Pastoral Council Minutes April 6, 2016
Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish Minutes
April 6, 2016
Pastoral Council Members: Bernadette Drabik (Chairperson), Natalka Verzole (Vice Chairperson), Zoriana Mangione (Trustee), Irene Skalij. Representatives: Jo Ann Dunne (OMPHS), Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Fr. Deacon Thomas Gutch
In Attendance: Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Fr. Deacon Thomas Gutch, Bernadette Drabik, Natalka Verzole, Zoriana Mangione, Irene Skalij, Frank Bellicose and Jo Ann Dunne. Fr. Mikhail opened the meeting with a prayer.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society: Jo Ann Dunne reported the Society has started making Easter visits to our sick and home bound parishioners, singing “Christ is Risen.” We will be giving Easter gifts of ceramic plates created and donated by Chris Levy to all.
Religious Education: Bernadette Drabik said that Easter cards have been sent out to our sick and homebound parishioners by one second grader and the third and fourth grade religious education students.
Time and Talent of Parishioners: Jerry and Irene Skalij have been bringing the donations for the food pantry to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and all appears to be going well.
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy: There were two sites approved in our Eparchy where we may enter the Doors of Mercy; one in Sloatsburg and one in Stamford. The Doors of Mercy in Rochester have now been dedicated. Consideration is being given to requesting permission of Bishop Paul to approve our church.
Archbishop Shevchuk has written a ten page letter in Ukrainian outlining some of the things that may be done monthly to commemorate the Jubilee. Briefly, he covered reconciliations, returning to the church, having priests available daily to have Eucharistic services, anointing of the sick, injustice in Ukraine, alcoholism, attacks against marriage, attacks against unborn children or different lifestyles, etc. During the Year of Mercy we will welcome them as a people and help them to heal. Also, feed the hungry, ransom the captive, forgive offenses. There is much more in his letter. There are enough choices so that everyone can find something to do. There is also a Moleben to Christ the Merciful. Father Mikhail will try to start a translation.
Natalka suggested putting something on our website to educate our parishioners about understanding and participating in the Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy. Father showed us an icon of the Divine Mercy which he would like to have framed and brought into the church on the day of Solemn Holy First Communion. Natalka suggested having the children who greet bring in the icon.
Fr. Deacon Tom suggested praying in silence for various intentions after Divine Liturgy, such as prayers for the deceased.
There will be a planning meeting on Wednesday, April 13th at 6:00 p.m. to give suggestions as to how our church can take part in the Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy. There will be an announcement in the church bulletin.
Parish Mission: Very Rev. Dr. Robert Markovich conducted an extraordinary parish mission on March 5th, 6th and 7th.
Giving Tree – Approximately $3,850 was collected so far for outfitting the church kitchen.
Easter Dinner – The choir was exceptional on Mercy Sunday. The food at the Easter Dinner was excellent, but attendance was low. The February luncheon was also great.
Kitchen Blessing – Father said that the kitchen will be blessed. There will be a reception on a date to be announced to thank everyone who has donated to the church kitchen. Invitations will be sent to contributors.
Church Picnic – This year we will not be having a picnic by ourselves as we had in the past. Instead, we will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence by having a joint picnic along with the Ukrainian Club. As far as we know, they plan to have it on the school grounds and in the club. They will be having a tent and closing the road.
First Solemn Holy Communion – Will be held May 1st.
Garage Sale: We will think about having a garage sale when the city-wide sale is held, or by ourselves.
Bible Study: We will have Bible study. Plans are being made. A program for Divine Mercy will be developed. Fr. Deacon Tom mentioned “33 Days of Glory.”
Father closed the meeting with a prayer.
Next Meeting: May 4, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Jo Ann Dunne