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Parish Council Minutes – March 7, 2017

Posted by on May 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm
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St. Thomas More Parish Council

Meeting Minutes – March 7, 2017

E. McLaughlin called the meeting to order and the meeting opened with a prayer.

In attendance at this meeting were Fr. Taillon, Deacon Sullivan, council members Ed McLaughlin, Victor Primavera, Eleanor McSally, Caroline Murphy, Patricia Reidy, Kenya Wilkins, Catie Carver & Matt Mannix AND liaisons Lynn Bamford (Festival), Jackie Baglini (Our Lady’s Guild), Joe Robenhymer (Knights) & Connie DiOrio (Religious Education) AND Pati Paolella (Staff).

OLD BUSINESS

  • P. Reidy discussed the conclusion to the Year of Mercy, K. Wilkins discussed the Election Day Adoration and P. Paolella & L. Bamford discussed the Ministries Fair.

LITURGY – DEACON SULLIVAN

The parish is in need of more Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors, especially lectors at St. Thomas More Church.  Father Casey’s upcoming Mission will be held on April 2, 3 and 4 at St. Thomas More Church.  “All-day” Confessions are scheduled at St. Veronica’s Chapel for March 25 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The sound systems in both churches have recently been upgraded.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – CONNIE DIORIO

Vacation Bible Camp is scheduled for August 7-11.  C. Diorio will be working with Missie Antone and K. Wilkins on that project.  First Holy Communion will be held on May 7 at 1:00 pm at St. Thomas More Church.  Confirmation will be held on May 21.

OUR LADY’S GUILD – JACKIE BAGLINI

J. Baglini discussed some upcoming events.  On October 13, The Sun Danced, a film 100-year anniversary of the Our Lady of Fatima, will be shown at the Pier Cinema.  The council decided to charge $2.00 for tickets to the movie.  On October 10, the Day of Reckoning is scheduled at Christian Brothers.  The Guild is currently organizing a Right-to-Life Baby Shower in May.

FESTIVAL – LYNN BAMFORD

The 2017 festival will be held on June 17, 2017.  There will be a meeting of the “chairs” of committees at 6:00 pm on March 27.  The rides will include the slide a train.  The “Bubble Guy” will return as he was popular.  The festival still is searching for music from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Second To None will play from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

FIRESIDE VIGIL – JOE ROBENHYMBER & LYNN BAMFORD

The well-received event will take place again on July 6, 2017, which is the anniversary of St. Thomas More’s beheading.  The Knights will work with the Boy Scouts to ensure the stage is set up properly.  The event will start at 8:00 pm as sunset is at approximately 8:20 pm.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS – JOE ROBENHYMER

J. Robenhymer updated the council on the Jacob’s Ladder event in Jamaica (January 14-21) and the Habitat for Humanity effort in Coventry.  He discussed the March for Life and the appreciation of the marchers for Vice President Pence’s address to the marchers.  He discussed upcoming events:

  • The weekly Stations & Soup on Fridays
  • The Candy Drive to raise funds for the mentally disabled (April 27-29)
  • The May 28 Breakfast at St. Veronica’s
  • The May 15-22 Food Drive
  • The June 10 Mass on the Mountain
  • The August 6 Special Needs Fishing Trip
  • The August 19 Golf Tournament to raise funds for vocations
  • The Enders Island Retreat, scheduled for May 12-13

MISCELLANEOUS

  • The Consecration(s) to Mary is an Ancient church tradition that Fr. Taillon explained can lead up to the Assumption of Mary.  It basically is a 33-day consecration and would be appropriate during this Marian Year.  The council discussed incorporating this tradition into the July 14-August 15 timeframe.
  • P. Paolella reported that the website had “crumbled” and a new effort was underway to update the website.
  • Fr. Taillon spoke about the new St. Thomas More APP, updated website and stronger technology presence.  He discussed the 7-year effort to work with a company called LIVESTREAM to improve our streaming of church services.
  • The Mission Trip fundraiser will be held at the Dunes Club this year on Sept. 22 at 6:00 pm.  The theme will be a Caribbean theme.
  • Fr. Taillon proposed the idea of a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.  It would likely include an overnight stay.
  • The Marriage Fellowship will begin with a March 11 “witness” on marriage.  Fr. Taillon indicated that he would like to see this fellowship grow.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Fr. Taillon announced that Joe Robenhymer will be awarded the Lumen Gentium Award for Outstanding Parish Service.  This award ceremony will take place at Twin River Casino on May 17.  Joe is being recognized for his devotion to our parish and for his efforts in growing the Knights.  He encouraged the council members to come to the event.

NEXT MEETING

  • May 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

CLOSING PRAYER AND ADJOURNMENT

Deacon Sullivan closed the meeting with a prayer.  The meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew M. Mannix

 

 

Parish Council Minutes – July 19, 2016

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 at 4:38 pm
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St. Thomas More Parish Council

Meeting Minutes – July 19, 2016

 

E. McLaughlin called the meeting to order.

Fr. Taillon opened with a prayer.

