Council Meeting, October, 2015
Christ, Our Light! Parish
Pastoral Council Meeting
MINUTES October 20,
2015 7:00PM CHRIST, OUR LIGHT!
Meeting called by Father Don Demmer
Chairperson Jerry Rauch
Vice-Chairperson Mike Parker
Secretary Pat Dobosenski
Jack Alfes, Pat Dobosenski, Judy Kline, Mike Parker, Jerry
Rauch, Teresa Ulrich, Don Farrell, Marcia Ouellette,
Malisa Burt, and Paul Burke
Absent Lori Andrzejewski and Paul Bozymowski
1. I. Opening Prayer by Father Don and Welcome
2. Approval of Minutes- passed
3. Introduction of new Commission member, Teresa Ulrich. She is taking
the place of Kaitlin Popielarz. The council happily welcomed Teresa.
4. Old Business- A. Synod, November 18-20, 2016 Detroit,
Michigan. Jerry summarized the purpose of the Synod as a path to
change how we do things in the Archdiocese. The Archbishop will
make changes in 2017 depending on what the Synod shows in
2016. There are three themes for the 2016 Synod under the heading
of Evangelization. They are Encounter, Grow, and Witness. The
Archdiocese is asking each parish to send three representatives to the
Synod. These representatives will attend dialog sessions to discuss
things “impacting” their parish. Through this Synod there will be
opportunities to recommend changes to the Archdiocese as to how
things are accomplished within the diocese. B. Jerry and Father
spoke briefly on the Amazing Parish opportunity. This will be held
April 18-20, 2016. Our participation is required. The gathering is
designed to provide tools to invigorate parishes. Cost is $1000 per
parish to attend the conference in Denver. There will be more
discussion about both of these events in the future.
5. V. Commission Reports
Updates Education Commission Minutes
Religious Education(JoAnn Bonahoom)
Monday night religious formation classes opened on
Monday, September 21.
Our program runs from 6PM – 7:30PM. We have 103
students enrolled this year. (We are growing)
• High School Confirmation students meet on selected
Sundays from 3-5PM this fall. On Saturday, October
17, their retreat will be held at Christ, Our Light!. This
is an all-day retreat and will be facilitated by Mike
Chamberland from the AOD’s Youth and Young Adult
• Circle of Grace, the age-appropriate, safe
environment program was presented for all
classrooms, grades 1-8, on Monday, September 28.
• Our first family gathering for All Saints Day will be
held on Monday, October 26, from 6:30-7:30. This is
a team-building experience where students from
each class present a skit or informational talk about a
saint to the rest of the students and families. This
year’s theme is “The Holy People of the Old
• Parents of students who are preparing for First
Reconciliation will meet with Father Demmer on
Thursday, October 22, at 7PM in the
Church. Materials and home study plans will be
distributed at that time.
• Pre-school classes for children age 3-6 began on
October 4, 2015. About 17 children have
enrolled. Classes are based on the Sunday Gospel
and meet during 9:30AM and 11AM Mass.
EDUCATION COMMISSION HELP WITH CHRISTIAN
• At our meeting, commission members offered to help
with some of the Christian Service initiatives. Malisa
Burt will coordinate the Halloween Candy drive with
SHMS. The youth group has volunteered to sponsor
the Valentine tree
• Religious Ed students will participate in Thanksgiving
and Christmas Giving Tree
Children’s Liturgy of The Word (11am Mass): (Beth
Began September 27th with much enthusiasm and an
average of 10 children in attendance a each week. (Beth
Gooch & Joann Bonahoom will train members of the
community who have voiced an interest in leading this
program, including members of the youth group.)
Family Fun Fridays: (Quarterly, Friday 7pm):
The Commission is seeking a family to assist in hosting our
next event, date TBA.
