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School Committee 6.4.14







june 4, 2014 – 7:40 P.M.





Members Present:        Jesse Wright                               Lauren Bandler

John Chovanec                           Fr. Jim Schuerman                                    Dave Malisow                                        Shari Loback

Anne Foster                               Deb Amici (guest)

Members Absent:         Dr. Jeff Scherer

Cathy Gengler


New Members:             Mike Heindselman

Katie Duckworth

Hollie Lefel

Ed Clair

Sheila Venteicher

Pastor’s Report:   As of June 17, 2014, Fr. Jim will be handing over the Administrator Duties to Fr. Angel.  Fr. Jim has been at St. Andrew’s for 5 years.


Principal’s Report: (see handout) New Computer Server being installed over the summer.  Latino initiative – Notre Dame University- to be attended by Fr. Angel, Mr. Donagan and Principal Chovanec.   Prayer Tree.-Fall 2014.   Accreditation – Sue Nelson, Archdiocese Curriculum Audit.  Accreditation visit in October of 2015.  2 representatives of the School Committee should be present on date of audit to answer questions.   Interviews of teachers for the math position will take place middle of June.


Teachers’ Report:  A watch was purchased from Utiger’s for Lisa Quartucci.   The Dress Code is being revised.   Rules regarding parking & picking up of students at dismissal time need to be adhered to, Amendment in handbook?


Finance Committee:   No report.


Home & School Committee: Presenting Yellow Rose Bush/Vase to Lisa Quartucci. Atomic Clock- Fundraisers at Little Caesars and Possibly Culvers.


Athletics:  Tim will not be the AD next year.  Possible shared position between 2 people.


Technology Committee:   New Computer Server donated by Steve Fettig.  Tour de Tech was a success.


Old Business:    New committee members were introduced.  Possible tour of school to see technology progress? School Committee Meeting encouraged for summer, to discuss and amend By-Laws, if changes are necessary.


New business:  Financial gift to school-Impact?


Meeting was adjourned. 8:45PM


School Committee Minutes 5.7.14







MAY 7, 2014 – 7:00 P.M.





Members Present:        Dr. Jeff Scherer                          Cathy Gengler

John Chovanec                           Lauren Bandler                                         Dave Malisow                                        Deb Amici (guest)

Jesse Wright

Members Absent:         Fr. Jim Schuerman

Fr. Angel Anaya

Anne Foster

Shari Loback

The minutes of the April 16, 2014 meeting were approved.


New Business:  Fundraising for the Washington D.C. Trip should be run through the School Committee.


Pastor’s Report:   None


Principal’s Report:    School Calendar was released.  St. Andrew’s will have no early release like the public schools.  Discussion regarding a children’s Mass at St. Pat’s – Lauren will pursue.  We are accepting resumes for a middle school teacher through 5/15/14.


Teacher’s Report:  Deb Amici is the Teacher Rep. for School Committee Meetings A second reading of the dress code and a discussion followed.  All students are to wear shirts with collars to Mass?  Students will wear School Polos to Mass.   Lisa Quartuccci will be recognized at a School Mass and will be presented with a gift.


Finance Committee:   Parish is reviewing the School Budget.  April Financial Statements to be reviewed.  Short of budget $10,000.00 – $12,000.00.


Home & School Committee:   Anne Foster – reorganize and look at committees.


Athletics:  Banquet was held and participants received letter and pin.


Building & Grounds Committee:  No update.


Technology Committee:   Tour de Tech.  Possible donor for computer server.


Old Business: School Committee Election update.  Notice going into bulletin & ballots.  There are 5 applicants. Members not returning: Jesse Wright, Dr. Jeff Scherer, Shari Loback

& Cathy Gengler.  Review of School By-Laws & Constitution.  John will check on guidelines of Archdiocese School Board.  Over the summer – alignment of school sub-committees.  Minimum of 9 School Committee Members – Maximum of 11.?  Division of sub-committees to be discussed at June meeting.


Meeting was adjourned.

School Committee Minutes 3.6.14





MARCH 6, 2014 – 7:00 P.M.





