Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish Minute November 1, 2016

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Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish Minute November 1, 2016

 Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish Minute   November 1, 2016

Pastoral Council Members:  Bernadette Drabik (Chairperson), Natalka Verzole (Vice Chairperson), Zoriana Mangione (Trustee), Irene Skalij, Diane Filak.  Representatives:  Jo Ann Dunne (OMPHS), Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Fr.  Deacon Thomas Gutch

In Attendance: Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Bernadette Drabik, Natalka Verzole, Irene Skalij, Zoriana Mangione, Diane Filak, Jo Ann Dunne and guest Frank Bellicose. Fr. Mikhail opened the meeting with a prayer to the Holy Spirit.

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, making telephone calls and sending cards. In October we celebrated three 90th birthdays, Julia Adamovich on Oct. 3, who requested just a birthday card signed by members of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society. Helen Krill’s birthday was on Oct. 6. Birthday cake was enjoyed in the church hall after Divine Liturgy. Mary Caldwell’s 90th birthday was celebrated on Oct. 16 with a Moleben to the Blessed Mother at her home. Many family members and friends attended.  On the first Sunday in November we will commemorate the milestone birthdays of all parishioners who will be 95 years of age or older by December 31, 2016. There will be a combined Liturgy followed by a lunch of ziti and meatballs and a birthday cake served in the church hall. Invitations to the honorees were sent and an announcement was placed in the church bulletin. Members of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society will be in charge of food preparation, setting up the hall and cleanup.

Religious Education: Bernadette Drabik reported that Christmas cards for sick and homebound parishioners have been prepared and are ready to be sent out.

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy:

We have one more session to go, the food drive to benefit Joseph’s House in November.

October was Blanket Month to prepare for Code Blue. Under Corporal Works of Mercy “Shelter the Homeless we collected more than 50 new blankets which were given to Joseph’s House and Capital City Rescue Mission.

November will be Food Drive Month. This will be under “Feed the Hungry,” and food will be collected to be donated to Joseph’s House for Thanksgiving food baskets.

Lenten Mission for 2017 – We do not have a report on the final cost of inviting Vinny Flynn to speak. Due to the anticipated cost, we would need permission from the eparchy to invite him.  Father Mikhail spoke a priest in Long Island regarding the mission. Fr. Mikhail spoke with Very Rev. Archpriest Roman Mirchuk, who was assigned to Whippany Center and is now a Missionary in Ukraine. He is coming home during Lent after serving two years. He speaks both Ukrainian and English and Pastoral Council members agreed that we should try to invite him to do our mission. If possible we would like to schedule the mission on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 or April 2, the week before Palm Sunday.

Post Sobor – It was reported that the video of the Patriarch in Ukraine was the most important part of the Sobor. Under Vibrant Parish it told about churches in Ukraine, orphanages and refugees. Our church is global; the church addresses the needs of each area.

People Who No Longer Come to Church: Fr. Mikhail reported that Fr. Mazurik sent a text message to those that were no longer coming to his church and received positive results.  This is one idea that we may consider.

St. Mary’s Church in Crescent has a pamphlet called “Becoming an Inviting Church,” which is 20 pages long. Bernie will look through it for ideas and report at the next meeting.

We need to advertise what we are all about if we hope to attract new members. We need to educate our parishioners about the Catholic faith; some have inaccurate ideas about Catholic teaching. There will be further discussion at future meetings.

Mega churches have many members but they attract them by entertaining. We have the Eucharist.

Zoriana had an idea to invite people to church to ask all of the questions they always wanted to ask. A Friday evening meeting was suggested, serving wine and cheese. We find that non-church goers have strange ideas about what we believe.

First Sunday Luncheons – The schedule for first Sunday luncheons so far are as follows:

  • December: Zoriana will firm up a plan with Joe Proctor for the dinner. The Ukrainian School will do desserts and have a program. Natalka needs two altar boys to greet the Bishop, Father and Natalka will decide who will greet him.
  • January: There will be no luncheon on the first Sunday in January, New Year’s day, Divine Liturgy will be at 11:00 a.m.

Suggestions: There were none.

Dominican Retreat House: Bernie and Natalka are not planning to go.

Holy Land Visit: Fr. Terlecky advised that you can fly with lay overs for $1,200.00.

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy: We do not have plans to extend the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy.

Ukrainian Catechism in English, “Christ Our Pascha”: We will advertise in the bulletin, the cost is $25.00.

“33 Days to Merciful Love”: We will advertise in the bulletin, the cost is $10.50.

Father closed the meeting with a prayer.   Next Meeting: Dec. 7, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,   Jo Ann Dunne


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Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish Minutes October 5, 2016

Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish Minutes

October 5, 2016

Pastoral Council Members:  Bernadette Drabik (Chairperson), Natalka Verzole (Vice Chairperson), Zoriana Mangione (Trustee), Irene Skalij, Diane Filak.  Representatives:  Jo Ann Dunne (OMPHS), Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Fr.  Deacon Thomas Gutch

In Attendance: Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Bernadette Drabik, Natalka Verzole, Irene Skalij, Zoriana Mangione, Diane Filak, Jo Ann Dunne and guest Frank Bellicose. Fr. Mikhail opened the meeting with a prayer to the Holy Spirit.