Vacation Bible School (7/18-7/22/16, 9am-12noon):
Good Friday Bible School: (03/25/16) 12-3pm Topic TBA
High School Youth Ministry: (Every other Sunday, 6-
8pm) (Elaine Cervera)
The High School youth group kicked off the fall session
September 27th. We began with prayer and enjoyed they
typical fare of Pizza, soda and snacks. After the meal we
headed outside to play giant Jenga, Corn hole and capture
the flag. There were 12 teens in attendance.
We will continue to meet Bi-monthly for the time being. We
will occasionally meet weekly when needed. We’re planning
on working with the H.S. Youth group from Guardian Angels
in Clawson for weekly meetings as they too meet bimonthly.
The hope is that the two groups combined will
provide an opportunity for teens from both parishes to attend
weekly meetings regularly.
The Youth Group is preparing for the upcoming National
Youth Conference Nov. 19-22nd in Indianapolis, IN. There will
be 5 teens and 1 adult attending the three day
conference. We’re looking forward to the classes, worship
music and the fellowship of over 20,000 other teens! We will
be traveling along with dozens of other Youth Groups from
Young Adult Ministry- Kaitlin Popielarz will continue to
promote this group and will report to the Education
CHRISTIAN SERVICE REPORT – OCTOBER 2015
• Bible & Bagels (The Bible Timeline: the story of
salvation) has been well attended on Wednesday
mornings with discussions after the DVD.
• Protecting God’s Children (PGC) was offered on
September 24 to those adults working with and
around children to increase awareness of
inappropriate interactions between adults and
children in social settings. The speaker and DVD
were very informative.
• Sunday Coffee & Donuts after 9:30 and 11AM
Masses resumed and are well appreciated by
children and adults.
• Right to Life was represented by walking and praying
outside the Planned Parenthood building in Ferndale
for these 40 days. Our day is Monday.
• The flu clinic was offered after masses on the
weekend of September 26 & 27.
• On October 3rd, Father Demmer had the annual
Blessing of the Pets inside the church because of
cool rain. The numerous animals were very quiet.
• The Thursday coffee and goodies after the morning
Mass was well attended under the umbrellas until the
weather turned colder.
• The generosity of the church members for the funeral
masses is well appreciated by the families and our
funeral luncheon committee.
• We are planning the bagging of Halloween candy on
Monday, October 26, to be given to Sacred Heart
Seminary on September 27.
• Plans are under way for the Thanksgiving basket
donations, Christmas giving tree and hat, mitten,
scarf, and blanket drive.
• Upcoming events include, the Veterans Day liturgy,
the Women’s Night of Reflection on December 10, an
evening reception to celebrate All Souls’ Day is
planned for 7PM on November 2. (No religious ed
classes will be held that evening)
• Right to Life Christmas cards will be on sale after
Saturday and Sunday Masses beginning November
C. Vicarate Report
• See attached.
D. Finance Report
• Paul Burke from the Finance Commission attended the
Council meeting. Here is a summary of what he
said. The previous 6-member commission (three
members of St. Columban’s and three members of St.
Alan’s) has changed their membership. They will now
consist of 5 members. Three recently transitioned off
and were replaced by two members. The three who
stayed will be transitioned off the next rotation and be
replaced by three others.
• At the September 29th meeting, the group reviewed the
year end financial reports and monitored the work Bill,
the bookkeeper, has done to transition to the new
• At the October 13th meeting, the group reviewed the
1st quarter books. Our cash position is strong. The
proposed improvements/projects proposed by Father are
1. Pastor’s Remarks- We are in the second phase of landscaping. The storage garage
should be finished next week. The contents of the rectory basement plus tables and
chairs and the music files will be stored in this unheated building. The covered walkway
to the main building will be completed next spring as will the parking lot. After
Christmas, improvements on the two bathrooms by the Glouchester side door will be
completed. This spring, the fascia on the building will be taken care of. We haven’t
drawn on savings for these projects. Those who wished to stay were given a glimpse of
the storage facility and the covered walkway area and the proposed parking lot drive to
2. Closing prayer by Father Don
3. Meeting adjourned at 7:40.