The evening began at 6:30 PM with the recitation of the rosary in the church, led by Diane Fritz, in the absence of Joanne Cunningham, prelate. The meeting followed the rosary in Anderson Hall and was called to order by President Sandy Ragozine at 7:04 PM with 30 members in attendance and Father Jeff came after RCIA.
The minutes of the previous meeting of March 7, 2017 were provided to the members and with no corrections made, Mary Anne Shay made a motion to approve the minutes. Barb Boyer seconded he motion and the minutes were approved.
Linda Wasson presented the treasurer’s report with a beginning balance of $4,080.52 and an ending balance of $2,600.32. Barb Mulligan made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, which was seconded by Pat Taylor. Motion carried and the treasurer’s report was approved.
Sandy Ragozine thanked Claire Waldron for presenting our recent retreat on March 25, which was attended by 19 ladies, and thanked the committee of Pam Humes, Ruth Ann Cooper, Dolly Werner, and Ruth Jezak. Claire thanked Rosann Bost for her help also. Everyone “participated beautifully.” Sandy also thanked everyone who helped with the recent Lenten Luncheon and the Soup & Bread Supper on March 17. Donations for the ARS “Taste of Italy” basket for the “Night at the Races” basket raffle were received. Barb Mulligan will put the basket together. We did not purchase a new chalice for Father Jeff. A new liner was put in his current chalice. Leslie Conlin presented a written report on the First Reconciliation brunch this past Saturday. There was one correction in her report. Two hundred dollars ($200) was budgeted and receipts for $99.42 were submitted, according to Linda Wasson.
The annual Card Party will be held on May 9. Entrance into the hall will be the double glass doors, to avoid congestion near the kitchen. Doors will open at 5 PM, with drinks and appetizers available at that time. The buffet will begin at 6 PM. The basket raffle will begin after dinner and the 50/50 winner will be announced at the end of the evening. No 50/50 tickets were mailed to the members this year. Everyone must purchase an admission ticket for $10 and will include the buffet dinner and a Chinese Auction ticket. Additional Chinese Auction tickets and 50/50 tickets will be available for sale. Sign up sheets were passed around during the meeting for donations of baskets for the Chinese Auction, for volunteers to set up and decorate the hall on Monday, May 8 at 10 AM, for food donations for the buffet, and for helpers to clean up. Linda Joyce and Mary Anne Shay will sell admission tickets. Linda Helch and Nancy August will deliver prizes to the winners. Pat Saeger and Claire Waldron will be the “floaters,” to help where needed. Sue & Carol Saulsbery and Joanne Cunningham will sell the Chinese Auction tickets. Marlene Gross and Veronica Valentine will sell 50/50 tickets. Linda Wasson will be the banker. JoAnn Elwell, Sue Simonetta and Barb Mulligan will head the clean up crew. Barb Mulligan will be the MC. Pam Humes, Linda Helch and Ruth Jezak is the kitchen committee. Members were asked to take posters to different businesses to advertise the Card Party. Advertising will also include the newspapers and notifications to the surrounding parishes.
Claire Waldron declined her $100 stipend for presenting the ARS retreat. Mary Donegan, JoAnn Elwell and Claire Waldron purchased adult coloring books and colored pencils for hospice patients with the money.
We will have our annual pie sale on Saturday morning, May 27, beginning at 9 AM in Anderson Hall.
We will clean the church for the Triduum and Easter on Wednesday, April 12, beginning at 9 AM. Any help will be appreciated.
“Night at the Races” will be held on Saturday evening, April 29, beginning right after the 5 PM Mass. The committee includes Jay Verno, Tim & Rosann Bost, Tony & Sandy Ragozine, and Tom & Mary Donegan. Admission tickets are $15 and include dinner, beer and soft drinks. BYOB. There will be a Chinese Auction. Horses can be purchased & named for $10. Winning horses in each race win $50.
The ARS will sponsor a Carnation Sale on Mother’s Day weekend, May 13-14, after all three Masses. Diane Fritz and Linda Wasson will sell carnations after the 5 PM Mass. Megan McCoy and Amanda Darke will sell after the 8 AM Mass. Barb Mulligan will sell after the 10:30 Mass.
Barb Mulligan will chair the Rummage Sale on September 29 & 30 (Friday and Saturday). Saturday will be Bag Day.
The Golf Outing is scheduled for Sunday, July 23, at Whispering Pines Golf Course, beginning at 1 PM. This outing will benefit the parish.
The Art Fest will be held on May 20-23. John Meyerhoff is chairman.
The Altar Rosary Society members will again provide altar flowers during the month of May. Call the office if you would like to provide the flowers any weekend of May.
FATHER JEFF’S REMARKS:
The floor in Anderson Hall, the kitchen & rest rooms will be replaced with CSA monies. The outside ramp at the entrance near the kitchen will also be redone. Bids for floor replacement will begin soon. This project will be done in September after the hall will no longer be needed to weekend liturgies.
The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Marlene Gross for $9.50. Sandy thanked our hostesses for the evening: Pat Saeger, Sue Keas and Joanne Cunningham. Mary Anne Shay helped in Joanne’s absence. We recited the Hail Mary and Father Jeff offered a closing prayer.
