The link below will take you to the signed copy of the St. Malachi Parish Guidelines and Regulations of the Pastoral Council.
Much gratitude to Matt, Kevin, Fr. Tony and Lou for their hard work.
Thanks again to everyone who came to the annual meeting this past Sunday. If you attended you were able to meet all 16 of the candidates running for the 10 at large positions. Voting also began this past Sunday and ends on May 30th.
Thanks to everyone who played a role in the merger or cluster this past year as well as to all these candidates who are looking toward the future of our Parish!
Thanks to all who attended the first St. Malachi Parish annual meeting on Sunday May 16, 2010. Below is a link to the annual report distributed at that meeting. It includes reports from all the Commissions.
Click on the link to be taken to the report. You can then read it online or print it out.
There were so many important announcements this week we wanted to be sure you had access to them!
1. Sunday’s bulletin contains a ballot for voting on the proposed Parish Pastoral Guidelines; you can also vote on-line at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22AGVNM4ZVV. Voting will continue through next Sunday, April 25.
2. At the 9:30 & 11 AM Coffee Hours, Room at the Table: Food for Body and Soul will be available for sale for $10. It is a fundraiser to support the Metanoia Project for the homeless, which provides a safe overnight drop-in center.
3. This Tuesday in St. Malachi Hall, Dr. Louise Prochaska, professor at Notre Dame College, will present Meeting the Risen Jesus: how early Christians experienced and expressed the Risen Jesus in art and word. There is a potluck dinner at 6 pm, with the talk and time for reflection starting at 7 pm. See flyers at the doors or check out our website for more information and reflection questions.
4. Nominations and self-nominations are now being accepted for the 10 at-large positions to the Parish Pastoral Council. All nominees must be a registered parishioner. Nominees will be accepted until April 25. Candidates will be introduced at the Annual Parish Meeting on May 16. Self-nomination forms are available at the doors of the church.
5. The high chair near the St. Malachi shrine is for our “Mother’s Day Project” to support the work of the Friends of MetroHealth Mothers and Infants. To participate, simply pick up one of the envelopes from the high chair, obtain the item listed in the envelope and return it near the high chair by Mother’s Day.
6. Next weekend is the annual appeal for the Catholic Home Missions, which supports the mission work of the Church in the United States. There will be a second collection at all Masses.
Meeting the Risen Jesus – Tues. April 20th – St. Malachi Hall
• Was Jesus conscious that he was God at every moment?
• Can we even know the answer to this?
• Do you personally relate to Jesus the Man or to Jesus the divine Lord?
• Which gospel focuses on the divinity of Jesus?
How do you answer these questions? If they stir your heart and your mind, then join us for the last talk in the Meeting Jesus series, Meeting the Risen Jesus.
THIS TUESDAY, Dr. Louise Prochaska, professor at Notre Dame College, will present how early Christians experienced and expressed the Risen Jesus in art and word.
There will be a Pot Luck dinner at 6pm with the talk and time for reflection starting at 7pm.
Bring a friend!
This event is gratefully supported by the
St. Malachi Parish Spiritual Development Commission
Our new Parish Council will have ten elected At-Large members. The Nominating Committee would like to invite and encourage you to consider becoming a nominee to continue the exciting work of our new parish.
Nominations will be completed by April 18th; nominees will be introduced at the Annual Meeting on May 2nd; and voting begins on May 2nd and continues through May 16th. Results will be announced on May 23rd.
If you have questions, would like information or choose to nominate yourself or another parish member, please contact Bob Simoneau at 440-356-5080 or Bill Johansen at 440-353-0606.
You are also welcome to drop this form off at the Rectory, drop it into a collection basket or give it to a committee member – Lou Keim, Bob Simoneau, Joe Nagel, Bill Johansen, Mary Jo Schwartz.
Please contact me –
I would like to be considered as an At-Large
Member of the St. Malachi Parish Pastoral Council
Phone: _______________ E-Mail: ________________________
Interim Parish Pastoral Council of St. Malachi Parish
Sunday March 21, 2010
Present: Bill Johansen, Kate Galo, Charlene McElwee, Mary Jo Schwartz, Dave Kennard, Fr. Tony Schuerger, Ken Rocco, Joe Nagel, Kevin O’Donnell, Lou Keim, Terry Jungquist, Pam Pulizzi.
Unable to attend: Matt Rossman, Mary Jane Treichel, Patrick Cleary Burns
I. Opening Prayer, Learning & Enrichment – Charlene McElwee
Led a beautiful reading of the Gospel of John related to Holy Thursday. Prayer and reflection followed related to feet washing for the service on Holy Thursday.
II. Decision Items:
The Council reviewed the draft Parish Pastoral Council Guidelines. Council members brought suggestions for changes, primarily wording. Council suggested 4 changes which were agreed upon by consensus. Ken Rocco made a motion to approve the guidelines with changes, Mary Jo Schwartz second. All in favor. The Proposed Guidelines will be published to the parish for ratification.