Members Present:        John Chovanec                           Lauren Bandler

Dr. Jeff Scherer                          Jesse Wright

Anne Foster                               Shari Loback

Cathy Gengler                            Dave Malisow

Members Absent:         Fr. Jim Schuerman

Fr. Angel Anaya



The minutes of the February 5, 2014 meeting were approved.


Pastor’s Report:   None


Principal’s Report:  The Family Note will be sent electronically on Fridays, and a paper copy will be sent out upon request.   The budget is completed. (See budget worksheet) 140 students have been budgeted.  John will follow up on a school choice meeting.  A question was brought up about what ties does St. Andrew’s have if state money is taken?


Teacher’s Report:   None


Home & School Committee:  Offering Envelopes for the children are ready for printing. Committee is paying for the envelopes.    Also discussed: Eric Szatkowski’s Dangers of the Internet Presentation; middle school drive and kindergarten information night.  Kindergarten screening will be March 26, 2014.  “Move Up Day” for kindergarten families will be June 6, 2014.


Technology Committee:  Grant for server.   Internet services in school are different on different floors.  Dave Malisow will check on that.


Athletics:   No report


Building & Grounds:   No report


Finance:  Closed Session discussion-Budget Approved by School Committee.


Old Business:  Addition of St. Pat’s member to School Committee


Brainstorm Session:  Lauren Bandler – Committee organization, i.e., finance, fundraising, communication, building & grounds, scholastic, athletics, parent-teacher group.


Review of By-Laws from 1992.  Members should bring ideas for changes to By-Laws to next meeting.


Closed Session:  Approval of budget


Next meeting will be April 16, 2014


Meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.




Parish Council Minutes 2.18.14

                                     ST. ANDREW PARISH COUNCIL MEETING




CALL TO ORDER: Fr. Jim called the meeting to order at 7:33 P.M.

PRESENT: Fr. Jim, Shari Loback, Tina Jansen, Enrique Rodriguez, Patti Soukup, Lauren Bandler, Patty Wright and Jim Stiles.


ABSENT: Fr. Angel, Tom Bertrand

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes from the January Parish Council meeting approved via E-Mail to the Council.

PASTORS REPORT: Fr. Jim stated that he would address items on the agenda



ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND FINANCE:  Tina reported that the committee did not meet.

HUMAN CONCERNS: Fr. Jim stated that human concerns meets tomorrow, and it is St. Andrews turn to host the homeless shelter next week and that volunteers are needed.

PRAYER AND WORSHIP: Nothing to report

COMMUNICATIONS: Shari noted that she will be handing over the parish calendar to Virginia the parish secretary.

Christian Formation: Fr. Jim reported that Patty Wright will be council liaison for Christian Formation.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Shari reported that there are 148 students enrolled at this time and that there are 8 new kindergarten families interested for next year. She added that the Town Hall meeting will be held on March 19th at 6:30 with a presentation on the dangers of the internet for 4th thru 8th grade students.

HISPANIC LEADERS COMMITTEE: Enrique noted that Fr. Angel talked about a bilingual mass the last Sunday of the month geared toward the youth. He stated that he had applications for the men’s Emmaus retreat.

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS: Tim O’Neil representative from buildings and grounds stated that the city fire inspector did an inspection of the church basement (food pantry); he determined that the fixtures are a fire hazard and need to be replaced. He also indicated that the outlets for the freezers should also be replaced. Tim spoke with Watt’s Electric to get an estimate for the cost of these items which came in around  $1500. and $1800. He added that the food pantry is willing to pay half of the cost of these repairs.  Tim requested that this item be taken to the next finance meeting for approval.


NEXT STEPS IN FORMATION OF PARISH LIFE TEAM: Fr. Jim asked for suggestions for members of this team.

SYNOD PREPARATION: Fr. Jim stated that there is a need for representatives for the March 1, 2014 meeting to be held at St. Francis De Sales in Lake Geneva.  The following will be attending, Lauren Bandler, Fr. Jim. Fr. Angel and Jim Stiles.

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS GATHERING SPACE: Father Jim reported that at this time the committee consists of Neil Flood, Lauren Bandler, Jim Stiles and Father Jim.


