On Divine Mercy Sunday, we said farewell to Fr. Robert Melnick before his transfer to Marytown in Libertyville, Illinois. He has served all around the parish over the course of his five years, including as spiritual assistant to the parish's Secular Franciscans. Thank you for everything, Fr. Robert!
Scenes from our celebrations of Holy Week and Easter. Jesus Christ is truly risen, alleluia!
Palm Sunday: 4-2-23
Holy Thursday: 4-6-23
Good Friday: 4-7-23
Holy Saturday: 4-8-23
Easter Vigil: 4-8-23
Easter Sunday: 4-9-23
Mary, Mother of God Parish
Meeting Minutes for 04/20/2023
St. Ita Jubilee Hall – 7pm
Council members received the minutes of the March meeting and the financial statements and reports earlier via email the agenda.
The meeting began at 7:00pm with Father Bob leading us in prayer.
Jim Muss made a motion to approve the minutes which was seconded by Don Haider. The minutes were unanimously approved.
Updates from Father Bob
Financial Report July 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023
FY 24 Budget
The projected budget operating loss is approximately 400,000 (without the benefit or Net Fundraising Income and Interest & Investment Income included in the draft). Considerable discussion took place involving all members of the Council regarding how best to present the FY24 budget, including how to share it with parishioners. Much discussion surrounded the progress made by the Fundraising Strategy committee and the need to reallocate funds held at the Arch Bank into higher yielding products. Stuart and Yasmin will continue finetuning the budget and include Other Income and Expense items that are regularly seen from year-to-year, so the Finance Council has a broader financial picture.
Buildings and Grounds Report
At Saint Ita:
11 projects were presented for FY24. The Finance Council approved an amount totaling $148,500 to fund those projects.
Cultural Center Update
The fundraising committee met. Our fundraising events are not significant fundraisers. Some ways we can fill the gap for our budget deficit:
The May 25th meeting has been moved to May 11th
The meeting ended at 8:07 pm with Father Bob leading the council in prayer.
Mary, Mother of God Parish Pastoral Council
Minutes April 17, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
Present: Soledad Andrade, Fr. Bob Cook, Lucy and Maria Cordon, Kokou Dagawa, Eunice Daniels, Fr. Thomas Fetz, Stephanie Held, Yasha Hookens, Peter Jansen, Robert Krug, Greg Lindeman, Mercedes MacLaughlin, Michael Magada, Fr. Romert Morales, Eva Niewiadomski, Lionel Osaghae, Joyce Ramirez-Knight, Susan Silvano, John Stimler, Diane Trinh and Friar Jason Warrer.
Not present: Ms. Christine Boyd, Mark Franzen, Chris Grant, Pat Kenny, Heberto Machado, Jr., Lorena Nava, Deacon Juan Ramirez, Vince Singvongsa, Deacon Paul Spalla, Fr. Bob Sprott, Deacon Ron Stricker, and Deacon Bede Thigpen.
Guests: Rosemary Ihejirika, Pamela Matamabazo and James Murphy
Meeting began at 7:20pm with opening prayer from Friar Jason Warrer. Minutes from the 02/16/2023 meeting were approved with unanimous approval.
New Business Knights of Columbus Blood Drive 5/14. Fr. Bob’s Farewell Tour SI: 4/30 after 12:30pm and 5/7 after 8:30am and 10:30am. STC: 4/23 after 8am and 11:30am. SGG: 4/30 after 9:30am.
Next Meeting TBD on Fr. Alejandro Lopez’s arrival
Closing Prayer by Fr. Bob Cook, meeting adjourned at 8:55pm