ST FRANCIS SOLANUS' COUNCILS

PARISH COUNCIL WORSHIP COMMITTE MEETING:

 

BETWEEN THE LAKES PLANNING TEAM MEETING: 

On Wednesday, June 22nd, the three parishes’ Planning Team met for the last time. The last action to decide on the new office location. Thier conclusion, that the Parish Office will be located at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken. 


 

NEW PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS:  Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish

Executive Committee: Cathy Millspaugh, Chair // Barbara Willers, Vice Chair // Kathleen Rourke, Secretary 

Word Committee:Andrew Morpurgo, Chair, Pam Jasikoff, Jeanie Wiggins, Scott Hamula

Worship committee: Jessica Portillo, Chair,Michelle Barr, Amy Panek, Gerry Frank

Witness Committee:Donna Brandow, Chair, Charloote huyler, Jen Persoon

Fellowship Committee: Nancy Shumway,Chair, Phyllis Kaiser Ron Singer, Susan Houseknecht

The Between the Lakes Planning Team Lee Anne Fox, Gerry Frank, Kathy Sinkiewicz (Holy Cross); Stephanie Houck, Karl Messmer, Jennifer Sharp (St. Francis Solanus); Scott Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers (St. James); Fr. Bernard Maloney, ofm Cap.; Fr. Brendan Buckley, ofm Cap.; Karen Rinefierd (diocesan representative); David Zellinger (regional finance director).

 


PARISH COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

Parish Council Meeting October 6, 2015 Click here 

Parish Council Meeting August 4, 2015  Click here

St Francis,Holy Cross, St James:Determining a new Weekend Mass Schedule Spring 2016 Click here 


PARISH NEWS

MERGING OF THE THREE PARISHES BETWEEN THE LAKES:  In a letter dated October 1, 2015 Bishop Salvatore R. Matano recommended to all 3 parishes :St James the Apostle  in Trumansburg, Holy Cross Parish in Ovid and St Francis Solanus Parish in Interlaken to merge into one faith community. A letter from Fr. Bernard Maloney and Fr Brendan Buckley  including the letter from Bishop Matono was sent to all parishioners. 

On October 18,2015  A parishioner informational meeting was  held at St James the Apostle Church in Trumansburg . A presentaion on the merging of St James the Apostle, St Francis Solanus and Holy Cross was given by  Karen Reinfierd, Coordination of Leadership Formation for parishes in the Diocese to assist in understanding the merging, its benefits, and what it will entail. 

MERGING OF THE THREE PARISHES BETWEEN THE LAKES October 21, 2015 Meeting notes:

• We are working toward having a single pastoral council in place by February 2016.  As a first step toward that goal, representatives from each pastoral council (Bob Duthie, Kathleen Rourke, and Mark Sinkiewicz) will meet with Fr. Bernard to review each council’s covenant vis-à-vis the diocesan pastoral council guidelines and create a covenant for the new pastoral council.
• Lee Anne Fox will work with Fr. Bernard to convene a meeting of the three finance councils for mid-January when they will share and review reports for the first half of the fiscal year.
• The planning team identified some of the information it needs to gather in order to make recommendations to Fr. Bernard for a single office and the location and times of Masses.
The next meeting of the planning team will be Wednesday, November 18.  The complete minutes are available at http://www.stjamestburg.com/parish-merge/.


 MERGING OF HOLY CROSS, ST. FRANCIS SOLANUS & ST. JAMES THE APOSTLE - Planning Team Update: The January 19, 2016 meeting of the planning team included the following:

 
--Discussion of the results of the parishioner survey:  The team agreed that parishioners of SFS would move basically as a group if they no longer had regular Masses, while the people of SJA and HC would have larger numbers dispersing among various churches.  We discussed the financial impact of each of the churches not having regular weekend Masses, looking at the income potentially lost to the merged parish and the basic cost of just keeping the doors open at each church.  Details are available in the complete minutes.  
 
--Discussion whether to make a case to Bishop Matano for continuing Masses at all churches:  The majority of the members would like to proceed with making a recommendation to the Bishop regarding which two churches would have Masses.  Many felt that continuing Masses at all three locations is just prolonging the eventual outcome.  All agreed that SJA would definitely continue to have regular weekend Masses because it has the most members and brings in the most income.  The team will begin considering various Mass scenarios for two locations at the next meeting on 2/25.  Any potential changes in Mass schedules will be shared with parishioners for their input before a recommendation goes to Bishop Matano.
 
--Preparation for the education phase of the parish merger process.  After the parishioner meetings, during February Fr. Bernard as pastor will meet with each parish’s pastoral and finance councils to receive their counsel regarding the pastoral advantages and disadvantages of merging.  
The complete minutes are available at http://www.stjamestburg.com/parish-merge/.

Merging of Holy Cross, St. Francis Solanus and St. James the Apostle:  Planning Team Update

--Minutes from the January/February parishioner meetings at each of the churches are available on the website:  http://www.stjamestburg.com/parish-merge/.

--The three parishes’ pastoral councils and finance councils met during February as part of the process of considering a merger of Holy Cross, St. Francis Solanus, and St. James the Apostle.

