Pastoral Council

Pastoral Council
 

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Dave Barr--------------Chick HERE-or call-------Phone 484-894-7034-----------



 

St. Elizabeth Pastoral Council Meeting April 12th, 2018

Members Present: Msgr. York

Deacon Frank Elchert,   Cathie Kennedy,   Kathy Scott

Ron DeCesare,    Jo Bullock,       Fran Rowley

Peggy Wall,     Jim Rose,      Louise Martino

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Ron DeCesare. Msgr. York offered prayer.

Old Business

  •   Parish Survey. No action taken yet on compiling the survey. Cathie suggested if the survey is being mailed out why not also update parish records. Msgr. stated that is something that he has wanted to do for the last couple years. Jim will work with Jo and Msgr. to compile the survey and incorporate updating parish records as well.

  •   Ministering to the Sick. The problem existing now is compiling a list of Eucharistic Ministers wanting to take communion to the homebound and a list of those that need communion brought to them so scheduling can be done. Msgr. will start the list writing down those he knows need communion brought to them Jim also suggested that under the weekly section of the bulletin“Please pray for the sick...” that it also include ‘If you or a loved one would like to receive communion at home, in a nursing home or hospital please call the rectory’.

  •   Looking Ahead in Our Parish. Cathie distributed examples of how this insert of the bulletin could be done. It was decided to go with the simpler version without mass times listed and to do a two sided insert with a month on each side.

  •   Iron Pigs Game. 80 tickets were sold for the game. The tickets are here and will be distributed at masses this weekend. Cathie will do the 5:30pm mass, Ron will do the 8am mass, Jim will cover the 9:30am mass, and Kathy and Louise will do the 11am mass.

  •   Bus Trips. Cathie brought a brochure from the Blue Army Shrine in NJ. It was suggested to take it to the DOM to see if there is interest is a bus trip there in the fall. Peggy will take to the meeting in June. Other suggestions were made, such as the Playhouse in Huntington, Knoebels and others.These will be incorporated in the survey to gauge interest.

  •   Bulletin Online by Saturday. Bob receives the bulletin on Friday. He waits to put it online till Saturday evening. Cathie will talk with Bob about getting it online Friday night or Saturday morning.

  •   Sr. Luz’s name added to Front of the Bulletin. Started April 8th.

    New Business

  •   Review of Nominations for new Nominated Pastoral Council Member(s). Four names were submitted for consideration: Dave Barr, Linda Folk, Linda Padgett, and Bob Sabatino. During discussion all four meet the Diocesan Guidelines. Msgr. suggested either picking two by lottery or appointing all four to the council, because in the past some members decided after 6 to 12 months it was not what they had envisioned and resigned. The Council decided to appoint all four to the board. Ron will contact each person, go over expectations of a member, and then ascertain if they are willing to serve a four year term. For those wanting to serve Peggy will send them Bylaws, Member Contact Information and the last two meeting minutes.

    Kathy Scott’s term also expires in July and Msgr.York reappointed her for another four year term.

  •   Pancake Breakfast. The Next Pancake Breakfast will be April 29th.

Ann Marie Teel

New Business

 Service Award. Msgr. nominated Joe DePue for the Northampton County Service Award and he was selected. He will be receiving his award on April 26th at the Methodist church in Bethlehem.

Organization Report

  •   Buildings and Ground The Early Learning Center electric is done and will be connected after inspection done. The brick has been laid. Msgr. stated $485,000 has been raised of the $550,000 to $575,000 needed. He is still trying to raise funds and will be contacting neighboring parishes that send children to ICS. Move in date will probably be in the Fall, because of weather related delays during the winter.

    A letter was also received saying how nice the St. Joseph Courtyard looks and expressing thanks to all who keep it up.

  •   ICS School (Fran Rowley) Be aware that track practice has started and there will be practices in the parking lot. Barriers will be put up when the children are there to alert drivers. April 22nd the ICS students will be helping at the 9:30 am mass and there will be an open house at the school afterwards. May 18th is ICS Spring Play and there will only be one show this year on Friday night. June 11th is the last day of school.

  •   Daughters of Mary (Peggy Wall) DOM Spring Banquet is the first Tuesday in May and they will be going to St. Rocco’s to join them in praying the rosary and a banquet there. June’s picnic is thelast meeting till the Fall.

  •   Music Ministry (Jo Bullock) The choir director felt slighted that no one contacted him when the Holy Family Choir was invited by the DOM Sodality to sing at the 9:30 am mass a couple of weeks ago. It was only a few weeks before Easter and the choir had been practicing and singing at the 9:30 am masses. It would have been nice if he was told beforehand so some form of coordination could have been done before the mass. Peggy will talk the president of the Sodality and relay the concerns.

  •   Parish Nurses (Jo Bullock) The end of February was the annual Blood Drive and 22 pints were collected, this was down a few pints from last year because of the weather. The Nursing program is starting to expand - Health blurbs have been running periodically in the bulletin, home visits have begun to parishioners and at present 3 people are being assisted, Jo will be going to a Parish Nursing workshop at Sacred Heart, and Msgr. and Jo will be going to St. Thomas Moore to look at their Parish Nursing Program which is quite large.