Sue Treacy made a motion to adjourn. Veronica Valentine seconded the motion. Motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 8:03 PM
Sue Drexler, Secretary
The evening began at 6:00 with mass celebrated by Father Jeff Lucas. The meeting that followed was called to order by President Sandy Ragozine with 31 members in attendance. The minutes from the previous meeting were provided to the members and with no additions or corrections, Barb Mulligan made a motion to approve the minutes. Joanne Cunningham seconded the motion and the minutes were approved. Linda Wasson presented a treasurer’s report with an ending balance of $4,080.52. Rosann Bost made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, which was seconded by Linda Helch and approved.
Sandy reported that several thank-you cards were received from college students for the Christmas gift boxes that they received from the ARS and one thank you was received for a shut in gift. Joanne Cunningham reported that Linda Wasson and a small group of ARS members went to visit shut in church members and gave them small angel figurines. Sis Lane thanked the group for their visit on behalf of her husband.
The ARS will host the Lenten Soup and Bread meal on March 17. Members were asked to sign up to bring either soup or bread for the meal.
All women of the parish are invited to attend the ARS retreat on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Claire Waldron will present the program titled Annunciation “Living the Scriptures,” which will include breakfast and a light lunch.
Sandy suggested presenting a ‘Style Show’ at the April 4 meeting, which would feature clothing from the Holy Ground Thrift Shop. After discussion, it was decided to put this idea on hold.
Barb Mulligan volunteered to be chairman for the annual rummage sale to be tentatively held on September 29 and 30. More details will follow.
Mary Anne Shay attended the recent Stations of the Cross and was impressed with the age appropriate books with stickers that were used by the Religious Education Program to educate children and parents about the Stations of the Cross. Amanda Darke provided more information about these books. Linda Helch made a motion to purchase books from the same company about “How to Pray the Rosary.” Barb Mulligan seconded the motion, which was approved.
Barb Mulligan asked the members if they still wanted to have an installation of officers’ mass in the near future or just wait until after the new slate of officers are elected next year. After discussion, it was decided to have the special mass after the next election of officers.
Members are reminded of the upcoming Lenten Lunches to be held on Wednesdays throughout Lent beginning at noon. OLQA will host lunches on March 8 and 29. Volunteers are welcomed to help in the kitchen. We will be partnering with Faith and Grace Church on March 29 and ARS members are asked to volunteer to provide desserts for that luncheon.
Father Jeff spoke about the Night at the Races fundraiser, which will be held on Saturday, April 29. Only 150 admission tickets will be sold at a cost of $15 each and will be sold after all masses. Horses can also be purchased for $10. Beer, soft drinks and finger foods will be provided. A Chinese Auction and 50/50 drawing will also be available. Sandy asked members to help donate to an ARS basket to be included in the Chinese Auction. After discussion, it was decided that the theme of our basket will be “A Taste of Italy” and members are asked to bring donated items to the April meeting.
Mary Anne Shay asked for volunteers to help her with the ARS scrapbook. Rosann Bost suggested that volunteers could work on the scrapbook during meetings.
Sandy advised members that preparations for a new church directory would begin in June.
Father Jeff encouraged members to attend the Bread and Soup meals and the Stations of the Cross that follow. He also reminded the members about the Lenten Lunches on Wednesdays throughout Lent. We have a strong ecumenical ministerium in our community and the religious leaders all work well together. Father Jeff’s chalice has had a problem with pitting and the recent replating did not work. Irene Frey made a motion to purchase a new chalice at a cost of $1,261.00. Ann Koscelak seconded the motion which was approved.
Sandy thanked our hostesses Margaret Staahl, Pam Humes, and Mary Anne Shay. Bonnie Smith won the 50/50 for $14.00 and graciously donated it back to the ARS. Joanne Cunningham read a closing prayer. Barb Mulligan made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Linda Helch. The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM.
Sue Treacy (Vice President) in the absence of the secretary
ARS Minutes: 11-1-16
The evening began at 6:30 PM with the recitation of the rosary in the church, led by Joanne Cunningham, prelate. The meeting followed the rosary in the hall and was called to order by President Sandy Ragozine at 7:08 PM with 27 members in attendance and Father Jeff. We welcomed new members: Susan VanBuren, Mary Lou Banks, Julia Catalano, Elaine Zicarelli, Agnes Medrick, Dee Dee Morian, Claudia Predis, Pam McGonigle and Beth Grocé.
The minutes of the previous meeting of October 4, 2016 were provided to the members. There was one correction – the parish Feast Day dinner will be held after the 10:30 Mass on December 11, not December 18. Barb Mulligan made a motion to approve the minutes with one correction. JoAnn Elwell seconded the motion and the minutes were approved.
Linda Wasson presenter the treasurer’s report with a beginning balance of $5,648.63 and an ending balance of $5,660.13. Barb Boyer made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, which was seconded by Veronica Valentine. Motion carried and the treasurer’s report was approved. Linda read a letter from Tom Donegan regarding the annual audit of the Altar Rosary financial books and the books are in order.
