Pastoral Council Minutes, February 16th, 2021
Present: Jeff Keen, Phil Paladino, Father Doug Wathier, Wayne Green
Zoom: Kris Dunkin, Kelli Flege, Trent Lockard, Ruth Schluter, Jenne Seward, Jennifer Siech
$750 Cedar Valley Friends of the Family
Finance Council Meeting – Feb 16, 2021
Attendees: Kelly Flege, Joe Barber, Steve Phyfe, Becky Willson, Becky David, Fr Doug Wathier. Scott Danner, Also present: Dixie Jacobs, Deacon Phil Paladino.
Fr Wathier led prayer.
Monthly Financials: Offertory is running behind budget, but expenses are also below budget. The forgiven PPP loan has helped keep us within budgeted income. We received a stock bequest, which was liquidated according to Archdiocesan guidelines. Funds were set aside to cover the archdiocesan taxa on this gift, and the remaining funds deposited in unrestricted savings. Becky W. made a motion to accept the financials as presented; Steve seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Motion: Payroll Protection Program (PPP): The 2nd PPP loan was approved and $54,000 was deposited in our checking. The program provides an 8 week or 24 week forgiveness application, so there should be no issues with having the loan forgiven.
Building & Grounds Recommendations: The Building & Grounds Committee met and provided the following recommendations for upcoming projects.
Phase 2 Planning Committee: Meetings will resume on Feb 23.
Religious Education Endowment: A rel. ed. endowment withdrawal of $12,196 is budgeted for this fiscal year. Becky D made a motion not to take the budgeted rel. ed. endowment withdrawal this fiscal year. Steve seconded the motion; the motion passed unanimously.
Potential Finance Council Members: The council suggested several potential future candidates.
Meeting adjourned. Next meeting Mar 16. Agenda – 2021/22 personnel and Building & Grounds projects, monthly financials, potential finance council members, update roof vent and auto-door, Phase 2 update.
March 2nd 2021 Faith Formation Commission Meeting
Attendees: Father Doug Wathier, Angie Beck, Wayne Green, Bill Flege, Jen Nus, Mariah Stauffer, Terri Cruise. Guests: Jeff Keen, Morgan Hockenson, Sarah Heitz
Training is expense and once trained catechists decide to serve the parish in different ways
Training – is out of town, travel expense, time away from families and work
Program is very rigid no opportunity to fit it to a parish
Programs continue to go well.
First Communion preparation sessions will begin in March.
NCYC – promotion & registration will begin in March
Confirmation -juniors are making their finals preparations
Retreat on Feb. 21 went well with all candidates participating
Lenten Small Groups -I Heard God Laugh- 4 groups meeting with 17 participants in all
Young Adult/Adult formation 18 – 30 and older range, Shepard RCIA , NCYC
New roles are advertised in the spring for next year.
Part of next fiscal year.
The commission supports moving forward to the finance committee with the role.
St. Mary Parish Life Committee Meeting Minutes, February 11, 2021 7PM
Present: Mary Jo Stromberg, Amy Price, Nancy Carlson, Jan Kriener, Helen Melichar, Gerri Dix
Mary Jo opened the meeting with a prayer.
Review of January minutes:
Mary Jo stated that the sign-up sheet for Parish Life Committee will be on-line as well as in the Lenten mailing.
Note: Gerri will get the information from Mary Jo’s letter on the website. It will be under the Parish Life tab.
Errand Running: It was confirmed with Wal-Mart and Hy-Vee that others can pick up for those who have put in an order.
Lenten sewing project: 297 items were completed. Project is finished.
Easter Egg Hunt: It was decided that this will not be done this year.
Rosary and Prayer Promotion: Theresa, Jan, and Gerri on working on this. Some of the ideas to promote prayer include making prayer bags that parishioners can pick up in church, schedule a Zoom Rosary time, schedule the first weekend in May and maybe the last weekend in May for an outside activity promoting prayer, video the first 20 minutes before the 10:00 Mass the 1st weekend of the month, ask to see if the 10:00 Mass on the 3rd weekend be recorded with the Divine Mercy Chaplet. It was discussed that information about the Rosary needed more of a presence on the website and on facebook. Gerri will check to see if the times when Rosary is said is listed on the website/ in the bulletin.
NOTE: Gerri did check with Dixie about the Rosary being part of the weekend Mass recording. Dixie needs to look into copyright information.
Progress with Phone Pals: Letters were mailed today to all phone callers and “callees”. There were about 80 people who are to be called. There are 50-60 people who volunteered to be callers. There will be an announcement this weekend at all Masses that anyone who knows someone who might like a call needs to contact Gerri. Callers will be following up with Gerri to report on how calls went.
Brainstorm ideas for new parishioners/babies: The big question: How can we welcome new parishioners? Possible activities once coffee Sunday can be scheduled…Set aside one Sunday to recognize new parishioners, personal coffee Sunday invites to new parishioners and could new parishioners be introduced during Mass….Need to identify someone who would be willing to work with new parishioners.
Discuss how to get Matthew Kelly books delivered: There is a sign-up for the Lenten Book Study group. Angie and Mariah are in charge. The Zoom study group seems to be well received. There is also a need to get more books handed out.
Parish life will meet on the second Thursday of the month September-May.
Next meeting date: March 11, 2021 7PM