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Parish Council Meeting Minutes: October 2, 2012

Posted by on May 27, 2013 at 1:56 am
Category:Parish Council

St. Thomas More Parish Council
Meeting Minutes – October 2, 2012

Council Chair O’Neill called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm. In attendance were Fr. Taillon, committee members Kevin O’Neill, Donna Monaghan, Matthew Mannix, Ed McLaughlin, Tracey Kennedy and Victor Primavera, Trustee Doris Maganaro, Deacon Paul Sullivan and Pati Paolella.

Fr. Taillon led the council in an opening prayer.

The council voted to approve the minutes of the June 18, 2012 council meeting with an across-the-board amendment to include each speaker’s first initial as well as their last name to avoid the minutes resembling a football roster.


Deacon Sullivan spoke about the parish retreat in early October. J. Pontarelli suggested future retreats be held on weekends.


M. Antone was not in attendance. Fr. Taillon discussed the successful Bible School in the summer, the increased numbers in C.C.D. including some classes/grades at capacity and the need to try to accommodate this increased interest and attendance via narrower tables, changes in scheduling or some other creative solutions. He expressed happiness with our parish’s good fortune to have increased attendance and interest in the religious education program.


Deacon Sullivan spoke about the All Souls Mass and the scheduled reception afterwards on November 2nd. The next Rosary & Altar meeting is scheduled for October 15.


  •  Finance report being printed at this time. $100,000 in interest was lost on the endowment. Parish is financially stable in spite of this decrease and charitable contributions have increased.
  • The boiler is being fixed at St. Thomas More.
  • Interior of St. Thomas More will be repainted within a month.
  • Huge cracks are around the choir loft; may be repainted.
  • Carriage House project on hold because we are awaiting diocesan approvals.
  • Next mailing will include information about the Year of Faith, the upcoming Hoe-Down and the financial report.
  • St. Veronica’s Choir will sing as a full choir ONLY at the 11:00 am Mass in the future.
  • The Blessing of the Animals was a successful, if campy, event during which a diverse group of animals was blessed by our two priests.



The shorter route for the procession was generally praised and the council advised Fr. Taillon to keep the shorter route so as not to interfere with summer traffic on Ocean Road. Fr. Taillon also indicated that Ocean Road is much windier than the inner roads and requires more hoops to jump through approvals-wise because it is a state road. The shorter route is also more inclusive in that older parishioners can join in more easily. Four hundred people went to the Dunes Club luncheon for Msgr. Halloran, whose gift of U.S. Open tickets was well-appreciated, although the key matches on Super Saturday were rained out.


D. Monaghan, M. Mannix, Fr. Murphy and E. McLaughlin all met with the Diocese Outreach Coordinator to get this program off the ground. Fr. Taillon is interviewing potential candidates for the Volunteer Coordinator position.



The 50th Anniversary of Vatican II and the 20th Anniversary of the New Catechism are the bases for the Year of Faith. Our series of talks, ranging from Fr. Murphy’s “Grace in Suffering” talk to Dr. Wenisch’s discussion of the Rapture, will focus on the Year of Faith. Fr. Taillon stressed the theme of faith and the need to take this initiative seriously.

T. Kennedy spoke about the Tuesday scripture sessions and her desire to see them brought back. Perhaps they could be incorporated into weekend offerings.

The October 14 Mass at the Parish of Sts. Peter and Paul will be attended by T. Kennedy, M. Mannix and J. Pontarelli. This Mass is the kick-off for the Year of Faith.


The first parish Hoe-Down will be held on November 3 at the Elks Club. The club can accommodate 170 people. Tickets are $30.00. There will be a cash bar. The money will go to the Mission Trip. Wear country western attire or orange clothing.


This year, the trip is for ADULTS ONLY. The dates will be from March 11 to March 18 and it is already full (20 people). This year is a return to the Dominican Republic orphanage. Advent wreath sales will help to fund the trip.

Fr. Murphy has indicated a willingness to have another inside-the-USA mission trip for the confirmation students. He is also exploring the initiation of a parish youth group.


The Advent/Christmas Spectacular will be held at council chair K. O’Neill’s house on December 4. This will be an informal meeting. Please bring ideas for Christmas games.


