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February 29, 2024 Worship Commission Minutes

Worship Commission Minutes February 29, 2024

Call to Order:

Karri Brauman called the meeting to order at 4:00pm with Kathy Cotter and Lorraine Harrison in attendance.

Opening Prayer: Prayed the Commitment to Mission Prayer.

Worship Commission Leadership: Karri Brauman

Karri informed the commission that she is unable to fulfill the position of Worship Commission Representative to Pastoral Council. Lorraine Harrison agreed to step in as an interim representative until a permanent volunteer steps forward.

Jenn Otto, the Stewardship Council Representative for Worship Commission, gave us our feedback sheets from the stewardship packets sent out to parishioners. Karri will review the sheets and let the appropriate ministry leaders know if we have new volunteers. 

Discussion then turned to the Pastoral Council request for each commission to review their charters. After reading through the charter, it was decided that our mission, structure, and procedures will remain the same. The greatest changes will occur in ministry coordination. 

Currently, the commission names one ministry coordinator for each of the following ministries chosen from either the core team, associate members or parish staff. 

• Ministry of Hospitality – Lorraine Harrison

• Ministry of Reader – Carolyn Loraine

• Ministry of Music and Song – Stacy Gier

• Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – Vacant

• Sacristan and Ministry of Mass Coordinator – Vacant

• Art and Environment – Kathy Cotter

• Order of Christian Initiation – Deacon Paul Poulter

• Prayer and Devotions – Debbie Noland

• Altar Server – Vacant

• Liturgical Formation of the Assembly – Vacant

Due to the addition of the Parish Council, the Stewardship Council, and the restructuring requests from Father Penn, the commission has suggested the following changes to the different ministries:

• Ministry of Liturgical Support (coordinator will aid Father in the training of the following positions and offer support to those volunteers)

o Usher/Greeters

o Offertory Collection Counters

o Readers

o Eucharistic Ministers

• Ministry of Music and Song (filled by staff music director)

• Ministry of Mass Coordinator and Sacristan 

• Altar Servers

• Art and Environment

• Prayer and Devotions

• Parish Digital Communications

The OCI (formerly RCIA) coordinator will only need to participate in the Education Commission and no longer need to attend the Worship Commission meetings. 

The Liturgical Formation of the Assembly will be overseen by the Education Commission.

Although it has been on the agenda since 2021-2022, Parish Digital Communications will be officially added to the charter.

All of these recommendations will be submitted to Father Penn for review. Once reviewed and changes made, the charter will be submitted to the Parish Council and Fr. Penn for final approval. 

Calendar Review:  

The blessing of the new Stations of the Cross in the chapel donated by Susan Andres will be Friday, March 1 at 4 pm. Praying the Stations will happen immediately after. 

“Flowers in the Desert”, a Lenten Instrumental Concert, will be performed by Kathleen and Christian Basi on Sunday, March 3 at 2 pm. Worship Commission will help with refreshments after.

Holy Week Mass times are as follows: Holy Thursday 7 pm Mass, Good Friday Service 7 pm, Holy Saturday Easter Vigil 8 pm Mass, Easter Sunday 8 & 10 am,

Confirmation Mass, St. Anthony’s, Saturday, April 13, 5pm 

Mass of First Communion, Sunday, April 28, 10 am

New Business:

Lorraine spoke with the Grief Support facilitator at Lake Regional about our desire to create some type of bereavement outreach here at Our Lady of the Lake. The facilitator provided good information and invited Lorraine to attend the next meeting to see how it is conducted. The OLL group would meet here and the church and would provide support and education to those who have lost a loved one or who are in the process of losing someone. Educational topics addressed might be financial guidance, teachings of the Catholic faith concerning death, funeral rites, hospice care, etc. 

It was also brought up that this outreach might better fit under the direction of Social Concerns. This topic will be discussed further with Father Penn. 

Ministry of Art and Environment – Kathy Cotter

• The Cross display and purple drapes were placed in the sanctuary for Ash Wednesday and the Scrabble Tile Message for Lent was put up in the Fellowship Hall.

• The Easter lilies are on order from HyVee and palms will most likely be purchased from Lowes

• Will add/alter the sanctuary decorations during Holy Week

Ministry of Hospitality – Lorraine Harrison

• Per Father Penn’s request, training of usher/greeters in emergency response will be put on hold until he receives further directions from the diocese on safety and security procedures.

Ministry of Lector – Carolyn Loraine

Ministry of Music &  Song – Stacy Gier

• A request has been made that Worship Commission change their meeting time to accommodate Stacy’s work schedule which is as follows:

o Tuesday 9:30 – 2, Thursday 9:30 – 2:30, Friday 10 – 1

• Karri will send out an email to current members to see if that’s a possibility.

Ministry of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – Vacant

• Eucharistic ministers who were trained in January will be commissioned at the weekend masses on March 9th and 10th.

Sacristan and Ministry of Mass Coordinator – Vacant

Order of Christian Initiation – Deacon Paul

Prayer and Devotion – Debbie Noland

• The 7 yr anniversary of PPI will be on April 23. It was suggested that the group be recognized after daily Mass on April 25th with breakfast after.

• PPI will begin praying the Divine Mercy Novena on Good Friday, March 29, with the conclusion on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7.

Altar Servers – Vacant

• Altar Server training is complete. Eight new servers have been added to MSP.

Parish Digital Communications – Karri Brauman

Next Meeting – January 23, 2024

            Hospitality and Reflection – 

Closing – Prayer for our Pastoral Plan.

Meeting notes respectfully submitted by Karri Brauman