IMINUTES FROM PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING ON 2/2/21 VIA ZOOM
I. Education/Planning Ahead for Communications: Carrie and Kevin Burke facilitated a lively discussion about how we can work together to improve parish communications—suggestions followed:
Update the website
Realize the increasing need for a parish Zoom account
Explore benefits of a weekly email for parish news, perhaps using ParishSOFT which we already have
Consider hiring a part time “communications coordinator” like at St. Pat’s
Develop a list of current needs (Carrie & Kevin)
Contact the Catholic Young Adult Organization for skilled volunteers (Patrick)
Ministry Liaisons: Council members were matched with the ministries: Finance: Jim Bishop; Sunday AM at St Malachi: Steph Riccobene; Spiritual Development: Heather Gerheim; MNM & Back Door: Patrick Cleary-Burns; Social Action: John Paul Stephens; Communication: Claudia Cabrera; Hospitality: Linda Wilson; Evangelization & Fruitful Disciples: Judy Slivka; Mother Teresa/Samaritan: Judy Stowe; Life-Long Faith Formation: Melissa Smith-Morales; Liturgy: Patrick Cleary-Burns; Malachi Center: Cathy Graham; West Side Creation Care Team: Judy Slivka; Building & Grounds, Malachi House & Stewardship: Executive Committee
Nominations for Parish Council: The committee (Cathy Graham & Judy Slivka + a parishioner TBD) will recruit candidates for the current openings– 4 for 3-year terms; 1 for a 1-year term
Council Meeting Calendar: The meetings will be on the first Tuesday of the month except for April 13 & June 8 with no meetings in July & December except for ad hoc emergencies
Annual Parish Meeting: Will be on Sunday, April 25 (afternoon) on Zoom (d/t pandemic) & possibly coordinated with live stream of 10AM mass; to be planned by Fr. Gurnick, Patrick Cleary-Burns, Judy Slivka & Judy Stowe
III. Administrator’s Report: Fr. Gurnick
Pursuant to his recent letter to the Council Chairperson, Fr.Gurnick reiterated his intent to have fruitful conversations over the next few months with all the individual ministries to learn about their overall perspective regarding the mission of St. Malachi.
An invitation was extended to all to attend the “Living as Missionary Disciples” presentations after 5:30 PM mass on four Wednesdays in Lent at St. Patrick’s (Bridge)
Reminder: Our Lenten charity is the St. Kizito Mission (Uganda) begun by Fr. Don Dunson
The “Back Door Ministry Evening Supper” has temporarily replaced the Monday Night Meal (MNM), which is currently on hiatus due to the pandemic. Simple, nutritious meals are provided for take-out at the door of the hall on Monday nights.
Heat Issues: the boiler serving the school, hall & church has been replaced; the boiler for the Rectory stopped working (no heat) and hopefully can be repaired
North church steps: the canopy is helping; further repairs are still being processed
Plumbing: plans (most are extremely expensive) are pending for solution to clogged pipes for front church toilet; thankfully, the Convent plumbing is not affected.
Judy Stowe, Secretary