  •  200 people attended Bishop Tobin’s event.
  • The Hoe-Down is for ALL ages.
  • V. Primavera inquired about the by-laws. M. Mannix indicated he was not able to type them yet, but would do so and distribute them to the council members.


Deacon Sullivan closed with a prayer.

Minutes Prepared By:
Matthew M. Mannix



Year of Faith Presentations

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Rapture and Catholicism
Monday, October 1, 2012
Dr. Fritz K Wenisch

Join us for a presentation by Dr. Fritz Wenisch on the Roman Catholic response to the end-times belief popular among many Evangelical Protestants.

Click here for more info



Bishop Thomas J Tobin’s visit to STM

Posted by on Sep 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Monday, September 17th – 7:00PM St Thomas More Parish Hall
“The Call to Personal Holiness and the Year of Faith.”



RCIA Information Night

Posted by on at 1:26 pm

All are welcome!
Tuesday, September 18
7:30 PM St. Thomas More Parish Hall
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults welcomes any adult interested in joining the Catholic Church, as well as, baptized Catholic adults who have not received the Sacraments of Holy Communion or Confirmation.



Blessing of Animals

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Saturday, September 29, 10:30am.
St. Veronica Chapel Parking Lot



Jehovah’s Witness & Catholicism

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm

St. Thomas More Parish Continuing Education Series
Guest Presenter: Dr. Fritz Wenisch

A great presentation - Click here to download the notes!



Summer Bible Study Series Begins!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

The Biblical Origins of the Mass will be the focus of our annual Summer Bible Series which begins on Tuesday, July 10 and runs every Tuesday through August 28th.  The classes will be held at St. Veronica Chapel from 8:30am – 10:00am.  There is no need to pre-register – just come with a Bible.  For more information, contact Maryann Knag at mmknag@aol.com or call 203-213-4809.



Parish Council Meeting Minutes: April 9, 2012

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm
Category:Parish Council

Council Chair O’Neill called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm. In attendance were Fr. Taillon, committee members Kevin O’Neill, Angela Del Monico, Donna Monaghan, Matthew Mannix, Ed McLauglin, Tracey Kennedy, Mary Sullivan, Jamie Doyel and Victor Primavera, committee chairs Jim Pontarelli, Melissa Antone, Jackie Baglini and Margaret McDonald, Assistant Pastor Fr. Fisette and Trustee Doris Maganaro.

Fr. Taillon led the council in an opening prayer.

There was no review of the minutes of the previous meeting.

O’Neill led a brief discussion regarding by-law changes. Changes to the by-laws regarding the appointment of additional parish council members, which were originally approved at the December 6, 2011 council meeting were approved unanimously by the council. Exact language of said amendment(s) will be prepared for the council to review at a future meeting.


Fr. Taillon reported that the church had a great Holy Week turnout and praised the Decorating Committee for making the churches look so beautiful on Easter Sunday. He emphasized the amount of work that goes into making Holy Week run smoothly and thanked all who attended and participated.


Antone informed the council that Confirmation (May 20) and First Communion (May 6) dates are coming up. The Confirmation retreat is scheduled for May 10 and 11. The date for Baptisms is April 22. She added that Vacation Bible School will be held the second week of August.

Baglini informed the council that 29 women are involved in Our Lady’s Guild. She indicated that Fr. Fisette hosts their Holy Hour. Plans are underway for a Mass for the sick and homebound.

Fr. Taillon thanked Fr. Fisette for his service and indicated that Fr. Fisette will be leaving on July 1 for a job with the Diocese as vocation director. He discussed the survey results, in which 300 parishioners provided feedback on parish life. He indicated that respondents asked for Catechism for adults and youth programs. HE INDICATED THAT HE WAS VERY WORRIED ABOUT THE HEALTHCARE MANDATE AND WAS PLANNING A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE ISSUE. He described the mandate as the biggest attack on the Catholic Church in U.S. history. He also discussed the upcoming video series on the faith.

Fr. Taillon indicated that the Finance Committee has the lead with this project. He reported that the project is awaiting diocesan approval. The goal is for the house to house additional priests.

