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Education Commission Meeting, April 7, 2022

Minutes, Education Commission

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Lake Ozark, Missouri

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Roll Call and Introductions:    Present were Linda Adams, Karen Blevins, Linda Bukalski, Mel Graessle, Kelly Hamrin, Father Medina, Deacon Paul Poulter, Marilee Poulter, Barb Steinman, Beth Wright

Opening Prayer: Marilee Poulter

Education Commission Charter:  Committed core team:

Barb Steinman (Chair); 2. Melodi Graessle (Vice Chair); 3. Linda Adams; 4. Linda Bukalski; 5. Karen Blevins; 6. Marilee Poulter (Secretary)

Parish Scholarship:  Beth Wright

Beth talked to the individual wanting to offer scholarship money for Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. Discussion held.  Beth will invite him to our next meeting to discuss and will have a meeting before that with Dr. Laura Nelson to discuss options. 

Parish Religious Education Director Report:  Beth Wright

Beth is looking at materials for next year.  We need more teachers.  Virtuous training and background check needed for working with children. PSR ending May 27.  ALL family members are invited to the Annual PSR BBQ beginning with Mass at 6 PM in the church followed by a meal provided by the Knights of Columbus at Bestgen Hall.

Budget Discussion:  All

2022-2023 Budget and 2021-2022 expenses discussed.  Decision was to propose same budget  as last year, except for NCYC.  Beth and Karen will attend next Finance Committee to discuss criteria. 

Steubenville Retreat in Springfield:  Karen/Beth

Notice in bulletin but no one has called for info yet. Beth will announce that and the summer camps at PSR.

Adult Faith Formation:  Barb Steinman

Barb is planning Leadership by the Good Book some time in the fall. 33 Days to Morning Glory retreat usually held prior to our parish feast day.

Family Life:   Karri Brauman

Kelly reported there is a Baptism this weekend and one in May.  Wedding on May 14. and Library:  Kelly Hamrin

Formed is being utilized more.  Library computer program is on hold as computer needs to be replaced. People are borrowing books without software.

Renewal Movement:  Mel Graessle

Angels Evening of Reflection went well. We had 30 people attend, five of those were visitors. Welcome team continues to meet for fall weekend.

New Evangelization:  Linda Bukalski

Consoling the Heart of Jesus Study is starting May 4 every Wednesday for 10 sessions. Cost was discussed and participants will be asked to pay for their book and workbook ($29.95).

OCI and Catechesis:  Deacon Paul

RCIA has 3 in class now with their mentors also attending.  Lenten study  No Greater Love had 24 participants and just finished.  We will be showing The Passion of the Christ movie on April 11. Deacon Paul offered a study on Mary for October.  

Next Meeting Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall.  Prayer: Linda Adams, Hospitality: Linda Bukalski

Final Questions and review of action items

Closing PrayerMarilee Poulter

Coordinators for Key Responsibility Areas:

1.1. Order of Christian Initiation:  The preparation for initiation into the Church for adults and children of catechetical age will be a special ministry of the commission, ensuring that there are catechists and sponsors to accompany the catechumens on the way to full initiation in to the sacramental life of the Church. Deacon Paul Poulter

1.2. Christ Renews His Parish and Renewal Movements:  The coordinator for renewal programs identifies, introduces and supervises the various renewal programs that are available to parishioners. Melodi Graessle

1.3. Marriage Preparation, Baptism of Infants and Formation for Family Life:  The coordinator for marriage preparation, infant baptism and formation for family life serves a foundational role in building up the domestic church in the home.  Karri Brauman

1.4. K-12 Religion Classes:  The coordinator for the religious education of the youth has one of the most essential roles to play in faith formation. Beth Wright

1.5. Sacramental Preparation for Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation:  The coordinator for sacramental preparation is a significant role along with the classroom catechists. The coordinator serves as an advisor, a facilitator and leader especially in ensuring that every person has access to sacramental catechesis at the appropriate time or remediating situations where a sacrament is lacking in the lives of the faithful. Beth Wright

1.6. Adult Faith Formation: The Coordinator for adult faith formation initiates programs that Invite and enable ongoing conversion to Jesus in holiness of life; promote and support active membership in the Christian community; and call and prepare adults to act as disciples in mission to the world.  Barb Steinman

1.7. The New Evangelization:  The coordinator for the new evangelization seeks out those who have not heard, or have forgotten, ignored or rejected the Christian message. Linda Bukalski

1.8. Parish Faith Formation Library:  The Church has been and will continue to be a people of The Book. Therefore it is essential that literary, spiritual and catechetical materials be made available for all parishioners of all ages. Kelly Hamrin

1.9. Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious life:  The coordinator for vocations to the priestly and religious life informs, organizes and leads the parish in regard to ensuring that the Lord’s call to pray for more workers in the vineyard is heard by each parishioner ____________