The meeting was held at St. John’s Catholic Church and was
called to order at 9:50am by Chair, Sarah Thurow. The delicious potluck brunch,
which was served after the Wednesday morning Mass and before the meeting, was
enjoyed by all.
Present were: Sarah Thurow, Chair; Carol Hart, Vice
Chair; Helene Harrington-Collins & Gary Dietel, Co-chairs of the Finance
Committee; Father Rodel de Mesa, Parish Priest; Rolando Rodriquez, Dusty
Harrington-Collins, Marvin and Sharon Zuber, and Nancy and Bill
Opening Prayer: Grace was lead by Father Rodel.
Minutes: The minutes of the meeting on July 24th,
2013 were accepted as presented.
- Safety: Carol
mentioned that we are still investigating items to be included when we
make our grant request to the Archdiocese in February. Currently the
items on the list are push button openers for the handicapped, at the
front and back doors of the church, a safety light at the back door and a
hand rail for the handicapped ramp out back.
- Pamphlets: Dusty
indicated the lady that made up the Mass schedule pamphlets, which were
distributed along the south coast several years ago, is currently not well
and the update project is on hold until she is better.
- Religious Education &
Youth Outreach: Rolando distributed a list of liturgical and secular
happenings for the balance of the year. Friday, November 1 is a Holy
Day of Obligation, the feast of All Saints, and Father will celebrate Mass
here ... time to be announced.
- 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's travel
expense, which showed a dramatic increase, was due to having been
submitted for a three month period instead of one month. He will try
to do better in his reporting. Utility expenses have risen due to the rate
increases in water and electric by the utility companies. The
property insurance bill was previously paid in installments but because we
had the necessary funds available we paid the entire bill which will
result in a rebate.
- Women’s Guild/ Altar
Society: Carol said they have a balance of $6,338 among their various
accounts. She pointed out that their largest fundraiser, the Annual
Rummage Sale, generated approximately $1,800 in revenue to the
- Publicity: We will
publish the upcoming Blessing of the Pets announcement, being held on
Wednesday, October 2, at 9:30am in the front parking lot at church, in
both the Port Orford News and the Port Orford Beacon.
- Liturgy: Rolando
mentioned that we need more volunteers to set up the altar for Mass.
- Maintenance: Marvin
said he would be having a clean-up soon. Gary is checking for vent
covers around the outside of the church. The bench installation will
still be done but discussion was had about exactly where its placement
should be. Once installed we will get a plaque showing that it has
been generously donated by Eric and Sherry Johnson.
- Community Outreach: Nancy
now has the St. John's cell phone again.
- New Parishioners Welcome
Packet: Father Rodel suggested that we put together a welcome packet
for all new parishioners to showcase what St. John's is all about, along
with a new parishioner registration form. The Women's Guild will
tackle this project.
- Audit: Father
mentioned that the Archdiocese had recently preformed an audit of Holy
Trinity and St. John's. He does not have the results currently but
will advise us when he does.
- Organ: Gary mentioned
that our organ is in need or repair and the only Oregon based service,
Keyboard Engineering, is in Portland. We will check to see the cost
involved and report. We will look into a possible grant from the
Friends for this expense.
- October - month of the
Rosary: We will publish a date during the month for a community
gathering at St. John's to say the Rosary.
- Votive Candle Display: Discussion
was had about obtaining a votive candle display, in memory of deceased
loved ones, for the church. The main concern is the possibility of
fire. Several suggestions were made and the matter is under review.
Next PAC meeting: will be held on Wednesday,
November 20th at approximately 10am. Everyone agreed we should have another
potluck brunch before the meeting.
Closing Blessing: The closing blessing was lead
by Father Rodel.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 10:40am.
Carol Hart, Acting Secretary
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