Our Lady Queen of the Americas
Altar Rosary Society Meeting
May 7, 2013
The evening began at 6:30 pm with a recitation of the Rosary in the church led by our Prelate,
Helen Biemer .
Vice-President Sandy Ragozine called the meeting to order with 23 members in attendance. Secretary Sue Treacy read the minutes from the previous meeting. Sandy Ragozine amended the minutes to include the recognition of the picture display from the battle of the cupcakes and fashion show that were available at the previous meeting. With no additional changes or
corrections, Marilyn Reilly made a motion to approve the minutes. Barb Boyer seconded the motion and the minutes were approved.
Marilyn Reilly presented two treasurer’s reports with a balance of$2,143.75 from April and $1,661.02 for May. Mary Anne Shay made a motion to approve the reports which was seconded by Rosann Bost. The treasurer’s report was approved.
ARS received an invoice to renew our three 300 Club numbers. Sue Saulsbery made a motion to renew the three numbers which was seconded by Carol Saulsbery. The motion was passed.
Sandy read thank-you notes for mass requests from the families of Kate Boyd and David Bodosky.
Rosann Bost has been helping Mary Anne Shay with the ARS scrapbook which is currently up- to-date. They will continue to meet sporadically throughout the summer at Mary Anne’s house.
Linda Joyce reported that the First Communion reception went smoothly and volunteered to host the reception next year.
Marilyn Reilly reminded member about the upcoming Card Party to be held on Tuesday, May 14. Fifteen baskets have been donated for the Chinese Auction. Ruth Jezak has called members to arrange food donations and the kitchen committee is in place. Sandy Ragozine and Rosann Bost will sell tickets at the door with Marlene Gross and Jane Kurt selling 50/50 tickets. Mary Anne Shay volunteered to sell streakless cloths while Sue Saulsbery, Carol Saulsbery and Joanne Cunningham volunteered to sell Chinese Auction tickets. .
Sandy thanked Marilyn Reilly for ordering flowers from ARS for Father Steve Anderson’s funeral. She also thanked JoAnn Elwell for sending thank you cards to people who helped with the funeral in any way.
The Confirmation reception will be held on Thursday, May 9. Sue Saulsbery is preparing dinner for the priests that evening. She will be bringing cookies to the hall at 3:00 that day and asked for volunteers to help put the cookies on trays and make coffee and punch. Marlene Gross, JoAnn Elwell, Barb Boyer, Mary Anne Shay, Pat Gilfoyle and Sue Treacy volunteered to assist.
The Pro-Life carnation sale will be held after masses on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12. Pat Kaider will set up the displays and asked for volunteers to collect the money at each mass.
The Memorial Day pie sale will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 25 and will include a book sale hosted by the Book Club. Pies may be dropped off in the church hall on Friday, May 24 from 5 to 7 pm. A group will also be baking pies in the church kitchen on Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 pm and they invite members to attend.
The ARS summer picnic will be held at the Iroquois Club on June 4. Members are encouraged to arrive at 5:30 with dinner beginning at 6:00 pm. This is a members only event.
The Baccalaureate breakfast will be held on June 9 with Sue Saulsbery as chairperson. She needs volunteers in the church kitchen at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 8 to help assemble the stratas. She will also need volunteers to put them in the oven on June 9.
Jan Skendall has volunteered to chair the Graduation Award committee. A discussion followed as to the amount of the award. Sue Saulsbery made a motion to keep the award at $500. Barb Boyer seconded the motion which was approved.
There will be a retreat and day trip on July 24 to the Sisters of St. Joseph in Erie. The event will begin at 10:00 am and finish at 2 pm. Members will meet in the church parking lot at 8:30 am to travel to Erie together.
Members are reminded to provide Sandy or Pat with new addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses.
Sandy would like to organize a trip to the Gates of Heaven cemetery on June 19 or 20 to visit Father Steve’s gravesite. She plans to leave the church parking lot at 10:00 am and return by 2:30 pm and invites members to join her.
Pat Gilfoyle thanked Sandy Ragozine for the beautiful letter about Father Steve that was featured in the Meadville Tribune.
The Book Club will meet on May 13 at 6:00 pm at Chovy’s Restaurant.
The Samaritans are asking for a volunteer to power wash their picnic table and benches. The Holy Ground Thrift Shop will be open on Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend and can use more volunteers for these days.
Sandy informed the group that members Rita George, Grace Bossard and Nancy August are currently ill and would appreciate cards and prayers.
Sandy thanked our hostesses Jane Harmon, Ann Koscelek and Bunny Duncan for the delicious desserts and treats that they provided.
Jane Harmon won the 50/50 for $11.50.
Sandy shared a reading from Maria Shriver about sisterhood, which she thought applied to our
Altar Rosary Society group.
Helen Biemer read a prayer from the Fourth Station of the Risen Christ by Father James Patterson.
Mary Anne Shay made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Sue Keas. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Sue Treacy
Altar Rosary Society
Calendar for 2013
- No general meeting
- Weekend of January 12th-13th: Crèche display in hall
- No general meeting
- 3rd : Dinner & a movie
- 5th: ARS meeting beginning with a Mass at 6:00
- 16th-17th : St. Joseph’s Table
- 16th: First Reconciliation Reception
- 17th: Dinner & a movie
- 2nd: ARS meeting after recitation of the Rosary at 6:30
- 5th: First Communion Reception
- 7th: ARS meeting after recitation of the Rosary at 6:30
- 9th: Confirmation at OLQA
- 11th-12th: Pro-life Carnation Sale after Masses
- 14th: ARS Card Party (doors open at 5:00)
- 25th: ARS Memorial Day weekend pie sale beginning at 9:00am
- 4th: ARS summer outing with Mass, dinner & a meeting; Iroquois Club at 6:00 pm
- 9th: Baccalaureate breakfast & Graduation Award after 10:30 Mass
- 24th: Retreat to Sisters of St. Joseph in Erie from 9:30am until 2pm with Sister Mary Ann White
- No general meeting
- 6th: ARS meeting beginning with recitation of the Rosary at 6:30; Nancy Kopf “Adopt a School Trip” program
- 31st: ARS Labor Day weekend pie sale beginning at 8:30am
- 3rd: ARS meeting beginning with recitation of the Rosary at 6:30; Membership Recruitment meeting to include chili/cornbread dinner
- 1st: ARS meeting beginning with Mass at 6:00; Celebration of Father Steve’s Life
- 19th: ARS rummage sale
- 5th: ARS meeting beginning with recitation of the Rosary at 6:30; Fun meeting to include re-gifting & best holiday-decorated sweater
- 1st: ARS Christmas party beginning at 2:00 at Hotel Conneaut; Bring socks for kids
- TBA: Pack “Goodie Boxes” for college students
- 8th: Parish Feast Day celebration after 10:30 Mass
The Altar Rosary Society is creating a scrapbook that will include the past to the present. If you have any ARS pictures, memorabila, and memories, plus unneeded scrapbooking materials and/or time you would be willing to donate to this project, contact Mary Anne Shay at 382-8402. Anything regarding OLQA’s ARS would be appreciated.