Leslie Conlin will chair the Gift Boxes for College Students project. The boxes will be packed on Tuesday, December 6, beginning at 2:45 PM in the hall. Items for the boxes can be dropped off in the kitchen between Dec. 2 & 6. Joanne Cunningham will serve as chairman of the Gifts for Shut-Ins project. The parish Feast Day will be celebrated on Sunday, December 11, following the 10:30 Mass. Help is needed for decorating the day before, for kitchen help the day of the dinner to receive and set up the tureens, and clean up. Sign up sheets were passes around to volunteer for any of these. The annual ARS Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 4, at the Iroquois Boating Club, beginning at 1 PM. A sign up sheet was passed around or you can call the office to make your reservation. The IBS is charging $20 per person for the dinner. There is no charge to attend the party if you are a member of the Altar Rosary Society. The ARS will pick up the tab. Father Jeff suggested that guests be allowed to attend for half of the cost of the dinner. Sue Treacy made a motion, seconded by Ann Koscelek, that you may bring a guest for $10. Motion carried. Sis Lane is, once again, collecting new sox for the Gifts for Kids program. Those attending the Christmas Party at the IBC are asked to bring sox for this project, in lieu of a gift exchange. Also on December 4, the choir has reserved the “Barbara J.” Altar Rosary members are invited at take part in this ride around the lake to see the Christmas trees lit up for $5.
Sandy announced that the trip to Kraynak’s in Sharon on Friday, December 11, has been cancelled due to lack of interest. Linda Wasson announced that there is an Ultreya for Cursillo on Friday, November 11, at 7 PM in the church. Rebecca Novosel has asked for help to spruce up the church for the coming holiday season. Anyone that can help is asked to be at the church on Tuesday, November 15, at 9 AM. Pat Kaider announced that the angel tags will be on the trees the weekend before Thanksgiving for the Gifts for Kids program. There are around 300 kids, 13 and under this year. Thursday, December 15, is the distribution day in the hall. The hall will be set up for the distribution on December 11 after the Feast Day dinner.
FATHER JEFF’S REMARKS:
Father Jeff welcomed the new members. He stated that a budget for ARS is needed, acceptable to everyone. Ground was broken for the new cemetery garage. An addition to the PEC garage has also begun. This is being done to create a foyer for the PEC for students to be dismissed from one door. Prayers are requested for Father’s sister, Mary, who has cancer.
The last Theology Uncorked will be this Thursday evening. Saturday is the Morning of Reflection.
Sue Drexler was the lucky winner of the 50/50 drawing for $10.50.
Sandy thanked our hostesses for the evening: Ruth Jezak, Pat Gilfoyle and Carol Herchenroether. She also thanked anyone who brought cookies for tomorrow evening’s Memorial Mass.
Father Jeff led us in the Memorare, as a closing prayer.
Barb Mulligan made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Rosann Bost. Motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 7:57 PM.
Sue Drexler, secretary
The evening began at 6:30 PM with the recitation of the rosary in the church, led by Fr. Lucas in the absence of Joanne Cunningham, prelate. The meeting followed the rosary in the hall and was called to order by President Rosann Bost at 7:03 PM with 16 members in attendance and Father Jeff.
The minutes of the previous meeting of August 2, 2016, were provided to the members and with no corrections made, Rosann Bost made the motion to accept the minutes, seconded by Mary Ann Shay. Motion carried and the minutes were approved.
Linda Wasson presented the treasurer’s report with a beginning balance of $5,927.64 and an ending balance of $5,647.39. Pat Taylor made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, which was seconded by Barb Mulligan. Motion carried and the treasurer’s report was approved.
The Altar Rosary Society will be highlighted by the ABLAZE committee on the weekend of September 17th & 18th. Amanda Darke and Megan McCoy were thanked for doing the poster for this. There will be a bake sale on the weekend of October 1 & 2 after all three Masses, in place of the annual Labor Day pie sale and in conjunction with the Activities Fair sponsored by ABLAZE. Prices for the baked goods were discussed. Linda Wasson will make up price signs. Claire Waldron and Denise Thomas will “man” the baked goods table at the 5 PM Mass; Sue Treacy and Amanda Darke will handle the 8 AM Mass; Pat Taylor and Mary Ann Shay will take care of the 10 AM Mass. Baked goods can be brought to the hall on Friday, September 30, before 3 PM or before Mass on Saturday.
Our Chili and Cornbread supper will be our October meeting, our recruiting meeting. Bring a friend. A sign up sheet was passed around for donations of chili and/or cornbread.
A sign up sheet for snacks for the Religious Education Sunday evening classes was also passed around.
Mary Ann Shay, head of the nominating committee, read a letter of acceptance for the office of President from Sandy Ragozine. President Rosann Bost asked for nominations from the floor. Since none were made, Pat Kaider made a motion to accept Sandy Ragozine’s nomination for President for the remainder of the term of Rosann Bost, who is resigning due to the workload of her position as parish secretary. Barb Mulligan seconded the motion. Motion carried and Sandy Ragozine will be President for the remainder of the current term.
The Altar Rosary Society will hold a retreat for members on Saturday, October 8, from 9 AM until noon, with a light lunch to follow the retreat. Claire Waldron will lead the retreat and will use the second chapter of “Jesus: A Pilgrimage” as the basis for the retreat. Sue Drexler will send out an email to members asking that they RSVP by October 4 by calling the office so that proper preparations can be made.