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, making telephone calls and sending cards. In October we plan to celebrate three 90th birthdays, Julia Adamovich on Oct. 3, Helen Krill on Oct. 6 and Mary Caldwell on Oct. 16. On the first Sunday in November we will commemorate the milestone birthdays of all parishioners who will be 95 years of age or older by December 31, 2016. There will be a combined Liturgy followed by a lunch of ziti and meatballs and a birthday cake served in the church hall. Invitations to the honorees will be sent out soon. Members of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society will be in charge of the food and cleanup.

Religious Education: Bernadette Drabik reported that twenty to twenty two children are enrolled with one preparing for Holy First Communion. Christmas cards for sick and homebound parishioners will be worked on next week.

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy:

We have two more sessions to go, the blanket drive in October and the food drive in November.

October will be Blanket Month. Under Corporal Works of Mercy “Shelter the Homeless we will collect new blankets to be given to Joseph’s House and Capital City Rescue Mission. So far we have collected 25 blankets.

November will be Food Drive Month. This will be under “Feed the Hungry,” and food will be collected for Thanksgiving food baskets. Bernie will check to find out what types of food are needed.

Lenten Mission for 2017 – Father Mikhail checked on line to find out what is required to invite Vinny Flynn to speak. It appears that the fee is $1,500 plus hotel, travel and expenses. Due to the cost, we would need permission from the eparchy to invite him.  Our backup plan is to invite Fr. Bohdan Hedz is a priest in Long Island who has been a priest for three or four years.  Provided that the dates can be worked out, he will do a mission at a parish if the parish priest agrees to do a mission at his parish in exchange.

 

Post Sobor – The Post Sobor conference on the Vibrant Parish will be held in Stamford on October 8th. An announcement has been placed in the bulletin for anyone who would like to attend. Bernie checked on line and found a vast amount of information on the Vibrant Parish and the Sobor.

People Who No Longer Come to Church: There was further discussion as to how to reach out to people who are no longer coming to church. It was suggested that we send them a letter, but it seems as though one letter would not fit all situations. We would need letters that are personal and fit the situation; they need to be carefully written so as to open up a dialogue. Has the person found another church, been offended about something, become unable to attend church, or has just been “too busy” or “too tired” to attend. No one volunteered to take on this task yet. Zoriana suggested that we may mention our Vibrant Parish activities, “see what you are missing, come and join us.”

 

First Sunday Luncheons – The schedule for first Sunday luncheons so far are as follows:

  • November: Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society will be in charge of the food after a Divine Liturgy for all parishioners who will be 95 years of age or older by December 31, 2016. Ziti and homemade meatballs are on the menu.
  • December: Bishop Paul will be coming to our St. Nicholas Day celebration. Details need to be worked out. Natalka will work with the children. We will have two boys and two girls greet him, two will speak in Ukrainian and two in English. Zoriana will write a bulletin announcement. Joe Proctor said that he will be able to cater. Zoriana and other members were putting together suggestions for the menu. They decided on chicken, potatoes, hot mixed vegetables, tossed salad and rolls. Zoriana needs to check with Joe regarding the final menu. We will ask the Ukrainian School mothers to provide desserts. A plan needs to be worked out so that only those who have tickets will be served. This will be discussed further at our next meeting.
  • January: Needs to be discussed at a further meeting.

Clean Up: Participation in clean up is improving, but we still need to remind them.

Suggestions: There were none.

Dominican Retreat House: The cost is $250.00 on weekends. There is one on Election Day for $25.00 to $30.00.

Holy Land Visit: Mentioned but no final plans made.

New Business: Father has just returned from clergy days. He reported that the bishop was happy about the churches being invigorated during the Extraordinary Year of Divine Mercy. He would like to continue the program during the following year.

Ukrainian Catechism in English: There is now an Eastern Rite Ukrainian Catechism Book available written in English, which costs $25.00. Since many Pastoral Council members expressed interest in buying the book, Father will order about 20 copies to sell and if more is needed we will order more. He will consider conducting adult catechism classes at a later date if there is sufficient interest.

New DVD of the Divine Liturgy: Diane Filak asked about the possibility of doing a new DVD recording of the Divine Liturgy using modern technology in a simple format so that it would be available to our people who are unable to come to church. Frank Bellicose suggested hiring professionals to do the recording. Our lack of a choir has prevented us from recording any new DVD in recent years. No decision was made at this meeting.

Father closed the meeting with a prayer.

Next Meeting: Nov. 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jo Ann Dunne


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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.

Suggestions: None

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.

Respectfully submitted,

Jo Ann Dunne


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