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 Pastoral Council  Minutes October 10, 2017

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

In Attendance: Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Bernadette Drabik, Patricia Dudley, Zoriana Mangione.

The meeting was opened by Fr. Mikhail with a prayer.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society: Bernadette Drabik reported that Society members continue to visit and call to our sick and homebound parishioners.  A November luncheon is planned for 3 parishioners who have reached the age of 95 or older.  Three will be honored:  Marion Locke, Alexander Pidwerbetsky, and Nadia Sembrat, but not all will be able to attend.

Religious Education:  Bernadette Drabik noted that enrollment is down substantially this year.  Numerous students who are eligible, are  not enrolled this year; and a lack of commitment to promptness and attendance are evident.  Fr. Mikhail stated that a parent meeting may be necessary to reinforce the value and benefit of religious education for our youth, as well as to remind parents of their responsibilities to promote successful and conscientious students.

Suggestions: There were two suggestions: one suggestion was to have a first aid kit available upstairs in the back of the church or in the vestibule.  Fr. Mikhail agreed that it was a good idea, and Zoriana offered to purchase and mount a first aid kit.  The other suggestion asked that either the opening or closing song sung during combined liturgies be in English.  It seems that both songs have been sung in Ukrainian lately, making it difficult for non-Ukrainian speakers to participate. As a possible solution, it was suggested that if the opening song is sung in English, the closing song should be sung in Ukrainian, or vice versa.

First Sunday luncheons:  October’s luncheon came together at the last minute, involving foods donated by several parishioners, as well as some leftovers from the pyrohy sale the day before.  The event was well-attended, and people were pleased with the food selections available.  November’s luncheon will be sponsored by the OMPHS society, recognizing our remarkable parishioners in their mid- to upper 90s.  December’s luncheon will celebrate St. Nicholas’ feast day.  Neither Joe Proctor, nor another caterer who volunteered to help make pyrohy are available.  Pat Dudley will contact Deacon Blues for their catering menu, and Zoriana will contact McGrievey’s.  According to the caterers, it is becoming impossible to provide a hot meal for $10 per plate. We will need to consider raising the ticket prices so that we can continue to offer a hot meal.

Sight and Sound Theatre:  Fr. Mikhail called for information for the upcoming Christmas show, which promises to be a very worthwhile experience.  Due to the long bus trip, an overnight stay, plus meals and show tickets would be needed, making this trip costly.  Several concerns were raised, including potentially bad weather for travel, family finances, and being an additional expense at Christmas.  We wish to offer this trip as an option, but will continue to develop the idea in time for the Easter show in March.

Movie night:  On October 13, the movie will commemorate the Miracle at Fatima.  A possible selection for November’s movie night will be “Bitter Harvest”, which tells the story of the Holodomor, or famine in Ukraine.  This movie must be previewed for suitability.

Lenten Mission:  We will start planning our annual mission now, to allow ample time to reserve a speaker.  Fr. Roman from Ukraine was brought up as a potential speaker, because he was so well received in the past.

Neighborhood Outreach:  It has come to Fr. Mikhail’s attention that several of the church’s neighbors have experienced illnesses and deaths recently, which went unrecognized by our parish.  Wanting to be considered good neighbors and using these events as a way to reach out to our local community, we discussed several options that would allow us to better connect with our neighbors.  We will develop ideas that will thank our neighbors for sharing their parking spaces and driveways with us on Sundays and event days, will offer a day dedicated to our neighbors by giving them a chance to list family members and friends whom they wish to have remembered in a prayer service, which they will hopefully attend, and offer a small reception with coffee and sweets afterwards.  We will target a date near Thanksgiving to promote this theme of Thankfulness.

For Christmas, we will try to coordinate with and complement existing Christmas gift-giving programs to needy local families.  Bernadette Drabik will contact the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish for ideas on how our parish can help.

Clergy Days: Fr. Mikhail summarized the theme of his recent clergy days, which stressed the importance of supporting families and Christian family values, encouraging shared experiences through church sponsored camping trips or other outings, and offering ways of making divorced or separated members partake more fully in the liturgy.  We will continue to develop and implement these ideas.

Father closed the meeting with a prayer.

Next Meeting: November 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m

Respectfully submitted,

Zoriana Mangione


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Pastoral Council Minutes – September 13, 2017

 Pastoral Council   Minutes September 13, 2017

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

In Attendance: Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Bernadette Drabik, Diane Filak, Patricia Dudley, Zoriana Mangione, Irene Skalij, Jo Ann Dunne.

