Parish Council: ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS: Next Meeting: Thusday, July 6--Did you do your homework? please: 1. Review & correct the Long Range Plan 2. Review & correct the new Parish Council Guidelines. THANK YOU-- See you there! St. Joseph Parish Council Minutes June 1, 2006 (not yet approved) Present: Fr. Denis, Laura Fabro, Francis Ruzicka, Gigi Pille, Kim Nye, Chuck Swearingen, Cyndi Love, Theresa Witt. Excused: Mike Fender, Jeff Ryan. Absent: Marilyn Batson & Ed McCann Opening Prayer: When I think of Jesus ascended into heaven, do I think of him primarily as God, one with the Father, or primarily as Man, one with us? How does this affect my prayer, my listening to his teaching, my imitating his behavior? Fr. Denis opened with a prayer. Minutes: Approved as printed. Committees: Finance: No report. Liturgy: No report. Building/Maintenance: The committee has received a bid for $56, 600 for the new roof for the school. This includes a heavy-duty "skin" and insulation beneath. Council agreed to accept the bid if that is what Building & Maintenance recommends. Question was raised as to the roof vents—which ones are being closed/replaced. Hopefully the bathroom vents would be left as is. Bids are also being submitted to replace the school windows—which are not very energy efficient. City Utilities did a survey of the facility & recommended that the glass blocks, panes & entry glass on the south be replaced. They suggested less windows and more walls. The current bid is $120,000. Comment was made that perhaps we should wait and see if the new roof will lower the utility bill considerably. The concrete retaining walls in front of the church need to be fixed/replaced. Could that be done without tearing up the existing gardens? There is a work day on June 10 – 8 AM—12 noon. The Mary fountain has been fixed—there was water in the light socket. What will be the fate of the fountain when the new brick patio is installed? The parish grounds look great! A big Thank You to Glen & Marie Maxwell. Centennial Committee: No meeting. Their next meeting is June 7. We hope they will have a plan for the brick patio—size, etc. School Report: School’s out! Religious Formation: PSR is out as well. We had a good teacher meeting/breakfast to conclude the year. RCIA – End of year picnic is Tuesday, May 30 at Matt & Marcella Fletcher’s. There will be two open inquiry sessions this summer—dates TBA. The RCIA team meeting/evaluation is June 14. Long Range Planning: Gigi brought in a rough draft of the plan for parish distribution. Each goal needs a contact person. We reviewed the plan. Suggestion was made to include the parish Mission Statement in the introduction—as well as a statement of how/why this plan was generated. Chuck will work on drafting an introduction. Our homework is to look this over carefully and come next time with suggested modifications. Landscaping: Looks great--- pretty, pretty--- Thank You! Thank You! Even the south side looks good—Easter lilies are blooming profusely! Fr. Denis will put a soaker hose out for the south side. There has been vandalism to the cherub garden—two statues stolen. Youth Ministry: Colin Keller, a recent MSU graduate and former President of the Newman Center will be heading up our youth ministry beginning this fall. Music: No report. Comment was made that the current situation is fragile—cantors and organists rarely get a break. Pastor’s Report: Father Denis presented a letter from the Jerusalem Woodcarvers. They want to offer their olive wood carvings for sale in the parish one weekend. Proceeds go toward preservation of the Christian shrines & landmarks in the Holy Land. Council approved. Parish Council Guidelines: Comment was made that the guidelines are very generic and that we either need to customize these to our situation and/of write a constitution for our specific parish council. Parish Council Elections: Candidates are: Rebecca Saylor, Kathy Bolek, Daniel Mezzacapa and Ken Sifferman. Each candidate will be asked to submit a one paragraph statement telling something about themselves and why they want to serve parish council. A photograph will be taken of each to accompany their personal statement. A bulletin insert containing photos & statements will accompany the June 10/11 bulletins. The election will be held on June17/18. Future Agenda items: Council would like to see the roof bids. Parish Council guidelines & Long Range Plan will be taken up at next meeting. Homework: Read, correct, make suggestions to BOTH the Guidelines & the Long Range Plan and bring them to the July meeting. August 3 Meeting: Should be a welcome for new members—perhaps a cookout? It was suggested that we do another team-building exercise. NEXT MEETING: THURSDAY, JULY 6—7 PM. YOUTH NEWS WOW! Look who's going to Steubenville, Springfield--July 7, 8 & 9 Andy & Matt Bird Anna Donze Maria Heath Morgan Highfill Evan Lawler Paul & Scott Johnson Jonathan Skalicky Jesse Swearingen Brad Bird Colin Keller Sally Mezzacapa Dana Swearingen Pray for all that this will be a wonderful, faith-filled, fantastic experience and that all will return home with their faith renewed. PARISHIONERS @ CAMP RE-NEW-ALL These parish students have been or are going to Camp Re-New All. May their experience and their memories of this experience be happy and holy. Sharon Witt Liz Apperson Crystal Broom Ryan Mezzacapa Jeremiah Luttrell Anna Donze Katie Sextro Jobe Shirk Caleb Witt Claire Donze Maria & Daniela Gargiulo VBS from our Parish Six students took part in Los Amigos-- I hear it was really fun and they did a great job helping us get ready for Fiesta. 17 kids, grades KN-- 4th, and 12 adults took part in Fiesta (160 kids city wide). We're learning through lots of excellent hands-on activities and great music. It has been a great week! Our plaster footprint craft was made possible by some very devoted volunteers--Cindy & J.D. Gibson, Francis Skalicky, Shelley Poindexter, Jeanette Hammett, & Mary Frances Kroutil-- Hard workers! Thanks!
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