J. Robenhymer made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 14, 2016 meeting.  The motion was seconded by V. Primavera and unanimously approved.

In attendance at this meeting were Fr. Taillon, Deacon Sullivan, council members Kathleen Costello, Ed McLaughlin, Caroline Murphy, Eleanor McSally, Kathleen Costello, Patricia Reidy, Victor Primavera, Kenya Wilkins and Matt Mannix AND liaisons Lynn Bamford (Festival), Jackie Baglini (Our Lady’s Guild) & Joe Robenhymer (Knights) AND Missie Antone (Religious Education) AND Pati Paolella (Staff).

LITURGY – DEACON SULLIVAN

The churches will be on the Summer Schedule through Labor Day.  The “Life in the Spirit” seminars will be held on July 21-25.  The Assumption of Mary is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation this year, so that frees up the schedule slightly.  The search is underway for altar servers and additional lectors.

YEAR OF MERCY – FATHER TAILLON AND PAT REIDY

The Year of Mercy ends at the start of Advent.  P. Reidy discussed confessions, a Rosary or a Mass.  Fr. Taillon stated that each diocese has a Holy Door and each cathedral has a Door of Mercy.  He and P. Reidy also discussed a trip to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, Mass.  In the end, P. Reidy and Fr. Taillon will work together to determine whether a cathedral trip or a visit to the Divine Mercy Shrine is a better option.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – MISSIE ANTONE

M. Antone discussed Stubenville East, from which the students just returned.  She also discussed the upcoming Vacation Bible School, which will be taught by her and Connie DiOrio.  She stated there were Monday afternoon openings for Religious Education teachers.  Fr. Taillon stated that male teachers were especially needed.  Confirmation classes range from 28-40 students.  M. Antone discussed the Adventureland youth event, scheduled for August 8, 2016.

OUR LADY’S GUILD – JACKIE BAGLINI

The May baby shower was well-attended, with 19 women in attendance.  The Mass of the Anointing is scheduled for the Spring of 2017.  Sue Davis has joined the Guild.  Fr. Taillon thanked the members for their work on pro-life issues, devotion to Mary and baking at the Parish Festival.

FESTIVAL – LYNN BAMFORD

The festival was a success, and L. Bamford thanked Ann Murphy for her role as co-chair.  The overall revenue increased by nearly 30%, but the event itself basically broke even (lost approximately $300.00).  The food distribution went smoother than in the past.  The rides were monitored more closely so that fewer attendees could go on the rides for free.  The Berries Go Round were expensive ($4,000.00), but popular.  The Bubble Man was popular.  There was discussion to replace Toe Jam with something more interactive, such as children’s karaoke, a choo-choo train ride or St. Thomas More’s Got Talent.

FIRESIDE VIGIL – JOE ROBENHYMBER

The event was well-attended and the Boy Scouts helped to serve the attendees.  The stories with the three characters, including individuals playing the roles of St. Thomas More and his daughter, brought the event together.  As a result of the vigil, there was no procession this year.  V. Primavera said, “let’s do it again.”  The town’s Parks and Recreation Department was cooperative.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS – JOE ROBENHYMER

The May Food Drive and Breakfast were both successful.  Recruiting of new Knights was the most successful it has ever been.  The St. Edmunds Retreat, with 25 participants, was also successful.  In June, V. Primavera led a 5th Sunday Rosary.  Mass on the Mountain for 2017 is scheduled for June 3, 2017.  The August 14, 2016 Special Needs Fishing Trip is coming up and the Narragansett Lions Club is partnering with the Knights on that event.  It will be followed by a cookout.  On August 20, 2016, the 4th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser will be held at Richmond Country Club.  J. Robenhymer encouraged people to sponsor tees.  Other upcoming events include the October 21, 2016 Adoration and Rosary and the October 28, 2016 cards-and-bingo event for those with special needs at O’Brien’s Pub.  Finally, six Knights have signed up for the Men’s Construction Mission Trip, scheduled for January 14-21 in Jamaica.  The focus of this trip will be the building of cinderblock homes and the mission is run by Mustard Seed.

MISCELLANEOUS – PATI PAOLELLA

  • Ready for feedback on website maintenance.
  • C. Murphy will be heading up Instagram account.
  • About 150 people are involved on facebook and the Aleppo video went all around the world.
  • Please take photos at key events and send them to Pati.

PASTOR’S REPORT – FR. TAILLON

Fr. Taillon welcomed the new Assistant Pastor, Fr. Kieran, who briefly addressed the council after having just arrived in town.

  • The Stewardship Fair will be held on October 1 and 2, 2016.  This fair is a marketing event of different interest groups of the parish.  Volunteers or a subcommittee will be needed to make it a success.  The interest groups (ministries) should each have their own bulletin board/science fair board to market each ministry.  L. Bamford and P. Paolella volunteered to spearhead this fair.
  • On Sept. 4, 2016, Mother Theresa will be canonized.
  • The Blue Mass for the Police will be held on Sept. 25, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. Veronica’s Chapel.

