Parish Council Meeting Minutes
February 14, 2008, 7:00 p.m., Miguel Pro Room, Ailbe House
Staff: Father Bloom, Father Velasco, Glen Lutz, Anca Wilson, Mary French
Emy Bansale, Ginnie Hance,
Staff and council members were invited to meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Adoration Chapel for thirty minutes of silent prayer before the meeting.
Meeting was opened at 7:05 p.m. with the Gospel reading for the day read by Steve Stillwell Sr. and an opening prayer by Father Bloom.
Meeting with Bishop Kurtz
Father Bloom mentioned some key statistics regarding Catholic marriage that were mentioned in a recent Archdiocesan meeting with Bishop Kurtz.
Minutes from Previous Council Meeting
The minutes from the January 10, 2008, Council meeting were summarized by Mary French and approved with no corrections or additions.
In regards to the Parish Council formulating a Stewardship Mission Statement, Father Bloom stated that we are not inventing a mission but rather discovering our mission as it flows from our purpose in life as Catholic Christians and the overall mission of the Church given by Christ. In order for the Council to be better able to see this relationship, some key paragraphs from the Catechism summarizing these two overarching ideas were handed out.
Discussion of the USCCB letter, Stewardship: A
Disciple’s Response, Preface through
Father Bloom asked each person on the Council to mention a few things that stood out to them while reading this document. Highlights include:
Upcoming Budget Analysis
Father Bloom briefly reviewed the Budget Analysis currently in progress. All staff members, and others in residence, are being asked to estimate how many hours their position will require for the following fiscal year as well as what tasks can be done by volunteers. This information will then be taken to the Finance Council and along with Father Bloom, a budget will be formulated.
Future Capital Projects
Father Bloom discussed some of the future Capital projects that need to be addressed. He hopes to retain the services of Kevin Broderick, the architect who drew up the plans for the school basement remodel, this summer to get his suggestions and possible designs for the overall Capital needs of the parish. A feasibility study will need to be done in conjunction with this.
A second picture of the Council was taken to have available in the vestibule so parishioners would be able to recognize members if they wished to contact them with a particular need.
Review samples of mission statements from other parishes.
Please read Ch. 3 of the Bishops’ letter.
Next Week’s Refreshments
Father Bloom adjourned the meeting with prayer at 8:45 p.m.
Next Parish Council Meeting: March 13
On-going Parish Council Meetings: April 10, May 15