St. James the Apostle Parish Council Meeting
January 12, 2016, Minutes
Present: Fr. Bernard M. Maloney, Fr. Brendan Buckley, Barbara Willers, Laurie Miller, Kathleen Rourke, Andrew Morpurgo, Russ Wedemeyer
Opening prayer and brief reflection on St. Marguerite Bourgeoys.
Minutes of the previous meeting accepted with corrections to Fr. Brendan’s and Andrew Morpurgo’s names. So moved by Kathleen and seconded by Barbara, none opposed.
Online Giving: Ron reported that 4 people are signed up so far and their donations moved through ParishSoft into the correct accounts. A large number of parishioners in PeopleSoft don’t seem to have envelope numbers and envelope numbers are how the online giving works. Ron will look into this.
Finances/Building and Grounds: Building and Grounds reports that there have been two evaluations and both recommend redoing the rectory roof this summer. The drain in the parking lot has been fixed. It should be noted that it will need to be checked and cleaned out on an annual basis due to the low location of the drain.
Merge: In process and waiting on a new constitution/covenant/bylaw (name for document not yet decided).
Word/Catechesis: Lent is approaching, as Ash Wednesday is February 10. First Penance does not need to be done during Lent. A reminder that First Communion children need to have participated in two years of classes.
Worship: A new liturgy committee met and looked at upcoming liturgical events such as World Day of Prayer, celebration of the Candlemas Day and the blessing of candles on Feb. 2, the feast day of St. Blasé and the blessing of throats on February 3, and, on Thursday, February 11, Feast of our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of Prayer for the Sick, there will be a communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick (for infirm and elderly) at St. Francis Solanus at 12:15 p.m.
There was some discussion about what to do about a sacristan for the 10:30 Mass. Three or four people seem interested so Laurie and Barb may work on a schedule and training session.
Andy may try to get people for alter servers, recruiting them from religious education classes.
Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion may be put off from volunteering by the need to attend two classes on a Saturday before being appointed by the Bishop. Lectors can be trained by Kathleen.
Witness: Russ met with Kathy and Phyllis from the other two parishes to discuss social activities between the three parishes. These two ladies helped form the NY Wine Trail and bring a lot to the discussion.
Fellowship: The dinner dance is moving forward. It will be on Sunday, 2/21, from 1 to 5 at the American Legion in T’burg. Notices for the event will be forthcoming in the bulletin. There will be sign-up sheets. It is a $15 buffet dinner and kids under 12 are free. There will be a band, cash bar, and wine raffle as a door prize. The band will be paid for by each parish proportionally.
This event is not intended to be a fund raiser, but a family event and social gathering of the three parishes in the process of merging. Part of the purpose of the event is to recognize volunteers with certificate of appreciate. A discussion of various ways to do this followed. The next meeting of the planning group will be Jan. 21.
Next meeting: Father has to make a request to the Bishop to merge the three parishes. Part of that request is to ask the parish and finance council to individually go on record explaining what they see are the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed merge. This will happen at our next meeting.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 9, Mardi Gras.
~Respectfully submitted by Kathleen E. Rourke.