NEXT MEETINGS

  • September 20 at 7:00 pm
  • December 13

CLOSING PRAYER AND ADJOURNMENT

Fr. Kiran closed the meeting with a prayer.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Matthew M. Mannix

Parish Council Secretary

 

 

St. Thomas More Parish Council Meeting Minutes – March 14, 2016

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 at 6:38 am
Category:Parish Council

St. Thomas More Parish Council

Meeting Minutes – March 14, 2016

E. McLaughlin called the meeting to order.

Fr. Taillon opened with a prayer.

P. Paolella made a motion to approve the meeting minutes from the Sept. 22, 2015 meeting.  C. Carver seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.

In attendance at this meeting were Fr. Taillon, council members Catie Carver, Ed McLaughlin, Kenya Wilkins and Matt Mannix & liaisons and Missie Antone (Religious Education) & Pati Paolella (Staff).

GENERAL REPORTS

E. McLaughlin spoke about the Year of Mercy and organizing a trip to the Cathedral.  He stated that P. Reidy was organizing a tour of the Cathedral.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – MISSIE ANTONE

M. Antone stated that Religious Education was wrapping up for the year.  She stated that First Communion will have 33 children and Confirmation will have 27.  She stated that Stubenville East will be held at UMASS Lowell on July 15 and that 16 individuals were planning on attending.  She also informed the council of the upcoming May 4/5 Confirmation Retreat.

FEAST AND FESTIVAL

M. Mannix informed the council that he, Ann Murphy and Joe Robenhymer had met with the Town Parks and Recreation Department to facilitate approval of the Feast & Fire on June 21.  This event will replace the procession and will take place across from Veterans Park near the gazebo.

Fr. Taillon informed the council that the Festival will take place on Saturday, June 18.  He indicated that the Festival will include the slide again this year.

COMMITTEE REPORT – KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

E. McLaughlin addressed upcoming events, including the June 4 Mass on the Mountain with Fr. Murphy, the golf tournament on August 20, the Mystic, Connecticut retreat on May 6/7, the May Breakfast on May 22 and coffee and doughnuts on April 10 at St. Veronica’s after both Masses.

NEW BUSINESS

  • K. Wilkens discussed the Consecration of Mary and that it was a “do-it-yourself” retreat.  E. McLaughlin suggested she work with J. Baglini, who was not in attendance, to get the idea off the ground.
  • K. Wilkens also brought up the idea of an after-Mass prayer group.
  • C. Carver brought up the idea of child-focused events during Mass for young children and it was discussed that it could take place during the 10:00 am Mass.  The events and activities would potentially include crosswords, coloring pages and the reading of the Children’s Gospel.  Parents would have to drop children off twenty minutes prior to the Mass.  The initial plan would be try this idea out once a month.
  • The council discussed Eucharistic Adoration.  Fr. Taillon indicated that the logistics of it are quite challenging, but that if one person spearheaded it, it could be great success.  He suggested picking dates that had meaning to parishioners to increase involvement.

PASTOR’S REPORT – FR. TAILLON

The parish is looking for an Assistant Pastor.

  • Fr. Taillon’s hospital days at South County Hospital have increased.
  • The parish is currently working with St. Anthony’s in West Warwick to launch a mission to Mustard Seed Orphanage.
  • The parish is recruiting lectors and altar boys and girls, so please get the word out.
  • The parish is looking for trainers for altar boys and girls; this training could represent a potential new ministry.

NEXT MEETINGS

  • July 19 at 7:00 pm.

CLOSING PRAYER AND ADJOURNMENT

Fr. Taillon closed the meeting with a prayer.

 Respectfully submitted,

 Matthew M. Mannix

 Parish Council Secretary

 

 

Parish Council Meeting Minutes

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 at 12:04 pm
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Now posted…the minutes from the Sept. 22, 2015 meeting.

 

St. Thomas More Parish Council

Meeting Minutes – Sept. 22, 2015

 

E. McLaughlin called the meeting to order.

Fr. Taillon opened with a prayer.

Missie Antone made a motion to approve the meeting minutes from the May 25, 2015 meeting.  Deacon Sullivan seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.

In attendance at this meeting were Fr. Taillon, Deacon Sullivan, council members Catie Carver, Caroline Murphy, Ed McLaughlin, Victor Primavera, Pat Reidy, Eleanor McSally, Kathleen Costello, Kenya Wilkins, Michael Doyal and Matt Mannix & liaisons Jackie Baglini (Our Lady’s Guild), Joe Robenhymer (Knights), Ann Murphy (Festival) and Missie Antone (Religious Education) & Pati Paolella (Staff).

GENERAL REPORTS

  • P. Reidy and K. Costello reported on the Living Rosary, which had a turnout of over 100 at St. Veronica’s.  The organizers indicated that the lighters for the candles presented some challenges and that, in the future, attendees may be better off holding individual candles in their hands.  The organizers also indicated that they may select a different Holy Day in the future (rather than the Assumption).
  • E. McSally indicated that the Funerals and Fomage event was helpful and that 100 people attended that event.

