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Education Commission Minutes, April 4, 2024

Education Commission Minutes

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

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Present were Michele Haggerty, Karen Blevins, Marilee Poulter, Deacon Paul Poulter, Kelly Hamrin, Karri Brauman and Barb Steinman. Absent were Mel Graessle, Linda Adams, Linda Bukalski

Michele led us in an opening prayer.

  • Education Commission Charter:  Committed core team: Michele Haggerty (Chair); 2. Melodi Graessle (Vice Chair); 3. Linda Adams; 4. Linda Bukalski; 5. Karen Blevins; 6. Marilee Poulter (Secretary); 7. Barb Steinman; 8. Kelly Hamrin; 8. Deacon Paul Poulter 
  • Parish Religious Education Director Report:  Michele
    • We have five that will be Confirmed on Saturday, April 13 at St. Anthony’s and six on Sunday, April 14 at the Cathedral. Details to be worked out since some are being confirmed at St. Anthony’s and another group at the Cathedral.
    • We will have seven making their First Holy Communion on Sunday, April 28 at 10:00 Mass.
    • There will be four youth that will make their Sacraments of Initiation, one making First Holy Communion and one coming into Full Communion on Saturday, May 18 at the 5:00 Pentecost Vigil Mass.
    • Our Youth Group is struggling. The attendance is below ten each week. Looking into Life Teen for that group. Attendance in the rest of FFF is very good. We are currently seeing more families at Mass.
    • Our last Stump the Pastor for the school year is April 17. We will have a cake and punch reception for the Confirmandi and Mallory Walsh following Stump the Pastor.
    • May 1 is the Vocation Workshop for 6th graders in Columbia, May Crowning during 5:00 Mass, end of the year BBQ. Again a lot is going on that day.  Michele and Karen will attend the vocation workshop with 6th graders and Karri will be sure details are worked out for the BBQ that evening.
    • Michele plans to look into Totus Tuus and into Steubenville for next summer.
  • Adult Faith Formation:  Barb
  • Works of Mercy group: Has put together a traveling Vocation Cross that will begin in May where families can sign up for a week of concentrated prayer for Vocations. Barb will be meeting with Father Penn next week to get his final approval. Plan to start this the weekend of May 4/5, 2024.
  • Do we need to have Vocations as a separate area of responsibility? After a brief discussion it was decided to leave vocations under the Education commission.
  • Discussed offering a Hearts Afire program after Easter. Decided to look at offering 33 Days of Morning Glory this summer.
  • Family Life:   Karri 
  • There are two weddings coming up. Karri met with the couple getting married on September 7th.
  • and Library:  Kelly
  • The Budget is due in May. Please look at your area of responsibility to see how much money will be needed to provide the services needed. Those areas needing to be increased were as follows:  Retreats as wanting to plan something for the men in the parish. Increase activities, supplies, OCIA, and add for vocations.
  • We received the Father Offutt Grant for $3,199.00
    • We have ROKUs on all TVs now. They are set up with FORMED and YouTube. There are still some issues with the Wi-Fi.
    • We still have enough money from the grant to work on boosting the Wi-Fi, which seems at times to be weak. Looking at the wireless access points.
    • A group of ladies have started working on sorting and organizing the Library so that it will be more user-friendly.
  • Renewal Movement:  Mel
    • Update on Kirksville Welcome Weekend – The team is ready to go.
    • Update on Our Lady of the Lake Welcome Weekend – There will be no Welcome Weekend in 2024 and the next will be planned for 2025.
  • New Evangelization:  Linda B.
  • OCIA and Catechesis:  Deacon Paul

Mallory Walsh was received into full communion with the church at Easter Vigil Mass.  Michele has talked to a few adults for OCIA. She will get this information to Deacon Paul. Michele will take care of the children needing the sacraments. 

Parish Council Report:  Linda A

  • The charter has been updated – Approval pending.
  • Next Meeting Date: Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 in the Library 
  • Final Questions and review of action items:  Designate prayer leader [ Barb ] and hospitality provider [  Karen    ] for next meeting.
  • Closing Prayer – Michele led us in the Prayer of St. Francis.

Minutes submitted by Barb Steinman/Marilee Poulter