Discussion regarding voting for ratification of this document. Simple majority affirmative of those who vote necessary for the document to be ratified.
Schedule of upcoming General Parish meetings: Special Meeting on the Guidelines: Sunday, April 11 at 6 pm to review and discuss the Guidelines. Voting on the Guidelines will take place from April 10-25. Annual General Parish Meeting: Sunday, May 2, at 2 pm to present the nominees for At-Large representatives to the new Council. Voting for At-Large representatives will take place from May 2-16.
Nominating Committee for At-Large representatives: Lou Keim (Chair), Bill Johansen, Joe Nagel, Mary Jo Schwartz, Bob Simoneau (fills the requirement for a non-Council member).
Letter to St. Wendelin from the parishioners of St. Malachi: agreed to send letter to Blessed Sacrament as well. Signatures will be obtained after Mass and during April 11 meeting.
Pastor’s Report – update on the Backdoor Ministry and plans for kitchen renovation. Fr. Tony shared plans (blueprints) and that there had been a change in the exterminator. Next steps include getting estimates and possibly applying for a grant. Also, scheduling a “spring cleaning” date for the kitchen and porch. Kate and Terry to arrange.
Stewardship – plan a date for Ministry fair with 6 month process leading up to it. Currently hope to have this occur on November 6/7 (one year anniversary of our Parish). This will include Finance.
Phil Daly will be the new representative to the Pastoral Plan Implementation Team (cluster team) St. Malachi is now fully represented.
Finance – Kevin O’Donnell reported on the March 20 Finance Council meeting. He noted that the budget request for 2010-2011 Fiscal Year (the period July 1 2010 to June 30 2011) from each Commission is due to John Hisel, Finance Council Chair, by April 10.
IV. Announcements: Sweatshirt sales are going well. Presentation by Fr. McCarthy had 60 attendees approximately 10 from St. Malachi.
V. Meeting Summary – set meetings, nominating committee, and approved guidelines to be disseminated.
Closing Prayer – Charlene McElwee
Next meeting April 18, 2010 6 pm in Center/Hall
Clicking on the link below will take you to a copy of the Proposed Pastoral Council Guidelines that were distributed at all the Masses at St. Malachi Parish yesterday. You can print out a copy or view it on your computer. There will be a meeting on Sunday, April 11 at 6 pm to review and discuss the Guidelines.
Once-in-awhile, it’s good to just sit and be amazed at Jesus’ teachings in words and in actions. According to today’s norms, one of Jesus’ amazing times is just before the Last Supper.
Then Jesus poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” (John 13:5-9)
Putting oneself in the scene sometimes helps to experience the amazement.
Imagine being at the table with Jesus, your friend and leader, for this meal. It is apparent that we do not always understand what Jesus says or does. At times it seems he is counter-cultural past our grasp. His dealings with the Samaritan woman and the adulteress are just two examples of that. As followers of this teacher and healer, we also experienced mysterious and wonderful events. His feeding of five thousand with the loaves and fishes and his healing of the man who had been ill for 38 years are examples of the mystery and wonder. This Man is beyond our understanding, though we continue to try to understand. We love him, we respect him, we honor him.
We know we must be clean for the meal. We have walked barefoot or in sandals and our feet are dusty with the dirt of the streets. If the host of the meal is to be faithful to tradition, a person must be on-hand to wash our feet.
As we begin to be seated for the meal, it is Jesus who gets a towel and a wash basin. He kneels at Peter’s feet. Peter tries to put off Jesus from doing the work of a lower class person. But Jesus responds that Peter does not understand this action is necessary. Ultimately, Peter allows Jesus to wash his feet. Peter bends to the humility of obedience. We wonder how Peter does that, allowing Jesus to wash his feet. We wonder if we will be obedient when Jesus gets to us. Will our pride move us to challenge Jesus when he gets to us, or will we openly receive Jesus’ love as Jesus wants to love us?
Jesus enacts the humility of service to all. Even though he seems to know someone will betray him, he washes all the disciples’ feet. Even though he seems to know someone will deny him, he washes all the disciples’ feet. Even though he seems to know many will abandon him, He washes their feet. Living at the time of Jesus, we do not know all this and we still wonder at his actions.
To bring this amazement to the present, to imitate Peter in this event, would mean allowing Jesus to cleanse us. To bring this amazement to the present, to imitate Jesus in this event, would mean washing the feet of those who let us down, reject, or leave us. Are we free enough to accept and to give the unconditional love of God?
God loves us and call us first. God loves us without merit, as we are. If we are at least willing to be willing to accept the unconditional love of God and to give a taste of that love to others, we are free enough to encounter an exceptional Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Resurrection this year!
submitted by Jackie Krejcik