The meeting was held at St. John’s Catholic Church and was
called to order at 9:59am by Vice Chair, Sarah Thurow (Chair: Marvin Zuber was
unable to attend the meeting). A delicious brunch was enjoyed by all.
Sarah Thurow: Vice Chair and Acting Chair for the meeting; Sherry Johnson:
Secretary; Father Rodel de Mesa: Parish Priest; Phil Colozzi: Budget &
Finance; Mary Colozzi, Rolando Rodriguez, Dusty & Helene
Harrington-Collins, Nancy O’Donnell, Carol Hart, Rosie Hajek, Rick Williams,
Millie Hass, Todd Cook, Priscilla Lang, Lynda Dietel, Lew & Carol Dunn.
Opening Prayer: was given before brunch by Father
minutes of the meeting, on Sept. 20, 2012, were accepted as presented.
- Religious Education & Youth
Outreach: Rolando said Charles continues in his classes and has
invited his mother to join him in serving on the altar. He should be ready
for confirmation at Easter.
- Budget & Finance: Phil handed
out a financial report (see attached). He said from July 1st
through today we were in the red for $11,438.98. He explained that was because of the money that was overdue
to Holy Trinity and also for maintenance done on the church. We have one
more overdue payment to make next month to the parish and that will catch
us up. Phil said the new cross for
the front of the church was paid for by donations and has been ordered.
- Altar Society/Women’s Guild: Priscilla
announced they will have St. John’s 3rd Annual Christmas Bazaar
and Tea on Saturday, Dec. 1st. She urged everyone to donate
nice items to be sold at the bazaar, that would make good Christmas gifts
and said we also needed baked goods that will be sold with the
complimentary tea and other beverages. Sherry will do a flyer to advertise
Carol Hart, who usually gets the poinsettias for the
Christmas altar, said she is trying to get enough churches to go together so we
could place an order with Costco and have them delivered free.
Christmas shoe boxes were put together last Saturday and this year we did
21 boxes. The group agreed it was an outreach program they would like to
Carol Hart has ordered this year’s Christmas raffle item: Santa Claus
telling the story of the Nativity. Tickets will be sold at our Bazaar and also
Lynda reported there is $1505 in their checking account and $3510 in the
savings account. She sent a check for $300 as a donation to Common Good, out of
the Cook Book account, leaving a balance of $458.
- Publicity: Sherry said Father Rodel has done an outstanding job of remodeling
the Holy Trinity Parish website. She asked if there were any suggestions
of someone else who might like to be Webmaster for St. John’s pages of the
website. Several names were mentioned but Father said he would do St.
John’s pages if we would send him photos and stories. Sherry said she
would continue to post the minutes from the PAC meeting to the site.
Father said he would eventually like someone from St. John’s to be in
charge of maintaining our web pages.
- Liturgy: Carol said the wreaths and greens would be ready in time to decorate
the church by Nov. 28th. Rolando asked if we wanted to organize
community Christmas caroling again on the day before Christmas and there
was a resounding “Yes!” from those present. It will be held in front of
Rays from 10 until 11am and everyone in the community will be invited to
join us. The Vigil for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the
Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of the U. S., a Holy Day of Obligation,
will be held on Friday, Dec. 7th at 5pm at Holy Trinity Church
in Bandon. The Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe will be on Dec. 12th
at our Wednesday Mass. Christmas Day Mass will be held at St. John’s at
9am on Tuesday, Dec. 25th and there will be no Wednesday Mass
on Dec. 26th.
- Maintenance: Nancy said she was the representative
today for the church maintenance men. She thanked Marvin, Phil, Bob, Don
& Gary Culley for doing all the work to put grass seed in front of the
church on the south side.
Phil suggested reducing the wattage of the outdoor
bulbs from 100W to 40W, in order to save money
and also because the church does not need to be lit up so bright at
night. Those present agreed.
Discontent with the current service for cleaning the
inside of the church was discussed. Instead of hiring someone else right away,
Phil said he felt we should tell the current people what we want corrected and
asked everyone to send complaints to him so he can put it into writing and send
them to the current couple we are employing. He said if that doesn’t work, then
we could consider hiring someone else.
- Community Outreach: Sherry announced that Nancy O’Donnell
has agreed to be Co-Chair of the
Outreach Committee with her. Sherry said Nancy has been doing a great job
answering the church cell phone and dealing with requests for assistance
and said that Nancy has asked that all requests for vouchers go through
her, in order to eliminate duplicate vouchers being given out to the same individual.
Nancy requested that when speaking with individuals looking for
assistance, we only give them the church cell phone number and not mention
her name or personal phone number.
Phil said the attempt to get a gas station credit account at one of our
local stations failed, because we couldn’t guarantee to use the large amount of
gas they required to be used in one year.
Nancy said she had gotten a call from the Red Cross telling her that they
were canceling her husband’s appointment for a blood donation. They told her it
was because of problems with St. John’s Church that they were changing the
location to the high school. She told them we had no problem with hosting this
particular drive and asked why they were putting the blame on us. Dusty said this
is the 3rd time they have done something like this. The group agreed
that Nancy should contact the Red Cross and tell them we will continue to work
with them, but if they do something like this again, they will have to find
another permanent base to house their blood drives in the future. A motion was
made to call Red Cross and ask for a clarification of their coming schedule and
plans for the location of future blood drives (MSP: Rolando/Helene).
Sherry discussed the American Cancer Society’s
Fundraiser for the Relay for Life and asked if the church wanted to sponsor it
or if they wanted Eric and her to continue organizing it. The consensus was
that the church has enough outreach programs now and that they should continue
it on their own. Many of those present said they would like to make a
contribution if Christmas versions of the solar powered dancing toys will be
offered again to those who donate.
- Father Rodel said he would take care of
organizing and creating the church website.
said he will now, in general, offer a Mass at St. John’s every holy day of
obligation. However, there will be
some exceptions, like this Feast of Immaculate Conception, because it
falls on a Saturday. He will inform the parishioners if there is a change
like this in the future.
Rodel told the group the Advent Mass of Reconciliation will be held here
on Dec. 19th at 9am.
- Decorating the Church for Christmas: Carol
Hart said we would have a work party decorate the altar for Christmas on
Sunday, Dec. 23rd after Mass. Father said the tree can be put
up before, but decorating it should not be completed until the end of
- Electric Plugs: Carol mentioned
there were problems with some of the plugs in the area of the church where
the food is served. Phil said he would have the electrician who installs
the new outdoor cross look into it.
The prayer was lead by Father Rodel.
Next PAC meeting: will be held on Wednesday, January 16th at approximately 9:30am (following Mass). The ladies in charge of
the kitchen will decide the menu.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:04am
Sherry Johnson, Secretary
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