LITURGY REPORT – DEACON SULLIVAN

Deacon Sullivan reported that several Holy Days were on the horizon.  He indicated that there had been some problems obtaining enough altar servers at St. Thomas More.  He also indicated that he and Missie were searching for younger lectors.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – MISSIE ANTONE

M. Antone stated that Fr. Barrow came to the Stubenville East event.  She indicated that the venue was just “okay” and that 30 people went.

She also indicated that a lot of new young families had gotten involved in CCD and was optimistic about the future.

She indicated that Vacation Bible School had been a success.

 

She also indicated that she is always looking for low middle school teachers for CCD.

MISSION TRIP

The Mission Trip fundraiser is scheduled for Nov. 20 at the Village Inn (formerly Amalfi’s) with a 6 pm start for cocktails and a 7 pm start for dinner.  The theme is American Country Fest.  Twenty-two missionaries will be on this year’s trip.

 

OUR LADY’S GUILD – JACKIE BAGLINI

J. Baglini indicated that the cookie wrap was coming up in December.  She also indicated that the Guild had begun to publicize the Day of Reflection.  Fr. Young will present at that Day of Reflection, focusing on the Year of Mercy.

 

J. Baglini also encouraged people to attend the Mass of the Anointing on Oct. 24 at 10:30 am.

 

She indicated that the Children’s Liturgy begins in early October and encouraged people to buy roses to support the Mother of Life Center on the weekend of October 3 and 4.  She also indicated that the Wreath Sale will be on Dec. 6.

 

FEAST AND FESTIVAL – ANN MURPHY

 

The festival was held on Saturday, June 20 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Music included Jack Babineau, Toe Jam and Triad.  Lynn Bamford helped organize the event.  M. Mannix was the Volunteer Coordinator.  The Festival had several major tables and attractions, including cotton candy, popcorn, baked goods (Guild), kids’ games (Holly Mills) and baskets (St. Laurent).  A slide repalced the ferris wheel.

Ann Murphy indicated that the Festival broke even.  The baskets and baked goods tables were successful.  However, next year, a new chair will be needed for the baskets table.  Overall, Ann indicated that the rain did slow the event down.  The Toe Jam band was a success.  She thanked all the chairs who made the event happen.  She also indicated that the organizers will revisit the ferris wheel-versus-slide decision.

 

V. Primavera reported that the Feast’s procession did not take place because of the rain.  He indicated that the Freidts talked about their Witness to Marriage.

Next year, the option of a beach bonfire as part of the Feast was discussed.  The target date for that event would be June 22.  M. Mannix indicated he would look into the issue with the town’s Fire Marshal and the Director of Parks and Recreation.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS – KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

 

V. Primavera indicated that the Golf Tournament brought in almost $5,000.00 for the seminarians in Providence.  He indicated that the Fishing Event was well-attended, as well as the Mountain Trip with Fr. Murphy and the Breakfast at St. Veronica’s.

 

PASTOR’S REPORT – FR. TAILLON

Fr. Taillon indicated that Fr. Henry had not been well and that is why his Mass schedule had been significantly reduced.  He indicated that the Pope’s visit had excited a lot of people and that he would be commenting about it on Fox News.  He indicated that the Christmas/Syria program is underway.  He also thanked everyone for their efforts over the past year.  He indicated that Fr. Halliday and Fr. Barrow had both left after the summer.

NEW BUSINESS

  • The idea of Greeters at Mass was discussed.  Fr. Taillon indicated he wanted to focus on the more “critical” ministries.  M. Antone indicated that the idea has been tried at St. Mary’s in Cranston.
  • K. Wilkens inquired about couples groups; Fr. Taillon indicated he was working on a program with newlyweds.
  • C. Carver and C. Murphy talked about the Social Media outreach.  Fr. Taillon has started an Instagram account (Gansett Padre).  The next social media program may be a Twitter account, which C. Carver and Fr. Taillon will look into.
  • C. Carver asked about expanding the Children’s Liturgy with church “child care” during Mass.  This expansion would include religious-focused crosswords, a full hour or religious teaching and address the issue of children disrupting Mass.  Fr. Taillon indicated that it would work better at St. Thomas More because there is more space there and that Msgr. Halloran Hall is used during Sunday mornings.  M. Antone discussed the need for BCI checks for the teachers.  C. Carver agreed to come up with a more concrete plan to bring to a future council meeting.
  • M. Mannix indicated the need to address the issues associated with the Eident Road Race, scheduled for the Sunday of Colombus Day Weekend.  He indicated it could disrupt traffic in and around St. Veronica’s and wanted to make parishioners aware of it.  The council decided to send a representative to the town council to express the parish council’s concerns.
  • E. McLaughlin indicated that new parishioners had praised the church and Fr. Taillon upon their first attendance at St. Veronica’s for Mass.