The meeting was opened by Fr. Mikhail with a prayer, the Our Father.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society: Jo Ann Dunne reported that Society members continue to visit and call to our sick and homebound parishioners. Our Society will be honoring all parishioners who are or will be 95 years of age or older in 2017 with a Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 5, 2017. We will be preparing a luncheon of ziti with homemade sauce and homemade meatballs, tossed salad and bread. There will be a cake.

Religious Education: There will be a sign-up on September 16, 2017.

Ukrainian Festival of Independence: The festival in Cohoes was very nice and the weather was beautiful. It was reported that they had difficulty in finding sufficient people to take responsibility for key positions. Our people ended up doing most of the work. Possibly in the future our church could spearhead the celebration. The food was well organized. The Ukrainian Congress Committee was the sponsor. This is something we should think about. If we decide to have a parish picnic next year Nick suggested potluck.  

Suggestions: There were no suggestions.

Joseph’s House—had requested donations for the warm weather. We collected two and a half boxes of summer things that we donated in July.

Sight and Sound Theatre—We will not be planning a trip there at this time.

First Sunday – October 1, if there is a Sunday service, we will do it ourselves. Hot dogs, sauerkraut, subs and salad should be simple. If the service is on Saturday evening, we will not have a Sunday luncheon.

November 5, Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society will be hosting. Zoriana suggested that maybe our church organizations could take turns hosting. But Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society is the only one organization.

December- Maybe McGreivey’s can do a drop off for the St. Nicholas celebration, or we could do potluck.

Eparchial Family Day Retreat“ – “The Christian Family in Today’s World”  – October 1, 2017 in Sloatsburg, NY. There will be Divine Liturgy at 10:00am. Some of the workshops will be on raising children and divorced families. There will be separate programs for children. If anyone is interested in attending they should contact the church office. Father will check to see whether he is expected to attend. If so, the Sunday service will be on Saturday evening and there will be no first Sunday luncheon.

Pyrohy Preparation and Sale – September 30th, peeling potatoes and onions on September 29th. We plan to make 10,000.

Next Meeting: Oct. 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jo Ann Dunne


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Pastoral Council Minutes April 19, 2017

Category : Pastoral Council

Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish
Minutes April 19, 2017

Pastoral Council Members: Bernadette Drabik (Chairperson), Zoriana Mangione (Trustee), Irene Skalij, Diane Filak, Patricia Dudley. Representatives: Jo Ann Dunne (OMPHS), Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Fr. Deacon Thomas Gutch
In Attendance: Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Fr. Deacon Thomas Gutch, Bernadette Drabik, Zoriana Mangione, Irene Skalij, Diana Filak, Jo Ann Dunne.
The meeting was opened by Fr. Mikhail with a prayer and singing of “Christ is Risen”.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society: Jo Ann Dunne reported that Society members have begun their Easter visits to our sick and homebound parishioners. This year we are giving an Easter basket with blessed pussy willows, a wooden Ukrainian Easter egg with stand and a small floral wreath that can be hung on a door or bulletin board.
Religious Education: One student will be receiving Holy First Communion this year on May 7th. Bernadette Drabik reported that cards were sent to our sick and homebound parishioners for Easter.
Lenten Mission for 2017 – The mission was on March 17, 18 and 19 and was given by Fr. Roman Mirczuk. Everything went very well.
March Financial Meeting – Was held on March 5, 2017. Everything went very well.
First Sunday in April – Joe Proctor catered soup and seafood sandwiches. The food was very good and everything went well.
May 7th will be First Holy Communion; one child is being prepared to receive. Zoriana will contact Joe Proctor to see whether he will be able to cater. If he is not able, there will be no luncheon.
June – The first Sunday of the month is Pentecost Sunday, there will not be a luncheon.
July and August – There will be no first Sunday luncheons. Joe Proctor cannot commit to anything beyond August at this time.
Picnic – Questions were raised about whether we will have a picnic in August. If we do, Zoriana suggested Slidin’ Dirty. Father Mikhail suggested bringing your own picnic lunch. No decisions were made at this time.
Pilgrimage – The pilgrimage advertised in The Sower to holy sites in Europe is from April 24th through May 4th
Suggestions: The box was not checked because we did not have the key at the meeting.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will be having a festival on May 18, 19 and 20th and are inviting many parishes to rent a booth to sell their ethnic foods and/or crafts. The hours are 6-10 on Friday and 5-10 on Saturday. They are doing this to bring attention to their church. Our Zorepad dancers will be performing on Saturday. In return we can have a booth free of charge and keep the profit from food sales. Our Stewardship Council does not want to participate because it is too soon. However, we already have pyrohy and paskas in the freezer that could be sold. Making borsch was also suggested. Other churches will be selling sweets. Father suggested using Email to see if we can work out a plan and get volunteers. We would need to figure out where to heat they pyrohy and keep them hot. Father can commit to one or two days. If the weather is nice, it will be outside. If it rains it can be held in their hall.
List of Tasks for Volunteers- Zoriana developed a rough draft of tasks that parishioners may volunteer for so that things will run in an efficient and orderly manner, and so that when something needs doing we will have a list of who is supposed to do it. She suggested handling it like the Giving Tree, with the tasks hanging on the branches for parishioners to take. This will be tabled for discussion at a later date.
Next Meeting: May 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jo Ann Dunne


