Council and Commission Meeting, April, 2016
April 26, 20167:00PM CHRIST, OUR LIGHT!
Meeting called by Father Don Demmer
Chairperson Mike Parker
Secretary Pat Dobosenski
Lori Andrzejewski, Malisa Burt, Paul Bozymowski, Tony DiMarco, Pat Dobosenski,
Don Farrell, Beth Gooch, Judy Kline, Mike Parker, Marcia Ouellette, and Teresa
I. Opening Prayer by Father Don and Welcome- The meeting started at 7:02 p.m.
II. Approval of Minutes- No corrections. Motion by Don to accept minutes from March 15
III. 2016, our last Parish Pastoral Council Meeting, seconded by Judy.
IV. Old Business- 1. Council Elections- Father reported that there is an announcement in
this weekend’s Spotlight. We determined we need four new members: One for Jerry, Paul,
Jack?, and Pat. 2. Understanding the Mass- The book by Matt Kelley that Evangelization was
considering for distribution later this year. Paul reported that he isn’t as enthusiastic about the
book as he once was. The acquisition of the book for distribution is on hold. 3. Status of the
building work in progress- weather has slowed things but the brickwork is coming along on the
entrance. The windows and doors are being readied for installation. There will be a circle drive
put in place when entrance is complete. The parking lot will be replaced in the fall.
V. Commission Reports
Education Commission Minutes
April 2016- emailed to members and elaborated
upon by Beth Gooch at the meeting.
This March, students participated in a Lenten Giving
Project of raising money for “A Vision for Clean
Water”. Students and families embraced the project, setting
classroom goals and rewards and learning more about the
need for clean water in many areas of our world. $2000 was
raised. On March 13, our catechists performed the Stations of
the Cross as a family gathering for students, parents, and
interested parishioners. On March 25, Good Friday, many
students attended and many middle school students attended
Good Friday Bible School and participated in the Veneration of
the Cross and Eucharist within the parish service. 7th and
8th grade students attended the Come, Encounter Christ liturgy
at St. Hugo during a Monday night session. Generally, our
March was concentrated on Lenten practices, mass
attendance, and Holy Week.
In April, our First Eucharist students have been working
hard to prepare for their First Holy Communion (April
30). Parents and students met on April 14 to review the
material (parents) and make First Eucharist plates
(candidates). On April 23, we held our Baking Bread
event. Meaningful lessons, practices and prayers were all part
of their study. Confirmation students have been working on
beginning their service projects and committing the Creed to
memory. Classrooms also enjoyed celebrations for reaching
their goal in Lenten giving.
Children’s Liturgy of The Word (11am Mass/Beth Gooch)
We have 2 teens as new leaders. with a weekly
attendance of 6-10 students.
Vacation Bible School: (7/18-7/22/16, 9am-12noon)
“Cavern” Themed, planning set design with Shrine
Church has begun.
Good Friday Bible School: (03/25/16, 12-3pm/Malisa Burt)
Topic: Mercy. Took place on March 25th, with
approximately 55 children and 15 teen/adult
volunteers in attendance.
High School Youth Ministry: (Every other Sunday, 6-
FUN EVENTS, TEEN CONFERENCES & SERVICE
April 24 2:30-5 PM: Timothy Youth Appreciation Awards at
St. Fabian Farmington Hills
May 1 6-8PM: Youth Group Meeting At Christ, Our Light!
May 8: No meeting HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY MOMS!
May 15: Service Sunday Feeding the Homeless
May 29: No meeting Happy Memorial Weekend
Young Adult Opportunity:
Soccer June 4 - August 6
Bishop Foley High School 32000 N Campbell Madison
Registration begins mid-April
To find Young Adults Events throughout Metro Detroit:, Please
“Like”, the “ArchDiocese of Detroit Young Adult and Campus
Ministry” Face Book Group
During the month of March the students acted out the
Gospels and worked on lessons concerning Lent. The Prayer
Services culminated with a reenactment of the Last Supper
which was deeply moving.
Brunch With the Bunny followed the Service and included
food, music and dancing. The families really enjoy talking with
one another and interacting with the students. We are very
happy to have three young students this year, they always
bring joy to the group.
