Pastoral Council Minutes May 11, 2016
Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish Minutes
May 11, 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, Bernadette Drabik, Natalka Verzole, Irene Skalij, and Jo Ann Dunne. Fr. Mikhail opened the meeting with Pope Francis’ prayer for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Divine Mercy.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society: Jo Ann Dunne reported the Society has is continuing to make regular monthly visits to our sick and homebound parishioners. We will be celebrating three 90th birthdays this year; Julia Adamovich, Mary Caldwell and Helen Krill, all in October.
Religious Education: Bernadette Drabik reported that graduation of religious education students will be celebrated on Friday, May 20th with a Moleben to the Mother of God.
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy: The June meeting for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy planning will be combined with the Pastoral Council meeting. Marymargaret and Frank will need to be notified of the change. Paper bags for the food drive will need to be filled and donated by the end of May. The Soup Kitchen has sufficient volunteers at this time and is not seeking extra help.
Regarding going through the Holy Doors for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Divine Mercy, Bernie visited the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge recently. At 1:00 p.m. they had Confessions and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 1:30 p.m. recitation of the Rosary, 2:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy and at 3:00 p.m. the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Natalka would like the women of our parish to be able to participate. She will prepare an announcement for the bulletin, and hopefully schedule something on a weekday in June.
We will be advertising a conference for men at Siena, the “Road to Emmaus,” which will be held on June 11th. Those wishing to attend will need to register by May 27th and will need to pay a fee of $25.00. The church will pay the rest. The church will pay for men of college age and under.
Easter Dinner – Forty to fifty people attended the Easter Dinner.
The Easter Bazaar generated income of approximately $9,500.00. A report will appear in the bulletin.
Kitchen Blessing – The blessing the newly renovated kitchen and reception honoring those who contributed was a success. The food was very good, the atmosphere was nice and the decorations were pretty. It was a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. The wine disappeared quickly. There was a suggestion to do something like this again for people who work for the church.
Church Picnic – This year we will not be having a parish picnic by ourselves, but will be joining the one held by the Ukrainian Club. Father reported that a picnic to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Ukrainian Independence will be held at the Ukrainian Club on August 27th. It will be like a festival. Tentative plans are to have face painting, a Bouncy Bounce, games, music, picture taking with props and temporary tattoos. Beer will be served at the club and venders probably will be selling food. We can add to the food by having our own kapusta and hot dogs. They will be having a tent and closing the road. We should do something about filling the pot holes at the school grounds before the picnic. Paving would cost $12,000.00 to $20,000.00. A study will be made. There is a picnic planning meeting scheduled at the club on May 18th . They will have various committees and we can submit our ideas to their head.
Trip to Kiev – Father will check whether it is possible to organize a Christian trip to Kiev to celebrate Ukrainian Independence, or whether it is too late.
Mission – We need to start planning for the Lenten Mission soon if we want to secure a good speaker.
Garage Sale: The city is having their city wide garage sale on June 3rd, 4th and 5th. We will have our garage sale on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th in the church hall as a fund raiser for a special event. Announcements will be in the bulletin and we will volunteers to set up and to sell, and will need some new donations.
Bible Study: Fr. Deacon Tom is in charge of conducting Bible Study in English. Fr. Mikhail would also like to have Bible Study in Ukrainian.
Father closed the meeting with a prayer.
Next Meeting: June 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Jo Ann Dunne