Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes
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2015 Pastoral Council Minutes
2014 St. Benedict the Abbot Pastoral Council Summary
Discussion continues on the Pastoral Plan, specifically Goal One---final wording---to encourage active participation in the Mass and improve our understanding and appreciation for all aspects of the Mass---much discussion on how we can accomplish this---.
Discussion again is centered on the Pastoral Plan, with emphasis on certain definitions re: discipleship, church language, outreach, evangelization, etc. We must use caution to not make a goal unattainable and not be too broad---we are reminded that the objectives under the goals are what are measureable, not the goals themselves---what is our focus---who are we trying to reach (those who already attend Mass or those who rarely attend Mass)---we decided to have three goals
It was decided that our Pastoral Plan would take much more planning, so we will have more meetings (twice monthly) to help us in this endeavor---after much input Goal 2 changed to Awakening the Faithful, which is much more user friendly---spent much time on Goal 1 on how we can help our parishioners re: the Mass and all aspects of the Mass.
Continued working on Goal 1---there was much input from everyone---how can we best help the needs of our parish----how to better involve the young people of the parish, with emphasis on young adults through various ministries i.e. ushers, altar servers, etc.---reference to some other parishes who do things out of the box to encourage people to participate.
Focus on Goal 11. Awaken the Faithful---after much input changed the title of Goal 11 to Forming Intentional Disciples---how can we accomplish this----providing books/DVDs (possibly have them available in the Narthex)---priest announce the availability to all---emphasize and promote current ministries in our church community, etc.
Again discussion re: Goal 2----went back to title Awaken the Faithful----Bob Winter presented program called Christ Life Series----to help persons develop a more personal relationship with Christ----this will be implemented in the near future, with complete details---a committee will be formed, headed by Peter Bonadio, to further investigate and promote existing ministries in our parish, etc.
Goal 1 again discussed, with much input on our Mass---Aimee Schmidt will chair this committee re: all aspects of the Mass---set deadline for all aspects of the Pastoral Plan which will be presented on October 4/5 at all of the Masses---Pastoral Council Members will be present at all of the Masses to answer questions, encourage parishioners to sign up for various committees,etc.
Finalization of all aspects of activity for Ocober.4/5---updates presented by various chairs
Updates of all objectives presented by committee leaders---Aimee Schmidt has meeting scheduled---her committee consists of Ed Corbett, Lily Kauffman, Elaine Farney, Greg Orphall, and Deacon Tom (their goal is how to get more involvement and understanding of the Mass).
Matt re: Objective 2a---committee members are Mary Spinabelli, Jami Christopher, and Tim Thomas----will distribute DVD of Father Baron’s Catholicism series after the Christmas 2014 Masses.
Peter Bonadio re: Objective 3a and 3b----committee members are Maria Streno, Joan McCabe, Carol Donofrio, and Angie McCarty----will use various methods to inform persons of various ministries, etc.
Mike Kita re: Objective 4---committee members are David Herald, Beth Swaney, Jim McCarty, Aimee Schmidt, Jeff Nobers, and Chris Morgan----will discuss surveys, etc.