Installation of officers is on hold once again. We will wait until the next slate of officers is elected in 2017.
Sandy Ragozine made note of three dates of interest to the membership. On Tuesday, September 20, we will take a car trip to St. Michael’s Church in Greenville to view the Holy Door. We will leave the church parking lot at a10 AM, carpooling to Greenville and stopping for lunch at the Greenville County Club. Confessions will be available in Greenville. We should return to the church around 2 PM. October 2, at 3 PM, is the parish Pet Blessing in the parking lot. October 23, following the 8 & 10 AM Masses, Hofmann’s Church and Religious Goods of Erie will be in the hall to sell religious articles.
FATHER JEFF’S REMARKS:
Father Jeff will hold another “Theology Uncorked” this fall on the 4 Thursdays of October. “Mary” will be the topic. The ministeria of Linesville and Conneautville have a program where they provide meals over the weekends to those students who are not being fed at home for whatever reason. The ministerium of Conneaut Lake will join in this endeavor. Father Jeff would like to replace the Juan Diego statue in the sanctuary with another statue, perhaps Saint Theresa of Calcutta or Saint John Paul II. He asked if anyone knew who paid for this. Sandy Ragozine will check with Margy Nawrath to see if she remembers who paid for the Juan Diego statue. Father Jeff noted that the religious education classrooms are all very nice with new flooring and new paint. He stated that it wasn’t feasible to continue to let the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts meet in the parish any longer. The Boy Scouts are now meeting at the Sportsman’s Club and the Cub Scouts are meeting at Trinity United Methodist Church. Father Jeff again thanked Rosann for her service.
Veronica Valentine was the winner of the 50/50 for $7.50. Veronica donated her winnings back to Altar Rosary.
Rosann thanked our hostesses for the evening: Veronica Valentine, Rita Valentine and Marlene Gross.
Rosann passed the gavel, purchased by Susie Saulsbery, to Sandy Ragozine, our new President.
Father Jeff offered a closing prayer.
Mary Ann Shay made a motion to adjourn. Linda Wasson seconded the motion. Motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 7:58 PM.
Altar Rosary Minutes: August 2, 2016
The evening began at 6:30 PM with the recitation of the rosary in the church, led by Father Jeff in Joanne Cunningham’s absence. The meeting followed the rosary in the hall and was called to order by President Rosann Bost at 6:54 PM with 25 members in attendance and Father Jeff. One visitor, Dan Corner, was also present.
The minutes of the previous meeting of June 7, 2016 were provided to the members and with no corrections, Rosann Bost made a motion to approve the minutes. Nancy August seconded the motion and the minutes were approved.
Linda Wasson presented the treasurer’s report with a beginning balance of $7,318.49 and an ending balance of $5,927.64. Barb Mulligan made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Pat Saeger seconded the motion. Motion carried and the treasurer’s report was approved.
Dan Corner, chairman of the parish BBQ and chairman of ABLAZE, the parish’s evangelization group, spoke to the members about ABLAZE. For a series of 6 weeks, they will highlight different groups in the parish at all the weekend Masses, in the hopes of making known to the parishioners of OLQA, what groups and activities are available. On the weekend of October 1 & 2, there will be an activities fair after all Masses. The weekend to advertise the Altar Rosary Society is September 17 & 18. The ARS will prepare a poster highlighting the different activities that we do throughout the year to invite, welcome and recruit new members. The ARS gives a $50 honorarium to speakers at our meetings. Sue Treacy made a motion, seconded by Irene Frey, to give the $50 to the Holy Smoke BBQ in lieu of the honorarium to the speaker. Motion carried.
Ryan Thomas was the recipient of this year’s $1,000 graduation award. There were two applications for the award. Both candidates were very close in the judging, but the fact that Ryan’s mother is a member of the ARS gave him a few extra points. After the September meeting, President Rosann Bost is stepping down. She cites the workload as the parish secretary as the reason. Mary Ann Shay has been ill, so the nominating committee will try to fill this position at the September meeting.
There will be no Labor Day pie sale this year. Sue Treacy made a motion, seconded by Sandy Ragozine to have a bake sale after all Masses on the weekend of October 1 & 2, the weekend of the activities fair, noted above. Motion carried.
At the September meeting, typically we have a chili and cornbread supper, which is our recruiting meeting. Because of the activities fair on October 1 & 2, we will hold our chili and cornbread and recruiting meeting at our October meeting instead. This meeting will begin at 6 PM with Mass. The chili & cornbread supper will follow Mass in the hall. We will have dinner sign-up sheets available at the September meeting. Amanda Darke explained that the high school Religious Education classes meet on Sunday evenings during the school year. She asked for help from the ARS members to provide snacks for these approximately 60-70 6th – 12th grade students for their meeting nights. It would be a time of fellowship, so those ARS members can get to know the students and vice versa. A sign-up sheet was passed around with the dates of the high school religious ed. classes. Sue Treacy stated that she has been approached on a few occasions regarding reinstating the rummage sale. It had previously been decided to have this fundraiser every other year. Nancy August volunteered to chair this event, but the membership decided to forgo the rummage sale this year, as planned, since there were already several events for the ARS this fall.