The council unanimously elected Matt Mannix council secretary.


  • McDonald informed the council that the St. Thomas More Parish Festival will be held on June 30. She mentioned that she had begun the process of obtaining donations from sponsors and others and indicated that the subcommittees will need chairs. This family-focused event includes a raffle and entertainment from Rat Pack-themed performer.
  • Fr. Taillon indicated that the raffle pays for expenses and that the goal of the festival is to celebrate our faith, not make money.
  • Fr. Taillon indicated that July 1, which is part of the St. Thomas More Parish Feast weekend is the 50th anniversary of Msgr. Halloran’s ordination. Msgr. Halloran will say the 10:00 am Mass at St. Thomas More. He emphasized the importance of the procession, especially in light of it being held on the 4th of July weekend this year, which will guarantee increased exposure. He indicated a luncheon will be held at the Dunes Club in honor of Msgr. Halloran, but the guest list will be limited.
  • Fr. Taillon also emphasized the distinction between the Parish Feast and Parish Festival. The “Feast” refers to the entire weekend. The “Festival” refers to the event on Saturday afternoon in town which is the party that is associated with the event. Finally, he indicated that there will be no recipient of the St. Thomas More award this year because of the festivities surrounding Msgr. Halloran’s 50th anniversary of his ordination.



  • Doyel indicated that the Mission Trip is focused on helping American Indians at the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota. The “missionaries” depart on Friday, April 13. There are 21 “missionaries” going on the trip.
  • Fr. Taillon indicated that the students will meet the Bishop of South Dakota during the trip.
  • Kennedy mentioned how powerful it was to hear the stories of the returning students when they return from the trip each year.



  •  The council scheduled its next meeting for JUNE 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm.
  • Father Fisette’s last Mass in the parish will be on Father’s Day (June 17) at 10:00 am at St. Thomas More. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
  • Pontarelli indicated that need for a committee on adult education.
  • Fr. Taillon praised the Decorating Committee for the work they did over the Easter Weekend in both churches.
  • Primavera inquired about creating a by-laws committee to clean up some inconsistencies in the existing by-laws. Fr. Taillon indicated that the updated by-laws would be distributed to the council members and the need for a committee could be addressed at the June 18 meeting.
  • DelMonico requested that the meeting minutes be posted in a timely manner and stated that the most recent posting of minutes online was for the March 11, 2011 meeting
  • Fr. Taillon indicated that the Marriage & Family Life Committee, formerly the Family Vitality Committee, needs to be strengthened and revitalized.
  • Fr. Taillon will make a presentation on the healthcare mandate’s impact on the Catholic Church on Sunday, April 22 at 6:00 pm at the Parish Center.
  • Philosophy Professor Fritz Wenisch will host a series of discussions of Family Life on May 21 at 7:00 pm for parishioners. The first will focus on the distinctions between Mormonism and Catholicism.
  • Bishop Tobin will come to St. Thomas More on Sept. 17 at 7:00 pm to meet the parish council.


Primavera made a motion to adjourn; motion was seconded by Monaghan. The motion passed unanimously.

Minutes Prepared By:
Matthew M. Mannix



Fr. Fisette’s “Farewell” Mass and Collation

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Please join with your fellow parishioners in bidding adieu to Fr. Carl Fisette at his “farewell” Mass on Sunday, June 17th at the 10am Mass at St. Thomas More Church.  An outdoor collation in the courtyard will follow.  Fr. Fisette will be assuming his new duties as diocesan Vocation Director this summer.



Save the Dates! Parish Feast

Posted by on at 2:00 pm

St. Thomas More Parish Feast Save the dates!!
June 29th – July 1st

Friday, June 29th 24 Hour Adoration at St. Thomas More from 12Noon Friday to 12Noon Saturday – Pray for Religious liberties in America

Saturday, June 30th
Festival at Veteran’s Park 4:00-9:00pm Raffle, Gift Baskets, Food, Kid’s Games Entertainment –Tony Cerbo and also Michael Dutra and The Strickly Sinatra Big Band

Sunday, July 1st
Solemn Mass 10am Procession – 11am

Click here for more info


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