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Parish Council Meeting Minutes

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 at 12:04 pm
Category:Parish Council

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

 

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