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Pastoral Council Minutes June 14, 2017

Category : Pastoral Council

Pastoral Council/Vibrant Parish
Minutes June 14, 2017

Pastoral Council Members: Bernadette Drabik (Chairperson), Zoriana Mangione (Trustee), Irene Skalij, Diane Filak, Patricia Dudley. Representatives: Jo Ann Dunne (OMPHS), Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Fr. Deacon Thomas Gutch
In Attendance: Fr. Mikhail Myshchuk, Fr. Deacon Thomas Gutch, Bernadette Drabik, Diane Filak, Patricia Dudley, Zoriana Mangione, Jo Ann Dunne.
The meeting was opened by Fr. Mikhail with a prayer.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society: Jo Ann Dunne reported that Society members continue to visit and call to our sick and homebound parishioners. Our Society has requested a Divine Liturgy for +Luba Mokey on June 19th at 10:00 a.m. Pauline Storonsky will celebrate her 90th birthday on July 10th. Plans are being made in accordance with Pauline’s wishes. We welcome two new members of the Society, Jack and Meg Ihnatolya.
Religious Education: One student has received Solemn Holy First Communion this year on May 7th. A Moleben will be celebrated to mark the end of the school year.
Parish Picnic—Father contacted the Ukrainian Community and no plans have been made yet. They tend to want to go to the new pavilion in Cohoes, probably August 27th.
Dates of August 13, 20 and 27 are open at the Arsenal. One suggestion was Slidin’ Dirty for a caterer, but we do not know whether they have clearance for the Arsenal. Or, we can bring our own lunches. Zoriana suggested that if the Ukrainian Community has something we should not have something separate. Father Mikhail suggested having something together if possible. August 6-19 is Dance Camp.
Pilgrimage – The pilgrimage was beautiful and indescribable, very spiritual. There was a Divine Liturgy every day, sometimes three or four. There were candlelight processions and much walking on their knees.
Natalka has asked Bernie if she could organize a day at Stockbridge. There are questions about scheduling something at Auriesville. Should we plan something with a Divine Liturgy including Watervliet, Cohoes and Amsterdam? Fr. Deacon Tom will gather information.
Suggestions: There were no suggestions.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish had a festival on May 19 and 20th and invited many parishes to rent a booth to sell their ethnic foods and/or crafts. Those who attended the festival found more than they expected. There was food for sale from various churches and also a petting zoo. Zoropad Dance Group performed and many said that they were the best. Two bands were playing. There was a fairly large turnout.
Joseph’s House—has requested donations for the warm weather. Tee shirts, flip flops for taking showers, men’s boxers and personal grooming products were requested. Bernie will bring in bins for the collection.
Pamphlets—Bernie has ordered new pamphlets. Father suggested putting them in the vestibule. He will ask Mr. Oliynyk to make something to hold them, maybe mount it on the library door.
Sight and Sound Theatre—Fr. Deacon Tom said that they have all religious subjects; they use live animals in their productions and actors approach from right and left and down the center isle so that the audience feels immersed in the production. He said that they saw Jonah and the Whale, and that the productions are better than Broadway. Fr. Mikhail will find out more. It sounds like a good idea for a trip, maybe in October.
Next Meeting: Sept. 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jo Ann Dunne