Sis Lane thanked the members for their help with her sock collection for the Gifts for Kids program at Christmastime. The ARS half-day retreat will be September 18 conducted by Claire Waldron. Installation of officers will be held on October 16 at the 10:30 Mass. We will recite the rosary before Mass and have brunch after Mass in the hall.
FATHER JEFF’S REMARKS:
A Night at the Races is tentatively scheduled for the second weekend after Easter in 2017. Father Jeff thinks the parish is going down the right path with ABLAZE. He stated that we are the best ARS of any parish he has been in. We need to find a way to bring back fallen away members and recruit new ones.
Mary Purnell questioned the $50 honorarium given to the speakers. It was stated that this was agreed on previously.
Pat Saeger won the 50/50 for $10.50 and donated the money back. Rosann thanked out hostesses for the evening: Sis Lane and Pat Kaider.
Nancy August offered a closing prayer.
Jane Harmon made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Sue Treacy. Motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 7:46 PM.
Sue Drexler, Secretary
Altar Rosary Minutes: 6-7-16
The evening began at 6 PM with Mass in the church. The meeting followed in the hall and was called to order by President Rosann Bost at 6:45 PM with 29 members and Father Jeff present.
Jenn Artman, who has served for 14 years with the Crawford County 911 Center, spoke to the membership about a new program to begin in Crawford County called “SafeTown.” SafeTown is an easy-to-use web-based program (www.SafeTown.org) that enables you to share information with local law enforcement, fire, emergency services, and other citizens to make our community a better, safer place to live. You can register your name, address, vital information, etc. with 911. In case of an emergency and a call was placed to 911, they would be able to access any information on file to expedite their help and care. Brochures were handed out to help with the registration of your information.
The minutes of the previous meeting of May 3, 2016, were provided to the members and with no corrections made, Amanda Darke made a motion to accept the minutes. Denise Thomas seconded the motion and the minutes were approved. These minutes were not emailed to the membership or placed on the parish website because of a computer glitch.
Linda Wasson presented the treasurer’s report with a beginning balance on May 1, 2016 of $6,126.40 and an ending balance of $7,318.49 on May 31, 2016. The motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made and seconded. Motion carried and the treasurer’s report was approved. The card party netted a profit of $1,761.34. The hors d’oeuvre table, new this year, was a big hit both for the guests and the workers, as it allowed kitchen prep time without being rushed to get the meal on the table! The pie sale netted $484, selling the pies for $8.
The Baccalaureate is scheduled for June 12 at the 10:30 AM Mass. Pat Taylor, graduation award chairperson, received two applications. Her committee will meet this week and the winner will be presented the award at the Baccalaureate Mass.
There is no July business meeting. Sue Treacy will make arrangements with the Iroquois Club to have either an evening picnic or beverages & desserts in place of the regular July meeting.
Rosann Bost, President, is resigning after the September meeting. She cited her workload as parish secretary as the reason. The nominating committee has been notified.
Joanne Cunningham presented Lucy Pisani with an angel holding a rosary in memory of her husband, Vince. The cost was $11.99 plus tax, purchased through Kraynaks. She suggested we purchase these for our Christmas gifts to the parish shut-ins this year. Pat Gilfoyle made a motion, seconded by Barb Mulligan, to have Joanne check into purchasing these for our annual Christmas gifts to the shut-ins. Motion carried.
Rebecca Novosel thanked the Altar Rosary Society, through Sandy Ragozine, for the new steamer for the altar cloths.
Father Jeff spoke of a meeting called by Bishop Persico for all diocesan priests regarding a bill before the House of Representatives to raise the statute of limitations on child abuse cases. The bishop wants all parishes to put something in their bulletins concerning this. He then thanked Rosann for her service to the Altar Rosary Society as President.
Rosann thanked our hostess for the evening, Sue Treacy. Marlene Gross won the 50/50 for $12. Joanne Cunningham offered a poem by Cardinal Cushing entitled “I’m Fine.”
Mary Ann Shay made a motion to adjourn. Joanne Cunningham seconded the motion. Motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 7:39 PM.
Sue Drexler, Secretary
The evening began at 6:35 PM with the recitation of the rosary in the church led by Father Jeff Lucas in the absence of Joanne Cunningham, prelate. The business meeting followed in the hall and was called to order by President Rosann Bost at 6:59 PM with 22 members present.
The minutes of the previous meeting were provided to the members and with no corrections, Bonnie Smith made a motion to accept the minutes as recorded. Jo Ann Elwell seconded the motion and the motion carried. The minutes were approved.
Linda Wasson presented the treasurer’s report with an ending balance of $6,440 as of March 31, 2016. Ann Koscelek made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Jane Harmon seconded the motion and the treasurer’s report was approved. Father Jeff questioned the expenses of Soup & Bread and the Lenten lunch. Only the soups were donated for the Soup & Bread supper. The Altar Rosary Society purchased the bread. For the second Lenten lunch, hosted by Faith & Grace Fellowship and Lake Lutheran churches but held at Our Lady Queen of the Americas, cookies were purchased because not enough cookie donations were received. These expenses were posted to “Miscellaneous Expenses.”
