The meeting was held at St. John’s Catholic Church and was
called to order around 10am by Chair, Sarah Thurow. The delicious potluck brunch, which was served
after the Wednesday morning Mass and before the meeting, was enjoyed by all.
Sarah Thurow, Chair; Carol Hart, Vice Chair; Helene Harrington-Collins &
Gary Dietel, Co-chairs of the Finance Committee; Sherry Johnson, Secretary;
Father Rodel de Mesa, Parish Priest; Dusty Harrington-Collins, Rosie
Hajek, Marvin Zuber, Nancy O’Donnell,
Millie Haas, Joan McDow, Lynda Dietel, Lisa & Charles Guerrero (who left
early) and Eric Johnson.
Opening Prayer: Grace was lead by Father Rodel.
minutes of the meeting on May 8th, 2013 were accepted as presented.
- Cleaning Service: Carol mentioned that we had talked about
some problems with our cleaning service at the last PAC meeting. Carol
said she had made a list of them, as she was asked to do. Father said he
had talked to our cleaning man about the job and he said he would “try to
do a good and decent cleaning”. Sherry mentioned that he had left a note
at church about things he is concerned about. It was suggested that
communication between the couple who do the cleaning and members of our
church, was a good way to proceed.
- Religious Education & Youth
Outreach: Rolando is still on his retreat, so there was no report.
- Budget & Finance: Helene
handed out a balance sheet (see attached copy on church bulletin board).
Gary said he was happy that we are in the black. Father noted the
collections at mass are down from last year, probably because of the loss
of church members. He said we
should try to get our collections back up. Sherry asked about the amount
of money shown under Community Outreach collections for the past year
($3289.83). Helene said that is money put aside (10% of collections) for
possible outreach needs in the future. Father suggested that we only set
aside a limited amount for outreach and the rest should go back into
general savings. It was moved that we keep up a reserve of $2000 in the
Outreach Fund and the balance can go into savings (MSP: Sherry/Marvin).
- Women’s Guild/ Altar Society: Carol said they have a balance of $4840
among their various accounts. She pointed out that their largest
fundraiser, the Annual Rummage Sale is coming up in August and will be for
2 days this year: Aug 2nd & 3rd and that the
flyers were printed and ready to be put up. Father thanked the women’s
group for all the things they do for the parish.
- Publicity: Sherry discussed the articles about offering people rides to church
that she had put in local papers and also it ran in the Catholic Sentinel.
So far she has not received any calls requesting a ride, but thinks people
in the area will remember that they are available. She also said she felt it was good
publicity for St. John’s and the Catholic Church in general, since she
mentioned it was inspired by our new Pope Francis . Dusty suggested that
she put up notices about the free rides and post them at the Senior Center
and campgrounds. Others suggested the: laundromat, library, Blue Building
and in Langlois. Dusty said he will be getting the small handout that he
created a few years ago, with the photo of the outside church cross on it
and listing mass times, etc. reprinted soon.
- Liturgy: Rolando is still on retreat until August…no report.
- Maintenance: Marvin said he would be having a summer
- Community Outreach: Sherry handed out a list of our current
outreach programs (see attached copy on church bulletin board). She also mentioned a man who contacted
us because he wants to find handyman jobs. She suggested he be
invited to come to St. John’s on a Sunday morning so he can personally
talk to people about working for them.
- Second Collections: Father Rodel discussed the second
collections made during Mass and reminded us that we are part of the
greater church and to please give more to these occasional request for
- Liturgy: Father said he was happy we had all stepped up to help with the
weekly liturgies, since Rolando left on his retreat. He encouraged us to
continue to use the talents we have shown, even after Rolando returns.
- Automatic Door Opener: A safety
grant that is available from the archdiocese was discussed. It would
provide money to put an automatic door opener for the handicapped on the
back door. Father said the letter requesting grant money needs to be ready
to send in before January.
- Church Picnic: Rosie suggested we consider having the
picnic at the church, and give the Zubers a break from hosting it every
year. Marvin said hosting it has been no problem for them. A discussion
followed about having a picnic at the church and concerns, such as the
south side of church not being landscaped for walking and the possible
privacy problems that might occur holding a large picnic outdoors in this
location. Father said he feels the idea of having a picnic at a private
home seems more like a family gathering. Carol said other people might
volunteer their homes in future years. Father suggested we go to the
Zubers home again this year for our picnic. It will be on Sunday, August
- Hosting the Vicariate Confirmation
Celebration: The challenges of
hosting such a large gathering in our small church was discussed. Father
said there could be a couple hundred people attending and was concerned
that would be a larger group than St. John’s could handle for services and
a meal. He suggested that perhaps we could offer to help a larger church
in our area in hosting it.
Shoes for Kids:
Lynda brought up this program that gives local children new shoes before school
starts. They have about 100 kids to supply and it costs them $40 per child. It
was moved to make a donation of $160 to this fundraiser: $80 from the church
funds - to sponsor 2 children and another $80 from the Women’s Guild funds - to
sponsor 2 children (MSP:Carol/Nancy). Carol held a vote among the
members of the Women Guild who were present and they approved of their part of
Tapestry of the
Last Supper: Lynda showed everyone a tapestry that had been donated to the
church and a discussion followed about where it should be hung. It was decided
to put it in the serving area above the pass-through that goes into the
kitchen. Lynda suggested we take down our current print of the Last Supper,
that is hung in that location, and sell it at the Rummage Sale.
Next PAC meeting: will be held on Wednesday, September 18th at approximately 10am. Everyone agreed we should have another
potluck brunch before the meeting.
Closing Blessing: The closing blessing was lead by Father
The meeting was adjourned at
Sherry Johnson, Secretary
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