The meeting was held at St. John’s Catholic Church and was
called to order around 9:45am by Chair, Marvin Zuber. The potluck brunch
preceding the meeting was a celebration of the 29th birthday of
Father Rodel, who brought a special noodle dish to share, that is popular in
Marvin Zuber, Chair; Sarah Thurow: Vice Chair; Sherry Johnson: Secretary;
Father Rodel de Mesa: Parish Priest; Rolando Rodriguez, Dusty & Helene
Harrington-Collins, Carol Hart, Jim & Rosie Hajek, Millie Hass, Priscilla
Lang, Gary & Lynda Dietel, Mary Jane LaBelle, Carol Strenkoski, Todd Cook,
Sharon Zuber & Lisa Guerrero.
Opening Prayer: Grace was lead by Father Rodel.
minutes of the meeting on January 16th, 2013 were accepted as
- Religious Education & Youth
Outreach: Rolando said Charles Guerrero, who has been studying and
preparing for 2 years, will be confirmed at Easter.
- Budget & Finance: Helene said
she felt that she and Gary made a good team for handling the church
finances. They plan to review ongoing bills to see if any expenses can be
reduced, such as pest control.
- Women’s Guild/ Altar Society: Marvin thanked the Women’s Guild for a gift of $2500 they gave to the church. Priscilla
announced the newly elected officers for the Women’s Guild/Altar Society
are: President: Carol Hart, Secretary: Sarah Thurow & Treasure: Lynda
Dietel. The recent “Leftovers” Rummage Sale brought in $482. The Women’s
Guild will be buying a new amplifier for Father to use during Mass so
people can hear him more clearly. A discussion followed about memorial
plaques to put beside the Stations of the Cross. Father suggested a large
memorial wall plaque could be hung inside the church where the names of
deceased parishioners could be added in the future.
- Publicity: Sherry said she would be doing publicity for the upcoming Holy
Week. It was mentioned that Shirley Nelson
prepared a monthly calendar of events for Port Orford and any events we
want listed could be given to Helene to give to Shirley. Sherry said she
had printed 40 of the new church phone directories that were distributed
in January and we had just run out of them this week. She will print up more
soon and as the need arises in the future. A discussion followed about
other churches using our phone directories and Father said we should be
careful of the privacy of our members and keep a record of who has our
directories, outside of our church parish.
- Liturgy: Rolando discussed things that needed doing in preparation for Holy
Week. A rehearsal will be held on Saturday before Palm Sunday. Father
urged members of our church to attend the Holy Vigil on Saturday night
before Easter at Holy Trinity Church.
6. Maintenance: Gary talked about checking
the vents inside and outside the church. Marvin said we will clean up the yard
in the next week or so. Church security
was discussed and everyone was asked to be vigilant about making sure the doors
were locked before leaving the church, especially since several of our doors
are new and tend to be difficult to lock. Our new printer/copier is working
great and was purchased for the church office by our Women’s Guild.
7. Community Outreach: Sherry said she would be answering the church
cell phone while Nancy recovers from her recent surgery and maybe longer, if
Nancy wants some time off from the job. We have purchased a new cell phone,
since the old one was corroded inside and often stopped working. A new Public
Assistance Flyer will be prepared soon and distributed around Port Orford. Our
turn to host the Open Hearth Dinner will be coming up in May and Mary Jane will
again be the organizer.
- Father Rodel said there would be a bus
leaving from our Coos Bay church for those who would like to attend the
installation of our new Archbishop on April 2nd in Portland.
The cost for transportation is $25 and anyone wishing to go should contact
Father Rodel by this Monday.
Father suggested we think about hosting the annual Vicariate
meeting that is held after Easter and is attended by the Archbishop and
all people being confirmed from the churches in our region. He said the
Port Orford and Bandon churches are both in a central location on the coast
and it would be a good chance to get to know the new Archbishop. The
response of the group was positive and Father said he will find out more
about the logistics of hosting it. Father mentioned he has put the new
group photo of the members of St. John’s on the church website.
Topics for Discussion:
- Safety Grant: Carol Hart said the Archdiocese has a
Safety Grant Program and the deadline to submit a request is in 10 days.
The grant requires the church pay half of the cost of a project and they
will pay the other half. She suggested that we could use automatic door
openers on the front and back doors to allow easy access for our
handicapped church members. Father said we should get a bid to install
them as well as any other safety features that might be necessary, before
we submit the grant request and felt we might not have time to do all this
before the deadline. Carol agreed to be in charge of the project.
Next PAC meeting: will be held on Wednesday, May 8th at approximately 9:30am (following Mass).
Closing Prayer: The closing prayer was lead by Father Rodel
The meeting was adjourned around 11am
Sherry Johnson, Secretary
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