Council and Commission Meeting, February, 2016

Christ, Our Light! Parish Pastoral

Council Meeting

MINUTES February 16,

2016 7:00PM CHRIST, OUR LIGHT!

Meeting called by Father Don Demmer

Chairperson Mike Parker

Vice-Chairperson

Secretary Pat Dobosenski

Attendees

Lori Andrzejewski, Paul Bozymowski, Pat Dobosenski, Mike Parker, Teresa

Ulrich, Don Farrell, Tony DiMarco, Judy Kline, Marcia Ouellette, and Beth Gooch

Absent Jack Alfes

I. Opening Prayer by Father Don and Welcome- The meeting started at 7:03 p.m.

II. Approval of Minutes- No corrections. Motion by Toni to accept minutes from November 17, 2015,

our last Parish Pastoral Council Meeting, seconded by Lori.

III. Old Business- 1. Parish Membership Update: Father Don said we have approximately 850

families in the parish at present. Sheryl Lewis is our communication’s person and is putting together

“Welcoming Bags” for our new parishioners as they join. 2. Building Improvement Update: I. The

covering for our cement entry off of the parking lot will be completed soon. There was a delay because

our proposed structure was to be of wood and we were told it has to be steel. II. The bathrooms across

from the office are next on the list. They will be reshaped, have easier lobby access, be wheel chair

accessible, etc. III. The parking lot will be redone this spring/summer. The lot surface will be replaced,

drains taken care of, etc. IV. Finally, the façade of the building around the church will be redone to

match that of the church.

IV. Commission Reports

A. Education

Updates

Education Commission Minutes

December 2015/January 2016

Religious Education (JoAnn Bonahoom)

· Children in Monday night classes participated in parish initiatives for both

Thanksgiving and Christmas initiatives: For Thanksgiving, children donated

nonperishable goods for the food baskets; For Christmas, Students donated items

for the homeless to be donated to SS Peter & Paul Warming Center in Detroit

· Christmas Nativity Pageant and Family Gathering were held on Monday,

December 14. Our 8th graders performed the Nativity Pageant. Grades 1-7 provided

the choir to sing Christmas songs to accompany the pageant. It was beautiful and

very well done.

· Religious Education Classes were on Christmas break from December 14 and

resumed classes on January 4, 2016.

· Confirmation students have begun to read as lectors for Mass. This is one of

their requirements for Confirmation. Jerry Connell spoke to the group about

lecturing during their January 4th class.

· On January 25, parents of Confirmation students will meet with Father at

6:45PM in the Church. Folders will be distributed following Father’s discussion.

Family Life

Children’s Liturgy of The Word (11am Mass): (Beth Gooch)

We are seeking to train members of the community who have voiced an interest.

Family Fun Fridays: (Quarterly, Friday 7pm):

The Family Fun Pageant took place on 12/4, with 50 participants and observers.

Vacation Bible School (7/18-7/22/16, 9am-12noon):

“Cavern” Themed, planning with Shrine Church to begin this month.

Good Friday Bible School: (03/25/16) 12-3pm Topic: “Mercy“ ,March 25th. Will

again follow the summer VBS template, with assigned volunteers & a set rotation

schedule for activities, veneration and snack. Pre-Registration for all participants

and volunteers is required, begins 2/22, out of Parish registration 3/13.

High School Youth Ministry: (Every other Sunday, 6-8pm) (Elaine Cervera)

Fall kick off was on September 27th with 12 teens in attendance: pizza dinner

followed by games such as giant Jenga, Corn hole and capture the flag. We will

continue to meet Bi-monthly for the time being and occasionally weekly when

needed. We are planning on working with the H.S. Youth group from Guardian

Angels in Clawson such that the two groups combined will provide an opportunity

for teens from both parishes to attend regularly. The National Youth Conference is

Nov. 19-22nd in Indianapolis, IN. There will be 5 teens and 1 adult attending the

three -day conference, worship music and the fellowship with 20,000 other teens!

We will be traveling along with dozens of other Youth Groups from the AOD.

Religious Education (JoAnn Bonahoom) for February 2016

· Religious Education Classes were on Christmas break from December 14 and

resumed classes on January 4, 2016.

· Confirmation students have begun to read as lectors for Mass. This is one of

their requirements for Confirmation. Jerry Connell spoke to the group about

lecturing during their January 4th class.

· Our Lenten assembly was held on Monday, February 8. Children were

reacquainted or introduced to Lenten practices and prayers and our Giving Initiative

was launched. Children are taking part in collecting monies for “A Vision for Clean

Water” this Lent. They were given water bottles for collection of monies to be

donated (hopefully money will be earned by chores or good works to make it more

meaningful). Elaine Cervera gave a powerpoint presentation and materials were

provided by Stacy Vail, who is on the board for this organization. Our goal is to

provide monies for 1-2 training workshops to further the sharing of information and

its utilization in areas in need.

· Confirmation parents met with Father Demmer on Monday, January 25,

concerning the Sacrament and preparing their children for Confirmation. Folders

and information were explained and distributed by JoAnn Bonahoom and Elaine

Cervera. Students will be participating in a group service project in serving dinner to

the homeless at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church (SOS week) on February 19 & 20.