NEW COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES: Father Jim stated that the council is still in need of 3 members to replace those that have been vacated. He noted that the following committees have no council liaison, bldgs. & grounds, prayer & worship, and human concerns. Patti Soukup volunteered to be liaison for the human services committee. Father asked for nominations for council president. Father Jim moved that this item be tabled to the call of the chair at the next meeting.

OTHER: Father Jim stated that Ash Wednesday will be March 5th with Mass to be said at 7:30 & 8:30am, 5:00 & 7:00pm and distribution of ashes will be at 12:15 pm.

ADJOURNED:  A motion to adjourn by Jim Stiles, seconded by Lauren Bandler at 8:30 P. M.




School Committee Minutes 2.5.14



 February 5, 2014 – 7:00 P.M.


 Members Present:

John Chovanec                           Jesse Wright

Fr. Jim Schuerman                     Shari Loback

Dr. Jeff Scherer                          Dave Malisow

Members Absent:        

Fr. Angel Anaya

Cathy Gengler

Anne Foster

Lauren Bandler

The minutes of the January 8, 2014 meeting were approved.

There was no Pastor’s Report.

See handout for Principal's Report 2.5.14Principal’s Report.  IPads have arrived.  Teachers are excited.  Apps for whiteboards need to be adjusted.

The family intent form was sent out in the Family Envelope.  So far, 35 have been returned committing for next year.  At the Open House, there were 8 prospective kindergarten families in attendance.  A letter is going out to prospective age 4 preschooler families.  Beth Nateghi inquired if a brochure should be included.

A Dangers of Internet seminar is being sponsored by the Home & School Committee.

The Hermann family left to go to St. Frances DeSales

Reminder:  School Choice Policy

Teachers Report:   Michelle Raykovich will be having surgery and will be out for a minimum of 6 weeks.  Diane Meyer will be the substitute teacher.

Finance Report:  Cathy Gengler reported that we are down to 148 families.  Inquiry was made if anybody was heading up the bowling fundraiser.

Home & School Committee: $13,000.00 raised by St. Nicks Breakfast. Chairperson needed for Gift Shop. Ideas for Fund Raisers: Atomic Clocks Fund, Easter Lights of Love etc.

Technology Committee:

IPads, screen protectors and covers have been paid for.  The school server is overloaded.  Quotes for a new server are being considered.  (Ideas) Technology teaching for teachers.  The Tour de Tech will be held May 17, 2014.  Even if you don’t ride, stop at stations show your support.  The technology budget is at $0.

Building & Grounds-Preparing for Budget.

Athletics:  Spartan Spectacular ended on time even with weather delay.  It was a great success.

Old Business:  Invitation for a St. Patrick’s member to join the School Committee.

A discussion was had regarding how we are organized; i.e. Home & School – what are their responsibilities?   Discussion of Governance, how the various committee’s fit in the organization.

Parish School Committee Minutes 1.8.14





JANUARY 8, 2014




Members Present:        John Chovanec                           Jesse Wright

Cathy Gengler                            Shari Loback

Fr. Jim Schuerman                     Dave Malisow

Lauren Bandler

Members Absent:         Anne Foster

Fr. Angel Anaya

Jeff Scherer


It was reported that John Chovanec took over coaching for Tim Ruesch.


There was no Pastor’s Report.


See handout for Principal’s Report.


There was no Teacher’s Report.


It was noted that it is time to prepare for the budget.  There is still a deficit.  The St. Nick’s Breakfast raised approximately $13,000.00.


There was no Home and School Committee Report.


Athletics – Tim Ruesch reported that the Spartan Spectacular will be starting on January 20, 2014.  The team has personalized uniforms.


Shari Loback suggested that contact be made with 4th and 5th graders getting ready to go to public school and invite them to the Spartan Spectacular.


There was no Building and Grounds Committee report.


The Technology Committee reported that the computer lab is fully functional.  15 Ipads have been delivered and are waiting for cases and apps to connect with smart boards.


The School Committee discussed the addition of a St. Pat’s member to this Committee.


Under New Business, ideas for the 2nd half of the year included reducing redundancy of fundraising approaching businesses; and understanding what types of committees and structure is needed – where the individual committees fit.


