The meeting was held at St. John’s Catholic Church and was
called to order at 10:07am by Vice Chair, Sarah Thurow (Chair, Marvin Zuber,
was unable to attend the meeting). The potluck brunch preceding the meeting was
organized as a farewell party for the Colozzis.
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 & Bob O’Donnell, Carol Hart, Jim Hajek, Millie
Hass, Priscilla Lang, Gary Dietel, Mary Jane LaBelle and Raymond Garcia, a
visitor, who was invited to join us for brunch.
Opening Prayer: Grace was lead by Father Rodel.
minutes of the meeting on Nov. 14th, 2012 were accepted as
- Religious Education & Youth
Outreach: Rolando said Charles Guerrero continues in his classes and
is doing well. Helene announced
she would be retiring as Chair of Religious Education at the end of the
PAC year (June 2013). Sarah asked those at the meeting to consider
volunteering for the job of Religious Education Chair and also for the
position as the next Vice Chair of PAC, when Sarah moves up to the
position of Chair in June.
- Budget & Finance: Phil said
that Gary Dietel & Helene Harrington-Collins have agreed to be signers
on the bank accounts and jointly take over the job as Budget & Finance
Chair when Phil & Mary move to Idaho. A motion was made by Carol Hart
& seconded by Mary Colozzi, that Phil Colozzi be removed as a check
signer and Gary Dietel and Helene Harrington-Collins be added as check
signers for our accounts at Rogue Federal Credit Union (formerly Chetco
Federal Credit Union). The motion was approved by a majority.
Phil said the church needs a new
copier. A motion was made that Phil investigate the price of a new copier, find
something appropriate and report back to the next PAC meeting. (MSP: Mary Jane/Carol).
Priscilla said she would approach the Women’s Guild to see if they might
volunteer to pay for the new copier.
Phil handed out and reviewed the
current financial report (see a copy of financial report on church bulletin
board attached to these PAC minutes). He said we have paid off the money owed
in arrears to Holy Trinity. He reported that the income from donations to St.
John’s has gone from approximately $50,000 a year to approximately $32,000 a
year. It was suggested that Phil make a brief presentation at a Sunday Mass
about our financial situation and ask people to increase their contributions. A
discussion followed about creative ways of increasing our income at St.
- Altar Society/Women’s Guild: Priscilla
said the Christmas Bazaar was a great success and that we took in over a
thousand dollars. She reviewed the money in the bank account: Checking:
$696.60, Savings: $3511.03, Cookbooks: $458.98, Flowers: $513.36, Raffle:
$320.61, Altar Society: $289.84 and Miscellaneous: $41.88. Rolando
mentioned that some of the clothing used on the altar needing washing.
- Publicity: Sherry said she had put articles in the local papers with our
liturgy schedule for Christmas. She reported that she has started the
printing of the new church phone directory. Rolando thanked her for making
posters inviting the community to join in the Christmas Caroling in front
of Ray’s on Dec. 24th, which was well attended.
- Liturgy: Rolando reviewed some of the procedures on the altar for Mass.
- Maintenance: Phil said he needed
to bury the wires to the new cross (on the front of the church) and that
he and Bob are working on several other projects. Bob said we need a new
faucet in the men’s bathroom. Priscilla asked about preparing a garden on
our church property for flowers. It was suggested to talk to Marvin Zuber
about planning it.
- Community Outreach: Sherry said the Salvation Army bell
ringing raised just over $2000. Nancy
reported that she has been talking to the Red Cross about using the
church for future blood drives and
is trying to find out their schedule
for the coming year.
- Father Rodel said there will be a
transition regarding handling of finances at our parish (St. John’s)
because Phil will be going away and Gary and Helene will be taking over.
said we are having the Called to Protect program for those who are working
with children and background checks for those handling money and also
working with children.
talked about the $5 that he sent to each member of the church before
Christmas and thanked those who had multiplied the $5 and had given back
that money as a donation to the church.
Rodel discussed the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal, to raise money for the
ministries we have in the Archdiocese. He said the goal for St. John’s
will be $2015 for the coming year and that Gary, Marvin & Phil will be
in charge of organizing the fundraiser.
Topics for Discussion:
- Prayer Chain: It was announced that Lisa Guerrero would be taking over the Prayer
Chain when Mary Colozzi moves to Idaho.
- Thank you to Mary & Phil: Father thanked Mary & Phil Colozzi
for all they have done for our church community in the years they have
been in Port Orford.
Next PAC meeting: will be held on Wednesday, March 13th at approximately 9:30am (following Mass). Father mentioned that his
birthday is on March 12th and to celebrate that, he will prepare a
noodle dish from the Philippines for the potluck brunch.
Closing Prayer: The closing prayer was lead by Father Rodel
The meeting was adjourned at 11:05am
Sherry Johnson, Secretary
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