Parish Council Minutes October 20th 2015
Attendees: Justin Crouse, Ken Kuennen, Ted Mulert, Chuck – finance, Jill Groth, Dawn Podhajsky, Dave Knittle, Father Dave and Karen Kuhlmann
Opening prayer was provided by Father Dave.
Minutes were reviewed. Motion to approve was made by Ken and Justin. A second motion was provided by Jill.
Finance council report— was provided by Chuck.
Faith formation report - was provided by Father Dave, who stated we have 326 participants GOF.
Pastor’s report -- OCT counts average 700 attendees masses each weekend. Attendance varies drastically. Middle and high school music, leading and not performing allows for more church involvement – inclusion. Staff is helping each other and taking on new responsibilities. We have provided housing supplies for two Burmese families. It was recommended that an announcement be shared in an upcoming mass or bulletin to share the details with the congregation.
We discussed the PC survey responses. Listed below are the questions and the common answers from the first 3 survey questions. The last two questions will be discussed at the next meeting.
What do I want others to say about St Mary?
Welcome and community. Involvement of all communities and meeting their needs.
What 3 things do we want St Mary to have thriving in 5 yrs.?
Faith formation. Community service. Giving to others in the community. Liturgy.
What will be the ministries of St. Mary in the future?
Meeting needs of different individuals and groups within our community and support of those in need. Have more Inclusion and involvement from everyone within the parish.
The last item on the agenda was to, Identify one clear goal and action item by PC.
Ideas that we discussed were adopting a family/individual. (This could be pairing families with individuals single, widows, elderly, lonely, young college students or anyone who wants to be “thought of”and the adoptive family could do extra things for those individuals. For example, cards, prayers, small gifts, handmade gifts) It also could be something as simple as making sure we are all shareing smiles, greeting others as we pass in the store or on the street. Anything that would promote inclusion and letting others know that we are sharing the gospel outside of our church walls. Everyone was encouraged to think about this topic and next month return with additional goals and actions for discussion.
Respectfully submitted by: Karen Kuhlmann, Secretary.