NEXT MEETING

  • Dec. 10 at 6:00 pm

CLOSING PRAYER AND ADJOURNMENT

Fr. Taillon closed the meeting with a prayer.  The meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.

 

                                                                                                            Respectfully submitted,

 

Matthew M. Mannix

Parish Council Secretary

 

 

Parish Council-Meeting Minutes – May 25, 2015

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 at 5:23 pm
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St. Thomas More Parish Council

Meeting Minutes – May 25, 2015

 E. McLaughlin called the meeting to order.

Fr. Taillon opened with a prayer.

E. McLaughlin called for nominations for Vice President of the council.  He nominated V. Primavera for the position.  M. Mannix seconded the nomination.  It was approved unanimously by the council.

In attendance at this meeting were Fr. Taillon, council members Catie Carver, Caroline Murphy, Ed McLaughlin, Victor Primavera, Pat Reidy, Eleanor McSally, Kathleen Costello and Matt Mannix and liaisons Jackie Baglini (Our Lady’s Guild), Joe Robenhymer (Knights) and Missie Antone (Religious Education).

COMMITTEE REPORTS – OUR LADY’S GUILD (ROSARY & ALTAR)

J. Baglini indicated that Sue Davis had planned the April 26 breakfast, which had 60 people in attendance.  She also discussed the Baby Shower recently held for Right-to-Life Services.  She also indicated that she had recently attended the Right-to-Life dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  She indicated that the Guild would handle the bakery table at the upcoming Parish Festival.

PASTOR’S REPORT

Fr. Taillon stated that the Summer Mass schedule will begin July 1.  He indicated that Father Josh Barrow will be on loan for the summer after his late June ordination.  He will return to Rome in the fall.  He stated that the Farewell Mass for Fr. Halliday will be on August 23 at St. Veronica’s at 11:00 am.  He stated that the Hendricken Jazz  Band would be there for August 23 entertainment.

FEAST AND FESTIVAL

Caroline Murphy spoke on behalf of her mother, Ann, who runs the Festival.  It will be held on Saturday, June 20 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Music will include Jack Babineau, Toe Jam and Triad.  Lynn Bamford will also be organizing the event.  M. Mannix will be the Volunteer Coordinator.  The Festival will still have the major tables and attractions, including cotton candy, popcorn, baked goods (Guild), kids’ games (Holly Mills) and baskets (St. Laurent).  A slide will replace the ferris wheel.  There will be no silent auction.  Caroline indicated that the trucks needed for set-up will need to arrive at 7:00 am.

Fr. Taillon talked about the Feast and how it will have a more local flavor with the Freidt family receiving the annual medal.  The focus will be on family life and will take place at 10:00 am Mass on June 28.

MISSION TRIP

Fr. Taillon indicated that the trip was a success.  He stated that the next one will be held over February vacation and is already booked for the Dominican Republic.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

M. Antone indicated there were 38 Confirmation candidates and 39 First Communion participants.  She discussed the upcoming Stubenville East conference, to be held July 17-19 at UMASS Lowell.  She stated the Vacation Bible School, to be held August 3-7, will have a Mt. Everest theme this year.  She indicated that Religious Education classes continue to be held at St. Thomas More.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

. Robenhymer indicated that the group continues to grow and that it recently donated $500.00 to Stubenville East.  Upcoming events include a June 6 Mass on the Mountain in N.H., an August 9 fishing trip with special needs individuals, followed by a cookout, and an August 22 golf tournament at the Richmond Country Club.  He reported that $4,600.00 had been raised during the recent Candy Drive.

He also indicated that the May 31 breakfast would have tickets available at the door at St. Veronica’s for $6.00.

MISCELLANEOUS/NEW BUSINESS

  • Pat Reidy asked about a WELCOME BACK MASS for fallen away members of the faith.  She indicated it would fit nicely with the Year of Mercy.  She suggested having the Mass during Advent after the Pope’s visit to the U.S.
  • Fr. Taillon indicated he wanted to put together a subcommittee focused on the Year of Mercy.
  • K. Costello and P. Reidy talked about putting together a Living Rosary event on the night of the Assumption of Mary.  It would be best to take place at sunset.
  • M. Antone suggested a Passion Play in which teens would act out the Passion.  C. Murphy indicated that such an event helps littler kids understand the Passion.
  • There was discussion about expanding technology.  It was suggested that there by a younger member of the parish who could act as a trainer.
  • Fr. Taillon indicated that he wanted to focus on religious freedom issues and suggested a speaker he had seen a couple years ago.
  • E. McLaughlin spoke about incorporating anyone interested in a singles group with the St. Pius group.