New handbooks are available this evening. The Family Dinner and a Movie was moved from March 6 to March 13. The movie shown was “God is Not Dead.” The brunch on March 29th following First Reconciliation was well received. Leslie Conlin, chairperson of the event, thanked (by way of a letter) all those who helped in any way with set-up, decorating, food preparations, serving, and clean up. Pat Taylor will chair the Graduation Award again this year. High school seniors are to call the church office if an application is desired. As of this meeting, three seniors have requested applications. Nancy August has stepped down from chairing the Rummage Sale and the Christmas Party because of health issues. Installation of Officers has been postponed from April 17 due to a conflict in Father Jeff’s schedule.
The carnation sale will be held the weekend of May 7 & 8 after all the Masses for the Right to Life program. Diane Fritz & Pam Humes will sell after the 5 PM Mass; Barb Boyer & Arlene Andres will sell after the 8 AM Mass and Pat Kaider will sell after the 10:30 Mass. Candles for Work Camp will be sold again this year, beginning with the May 7 & 8 weekend. Cost of the candles is $5. The Parish Picnic will be held at Msgr. Toland Park on August 28. The Card Party will be held on Tuesday, May 10. Ann Koscelek, Diane Fritz, Jane Harmon will help with the setup with Sandy Ragozine. There will be no table decorations this year. Pam Humes has a kitchen committee in place. Sandy Ragozine will sell meal tickets at the door. Marlene Gross and a helper will sell 50/50 tickets. Carol & Susie Saulsbery will sell Chinese Auction tickets. A Basket Raffle donation sheet was passed around at the meeting. Barb Mulligan and Linda Wasson will be “floaters” to help where needed. Ruth Jezak calls for food donations. A food donation sign up sheet was passed around at the meeting. All food dropped off must be in disposable containers, as the staff will not be responsible for washing containers. “Take home” containers will be provided at the end of the meal since the staff will not be responsible for portioning out food to take home. There will be no relish trays this year. This item has been changed to dips / appetizers to be placed on the appetizer table along with veggie trays at 5 PM when the doors open. Bottled water will be available. Barb Boyer made a motion, seconded by Pam Humes to accept the card party changes for this year. Motion carried.
Jo Ann Elwell asks to be notified if anyone knows of someone in need of a card for illness, death in the family, thinking of you, etc. Sue Treacy has ideas for programs for three meetings this year. Cost of pies at the two Pie Sales this year will be $10.
Father Jeff related that his RCIA classes are over for this year, so he was happy to be present tonight. He spoke about the additions to be made to the church complex through the money made from the Catholic Services Appeal. An addition to the cemetery garage will be made to provide extra storage space. An addition to the PEC garage will also be made. A door will be installed in the PEC for safer dismissal of students. On April 14, the diocese will announce the results of the Pastoral Planning study. Rosann is doing a great job in the office. He thanked Ann Koscelek for the rolls she provided for Holy Thursday.
Rosann thanked our hostess, Pat Saeger. Florence Marsh was the 50/50 winner for $10. Father Jeff offered a closing prayer. Pat Saeger made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Jo Ann Elwell. Motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 7:52 PM.
Respectfully submitted, Sue Drexler
Altar Rosary Minutes: 3-1-16
The evening began at 6 PM with Mass celebrated by Fr. Jeff Lucas in the church. The first meeting of 2016 followed in the hall and was called to order by President Rosann Bost at 6:34 PM with 25 members present and 2 guests, Megan McCoy and Dee Dee Morian.
The minutes of the previous meeting were provided to the members and with no additions or corrections, Denise Thomas made a motion to approve the minutes. Amanda Darke seconded the motion and the minutes were approved.
Linda Wasson presented the treasurer’s report with an ending balance of $6,721.13. Mary Ann Shay made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report. Pat Saeger seconded the motion and the treasurer’s report was approved.
At Christmas time, the shut-ins of the parish were given a lighted cross by the Altar Rosary Society. The parish Feast Day Dinner / Antorche Run on December 12, 2015, was well attended. Thirteen “goodie” boxes were mailed to those college parishioners that we had addresses for. The total cost of this project was $84.50. Sue Treacy is working on arranging special programs for three of our meetings in 2016. One likely will be another fashion show with clothing items purchased at the thrift store.
On Friday, February 26, the Altar Rosary Society hosted the Lenten Soup & Bread Supper before the Stations of the Cross. Fourteen soups were donated and Altar Rosary purchased a variety of breads. Dinner & a Movie will be held on Sunday, March 6, at 5 PM. As of this meeting, the movie is unknown. First Reconciliation is scheduled for Saturday, March 19. Altar Rosary will provide a brunch after the sacrament for the students and their families. Leslie Conlin is in charge and has asked for help from members for set up, serving, and clean up. Pat Taylor has volunteered to again head the Graduation Award Committee. She will be responsible for mailing out the applications to the seniors in the Class of 2016. Applications will be due back sometime the end of May and will be awarded at the Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday, June 12. Nancy August is stepping down as chairperson of the Rummage Sale and Christmas Party due to some health and personal issues. The annual Card Party is Tuesday, May 10, from 5 PM until 9 PM. After some discussion, Sandy Ragozine made a motion, which was seconded by Bonnie Smith, to raise the price of the Card Party admission $10. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5 PM and dinner will be served at 6 PM. Since there is generally food left over, it was suggested to have left over containers available to take some food home. Pat Saeger will take care of arranging the printing of tickets with Hagan’s Business Machines. Amanda Darke stated she could pick the tickets up from Hagan’s. More discussion on the card party will be on the April agenda.