The idea of rolling fees into the cost of tuition was also discussed.

Visioning & Dreaming Minutes 2.11.14

Mark 7:5-8

Why would a youth, or any adult for that matter, want to build a bridge between their hearts and God?  One way to answer that question is by addressing the “What’s in it for me?” which is so very obvious and central in our culture.  But I suspect that unless we help people change their perception of God, no bridge building to him will take place.

Who is this God whom we worship?  How is our/my life connected with this God?  Am I existing independently from him?  Do we feel compelled to make our moral choices based on his instructions?  Why does he seem so distant when I am in pain and difficulties?  Why is God so out of touch with today’s culture?  Each question presents an opportunity to help our students deepen their appreciation of who this God really is.  The difficulty exists in that most of our answers are countercultural and in conflict with the lies that the world is espousing.  That makes it all the more necessary, that first of all we, the teachers, live Christ centered lives.  Our being needs to radiate the joy of knowing God.  It requires that our love for God and others is sacrificial.  We need to help our audiences develop a holistic image of God, so that they can answer Jesus’ question; “but who do you say that I am?”  To know God is to love God.


Lord, we pray for your help in telling people about you and your love for them, so that they can love you in return.                                                                                                                                             Amen


Notes for the February 11, 2014 Dreaming/Visioning session

In Attendance:

Pastor and/or Associate Pastor: Father Jim

Parish Counselors: Shari Loback

Parish School:

Christian Formation: Deacon Phil, Patty, AL

Parish Life:

At Large: Theresa


The meeting began with Mass in church and prayer in the upper room.  Scripture was from the Gospel of the day.  The dialogue question dealt with the ways we use to help our students build bridges between their hearts and God.


Agenda Topics:

Men of Christ conference March 15, 2014.  Discussed various means for publication.  Shari did put it on the parish website.  Theresa will print a flyer and have it inserted in Bulletin.  Al will write a bulletin announcement to be run for the next three Weekends.  Al will also ask Father Angel to invite the men to attend during weekend Masses.  The conference will also be part of the 2014 Lenten action listing.


Do we want to have the Hispanic Community sponsor a Harvest Fest Pot Luck this year?

There was no representative from the Hispanic community present.  Al will take the idea to have the Hispanic community to sponsor a Harvest Festival at St Andrew this October.  Then next year the Caucasian faction of the parish would be hosting.  Theresa and Polly are willing to share what they have learned from putting on the previous festivals.


Budget for 2014/15

We want to keep all of the transportation monies in the budget.  We need to budget for printing costs.  On top of our budgeting wish list is a mission headlined by a popular speaker.


Your Dreams and your Vision for 2014

Continue the prison ministry.  Do the Prayer Tree project.  It was recommended that we focus our future efforts in one area.  It was agreed, that to make a focused effort work, the current, every-other-month meeting format will not work.  The suggestion was made that a subcommittee would need to be created to carry out the focused action.  Theresa will put together a Lenten to do list for St Andrew.


Others:  Blood Drive

Giovanna Moses wants to hold a community Blood Drive.  The plans now are for an off-site location in June 2014.  Perhaps the Delavan Woman’s Service Club, who takes care of the four annual blood drives at the Our Redeemer Church, could be asked to help run the drive



New Year’s resolution:  Sign a covenant to spend one hour each week at Eucharistic Adoration.  Focus to include our Hispanic community.

Theresa and Al dried to salvage the unsuccessful Holy Resolution effort with no luck.



Patty will present one of Christopher Stefanick’s DVDs at the February meeting.   One session of Father Baron’s new evangelization will be presented every Thursday during Lent.


Letter writing to people in prison

Discussed earlier.  Collecting and donating Bibles and rosaries for the prison ministry was mentioned as an addition to the letter writing.


Frank Runion  Al – parish

Due to communication difficulties this did not happen.


Christopher Stefanick Patty school PTA? Others? (see DWTD above)


Grocery bag – food donation as a service project for the school & CF classes.


Recruitment of members for this committee?


