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HOLY TRINITY PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES –10/4/21

Present were Bob Eppen, Karen Albers, Mary Jo O’Reilly, Chris O’Reilly, Jean Schulte, Randy Nardinger, Henry Keller, Steve Welscher, Sara McNamara, and Fr. McCabe.

I. Meeting was called to order by Bob Eppen. Opening prayer by Fr. McCabe.

II. Minutes were read. Motion to approve by Karen Albers and seconded by Mary Jo O’Reilly. Motion carried.

III. Holy Trinity Parish

o Parish Pastoral Council Constitution and By Laws was tabled until November Meeting.

o Archdiocesan Synod – Ideas are being generated. Teaching event is being developed that can also be used for confirmation retreat.

IV. Church Updates

o Holy Trinity

 Sounds system will be worked on Oct 7th.

 Lawn mower needs to be replaced.

o St. Mary’s

 Railings in front of church need powder coating.

 Turn around area discussion put on hold until residence for Father is decided.

 Roof is on hold.

o St. Columbkill

 Bats are still an issue. Gary is checking into issue. Plunkett’s quoted $8000.

 Mold is an issue yet. Gary Anfinson quoted $500 to seal dormers. He does not do clean up.

 Updating quotes for church addition.

V. Liturgy Team Updates

o Digital piano has been ordered for $4000 for Holy Trinity. Piano is on back order.

o Recruiting for new liturgical roles. New people are being trained.

VI. Faith Formation

o Sept. 22nd open house went very well.

o Students registered: 1-6: 48 students, high school 7-10: 25 students, high school 11-12: 4 students.

o Number of Catechists: 15. Approximate number of substitutes: 5.

VII. Catholic Young Adult Group

o Organization and Pizza Party Tues. Oct. 19, St. Mary 7:30-9:30.

o Brett Hayward is helping with clean up at all three churches.

VIII. Finance Update by Bob Eppen

o Audit will happen soon. Clifton Larson Allen Firm has been selected to perform audit.

o Financials from August 2020 and 2021 were discussed.

o Discussion about online giving was discussed and will be checked into.

o Father will discuss where to invest money with Archdiocesan advisors.

IX. Catholic Services Appeal

o Appeal giving is on track but there is a way to go. Goal is $9,856 and $8,295 has donated so far.

X. Archdiocesan Parish Financial Report must be submitted by end of October.

o Lindsey Buck is organizing a prayer walk Sept 3rd – 10th along north side of Holy Trinity.

o 9/11 adoration from 8:30-10AM and Mass at 10-11AM.

XI. Next Meeting is November 15th, 2021.

XII. Closing Prayer by Father McCabe. Motion to adjourn meeting by Randy Nardinger and seconded by Chris O’Reilly. Motion carried.

Submitted by Steve Welscher

Download a pdf of the 2021 August Parish Council Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Steve Welscher

HOLY TRINITY PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES –8/26/21

Present were Ken and Mary Haggerty, Bob Eppen, Karen Albers, Mary Jo O’Reilly, Randy Nardinger, Steve Welscher, Sara McNamara, and Fr. McCabe.

I. Meeting was called to order by Bob Eppen. Opening prayer by Fr. McCabe.

II. Minutes meeting were read. Motion to approve by Karen Albers and seconded by Mary Jo O’Reilly. Motion carried.

III. Holy Trinity Parish

o Archdiocesan Synod is in the third year with 10 ambassadors from Holy Trinity. More positions to be filled with meeting scheduled. More meetings to be scheduled and will be in the bulletin.

o Copier has been purchased. New bulletin has been developed and is being used. Ads will be sold for $250 per block per year. Good investment!

o Nuvera is upgrading TV’s to be smart TV’s. Hardware and setup cost is $1400.

IV. Church Updates

o Holy Trinity

 AC is running too much and needs to be checked. Father McCabe to schedule.

 Need to get lights by curb. Fr. McCabe is going to get Brett Hayward to paint stripes.

o St. Mary’s

 Railings in front of church need powder coating.

 Pest control for bees above bride’s room. Monitoring status but improving.

 Roof is on hold.

 Tiling is complete and hole in back has been filled.

o St. Columbkill

 Bats are an issue again.Gary is checking into issue.

