Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church
Pastoral Council Meeting May 9, 2017
Minutes Approved September 12, 2017
Present: Father Bill Walsh, osfs, Val Cummings, Emily DiNoto, Barbara Getchell,
Grace Ghirardi, Tim Gregory, Patti Hess, Matt McKenna, Jon O’Neil, Jane Parker, Norm St. Laurent
Absent: Father John Hanley, osfs, Kris Felthousen, Joan Fordham, Jim Groff, Don
Kelly, Ismael Ramos Lara, Adrienne Palma, Susan Pope, Miguel Rodrigues, Marian Sciacchitano
Recorder: Judy Gach
Opening Prayer: Father Bill 5:19 p.m.
The minutes of the March 7 meeting were approved per Father Bill.
- Plans for the Ministry Fair, to be held at Holy Redeemer by the Sea after the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, May 20, and after the 9 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 21, are being finalized. All Pastoral Plan Goals will be represented at the Ministry Fair. Copies of the Pastoral Plan Goals will be at each table for distribution. With permission, names and email addresses of each Pastoral Council Goal Liaison will be included on the plan so interested persons have contact information to answer questions or to volunteer.
- Tables are being set up Friday afternoon, May 19, at 3 p.m. Pastoral Council Goal Liaisons or members of their teams are welcome to come and set up their displays Friday afternoon.
Vacation Week Raffle
- Jon O’Neil distributed copies of the “Proposal and Program Rules for Holy Redeemer by the Sea Vacation Week Raffle” to all Pastoral Council meeting attendees. The proposal has been approved by the Finance Council.
- Donations of specific off-season vacation weeks will be solicited. The vacation properties are not limited to beach properties. Mountain vacation properties or any other desirable properties are welcome.
- Winners will be drawn randomly and will be able to choose from the properties that are still available. Ticket sales could begin as soon as when school is out and will
continue all summer. Different organizations, church and community non-profits, will have an opportunity to sell tickets. These organizations get to keep 50% of the ticket money they collect. Groups will be assigned different weekends to sell tickets after Masses.
- The goal is to make this a yearly activity.
- Father Bill shared that the acoustical evaluation has been received. Jon suggested that we need more information before a plan can be formulated to address the acoustics issue in the Holy Redeemer by the Sea sanctuary.
Staff Reports Tim
- Holy Trinity by the Sea Catholic Church is getting a new HVAC unit.
- The freezer compressor in the kitchen of Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church is being replaced.
- Mark Forrest, an international Irish tenor, will be in concert at Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church Monday, July 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale soon, costing $12.00 in advance and $15.00 the day of the concert. He will also conduct a Holy Hour which will include a guided meditation. This event will be free. One thousand tickets will be printed. The church receives a percentage of CD sales.
- Only three weddings have been confirmed for this summer with a fourth pending.
Many baptisms and vow renewals are scheduled, most involving our summer visitors.
- The Liturgical Council will meet Wednesday, May 10, to review Holy Week activities and liturgies.
- Thirteen of our students received the Sacrament of Confirmation here at Holy
Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church and one of our students received the
Sacrament of Confirmation in Charlotte. The students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Redeemer by the Sea appreciated the fact that Father Bill administered the Sacrament.
- Twenty-four students, mostly second graders with some from other grades, will receive First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
- The summer Eucharistic Minister schedule is being completed.
- Faith Formation scheduling and the calendar is in the works also.
- The theme for this year’s mission trip is, “Be Not Afraid.” Several students are showing interest in participating. An email is going out to parents with more information.
- Vacation Bible School will be in August. Emily is working with Val’s daughter to obtain materials.
- Wine and Wisdom was a success! The participants were mainly older adults.
Comments from the Floor Norm
- Norm has met with Mary Campbell from Creative Choices Pregnancy Resource
Center and they are working together to fulfill the Knights’ directive addressing the Culture of Life. He has gotten some literature on this topic for the Ministry Fair along with some Family Life Ministry booklets. There was no response from other Knights when Norm asked for help for the Ministry Fair.
- A “Right to Life Day” in the OBX, that would be coordinated with the National March for Life, may be a good way to increase awareness of the Dignity of Life issues. Norm thought that involving our youth and Faith Formation students would increase their awareness. Grace asked for advanced notice if these groups are to be included in this activity.
Father Bill’s comments:
- The high point of the Church’s Liturgical Year is the Easter Season. The success of the Triduum was evident in the excellent comments Father Bill received from both visitors and parishioners. While the attendance may have been a little less than previous years, participants were moved by the experiences they had during these liturgies.
- Our visitors are pleased with the welcome they receive as well as the devotion we exhibit.
- As a priest, Father Bill is really pleased with the way we portray the Risen Christ. We are sharing in the work of the Apostles and he is proud of it!
- We are asked to continue our prayers for Father Nick Waseline, osfs. While there is no sign of the pancreatic cancer, he now has liver cancer.
- Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 5:15 p.m.
Closing Prayer: Father Bill 6:07 p.m.