Tabled subjects

Prayer tree to be reconsidered in fall of 2014

Person to research and publish scheduled retreats on our website and in the bulletin

Birthday calls


Prayer, Blessing, Song: 816 Where Charity and Love Prevail


Next Meeting April 8, 2014

Parish Council Minutes 1.28.14

St. Andrew Parish Council Minutes


January 28, 2014 7:30pm Rectory basement

Meeting called by

Father Jim Schuerman

Type of meeting

Monthly Parish Council Meeting


Father Jim Schuerman

Note taker

Shari Loback


Shari Loback


PRESENT: Father Jim Schuerman, Patti Wright, Enrique Rodriguez, Tina Janssen, Lauren Bandler, Tom Bertrand, Shari Loback

ABSENT: Patti Soukup, Brooke Heide, Jim Stiles


PASTOR’S REPORT, Father Jim Schuerman: Erick Bourgeois is withdrawing from Parish Council and President for personal reasons. Laura Szatkowski (Human Concerns Representative) has also resigned from parish council for personal reasons. We welcome Patti Wright to Parish Council. She will represent Christian Formation.

Discussion: Father Jim will need to appoint replacements. 3 people are currently needed to fulfill parish council spots.

Action items

Person responsible


Put openings in Parish Bulletin and on website. Shari Loback 2.4.14
Father Jim needs to appoint any interested people. Father Jim Schuerman 3.18.14
Patti Wright needs to attend Christian Formation Meetings Patti Wright Beg.Next Month



v  ADMINISTRATIVE & FINANCE SERVICES, Tina Janssen: Three motions were made and approved by FC. From the bequest: –$20,000 grant to Friends of St. Andrews; –Not to exceed $14,000 for rectory kitchen renovations; –$135,000 to pay down mortgage (all these are subject to Fr. Jim and Fr. Angel’s final decision) Remainder of bequest to be used towards Parish Center. Budget presentations to start in March. Looking to form committee to explore Parish Life Center with members from Parish Council, Parish Finance, and Buildings & Grounds. Lauren Bandler has accepted the position on the Parish Life Center Committee representing Parish Council. Other members as of date Fran Schmidt, Jim Stiles and Neill Flood.

v  HUMAN CONCERNS (Need Rep), Father Jim Schuerman: 20 people using homeless shelter at this time. We need more volunteers. Father Angel has made an appeal to the parish men at Mass.

v  PRAYER & WORSHIP (Need Rep), Father Jim Schuerman: There is 1 Feast before Lent begins, Ash Wednesday March 5: The Presentation of Our Lord on February 2.

v  COMMUNICATIONS, Shari Loback: Shari has been keeping up the St. Andrew online calendar for school and parish. Would like this taken care of by parish and school secretaries to keep it more accurate and get rid of redundant work. Calendars can be printed from the website and separate ones do not need to be kept. Father Jim approved scheduling training with Virginia.

v  CHRISTIAN FORMATION (Patti Wright just appointed): No report.

v  SCHOOL COMMITTEE, Lauren Bandler: Held Open House late January. Approximately 3 new families took a tour. District 3 School Choice program will take place on February 20 at Catholic Central and several SC members, interested parents, and principal will be attending to see if there are benefits to becoming a school choice district. Looking to add a St. Patrick Parish Member to School Committee. Will be restructuring School Committee and sub-committees to improve communication and streamline processes. School computer lab completely functional and serves the largest class with a few computers to spare in case of breakdowns.

v  HISPANIC LEADERS, Enrique Rodriguez: Will be doing retreat in the summer. February 14 will be a party in school cafeteria for adults and children watched and entertained on 3rd floor.

v  BUILDINGS & GROUNDS (Need Rep): No report.





We are in need of a leader to take over the Parish Life Team. We need someone who really understands the goal and agenda of this committee.


Ask Parish Leaders and people involved with the Parish Life survey to make recommendations.

Action items

Person responsible


Bring Ideas for Leadership All PC Members 3.18.14

Synod Preparation

Lauren Bandler


All meetings have been held along with the Dishing with Disciples groups. 3 High School students needed to participate March 1 at St. Francis de Sales day-long session, can send as many as 8 people. Synod takes place in June Archdiocese-wide.


