Pastoral Council Minutes, March 21, 2023 @ 7:00 p.m.
The mission of St. Mary Parish is to make Christ real in our Communities by
living the Gospel, worshipping together and serving others
Present: Leo Beschorner, Nathan Heitz, Val King, Elaine Lawler (by ZOOM), Mary Jo Stromberg, Joe Barber, Sandy Risvold, Phil Paladino, Father Doug Wathier
Call to order: Nathan Heitz at 7:05 p.m. Prayer: Father Doug
We reviewed and approved minutes from the February Pastoral Council and the February Finance Council.
Faith Formation Commission Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Members Present: Fr. Wathier, Angie Beck, Sue Rand, Sandy Risvold, Becky Prostine, Laurie Masters, Jessica Hass
1. Opening Prayer
2. Review of Budget
a. Parish budget being reduced by $12,000, $2,000 of which is being reduced from Faith Formation
i. VBS with St. Paul’s, no Totus Tuus
ii. K-4 materials purchased every other year
3. Discussion of members’ ideas for summer ideas for middle school and high school students
a. VBS- shared with St. Paul’s; St. Paul’s expressed interest in St. Mary’s hosting after our expansion project is complete
b. End of VBS- high school volunteers get coffee/ice cream gift card and plan celebration for middle school volunteers at end of the week
c. Serve and Slide
4. Upcoming Sacraments: 25 First Communicants April 15/16 and 22/23; and 21 Confirmands Nov. 11
5. Closing Prayer
6. Next meeting on Tuesday, May 2, from 6:30-7:30
St. Mary Parish Life Committee Meeting Minutes, March 16, 2023 7PM
Present: Gerri Dix, Helen Melichar, Jane Green, Mindy Hart, Mary Lou Ungs, Liz Poock, Laurie Masters, Grace Ivey, Will Kurtt, Fr. Wathier
Gerri opened the meeting with a prayer. February meeting minutes were reviewed. No corrections or additions.
Bingo: No bingo in April. Gerri will check with David about May bingo. There will be bingo at the parish picnic in June.
Simple Suppers: All Tuesdays are spoken for…only two simple suppers remain. Attendance is 35-50.
Current Events: Winter Blues: February was Painting with Angie Steuer. March Frozen meals will not be held. Winter Blues for next year needs to be revisited. Ideas are needed for what might be done for the homebound in December 2023.
Easter Egg Hunt: April 1 @9:00-11:00 (the hunt is at 10:45) Grace Ivey has planned for activities/games/face painting in addition to the egg hunt. Must be under 10 to participate. There will be 3 stations by age group. There will be a photo booth. Planning for 120. College students have agreed to help. This event had been advertised in the bulletin, newspaper and social media. Grace encourages all ages of parishioners to attend. Juice, coffee and snacks will be served. Liz and Mary Lou volunteered to help in the kitchen. Event will go on even if the weather is bad...just no egg hunt outside.
Spring Tea: April 29 @1:00- Food will be in 3 courses. Mindy handed out a sheet detailing the planning/organization for this day. Maximum seats available is 120. Attendees must make reservations. Angie has centerpieces ready. Cedar Valley Harmony Chorus will provide entertainment. Signup sheets for volunteers are in the hall. Also looking for individuals who would like to bake one of the scone or sweet options.
Graduation Breakfast: After 10:00 Mass on Memorial Day weekend. Need to check with Wartburg to see if seniors would be available to join in. Could possibly be the weekend before Memorial Day….dependent upon the Wartburg seniors. More checking on this is needed and more information will come. Food to be served is egg bakes, fruit cups and rolls.
Church Picnic: Tuesday, June 6, after 5:30 Mass. Picnic will be catered. Gerri will check with Lynn about contacting Randalls in Hudson. There will be an ice cream machine. Bingo will be held as well as outdoor activities…much the same as last year.
Other: May possibly have a movie night in June or July…one for adult interest and another for kids/family interest.
No Reports on Welcome Packets or Fall Dinner. Meeting ended with “Hail Mary”
Next meeting: Thursday, April 13, at 7 PM. Respectfully submitted, Helen Melichar
Peace and Justice Meeting Minutes, April 10, 2023 @ 7:00 p.m.
The Peace and Justice Committee seeks to mobilize the St. Mary community to care for
the poor and marginalized in the name of Jesus through the lens of our Catholic faith.
Attendance: Ted Mulert, Phil Paladino, Wayne Green, Jan Kriener, Val King
Opening Prayer : Jan @ 7:05. Mar minutes not on Google Drive. Was a copy sent to Dixie for the tithing that was approved and for the next Pastoral Council meeting? Check with Lindsey.
Habitat for Humanity
- The house that was to be built by inmates at the Newton Correctional facility is completed and has been delivered and on the foundation in Heartland Hills in Waverly. Even came with kitchen cupboards! Habitat will complete flooring, stairs to the basement, and garage.
- On May 24, there will be a “panel build” at CUNA where the walls (internal and external) of a house planned in Waterloo will be built.
Mary’s Meals for Lent 2023 - $6883 collected so far and does not include dollars collected Easter weekend. The school needs $7371 for support for a year. The parish goal is $8000.
“Walking with Moms; video - it was agreed by those present that we will watch this video for discussion at our next meeting. The video recording and presentation slides are available at these links.
We think we should do some type of program this fall, perhaps as part of a “Holy Spirits” Thursday session. Please think of ideas for an interesting session to present.
Tithing: None for this month. Need to verify last months tithe is paid and get an updated Parish Tithe report for the May meeting.
Next meeting is May 8 @ 7:00 p.m. Closing Prayer @ 7:35: Ted. Minutes prepared by: Val King