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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew M. Mannix

Parish Council Secretary



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