Contact Shelley Koch for possible H.S. Students

Action items

Person responsible


Contact Shelley Koch for possible H.S. Students Lauren Bandler 2.28.14


Resource persons

Special notes

current parish council members

(please use as email list)

Patti Wright, Christian Formation     

Enrique Rodriguez, Hispanic Ministry

Tina Janssen, Finance                         

Lauren Bandler, School Committee  

Tom Bertrand, Trustee Treasurer   

Patti Soukup, Secretary                      

Jim Stiles, Trustee Secretary              

Shari Loback, Communications         

School Committee Meeting Minutes 09.11.13





SEPTEMBER 11, 2013



Members Present:        John Chovanec                           Jesse Wright

Cathy Gengler                            Shari Loback

Fr. Jim Schuerman                     Lauren Bandler

Dave Malisow                            Jeff Scherer

Ann Foster                                 Patti Soukup-Absent

Guests:                          Deb Amici

Beth Nateghi, Becki Brusa & Jen Martin (Home & School)

Sean McKean (Building & Grounds)

Tim Ruesch (AD – Athletic)

Darlene Sturtevant & Theresa Watts (Annual Fund)

Principal John Chovanec gave his Principal’s Report.  He reported that we are in need of estimates for installing the Smart Boards from St. Pat’s.  The goal is to have a Smart Board in each class room.  13 Ipads have been ordered with the Grant Money.  Apple TV’s.    The Family Welcome Back Picnic is scheduled for Thursday, September 12, 2013.  The school will be participating in the “Soles for Catholic Education” on November 2, 2013 at Mount Mary College.  This will replace the walk-a-thon held in previous years.  Principal John is the contact person for Soles for Catholic Education for our school.    Principal John suggested an alumni activity such as a Spring Co-ed Volleyball Tournament or Bowl-a-thon, and an alumni list is needed to contact all alumni.  St. Andrew’s gained 8 students from St. Pat’s.  A Back to School Parent Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Deb Amici then gave the Teacher’s Report.  She indicated that this year was the best in-service meeting in years, as well as the best faculty meeting.   There will be a new Spanish program, and she noted that the students are happy and excited to be in school.  Principal John sent out a survey to the teachers.  Deb Amici said she would like to focus on building the curriculum in the 7th and 8th grades to make it more current.  She also talked about St. Andrew’s covenant and classroom rules.

St. Nick’s Breakfast – Jen Martin

Cathy Gengler gave the Finance report.  The school is down 5 people from what was budgeted for the school year. Our tuition revenue is short of budget by $22,000.00.  We had budgeted for 9 St. Pat’s students to attend but only 8 are enrolled which created a budget shortfall of $5,787.00.  The St. Ben’s contribution is short of budget by $7,140.00 due to 2 of their students transferring to a Lake Geneva School as their mom received a teaching position in Lake Geneva.  Also, families with 3 children have decided this year to become full-time parishioners of St. Andrew’s.  The decrease in student head count is also attributed to families moving out of the area.

Darlene Sturtevant and Theresa Watts gave a report on the Annual Fund.  The prior year’s donor list needs to be updated.  It was suggested that there be one central list for fundraising.  Other fundraising ideas mentioned were wreath sales and cook dough sales.

Becki Brusa of the Home & School Committee reported on the upcoming Welcome Back to School picnic and suggested additional events for parents and students.  What is the role of the Home & School Committee?

Athletic Director Tim Ruesch advised that 18 girls are on the volleyball team.  He would like to get the scoreboard from St. Pat’s and is talking to Ray Henderson.  Tim reported that basketball will start on November 1, 2013.

Sean McKean of the Building & Grounds Committee reported that the new hot water heater has been installed.  We have secured the Smart Boards from St. Pat’s, and we are checking into books for the classrooms.  We have received an estimate for the parking lot resurfacing of $180,000.00 including repainting the lines.  The boiler is paid for at an approximate cost of $60,000.00.  The school bell system is not working for the older grades.  Principal John is looking into the installation of the Smart Boards.

