Holy Family of the Bluffs Joint Pastoral Council

Holy Family of the Bluffs

Joint Pastoral Council Minutes {unofficial}

Thursday, April 21, 2015 at 7:00pm in IC, Hall Lansing

 

Mission Statement:

We are a community of God's children, joyfully celebrating the presence of God. We believe that all of God's gifts are freely given by the Lord. Though these gifts are freely given, as individuals we need to ask that the gifts be made available to us. We seek to be a community that shares with strangers and the friends alike Jesus’ love. 

I.  Welcome and greeting by Father Moser

II. Prayer:  Karen Weber

III. Members Present:

                        Immaculate Conception, Lansing

Jim Barry, Rita Heim, Nancy Hosch, Kay Mettille, Mary Palmborg, Don Peters, & Ann Wagner.

                       Immaculate Conception, Wexford

Dan Conway, Shane Gavin, Tom Gavin, Mark Kruse,  & Leon Manning.

                       St. Ann-St. Joseph, Harpers Ferry 

Connie Benedict, Tom Diggins, Julie Fossum, & Steve Manning. 

                       St. Joseph, New Albin 

Dan Colsch, Earl Mitchell, & Bonnie Weymiller.      

                        Absent & excused:  Charlie Berns Jr. & Mary O’Neill.

IV. Minutes from the previous meeting of Jan. 28, 2016 were approved as written.

V.  Topics:

a. “Year of Mercy” Archdiocesan Work Weeks

1)    Plan for Service Week:

v Clothe the Naked {July 10} have a clothing drive in each parish. Combine the clothing and take to St. Patrick’s Store, the Waystation, and homeless shelters in LaCrosse.  In the fall possibly September, have another clothing drive for hats, mittens, coats, and other winter clothing. 

v How will clothing drive be managed and who will coordinate?

  • St. Joseph: Dan Colsch said they will have during their Breakfast; people can bring items to the basement.
  •  St. Ann-St. Joseph: Have a room in the basement {Mission Room}.  Steve Manning and Tom Diggins will coordinate. 
  • IC, Lansing: Kay Mettille Nancy Hosch would take care of all the baby clothes {layettes are for 0 – 12 months}.  Ann Wagner offered to wash all the clothes free in the laundromat. Mary Palmborg has volunteered to help.
  • IC, Wexford: to be determined.

2)      The Catholic Version for “Leading Like Jesus”  {tabled until next meeting}

v “Name it, Claim it, Tame it”

3)    Holy Family of the Bluffs Mission Statement.

v HFB formed a consensus to change the mission statement as follows.

  • We are a community of God's children, joyfully celebrating the presence of God.  We believe that all of God's gifts are freely given by the Lord. Though these gifts are freely given, as individuals we need to ask that the gifts be made available to us. We seek to be a community that shares with strangers and the friends alike Jesus’ love.

4)    Tom Gavin & Shane Gavin

v Shared their concerns with the Stewardship insert on “Earth as our Home, part 2”.

v Many comments were offered by those in attendance and a healthy discussion took place.

v Stewardship Committee would like to invite everyone to attend our meetings and offer suggestions; we meet the first Friday of every month at 9:30am in the Parish Office 

5)    What’s “Happening” in your parish? In HFB?

v IC, Wexford: 

  • 1st breakfast in 2016 had a good turnout.
  • Wexford Bridge closed for 45 days; there will be a detour.

v St. Ann-St Joseph, Harpers Ferry:

  • Elections and nominations this weekend.
  • Minor maintenance around church and grounds.
  • Hired someone to mow the church lawn.
  • Summerfest is July 24th
  • Hosting the HFB outdoor Mass and Picnic.

v New Albin:

  • After many years of searching we finally found someone to paint the steeple. We hope to have it done this summer.

v IC, Lansing:

  • Have estimates for blacktopping the North Street parking lot.
  • May is our last month for “My Walk with God” we have people from 3 of our parishes.
  • KC roadside clean up Saturday from 8:00am -10:00am, good turnout.  Had one and a half pick-up loads of trash.
  • Button Factory closing.

v Father Moser:

  • Msgr. Ed Lechtenberg’s 65th Jubilee is May 3. A celebration Mass will be held on May 15 with a simple reception following. Msgr. Ed will be 90 on September 17.  Birthday Celebration will be held on Sept 25 at the fairgrounds in Waukon.
  • Father Mark Osterhaus will be assigned to Waukon.                        I look forward to working with him with all our parishes in Allamakee County. We must improve and be better stewards, disciples, and leaders so we can                             “Lead Like Jesus”.
  • Respond request - WHAT DO YOU AND OTHERS MOST DESIRE OF HFB? What would be the best way to respond and address this desire or want?Send me your response by email or phone call.

 

VI. Adjournment: 

Meeting adjourned at 8:30pm with closing prayer and blessing followed by a social.

Next meeting:  Date:  August 30            Time: 7:00pm         Place: IC, Wexford                                                                                   

Prayer Leader:  Mary O’Neill

Submitted by: Karen Weber