NEXT MEETINGS

  • Sept. 22 at 7:00 pm
  • Dec. 10 at 6:00 pm

CLOSING PRAYER AND ADJOURNMENT

Fr. Taillon closed the meeting with a prayer.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew M. Mannix

Parish Council Secretary

 

 

 

Parish Council Meeting Minutes – March 9, 2015

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 at 12:33 pm
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St. Thomas More Parish Council

UNOFFICIAL Meeting Minutes – March 9, 2015

 M. Mannix called the meeting to order.

Fr. Taillon opened with a prayer and indicated that there was a new parish council and thanked the old council members for their service.  The new parish council consists of Katie Carver, Caroline Murphy, Michael Doyal, Ed McLaughlin, Victor Primavera, Pat Reidy, Matt Mannix and Eleanor McSally.

In attendance at this meeting were Fr. Taillon, Deacon Sullivan, council members Katie Carver, Caroline Murphy, Michael Doyal, Ed McLaughlin, Victor Primavera, Pat Reidy and Matt Mannix and liaisons Jackie Baglini (Our Lady’s Guild), Joe Robenhymer (Knights), Mike Falvey (Trustee), Missie Antone (Religious Education) and Pati Paolella (Staff).

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

M. Mannix called for nominations for Parish Council President.  V. Primavera nominated E. McLaughlin.  M. Mannix seconded the nomination.  The council unanimously elected E. McLaughlin Parish Council President.

M. Mannix called for nominations for Parish Council Secretary.  V. Primavera nominated M. Mannix.  E. McLaughlin seconded the nomination.  The council unanimously elected M. Mannix Parish Council Secretary.

The council agreed it would elect a Vice President at its next meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – OUR LADY’S GUILD (ROSARY & ALTAR)

J. Baglini indicated that the parish breakfast, with Fr. Tim Reilly as guest speaker, is scheduled for April 26 after the 10:00 am Mass.  It will be held at Oceanside Amalfi.

PASTOR’S REPORT

Fr. Taillon indicated that the Irish Night was a huge success, bringing in $37,000 in profit.  Approximately 500 people attended.

Fr. Taillon reported on the St. Veronica’s flood and stated that it had been a logistical nightmare.  He stated that the Religious Education classes were being held at St. Thomas More.

Fr. Taillon indicated that the Parish Life Coordinator position had been approved by the Finance Committee.  Fr. Taillon described the role of the 6-person Finance Committee to the council, stating that it oversaw the finances of the parish and that every parish in the Diocese has a committee performing this independent role.

Fr. Taillon said that the Parish Council’s primary role is to act as the “eyes and ears” of the parish and to provide an overarching vision for the parish.

Fr. Taillon discussed the upcoming Stations in the Street being dedicated to persecuted Christians, in light of the executions of Christians in the Middle East.

MISSION TRIP

Fr. Taillon indicated that the Mission Trip was coming up in April 2015.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

M. Antone indicated that the Cinderella’s Closet was scheduled for March 21.  It includes the donations of prom dresses, jewelry, makeup and other items for the youth.

She indicated that St. Veronica’s would hold an Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sunday.

She also indicated that fundraising had begun for Stubenville East and that a bus would be going to the event this year that would bring young people from our parish and our neighboring St. Francis parish.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

J. Robenhymer indicated that the final Stations of the Cross prior to Good Friday would be based on the theme, “Stations through the Eyes of Mary.”  He also indicated that the Soup & Stations evenings throughout Lent have been a success.

J. Robenhymer briefly touched on the idea of a Mass in the Mountains, which he was working on with C. Tucker.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • The council tentatively scheduled its next three parish council meetings for May 12, September 22 and December 10, all to begin at 7:00 pm.
  • P. Paolella indicated that unofficial minutes of the council meetings should come out earlier.  The three-month delay creates a situation in which events are mentioned in the minutes that have already occurred.  The council came to an unofficial temporary agreement that the secretary would provide Fr. Taillon, E. McLaughlin and P. Paolella with unofficial minutes for review.  These minutes could be posted between meetings and then officially approved at the subsequent council meetings.
  • Fr. Taillon indicated that Ann Murphy, coordinator of the Parish Feast and Festival, was not in attendance but usually attends to update everyone on the Parish Feast and Festival.  He also indicated that Holly Mills will be assisting Ann this year with the feast and festival.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Parish Breakfast – April 26 after 10:00 am Mass
  • Parish Council Meeting – May 12 at 7:00 pm

CLOSING PRAYER AND ADJOURNMENT

Deacon Sullivan closed the meeting with a prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew M. Mannix

Parish Council Secretary

 

 

 

St. Thomas More Parish Council Meeting Minutes – August 13, 2013

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 at 9:42 pm
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St. Thomas More Parish Council

Meeting Minutes – August 13, 2013

 

Fr. Taillon called the meeting to order in the evening at Ed McLaughlin’s home.  In attendance were Fr. Taillon, Fr. Murphy, Deacon Sullivan, Pati Paolella, Jackie Baglini and committee members Donna Monaghan, Matthew Mannix, Ed McLaughlin, Tracey Kennedy, Angela DelMonico, Jim Pontarelli and Victor Primavera.