Our Christian Service Projects involved making Easter
Baskets for the needy, collecting socks and dish towels for Sr.
Marie Roy's Ministry and sending cards to the Homebound.
WE are working on music for our program and Sr. Karen
Hawver came to class to teach us "I Have a Dream."
On April 30 the adults affiliated with the program are touring
The Father Solanus Casey Center.
We will culminate our year on May 14 with a Celebration. It
will include a May Crowning, a volunteer thank you and a
Graduation Party for members of our group who are completing
We will discuss if any of the families want to commit to
Vacation Bible School like we had last year.
May 16 will be the date for the Catechists Dinner and a
Professional Development opportunity. Sharon Smith is
coming to speak with all of the Catechists from Christ, Our
Light! about classroom management.
Respectfully submitted by Pam La Grassa
April 2016- Marcia Ouellette
The Lenten soup luncheons, with donations to St. Vincent de
Paul, were enjoyed by many after Friday noon Masses.
Donuts on Sunday resumed after Easter.
Wee Care Right to Life Baby Shower was on April 10th. There
were 3 tables of clothes, hand crochet and knit blankets,
diapers, and even a car seat donated. Baby clothes on
hangers hung from all the lights in the social hall. $1,572 was
donated also. We had a light lunch, refreshments, and a great
speaker explaining where these clothes and help go.
The last session of Bible Study will be tomorrow, 4/27/16.
C. Vicariate Report
§ Tony and Don reported that the meetings for the last two months have been
§ The Vicariate Website is something that Christ, Our Light! parishioners should be
aware of. We can publicize our events there as well as see what other parishes are
doing. http://www.aod.org/parishes/pastoral-planning/parish-plans/south-oakland/is the
web address. Tony strongly encourages us to take advantage of the Vicariate
resources. Maybe we can find what other parishes are reading and sharing with their
parishioners. Maybe we can take advantage of the access downtown has for
speakers and resources we don’t have. Lori asked what the Vicariate can do for
Christ, Our Light!
1. Finance Report- The committee met the 2nd week after Easter and everything checked
out. The preliminary budget was presented to the Finance Council and they went over all
the things they are responsible for. Father says, “We are pretty healthy.” We are still not
going into savings, even with all the changes being made around Christ, Our Light! CSA
starts this weekend. Our goal has been set and is up about $2000- $3000 from last
year. (Which we didn’t reach so had to take from our parish resources.) The reason for
the increase is our continually increasing parish membership. We are now at “about 840
strong”. We will observe a 7-minute film about CSA at masses this weekend to start the
2. New Business: 1. Amazing Parish Summary… A consensus from Mike, Teresa, and
Father was that “It was a very good conference!” (David Minnick was the fourth member
of the team.) There were over 1000 people there, involving over 200 parishes from the
AOD. These were professional marketers with plenty of good ideas. There was forced
decision making. Teams were not allowed out of the room until they had made a
commitment. They learned from other parishes what they had tried… what worked, what
didn’t work. There was a lot of sharing. Christ, Our Light!’s decision was to, in some
fashion, “involve our new parishioners” in a variety of ways. The AOD/ Amazing Parish
group will contact us in about 6 months to see if we are doing what we said we would do
and how it is going. We are responsible to make a change and to be more
inclusive. So, possibly once a quarter all new parishioners would be invited to gather
after designated masses. They would have an opportunity to meet other parishioners
who had been in the parish longer. They would be warmly welcomed. Another venue for
involving these more recently joined parishioners would be to have them bring up the
gifts during mass and being recognized at the parish picnic. Teresa has some concrete
ideas and plans to put some into action. As Father said, “Our purpose is to grow- going
out of our doors- making disciples- instead of merely maintaining and existing. We want
to constantly bring more people in.” (It appeared that even though the sessions each day
were demanding, our group had a great time together!) An added note was that the
Christian music performed by Matt Maher was very well received too. 2. Pentecost is
May 15th and our next Parish Council meeting is May 17th. Mike will be out of town and
someone will stand in for him, rather than changing the council meeting date.
VII. Closing prayer by Father Don
VIII. Meeting adjourned at 7:40.