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Education Commission Meeting, February 4, 2021

Education Commission, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church,
Lake Ozark, Missouri
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Roll Call and Introductions:  Present were Linda Adams, Karen Blevins, Karri Brauman, Linda Bukalski, Melodi Graessle, Kelly Hamrin, Vicki Irsik, Monsignor Makarewisc, Deacon Paul and Marilee Poulter

Commitment to Mission and Opening Prayer: [Prayer Leader:  Karen Blevins] 

Vision and Inspiration: Reflection material—scripture, theology or church document—and discussion or response to what has been presented for inspiration. [Prayer Leader: Karen Blevins]
Karen started meeting with prayer, reflection and discussion.

Education Commission Charter:  Committed core team: Linda Adams (Chair); 2. Melodi Graessle; 3. Barb Steinman (Vice Chair); 4. Linda Bukalski; 5. Karen Blevins; 6. Marilee Poulter (Secretary)

Parish Religious Education Director Report:  Vicki Irsik

PSR Budget – Spending is down due to lower stipends and no book purchases. Vicki is working on reviewing and revising budget for next year. She will work with Kelly and final is to be submitted in May.

First Communion – Group communion at a special Mass on May 23 at noon.

Confirmation – Will be held April 22 at 6:30 pm here with the Bishop. 

Two Hispanic families with children will be registering in the parish. Children will need multiple sacraments.  Vicki will instruct them.

Monsignor has a volunteer coming to Monday class on Feb. 8 to possibly assist.

Hispanic Community/ESL:  

Update on Mass announcement to enlist commission participation. Vicki and Karen will attend Wed., Feb 14 to present with Monsignor.

Adult Faith Formation:  Barb 

Barb is helping family right now. In our prayers. 

Family Life:   Karri 

Nothing new to report.  Meeting with Monsignor and deacons about marriage preparation program from the Diocese will be held. and Library:  Kelly reported waiting on new computer.  

Renewal Movement:  Mel had nothing new to report. 

Welcome- Discussion held. She will set up Continuation Committee meeting in February. Linda A. will set up Welcome meeting in March to start preparing for Fall program.

Monsignor will work on getting members for a men’s weekend team. 

New Evangelization:  Linda B. 

Kelly and Linda working on Lent group on Parousia, the Bible and the Mass from the St. Paul Center (Scott Hahn). Will be held on Sunday evenings starting Feb. 21 and be a mix of in-person and virtual.

Forty books for Lent from Dynamic Catholic are here. Linda B will put out on tables at church for distribution.

Discussion held on holding meetings with divorced parishioners to assist and discuss.  Linda B will meet with Monsignor, Deacon Paul and Deacon Jim about setting these up.

Hearts Afire program continuation discussed. Linda A. and Debbie Noland will discuss.

OCI and Catechesis:  Deacon Paul

OCI class going well. Have a parishioner joining as a refresher.  Right of election will be held at the cathedral but not required. We will not be going due to pandemic restrictions.

OCI CONTINUED class – Going well and may expand next year to include whole parish.

Pastoral Plan:  Monsignor Mak

Five people so far have expressed interest in being on the Stewardship Commission. Monsignor discussed next steps and getting information out to parishioners. He would like the Stewardship Commission and groups of parishioners to attend Renew International on stewardship.


Monsignor explained the Bishop’s notice about laity as instituted Lectors and Acolytes. Right now we are waiting on the USCCB to form training guidelines.

Kelly reported scholarship applications have been submitted.  Monsignor will review these.

Next Meeting Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6:00 PM 

Final Questions and review of action items. Marilee will be prayer leader for next meeting. 

Prayer for Pastoral Plan and Closing Prayer [Karen] Karen closed with prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Marilee Poulter