Installation of officers will take place on Sunday, April 17, at the 10:30 Mass. The rosary will be recited at 10 AM before Mass. Barb Mulligan is chairperson of this event. Following Mass, a brunch will be catered in the hall. Barb is in the process of securing pricing from John Gionti, Rebecca’s Restaurant, Mister Mike’s and Station 3. A notice will be put in the bulletin regarding the brunch and ask for reservations made by April 10. On April 3, Amanda Darke will speak at all three Masses on what the Altar Rosary Society is and what it does for the parish, hoping to attract prospective members. JoAnn Elwell asked if anyone knows of any parishioner in need of a card – get well, sympathy, thinking of you, etc. – to please call her. We are in need of cookies for the ecumenical Soup & Sandwich lunch on Wednesday, March 2, hosted by Faith & Grace Fellowship Church and Lake Lutheran.
Sandy Ragozine stated that 6-day candles would again be sold to make money for Work Camp. Sales will begin the weekend of May 7 & 8. Our parish picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 28, at Msgr. Toland Park this year. Fried Bologna sandwiches will be served. The church will be cleaned for the Holy Week and Easter celebrations on Tuesday, March 15, beginning at 9 AM. All supplies will be furnished.
Father Jeff was unable to attend the meeting since he had RCIA class also scheduled.
It was noted that college boxes should be sent out no later than December 2 to arrive to the college students before their Christmas break begins and before their finals are over.
Since it is Lent, no refreshments were served. Diane Fritz won the 50/50 for $12.50.
Rosann said a closing prayer in the absence of Joanne Cunningham.
After no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 PM.
OLQA Altar Rosary Minutes
November 3, 2015
The evening began at 6:30 PM with the recitation of the rosary in the church. The meeting followed in the hall and was called to order by Vice President, Sue Treacy, in the absence of President Rosann Bost, with 30 members present. The minutes of the previous meeting of October 6, 2015 were provided to the members and one correction was made: the Parish Feast Day celebration is Saturday, December 12, not Sunday, December 13, as previously noted. Barb Boyer made a motion to approve the minutes as corrected. Pat Saeger seconded the motion and the minutes, with the correction, were approved.
Linda Wasson presented the treasurer’s report with an ending balance of $8,079.90. Barb Mulligan made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, which was seconded by Joanne Cunningham and the treasurer’s report was approved.
The minutes of the October 6th meeting were mailed to shut-ins, Vicki Morandini and Helen Pieszak.
Sandy Ragozine reported that Rebecca Novosel will not need help cleaning the church until the spring. At that time, a date and time will be scheduled.
Sue Treacy mentioned that the role of the “Publicity Chairman” would be removed from the by-laws.
The Parish Feast Day celebration is Saturday, December 12, following the 5 PM Mass in conjunction with the Antorche Guadalupana. Vicki Leap is the liaison between the Antorche committee and the ARS and is in charge of the food. Vicki has asked the ARS members to help with setup of the hall and for desserts for the dinner. A sign up sheet was passed around for members to volunteer for setup help and/or providing desserts.
Nancy August thanked the membership for all their help, in her absence, with the rummage sale this year, which netted $2,359.74. Nancy was not available for the sale because of deaths in her family that week. Nancy also thanked Vicki White for her help with the advertising and for her donation for the advertising on Armstrong Cable.
Twenty-three members celebrated Mass on Thursday, October 22, at 8 AM and then went to breakfast at Mr. Mike’s with Father Jeff to honor his day on the diocesan “Pray for Priests” calendar. Father Jeff would like to do this again. So, on Thursday, November 12, members are invited to attend Mass at 8 AM and then go to breakfast at Mr. Mike’s restaurant (the old Fairway 12). Pat Gilfoyle also mentioned that a group recently went to lunch at the Bent Fork restaurant in Greenville. The food was good and not too expensive.
The Graduation Award Committee needs a chairperson. Pat Taylor has chaired this event the past couple of years with a committee. Mary Ann Shay would like to be a part of this committee. The chairperson would coordinate sending the high school seniors information on applying for the annual $1,000 award, which is awarded at the Baccalaureate Mass in June.
At Christmas time, the ARS gives a gift to the shut-ins of the parish. Father Lucas gives a list of current shut-ins. Linda Joyce will be the chairperson for this event with help from Barb Mulligan and Linda Wasson. In the past, the ARS has given dish gardens. Several different ideas were presented at the meeting – candy dish, tray of cookies, fruit basket and hand/body lotion. More discussion will be held at the December meeting.
Leslie Conlin will again chair the College Boxes event. College students’ current addresses are needed. Small items for the goodie boxes can be left in the hall kitchen. Boxes will be packed in early December, so the students have them before their semester finals.
Meeting Programs: There will be three 2016 ARS meetings with guest speakers, from March through November. Sandy Ragozine is no longer Program Chairperson.
Installation of Officers will be held on Sunday, April 17. Following the 10:30 Mass, there will be a luncheon in the hall.