· Children were off on Monday, February 15, in consideration of school’s

midwinter recess. Classes will reconvene on Monday, February 22

· Special Needs (Pam La Grassa)

· Family Mass was held on Feb. 13, 2016. Father Prus celebrated Mass, offered

Communal Penance and offered Ashes to prepare us for Lent

· We are collecting socks for the Needy and collecting pop bottles for Christian

Service

· We would like to obtain puppets and flannel board figures to enhance the

lessons of our younger students

· On March 5th we will have our Last Supper and Brunch With the Bunny

· The Bake Sale will be held on March 19th and 20th

Family Life

Children’s Liturgy of The Word (11am Mass): (Beth Gooch)

We are seeking to train members of the community who have voiced an interest.

Beth mentioned she would really like to see someone step up and assist at this

time. Beth would like to hear what Father Don is preaching but all Sundays is with

the children. She emphasized it is fun and people could be scheduled and not have

to do it every Sunday if they can get more volunteers.

Family Fun Fridays: (Quarterly, Friday 7pm): (Malisa Burt)

The Family Fun Pageant took place on 12/4, with 50 participants and observers.

Vacation Bible School (7/18-7/22/16, 9am-12noon):

“Cavern” Themed, planning with Shrine Church to begin this month.

Good Friday Bible School: (03/25/16) 12-3pm Topic: “Mercy“ March 25th. Will

again follow the summer VBS template, with assigned volunteers & a set rotation

schedule for activities, veneration and snack. Pre-Registration for all participants

and volunteers is required, begins 2/22, out of Parish registration 3/13.

High School Youth Ministry: (Every other Sunday, 6-8pm) (Elaine Cervera)

January has been busy for us. We’ve had our first combined meeting with the HS

Youth group from Guardian Angels. The goal is to grow both youth groups and to

join each other for social and service events. We also participated in our first service

event of the year. We had 11 teens, 2 adults and 1 young adult join us for the Martin

Luther King AOD day of service. We traveled to St. Marks of Warren to help pack

food packs for needy families. The food pantry at St. Marks services over 400

families each month. Our hope is to return to volunteer again at the food

pantry. They are especially in need of paper and plastic bags. Please continue to

keep us in your prayers as we plan many wonderful events this year including a trip

to Steubenville for a teen retreat. Feb. 2016: We we’re blessed once again to have

the Ashe family sponsor a Packzi fundraiser for the youth group the Sunday before

Lent. With the donation from the purchase of the Packzi’s from the Ashe Family, we

collected $ 562.50. We plan to use the monies towards a t-shirt fundraiser to benefit

the youth group.

Feb. 19th: Service Event: Serving Dinner to the South Oakland Shelter

Families at Our Shepherd Lutheran

Feb. 21st: Youth mtg @ Guardian Angels 6-8pm

Feb. 27-28th: Lock-in @Our Lady of Sorrows in Farmington Hills with teens from

three other youth groups.

B. Evangelization

Updates

EVANGELIZATION REPORT – FEBRUARY 2016

Marcia reported that the Friday soup luncheons are being offered during Lent.

C. Vicariate Report

§ Tony reported that there are new guidelines for Annulments. Father commented

on this that things changed in our diocese as of December 8, 2015. It is easier to

get an annulment now.

§ St. John Providence Health System now has a mobile mammography that visits

parishes offering mammograms and no one is turned away because of an inability

to pay.

§ There is a change in the process of lay ecclesial certification. Classes are offered

at Sacred Heart Seminary. People interested are encouraged to contact their

pastor.

§ Tony also encourages the parish to publicize our activities in the Vicariate

newsletter. We can see what other parishes are doing and let others know what is

happening here.

1. New Business: 1. Judy asked about the need to help set up and put away chairs at 4

p.m. mass. Father informed us that Tom, who keeps the office open Saturday and

Sundays is paid to take care of the chairs. 2. The idea of parishioner mailboxes was

discussed. This would be to have mailboxes for each family in the parish out in the open

for the bulletin or other communications by groups. It was determined by the council that

we already have several avenues of communication open to parishioners including the

parish phone/address book, emails, the email blasts parishioners can sign up for, the

announcements at church at the end of mass and the bulletin. 3. Attendance at Lenten

activities- Father reported that the Lenten activities are being attended. At first it was slow

but it has improved. 4. General Financial Health going into 2016. Father supplied the

council with the Financial Council Minutes from February 9, 2016. Here is a short

summary of those minutes: Christ, Our Light! has a very healthy balance on the Loan

Deposit Statement. Father Demmer presented a financial proposal for the work to

complete the new hall entry. It was for $87,500. It will require a request from the AOD for

a $30,000 deposit. The church’s financial records have all been updated and moved to

the new chart of accounts, as the AOD requires. Father added that our Christmas

collection this year was over $100,000.

2. Closing prayer by Father Don

• Meeting adjourned at 7:50.

Respectfully submitted,

Pat Dobosenski