Fr. Taillon welcomed the attendees and thanked E. McLaughlin for his hospitality.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – LITURGY

Deacon Sullivan spoke about less activity in the summer, but emphasized the Adoration and Confession at St. Veronica’s to be held on the Feast of the Assumption.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

M. Antone was not in attendance.  Fr. Taillon discussed the need for male middle school teachers as some teachers have not returned.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – OUR LADY’S GUILD (ROSARY & ALTAR)

J. Baglini said that the bakery table at the Festival was successful.  She informed the council that the Guild holds no summer meetings.  She discussed the upcoming Day of Recollection to be held at Christian Brothers on Oct. 7.

FEAST/FESTIVAL

Fr. Taillon spoke about the Parish Feast and Festival being the most successful the parish has had so far.  The split between the two weekends worked effectively as the volunteers did not become strung out.  The procession chairs Victor and Becky Primavera ran a well-organized procession.  The $1,798 profit from the event came from gross intake of $35,689.00 and $33,891 in expenses.  Next year, the coordinators indicated that we cannot hold the Festival at the end of June because of the Art Festival and the fact that there have been 5 June weekends the past two years.  To keep the events split, the Festival will have to be held on June 21, 2014 and the Mass on June 29, 2014.

STUBENVILLE EAST REPORT

Fr. Murphy discussed the 9 high school students and 2 chaperones who went to the catechesis weekend known as Stubenville East, held at the Ryan Center.  Nearly 3,000 young adults attend this event and Fr. Murphy wants to place greater emphasis on it in the future.  Spots at this conference are difficult to come by because of its popularity.

MISSION TRIP TO MAINE

Fr. Murphy reported that the Mission Trip leaves for Orland, Maine on August 18, returning on August 24.  He asked for prayers for the trip’s success.  The theme of the trip is “Love of God and Love of Neighbor.”  This very new concept is a sort of “Catholic Habitat for Humanity.”

RETURN TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The Mission Trip to the Dominican will take place during February vacation week of 2014.  Young people will be invited to go on the trip this year.  During this year’s trip, the Pope was elected and the people in the Dominican were very enthused about the new Pope.  There were many special needs children last year who touched the souls of the missionaries.  Francesca’s story was particularly poignant in that she would not let go of one of the missionaries on the day he left.

HOME VISITATION PROGRAM

G. Mitchell will be the coordinator of this new program for our parish.  This program is established in other R.I. Catholic churches and is very rewarding.  The program needs adults and young adults who will visit those people in our community who need to be visited.  This program is different from the Eucharistic Minister program as the Eucharistic Ministers must remain focused on the body of Christ.  This program is about life issue and helping the lonely and infirmed in other ways.  A meeting will be held on August 19 for parishioners to learn more about this program.

CLOSING PRAYER AND ADJOURNMENT

The Deacon closed the meeting with a closing prayer.  The meeting adjourned after approximately one hour.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew M. Mannix

Parish Council Secretary

 

 

 

Parish Council Meeting Minutes: October 2, 2012

Posted by on May 27, 2013 at 1:56 am
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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.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – LITURGY

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS – RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

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.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – OUR LADY’S GUILD (ROSARY & ALTAR)

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.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – PASTOR’S REPORT

  •  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.

OLD BUSINESS

MSGR. HALLORAN ORDINATION & MASS & LUNCHEON

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.

FRIENDLY VISITOR PROGRAM

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.

NEW BUSINESS

YEAR OF FAITH

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.

HOE-DOWN DINNER DANCE

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.

MISSION TRIP 2013

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.

NEXT MEETING

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.

OTHER

  •  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.

ADJOURNMENT

Deacon Sullivan closed with a prayer.

Minutes Prepared By:
Matthew M. Mannix

 

 

Parish Council Meeting Minutes: June 18, 2012

Posted by on Oct 6, 2012 at 11:39 am
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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 McLaughlin, Tracey Kennedy and Victor Primavera, committee chairs Melissa Antone, Jackie Baglini, Ann Murphy and Margaret McDonald, Trustee Doris Maganaro and Steve Crawford.

Fr. Taillon led the council in an opening prayer.

The council voted to approve the minutes of the April 9, 2012 council meeting with two amendments.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – LITURGY

Fr. Taillon indicated that the expanded Mass schedule would start on the FEAST Weekend.  He also reported that we were still awaiting word on a possible Assistant Pastor from the Diocese.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

M. Antone informed the council that Vacation Bible School was scheduled for August 13-17.  Fr. Taillon indicated that Missie and the catechists are the “real laborers” and “unsung heroes” of the parish.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – OUR LADY’S GUILD (ROSARY & ALTAR)

J. Baglini thanked Fr. Fisette for the First Friday Holy Hours.  She stated that the Guild would have a bakers’ table at the Parish Festival.  She stated that the Guild typically does not have summer meetings.  The next meeting will be on September 2, 2012.  The Roast Dinner for the Mother of Life will be on the October 6 weekend.  She indicated that the St. Edmund’s Retreat with Fr. Burchill would take place in early October.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – PASTOR’S REPORT

None.