Susan O’Grady of the Technology Committee reported that 4 modems have been installed.  13 I pads have been ordered.  New computers are needed for the computer lab.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Dreaming & Visioning Committee Minutes: June 11, 2013

Matt 10:7-13

The apostles and disciples Jesus chose were ordinary people with the mission to spread his Good News in all the world.  Jesus knew well how egos, power, clothing, possessions, could and would influence their actions.  So Jesus ordered them to strip themselves of everything except the bare essentials.  They left behind the trappings and the security of their former lives and, in the name of Jesus, went out into the world.  Devoid of all selfishness, the work of the disciples and apostles surrounded the Cornerstone and completed the sound foundation for Christianity.

Through the New Testament and documented history, we know of the lives of men and women who also were able to obediently follow the instructions of Jesus, became saints, and established God’s earthly Kingdom.  We also know of countless men and women who were not able to deny themselves to leave their biases and trappings behind, as they pretended to live, speak and act on behalf of Jesus and religion.  The results were disastrous in the individuals’ lives, the communities,’ and the church’s.

How do we know today how closely we are following the instructions of Jesus?  There is only one metric – it is our heart.  Through our intellect we know that the use of our time, talent, and treasure provides an outwardly, observable behavior pattern.  Through our heart we know the genuineness of our Love for God and our neighbors.  So let us be grateful to God for setting our hearts on the higher gift.  Let us thank God for our dying to the self and for our new life in Jesus Christ, his Son and our Lord, who came to serve and who asks the same of us.

Notes for the June 11, 2013 Dreaming/Visioning session

In Attendance:

Pastor and/or Associate Pastor: Jim

Parish Counselors: Theresa, Tom

Parish School:

Christian Formation: Deacon Phil, Al

Parish Life: Cevin

At Large: Brook

The meeting began with Mass in church and prayer in the upper room.  Scripture was from the Gospel of the day.  The dialogue question dealt with how the trappings of our lives interfere with our mission.

The topical discussion began with Father Jim sharing with us the names of the new principal and the Pastoral musician (John and Brian).  Leslie will be the Administrator of the Hispanic program with the volunteers running the Sunday am sessions.  The Trustee and PC positions are also filled.

Cevin has begun to work on getting people to join the Parish Life committee.  Getting new members for D/V will be a secondary priority.

With the new principal on board, perhaps we can reconsider our preliminary decision on not having the prayer tree this year.

Letter writing to people in prison; Deacon Phil reported his findings.  The prison’s policy allows unsealed letters to be received by the inmates.  The letters would be matched to the inmates by a pastoral person.  Care must be used to keep the source of the letters untraceable.  The suggestion was made that we would consider writing a few times each year, particularly around the holidays.

Pallium Lecture will kick off the DWTD series.  Recommendation was made to have periodic reminders in the bulleting for people to get it on their calendars.  Al to ask Patty to make that happen.

Thank you to Mass servers – the graduates, who were Mass servers, got a certificate of recognition with their graduating diploma.  The suggestion was made to perhaps have a tri-parish picnic for all of the servers once a year to honor them and to thank them.

Birthday call to parishioners – no progress.  Father Jim shared that he gets a call from the Archbishop on his birthday.

With a new principal on board, Patty can pursue the idea of presenting one (or more) of Chris Stephanic’s videos to the school parent association.

Ditto for the food pantry – grocery bag idea

Theresa has a supposedly viable list of newcomers.  She will update the ministry booklet and have it produced for the parish.  The parish will send a welcoming newcomer’s packet to the people on her list.  Invitations to the parish festival and the Harvest dinner will be included.  Theresa was to check with Patty and come up with a date for the later.

Tom handed out information about a diet based on Scriptural principles.  If there is enough interest and people to help Tom, he would be interested in presenting this 14 week series.

The July 16 PC meeting will be with St Pats with the opportunity to start collaborating with that parish.

Wayne and Judy Rolfs have offered to present a program to St Andrew.  D/V OK’d their request.  Al to relay that message to Wayne.

Late in the meeting we talked about a farewell for Father and a welcoming for Father Angel on the last Sunday in June.  Coffee and doughnuts in the cafeteria after the 9:30 Mass.

Next Meeting August 13, 2013

Meeting closed with the prayer for parish Life, a song and a blessing.

May our love for our triune God be a never ending source of energy and desire to bring the Good News to our community.

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