The ARS Christmas party will be held on Sunday, December 6, at 1 PM at the Iroquois Boating Club. A buffet dinner will be served. Cost for members and their guests will be $12. Deadline to make a reservation in December 1. Nancy August promises a great meal and great fellowship and a few surprises!
Four new memberships were received this month and 2 members updated their information.
Sandy Ragozine stated that the new funeral altar cloth and pall, matching Father Jeff’s funeral chasuble, was very beautiful at the last funeral. These items were purchased by ARS.
Sandy also mentioned that there were not many decorations any more that could be used to decorate tables for parish functions. After some discussion, JoAnn Elwell made a motion, seconded by Barb Mulligan, to purchase some new items, spending not more than $100. Motion carried.
Mary Ann Shay made a motion to approve all New Business. It was seconded by Nancy August. Motion carried.
COMMITTEE REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Father Jeff had RCIA in the rectory and was not able to attend the ARS meeting. He wanted to assure everyone of his continued support and to keep up the good work of the ARS.
JoAnn Elwell mentioned that she has sent several thank you cards and sympathy cards since the last meeting,
Pat Kaider mentioned that there was a family with four children in need of help with dinners while the mother has surgery and recuperates. Any help from the ARS members would be appreciated.
Denise Thomas won the 50/50 for $14.50. Sue Treacy thanked our hostesses for the evening, Linda Joyce, Denise Thomas, and Ruth Jezak.
Linda Wasson announced an Ultreya would be held at OLQA on Friday, November 13, at 7 PM for the Women’s Cursillo #242.
Joanne Cunningham read a closing prayer. Mary Ann Shay made a motion to adjourn. Linda Wasson seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned at 7:51 PM.
Respectfully submitted, Sue Drexler
Altar Rosary Society Minutes
October 6, 2015
The evening began at 6:00 PM with Mass celebrated by Father Jeff Lucas. The meeting that followed was called to order by President Rosann Bost, with 29 members in attendance. The minutes from the previous meeting were provided to the members and with no additional corrections, Rosann Bost made a motion to approve the minutes. Barb Mulligan seconded the motion and the minutes were approved. Linda Joyce presented a treasurer’s report with an ending balance of $5,704.91. Joanne Cunningham made a motion to approve this report which was seconded by Carol Saulsbery and approved.
The recent pie sale was a success, with a total profit of $489.00.
Our membership has been amended to include honorary members, who are women who have not attended at least 3 meetings within the year, and/or became incapacitated due to health or age.
The nominees for the current election of ARS officers are reminded to turn in their letters of acceptance.
Barb Mulligan is presently planning the Officer Installation Ceremony. More information will be available at the next meeting.
The altar cloth purchased by the ARS has arrived and is reportedly beautiful.
The Special Services section of the by-laws includes activities that we participate in throughout the year. Rosann reviewed the current chairwomen as noted below.
* Family Dinner and Movie Night – Sue Saulsbery and Veronica Valentine
* First Reconciliation – Leslie Conlin
* Mother’s Day Carnation sale – Pat Kaider
* College Goodie Boxes – Leslie Conlin
* Graduation Award – Pat Taylor has done in past and position needs to be filled
* Parish Feast Day – Vicki Leap
* Rummage Sale – Nancy August (2 years)
* Christmas Party – Nancy August (2 years)
* Corresponding Secretary – JoAnne Elwell
The Parish Feast Day celebration is scheduled for December 13. Volunteers will be needed to help set up, decorate, and provide desserts. A committee of volunteers will be set up at the November meeting.
A member of ARS who is currently a shut-in, mentioned to Veronica Valentine that she is not included in ARS because of her present situation. Rosann suggested mailing the minutes from each meeting to these members and the church will cover the postage.
Volunteers are needed to assist Rebecca Novosel with cleaning the church. Sandy Ragozine, Bonnie Smith, Denise Thomas and Pat Gilfoyle volunteered to help and Sandy will contact Rebecca to coordinate their efforts.
A handout was provided to explain the position of the Publicity Chairman that has been added to the by-laws. Nancy August suggested that the ARS members attend Mass together and invite women who are currently members of the parish to join our organization. Pat Kaider volunteered to post this on the church website.
Irene Frey made a motion to approve all New Business, which was seconded by Veronica Valentine and approved.
The Rummage Sale will be held on Friday, October 16 from 9-6 with a bag sale on Saturday, October 17 from 9-1. Nancy August encouraged members to volunteer to assist with this event. We will sell coffee and baked goods that day and members are encouraged to donate baked goods. Nancy also asked for volunteers to help pass out fliers promoting the Rummage Sale at the Pumpkinfest.
Joanne Cunningham is ordering altar bouquets for the Blessed Mother throughout the month of October and apologized for no flowers being on display for October 1.
Carol Saulsbery won the 50/50 for $14.00. Rosann thanked our hostesses Pam Humes, Dolly Werner, and Sue Treacy.
Sandy Ragozine announced that Fr Jeff is listed on the Erie Diocese Calendar for Thursday, October 22. Members are encouraged to attend Mass together that day to pray for Fr. Jeff and gather for breakfast following the mass.
Joanne Cunningham read a closing prayer. Barb Mulligan made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Carol Saulsbery. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.
Respectfully submitted, Sue Treacy