,
Mark Capuano

May 2014 Meeting Minutes

Pastoral Council Meeting - Church of the Holy Trinity
May 4, 2014

In attendance were Margaret Gursky, Karen McDonnell, Dave Schaub, Mark Capuano, Dave Weiland, Rick Christ, Paula Cush, Mark Cush, Rick Cercone, Father Coning and Deacon Houze. (No one was absent). Mark Capuano opened with prayer, and then Dave Weiland opened a discussion of the question of the week: "How am I learning to know Jesus better through the breaking of the bread?"

Council approved the March meeting minutes, and then there were reports from several ministries. Kim Ernest (scheduling) and John Wojcicki (liturgy) are in the process of determining the annual budgetary needs of their ministries. Lauren Wallace (social justice) is organizing volunteers to serve at the Salvation Army soup kitchen on the last Friday of each month.

Deacon Lyn then reviewed the work of the Finance Council, which is very close to finalizing the 2014-15 fiscal year budget. This work should be completed in June, and may be partially presented at the next Parish Council meeting. It was noted that this is the first genuine budgetary process our parish has ever embarked upon, and the work of the Finance Council is to be commended.

Old Business:
Mark Cush updated us on the donation of a Knox Box by the Bolivar Fire department for emergency use by responders to gain access without damaging property. He and Dave Schaub will verify that appropriate keys and codes are kept inside, and will work directly with local officials to implement a procedure.

It was decided that we are ready to advertize the position of Volunteer Coordinator via the parish web site. At the June meeting we will ask Doug Dillon and/or Keith Fockler to show us the presentation of this, and other features from the web site. Deacon Lyn remarked that the site is also a good way to present information which is accurate and official, so as to quell rumors, such as the one mentioned by Father Coning at Mass today
Repairs to the ceiling in the ladies rest room are also needed, and Dave Schaub will work with Rick Christ to accomplish this quickly. It was suggested that the Catholic Foundation may pay for part of this expense, as "drywall repair" is a funding category for grant money.

Monte Carlo night, by all measures, was a great success. A total of $39,000 was brought into the parish via this fund raiser, making it the best (financially) ever. There were some complaints concerning the sound system, which doesn't seem to play well with performer's equipment, but overall the event was very well received by the community. The golf outing was very successful as well, and is also becoming a well known community event in and of itself.

New Business:
It was announced that Father Rigobert will be here at Holy Trinity throughout the Summer months, hence week day Masses will be said at 9:00, in addition to the two Sunday Masses. He is available for confessions, and other sacramental needs, but should not be burdened with issues of Parish governance or similar encumbrances.

Deacon Lyn informed us that a portion of the missing gift cards, as well as a small amount of cash has been discovered in a back area of the church. We will seek a buyer for the remaining cards (perhaps St. Vincent dePaul Society). The investigation into this theft is on-going by the local police and sheriff's office.

Our final discussion centered upon Father Coning's message and comments concerning the Bishop's Annual Appeal. Thoughts were freely shared by many, regarding this worthy and necessary ministry. Mark Capuano then closed in prayer.
Our next meeting will be Sunday June 8, after the 5:30PM Mass

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