 Mold is an issue yet.

 Statues are back.

V. Liturgy Team Updates

o Digital piano has been ordered for $4000 for Holy Trinity. 1 week delivery with $2,700 to be paid yet.

o Recruiting for new liturgical roles.

VI. Faith Formation

o Sept. 22nd open house.

o Registration will be coming out in next couple weeks.

o Teacher are meeting to learn from each other on best practices.

VII. Catholic Young Adult Group

o Brett Hayward from Cannon Falls is a group member and has volunteered to help with cleaning tasks.

o Brian Gibson spoke at August 15th meeting and was well received.

VIII. Finance Update by Bob Eppen

o Audit with leadership change is $5K from three different firms. Firm to be selected yet.

o Financials from July 2020 and 2021 were provided. July 2021 is even better than 2020.

IX. Catholic Services Appeal

o Giving is on track but there is a way to go. Fr. McCabe to make announcement to parishioners.

X. Other

o Lindsey Buck is organizing a prayer walk Sept 3rd – 10th along north side of Holy Trinity.

o 9/11 adoration from 8:30-10AM and mass at 10-11AM.

XI. Next Meeting is September 20th, 2021 and November 15th, 2021.

XII. Closing Prayer by Father McCabe. Motion to adjourn meeting. Motion carried.

Download a pdf of the 2021 July Parish Council Meeting Minutes

 

HOLY TRINITY PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES –7/12/21 

Present were Ken and Mary Haggerty, Bob Eppen, Karen Albers, Chris O’Reilly, Henry Keller, Jean Schulte, Randy Nardinger, Steve Welscher, Sara McNamara, and Fr. McCabe. 

I. Meeting was called to order by Bob Eppen. Opening prayer by Fr. McCabe. 

II. Minutes meeting were read. Motion to approve by Henry Keller and seconded by Jean Schulte. Motion carried. 

III. Holy Trinity Parish 

o Archdiocesan Synod - Bishop wants good participation with 10 ambassadors from Holy Trinity. 

o Trustee roles will be reviewed. 

IV. Parochial Administrator Updates 

o Proposed new masses changes will be tried for 3 months. 

o Bulletin will be changing but not sure how yet. Ad letter versus LPI. 

V. Church Updates 

o Holy Trinity 

 Light is needed at west entrance of church so people can see curbing when leaving in the dark. Light could possibly be turned on with motion detector. Paint curb with stripes. 

o St. Mary’s 

 Railings in front of church need powder coating. 

 Abortion Memorial Garden needs to be completed yet. 

 Dirt for cemetery leveling has been delivered. Roof is on hold. 

o St. Columbkill 

 Bats are an issue again. Hole opened where old cistern was in parking lot. Filled again. 

 Four statues are being restored. Two have been painted and two getting prepped. 

 Building project is still on hold. Septic Tank is full and needs pumping. Vasa does it for free. 

VI. Liturgy Team Updates 

o Family model will be used to build family teamwork. 

o Looking into digital pianos. Cost is $3,400, $4,700, and $6,600 for the three models. 

o Recruiting for readers and singers. Looking to develop a new program. 

VII. Faith Formation 

o Spring Audit was done to make sure training and Virtus training was up to date. Two safe lessons per year are required for students with greater than 90% participation 

o Summary of First Meeting where Christ is Primary Teacher and Parents are Primary Educator. 

VIII. Catholic Young Adult Group 

o Would like to restart program with bigger scope and regroup. 

o Would like to involve more young men and women with spin off from Bible Study. 

o Brian Gibson will be speaker at August 15th meeting. 

IX. Finance Update by Bob Eppen 

o Survived Covid because of generous giving from parishioners. New budget has been set. 

o Financial review is required with change of leadership. 

X. Catholic Services Appeal 

o Giving is on track. 

XI. Other 

o Sisters of Notre Dame requested donation of $300. St. Mary’s is 1 of 300 parishes served. Served at St. Mary’s from 1881-1969. 

XII. Next Meeting is August 26th, 2021. 

XIII. Closing Prayer by Father McCabe. Motion to adjourn meeting. Motion carried. 

Submitted by Steve Welscher