  •   St. Joseph Ministry (Jim Rose) Food Distribution will be this Saturday. Food delivery from Second Harvest will be the following Monday 8:30 -10:30 am. All assistance is appreciated.

  •   Young at Heart (Jim Rose) YAH’s next meeting is next week. There is an upcoming bus trip to Inner Harbor in Maryland in June.

  •   Knights of Columbus. This Saturday is a coin toss on 512 in front of Capital Plaza proceeds will be donated to ARC. The annual Dinner Dance is April 28th from 6 – 10 pm in the Knight’s Hall. ABuffet Dinner, Beer, Wine, Soda and Music by a DJ are included for the price of $25 per person.

    Round the Table

 Ushers/Greeters. Parishioner asked if an usher schedule can be made out just like other ministries’schedules. It was decided that ushering is a more fluid ministry with whoever present assisting. There are however need for more greeters and ushers especially at the 11 am mass. Msgr. will talk with the regular ushers and greeters to see if they want to continue in this ministry and look for new ones as needed. A bulletin announcement will also be run asking if anyone would like to be part of this ministry. Also brought up was that ushers should not be bringing up the gifts all the time, but should be asking others to do so, especially relatives of the mass intention. At present Jo is coordinating the 9:30am mass and Peggy is doing so for the 11am mass. Bulletin Announcement will be run asking those who would like to bring up the gifts to please notify the ushers.

Suggestion Box

  •   Inconsistent Eucharistic Minister Schedule. There was a suggestion to be more consistent in how often a person is scheduled for a ministry, because some people serve often in a short period and then have long periods where they are not scheduled. Some of the inconsistency comes from requests not to serve because of vacations. Msgr. will talk with Philomena about the schedule.

  •   Children should be in the crying room. This has been addressed at previous meeting. No action taken.

    Our next meeting will be July 26th at 7 pm in the Church Basement.
    Msgr. led the council in closing prayer and the meeting was adjourned at 8:56 p.m.

    Minutes submitted by, Peggy Wall, secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Pastoral Council Bylaws Article III – Membership

 

The membership of the Pastoral Council shall be on a voluntary basis. All Church members shall have an opportunity to participate.

 

  1. The make-up of the Council shall consist of a maximum of 14 members, composed of the pastor and permanent deacon, 2 appointed and 8 -10 nominated members.

     When there is/are opening(s) on the council for a Nominated Member, nominations will be solicited from the parish. After the nominations are received the council will review the nominees and make recommendations to the pastor on the best qualified candidates using the following Diocesan Guidelines for Pastoral Council Members: a member should be a practicing Catholic, be a registered parishioner of the parish, possess a willingness to grow in Church Doctrine, have an ability to work with others and should understand that the position is one of service. The pastor will then appoint nominee(s) to be members of the council.

 

  1. Nominations will be solicited starting in April. Nominees will be contacted immediately to ascertain if they would be willing to serve if appointed. The appointment will take place by the end of June. New member(s) will begin their term(s) on July 1st.

 

  1. When there is/are opening(s) on the council for an Appointed Member the pastor shall appoint or reappoint a parishioner of his choosing.

 

  1. The pastor may appoint or reappoint any member without the nomination process.

 

  1. The term of office for the appointed and nominated members shall be four years. There shall be a two term limit for nominated members (not including interim appointments). There is no term limit for appointed members.

 

  1. If a nominated or appointed member cannot complete the term of office for any reason, the pastor shall appoint a replacement for the interim.

         In the event any member misses 3 consecutive meetings without a reasonable excuse, the council has the authority to remove him/her           from the position. The pastor shall appoint a replacement for the interim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Pastoral Council Bylaws Article III – Membership

 

The membership of the Pastoral Council shall be on a voluntary basis. All Church members shall have an opportunity to participate.

 

  1. The make-up of the Council shall consist of a maximum of 14 members, composed of the pastor and permanent deacon, 2 appointed and 8 -10 nominated members.

     When there is/are opening(s) on the council for a Nominated Member, nominations will be solicited from the parish. After the nominations are received the council will review the nominees and make recommendations to the pastor on the best qualified candidates using the following Diocesan Guidelines for Pastoral Council Members: a member should be a practicing Catholic, be a registered parishioner of the parish, possess a willingness to grow in Church Doctrine, have an ability to work with others and should understand that the position is one of service. The pastor will then appoint nominee(s) to be members of the council.

 

  1. Nominations will be solicited starting in April. Nominees will be contacted immediately to ascertain if they would be willing to serve if appointed. The appointment will take place by the end of June. New member(s) will begin their term(s) on July 1st.

 

  1. When there is/are opening(s) on the council for an Appointed Member the pastor shall appoint or reappoint a parishioner of his choosing.

 

  1. The pastor may appoint or reappoint any member without the nomination process.

 

  1. The term of office for the appointed and nominated members shall be four years. There shall be a two term limit for nominated members (not including interim appointments). There is no term limit for appointed members.

 

  1. If a nominated or appointed member cannot complete the term of office for any reason, the pastor shall appoint a replacement for the interim.

         In the event any member misses 3 consecutive meetings without a reasonable excuse, the council has the authority to remove him/her           from the position. The pastor shall appoint a replacement for the interim.