ST. MARY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
December 4, 2012
1) Opening Prayer – HEALTH MINISTRY
2) Roll Call: (16 Absent)
SMPC (10) J. Abare, J. Christensen, J. Doering, J. Loughran, D. Norton, Fr. George, N. Pelczar, N.
Stimac, M. Stratton (class), B. Winiarski
SRAC (6) E. Bloom, C. Doak, T. Fuoco, M. Hamilton, D. LeFebvre, T. Olivia, L. Wheaton
3) SECRETARY’S REPORT: Joyce Catania
Minutes of Previous Meeting: Accepted: 1st P. Van Bramer/2ndE. Dwelley
4) TREASURER’S REPORT: E. Leary
Balance from last report $2,113.92
Check to Coffee Pause 34.50
5) COMMITTEE REPORTS:
a) COMMUNICATIONS: No Report
b) CYO: P. Van Bramer
CYO is moving right along, getting ready for holiday activities. First, we made and delivered
Thanksgiving cards to Bickfords. Now we have become involved in the Prison’s Ministry’s
program to deliver toys to children of inmates in our area who would not be getting gifts. Deacon
Ben is our contact for gifts. We are also planning on going to Bickfords on the 16th to distribute
the parish gifts and go Christmas caroling, followed by a CYO Party in our room at the Parish
Center. Then it is off for two weeks for the holidays, starting up again on January 6, 2013.
c) EDUCATION: M. Stratton
Advent confessions are in process. Grade 9 had a prayer service and confessions last night, and
the other grades will follow starting next week.
The next Grade 2 Mass will be on December 16th. Children are busy making ornaments to put on
the tree in church, and learning about Advent and Jesus’ birth.
Classes end for the Christmas break on December 19th, and resume on January 2, 2013.
A Blessed and Merry Christmas!
d) EVANGELIZATION – G. Staves
e) We have done 3 of the 10 sessions on Catholicism with one scheduled tomorrow, December 5
and the next one on December 12. (The average attendance has been between 20 and 25 for each
session). The final 5 sessions will be held during Lent. Details will be in the bulletin.
We are doing a CD Gift program for Christmas, similar to last year when we gave away the
“Rediscover Catholicism” book by Matthew Kelly for each family. Gerry gave each member of
the Council a copy of the CD. Copies will be handed out to families at the Christmas Masses.
Details in the bulletin.
Centering prayer continues to be held every Sunday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish
Center and on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at St. Robert’s Rectory. (The Wednesday prayer
group has an added Lectio Divina Bible meditation focus). Details in the bulletin.
Bible Study continues to be held every Sunday from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at St. Mary Parish
Center. Details in the bulletin.
We continue to add new CDs to the display at both churches. Focus is on children, teens, and
GREETING MINISTRY - F. Borchetta
“No longer will you need the sun or moon to give to give you light, for the Lord your God will be
your everlasting light, and He will be your glory.” (Isaiah, 60:19). The Lord has given us 4 new
greeters. We thank the Lord for the presence of Natalie, Daniel, Peyton and Rachel Jopeck. They
usually minister at the front doors, and side door near the choir.
f) HEALTH MINISTRY: T. Farr/S. Quagliaroli
The gifts for the Parish shut-ins are in the process of being delivered by our priests by Christmas.
The gift chosen is a tote bag with a religious theme on the front.
The gifts for Bickford Convalscent Home will be delivered by our CYO members before
Christmas. The gift is also a tote bag – for use at bedside, chair, and personal items.
These gifts are welcomed by the sick, and they appreciate the prayers for them by the
g) LITURGY: Fr. O’Grady
Advent books and calendars have arrived. Calendars will be available next weekend. Some
Christmas decorations are up. Christmas carols and the Blessing of the crèche and tree lighting
will be on Sunday, December 9. Adele will be retiring from her job coordinating the church
decorating. Please let Fr. O’Grady know if you know of anyone who would like to help out.
h) PRO-LIFE: D. Payette for J. Loughran
There will be a Pro-Life bake sale the weekend of January 19/20. The Pro-Life Mass will be on
Monday, January 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Church. Hall Larson said that the March For
Life is scheduled for January 25, leaving 1/24 @10:30 pm. from St. Mary, and then to St.
Theresa (Granby) departing 11:00p.m. and returning 1/25. There are 53 seats available. The
cost is $45 for adults and $30 for those under 18 accompanied by an adult. Jim Boyle will do the
advertising and newspaper promos, and Deacon Bob Lamberts will handle letters to churches for
donations or sponsors.
i) REFLECTIONS: K. Dwelley
We met November 11th and had a Thanksgiving dinner. Our next meeting is Saturday, December
K of C
This Friday, December 7, we will have our annual Christmas party for intellectually disabled
adults. Special thanks to Fr. O’Grady for officiating our annual Deceased Knights Mass at the
Council hall on November 27.
j) SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES: J. Stoecker
The SCC sponsored the “Turkey and a Twenty Drive” for Thanksgiving. It was very successful,
and brought 144 turkeys and over $2,000 for the food bank.
Several groups gave food baskets for the needy on Thanksgiving with turkeys, pies, vegetables,
cheeses, pancakes, sausage, olives, fruits – everything they might need.
We are in the processes of filling needs for several families for Christmas. Five groups have
taken Secret Santa lists. The gifts will be wrapped and delivered along with food supplies to
make their Christmas bright. Two additional groups will deliver food baskets.
k) SOCIAL ACTIVITIES – E. Leary
The cookie tray sale will be held the weekend of December 15/16. The committee and a few
other volunteers make the cookies for the trays which are assembled the Friday before the sale.
The bake list is also solicited for goods to sell.
l) SOCIAL JUSTICE: - K. Rojas
Last night we did the No-Freeze double floor. We planned on 150 men. All went well because
we had a wonderful response for both cooks and bakers. We served meat loaf, potatoes, salad,
corn and apple cake. Hope it goes well for the rest of the winter when we will be doing doubles.
Always, they appreciated everything we do.
6) PARISH CENTER REPORT:
Discussion was had on our upcoming web site.
Calendars for church events – Gerry Staves will check to input on our upcoming web site, as well as posting in
church and parish center. We can reach Eileen Pearce, our Webmaster, at email@example.com or call her at
7) PARISH INPUT: None
8) NEW BUSINESS: None
9) PASTOR’S COMMENTS: Fr. O’Grady
Fr. O’ Grady passed out pocket calendars and pens to everyone, and thanked everyone in the Council for
their help during 2012. He and Fr. George had a great trip in Rome. Fr. O’Grady wore his Red Sox cap.
He said that the Pope blessed the Red Sox.
We finally received permission to go ahead with the Parish Center. Groundbreaking is scheduled in the
Spring, weather permitting. There will be pictures to post as we progress. The furnace has been fixed.
We have two new speakers in the back of the church. Hopefully this week we will reach $20,000 in the
St. Mary Annual Collection. Our new web site is stmarystrobertwl.org. Everyone – check it out.
10) NEXT MEETING DATE: January 8, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m. (Second Tuesday of the month)
11) NEXT OPENING PRAYER: PRO LIFE
12) CLOSING PRAYER: HEALTH MINISTRY
13) ADJOURN: Accepted: E. Dwelley; 2nd N. Stannard