Holy Trinity Catholic Church - Bandon, OR

    St. John the Baptist Catholic Mission - Port Orford, OR   


The meeting was held at 6pm at the church and was called to order at 6:17pm by Chair, Marvin Zuber, following a delightful potluck dinner of appetizers.


Present were: Marvin Zuber: Chair; Sarah Thurow: Vice Chair; Sherry Johnson: Secretary; Father Michael  Patrick: Pastor; Rick Williams: Deacon; Ken Brewer: Budget & Finance; Mary Colozzi, Rolando Rodriguez, Priscilla Lang, Millie Haas, Sharon Zuber, Dusty Harrington-Collins, Lynda Dietel, and Jim & Rosie Hajek.


Minutes: The minutes of the February 17th, 2011 meeting were accepted as presented (MSP: Sarah/Rosie).



  1. Religious Education & Youth Outreach: Rick said the two girls who will join the Catholic church on Easter, Jaidan & Alyssa, were being well supported by their family and other members of St. John’s as they approach the Holy Days.
  2. Budget & Finance: Ken said as of April 5th,we have $23,900 in savings and are in the black by $2500.

He said he would pay for the recent shipment of communion wine with funds from the church budget.  

  1. Altar Society/Women’s Guild: Priscilla said she is still trying to discover what religious relic was placed in the altar of St. John’s when it was built. She asked Father if the ladies could meet with him to find out about the specific duties of the Altar Society in our church. It was decided to arrange a special night meeting so he could attend. Lynda said she had purchased $300 worth of merchandise for the gift shop. She thanked Dusty and Phil for making and putting up the shelves behind the display case and Dusty for donating the new spotlights above the gift shop. It was mentioned that sweatshirts, with the church name and insignia, have been purchased to present to the two girls being accepted into the church on Easter Sunday.
  2. Publicity: Sherry said that a story and photo of Jaidan & Alyssa’s Rite of Election ceremony was put into the Port Orford News, the website and the Catholic Sentinel. The Holy Week schedule will appear in both of the local papers and on a flyer that will be distributed around town. She said she will take a photo of Dusty and Phil next to the remodeled gift shop to put into the local paper and the church website. Lynda said she would submit an article about it to the parish bulletin.
  3. Liturgy: Rolando said that Father and Viv Williams arranged the schedule for the Holy Week and Easter and a rehearsal for those involved will be held on Saturday, April 16th at 10am.
  4. Maintenance: Ken said he has contacted a painter about painting the ceiling in the church and it would probably be done next fall. The paint, when it is on sale, will cost about $500 and the labor will be donated. Replacing the standing outdoor light fixtures is still being investigated. Marvin said he will try to get the lawn mowed before Easter, if it dries up by then. 
  5. Community Outreach: Sherry gave a report on our CFCA sponsorship (Christian Foundation for Children and the Aging) She said one of the children, who we began sponsoring 6 years ago has dropped out of the program at the end of 6th grade in order to get a job to support his family. This leaves us with only one girl, in the Philippines, to support (at $25 a month) until she graduates from high school in a couple years. Sherry mentioned the requests from the needy for vouchers for food, propane, bus passes and help with prescription medication, dropped in the month of March, from the previous two months. She mentioned that the creation of a support group for caregivers in the community is ongoing and the next planning meeting will be on noon on Monday, May 2nd at St. John’s.  Suggestions were made about how the members of the church can help Todd Cook with his housing and transportation needs.


Pastor’s Report:

Father Patrick told the group that he is still working on the goal of making rooms to work in for both the Deacon and himself at St. John’s. He said that a survey taken at Holy Trinity showed that 68 per cent of the members favored building a new church so they have decided to go ahead with the project and hope to be finished by fall, if all goes well. He said he asked the Archdiocese to postpone our parish’s participation in their Capital Campaign fund raiser until later, because of this building project. Father said Deacon Rick has been taking communion to those members of our church who are sick and cannot attend Mass. He reminded everyone present that it is their evangelist mission in the church to speak the faith to those who are looking for faith.


Topics for Discussion:

  • Mother’s Day Raffle: Lynda showed the group a beautiful afghan that Colleen Gryzwana had made and donated. The group agreed that Lynda should organize a raffle with the winning number being drawn on Mother’s Day, May 8th.
  • Red Cross Emergency Center: Dusty said he had gotten a call from the Red Cross about inspecting our building for an emergency shelter. Mary said we had previously agreed to be an alternate shelter, after the Senior Center, and the paperwork had been done and submitted. Dusty and Marvin agreed to handle what is needed by the Red Cross relating to this. 
  • Stained Glass Windows: Dusty said that Father had asked him to look into the cost of creating stained glass windows for the church. He contacted Cheryl Morse at the Agate Gardens Gallery here in Port Orford who had made stained glass windows for the Episcopal Church. The quote she gave for creating stained glass panels for each of the six side windows in the church proper was $1635 per window for a total of $9810. Father had suggested that these 6 windows depict the life of St. John the Baptist. Cheryl suggested that if she creates the stained glass, the church should replace the six current muti-paned double windows with 6 solid clear windows to complement the stained glass. An additional quote for creating stained glass for 3 windows behind the altar around the current sculpture of the risen Christ was $3970 per window. In addition to that would be the cost of constructing windows in this area. A discussion about the idea and how we would raise the money, if we decided to proceed, followed. It was agreed to bring this up again at the next PAC meeting. (See church bulletin board for detailed quote).


Next PAC meeting: Will be held on Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 6pm at church. It was suggested we have another potluck made up of appetizers.


Closing Prayer: was given by Father Patrick


The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:15 pm.


Sherry Johnson, Secretary 


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