OLD BUSINESS

CARRIAGE HOUSE RENOVATIONS

Fr. Taillon indicated that the final approval for the final phase has still not come through.  The parish is waiting on the diocese.  Fr. Taillon indicated that the Restore, Renew campaign brought in under $1 million.  The conversation moved to a discussion of overall finances, in which Fr. Taillon indicated that the parish will break even.  He thanked Ann Buffum for her work behind the scenes on the campaign.

MISSION TRIP

V. Primavera indicated that the trip was very successful, holy and fulfilling.  He indicated that the administering to the American Indians in the Midwest was especially gratifying.  He indicated that 21 parishioners went on this special trip.  E. McLaughlin and T. Kennedy indicated that the testimony from students during the Masses was especially powerful.  Fr. Taillon indicated that the mission was very different from last year’s Mission Trip.  He stated that there were many repeat missionaries.  He indicated that Gianna Tucker did a good job organizing the trip.  V. Primavera stated that at the students “grew” spiritually on the trip.

FEAST

M. McDonald and A. Murphy indicated that they needed volunteers for almost every aspect of this event.  M. Antone volunteered to send a blanket email looking for volunteers.  D. Monaghan stated that Joe needs help at clean-up time.  Anyone with a truck was encouraged to bring it to the Carriage House at 7:00 am to move tables.

  • This family-focused event includes a raffle and entertainment from Rat Pack-themed performer.
  • V. Primavera got the t-shirts for volunteers.
  • A. Murphy praised Patty Paolella for the great job with the ads for the Feast.
  • Fr. Taillon made a push to sell raffle tickets.  He indicated it is the only way to make this event work and not lose money, especially with the orchestra being added, as well as the police detail.  In fact, the total budget comes to around $12,000.00.
  • 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.

ADORATION

Fr. Taillon encouraged all to sign up during the Fortnight for Freedom to adore the Holy Eucharist.  He indicated that there would be no 9:00 am Mass on the Friday morning (June 29) and that the Eucharist will be out for a full 24 hours.  Gene Bernardo is scheduled to speak about St. Thomas More on Saturday (June 30).

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF MSGR. HALLORAN’S ORDINATION

Fr. Taillon again stated that Msgr. Halloran will say the 10:00 am Mass on Sunday, July 1 and that the march through town would be cut in half so as not to go onto state roads on this busy weekend.  He indicated that the march was a Procession, not a Parade.  He also indicated that Msgr. Halloran’s luncheon at the Dunes Club was full.

NEW BUSINESS

  • Father Fisette’s last Mass in the parish was on Father’s Day (June 17th).  Terry McGovern put together a beautiful reception in the parish hall.  There is still no word on a replacement.
  • Fritz Wenisch’s talk about Mormonism was well-attended and even attended by Mormons.  The next “talk” will be on Jehovah’s Witnesses.  All are encouraged to attend.
  • Fr. Taillon discussed his desire to expand the ministry of the bringing the Eucharist out to the homebound and to expand to people to act as ministry “angels” to do errands for the elderly, visit the sick and strengthen the volunteer component of the parish’s outreach.  K. O’Neill said we should research what other parishes do in this regard.  Fr. Taillon envisions a coordinator for this program.  D. Monaghan, E. McLaughlin and M. Mannix volunteered to research this new idea on behalf of the parish council.
  • Fr. Taillon discussed a second idea to have a more door-to-door evangelization to bring Catholics back, much like St. Luke’s Parish did recently.  He wants to take a geographic, rather than an identification, approach.  M. McDonald indicated a more passive activity, such as an Open House on a winter Friday, which would be less evangelical and perhaps more welcoming.  Fr. Taillon suggested a mailing out to Narragansett residents to reach out to “lapsed” Catholics.  He said this project was a goal during his next 6-year term and that he was open to suggestions.  K. O’Neill indicated he would research this issue on behalf of the parish council.
  • Bishop Tobin will come to St. Thomas More on Sept. 17 at 7:00 pm to give a talk about FAITH.
  • Fr. Taillon discussed possible changes to the bulletin, including making it bigger, cheaper and more colorful.
  • E. McLaughlin inquired whether the pastor’s weekly message in the bulletin should address concerns from the recent survey.
  • K. O’Neill brought up the need for a by-law committee.  M. Mannix volunteered to type the by-laws and then distribute them to committee members.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on October 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

ADJOURNMENT

  • K. O’Neill made a motion to adjourn, which was seconded.  The motion passed unanimously.

 Minutes Prepared By:

Matthew M. Mannix

 

 

Parish Council Meeting Minutes: April 9, 2012

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm
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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.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS – LITURGY
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.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS – RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
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.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – OUR LADY’S GUILD (ROSARY & ALTAR)
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.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – PASTOR’S REPORT
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.

CARRIAGE HOUSE RENOVATIONS
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.

SECRETARY
The council unanimously elected Matt Mannix council secretary.

FEAST

  • 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.

 

MISSION TRIP

  • 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.

 

NEW BUSINESS

  •  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.

 

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

Minutes Prepared By:
Matthew M. Mannix

 

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