--The planning team is working on a weekend Mass schedule that can be handled by one priest with two Masses at St. James the Apostle and one each at Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus. 

--Bishop Mattano has affirmed his support of a Mass schedule that includes Masses at all three churches.  He conveyed his gratitude to Fr. Bernard and the planning team for all the work being done to create a unified faith community and ensure a vibrant Catholic presence between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes.

Merging of Holy Cross, St. Francis Solanus and St. James the Apostle:  Planning Team Update  -The unified Pastoral Council had its first meeting on Wed., Apr. 13.  For the rest of this spring the chairs of the three former councils will rotate leading meetings.  Guidelines for the new council were reviewed and are available on the website.                                  --The three finance councils met on Tues., Apr. 19.  Regional finance director David Zellinger reviewed each parish’s financials for the previous nine months.  Members also had a preliminary discussion about the 2016/17 budgeting process and upcoming buildings and grounds projects at the three churches.                                                                                                                             --Minutes from the April 14th planning team meeting are available on the websitehttp://www.stjamestburg.com/parish-merge/.                                                                           -We continue communication about the new weekend Mass schedule which begins June 4-5.  Please help by alerting your friends who might be returning to our area in the next month or so.    

PARISH COUNCIL: as part of the merging of the three parishes of St. James the Apostle, St. Francis Solanus and Holy Cross, one parish council is being formed that will represent all the combined parishes. Now is a good time for interested parishioners to join the council and assist in the development of this forthcoming parish. The council will meet anywhere from 4 – 8 times a year. The new council will comprise of 15 members - five parishioners from each of the churches.  Nominations to the new parish council are being accepted until May 8th with the selection of council members on May 15th. Parishioners are encouraged to nominate themselves as well as others. When nominating yourself or another please notify the parish offices or one of the priests. The new parish council will meet in June together with the members of the present members of the three Parish Councils.     

THE PARISH OF MARY, MOTHER OF MERCY: for the naming of the parish that will comprise the three churches of St. James the Apostle, St. Francis Solanus and Holy Cross, the parish council members of the three parishes in a voting process chose the following of many suggestions presented by parishioners.  In order of preference they were: Divine Mercy, St. Pio of Pietrecina, Mary, Mother of Mercy, Christ Our Light and Bl. Teresa of Calcutta. .On June 3, 2016 the proposed names, by letter, were presented to Bishop Matano who has the responsibility of naming a parish. In a letter dated June 6, 2016, Bishop Matano communicated that he chose the name Mary, Mother of Mercy. Bishop Matano writes: “This title seems to embrace all the themes and virtues contained in the other proposed titles and the exiting titles of the Churches.”  Beginning July 1, 2016, the three churches, who maintain their name (title), will be united under the one parish name of Mary, Mother of Mercy. 

    MERGING OF ST. JAMES THE APOSTLE, ST. FRANCIS SOLANUS AND HOLY CROSS: according to a Decree issued by Bishop R. Matano, Bishop of Rochester, the merging of the three churches officially took place Friday, July 1, 2016. On that date the three churches, while maintaining their name, is now known as The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy. The title Mother of Mercy is thought to have been first given to Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Odo (d.942), Abbot of Cluny. It is a fitting title of Our Lady both because she brought forth for us Jesus, the Christ, the visible manifestation of the mercy of the invisible God, and because she is the spiritual mother of the faithful, full of grace and mercy. The title is also reflected in the prayer Salve Regina - “Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope” and later in the prayer, “…turn, then, your eyes of mercy towards us, …”

On Friday, July 1st 2016 the churches of St. James the Apostle, St. Francis Solanus and Holy Cross were united as one parish. In the eyes of the Church they are united but in the eyes of the Civil Authorities they are not united and therefore, they continue to be separate identities until the individual churches’ corporations have been dissolved and a new church corporation has been formed under the title of Mary, Mother of Mercy.  This may take several months. In the meantime, parishioners who make contributions to the church by check are to continue to make the checks out in the name of the church not in the name of the newly formed parish. OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: with the new weekend Mass schedule, parishioners may use their offertory envelopes in any of the three merged churches. The offertory envelopes will be transferred to where the envelopes originated

On Wednesday, June 22nd, the three parishes’ Planning Team met for the last time and concluded that the Parish Office will be located at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken. The primary consideration focused on the extraordinary reconstruction cost of $30,000 to $45,000 if the Parish Office were to be located at St. James the Apostle or Holy Cross. The St. Francis Solanus location would entail only the cost of setting up an office without major construction costs.  A second consideration was that St. Francis Solanus is centrally located between Holy Cross and St. James the Apostle. It is estimated that the moving of the two present Parish Offices into one new location can be completed by the end of August.

ST. JAMES THE APOSTLE, ST. FRANCIS SOLANUS AND HOLY CROSS CHURCHES – MERGED ON JULY 1, 2016: while the churches maintain their name, the name of the merged parish is Mary, Mother of Mercy. The title Mother of Mercy is thought to have been first given to Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Odo (d.942), Abbot of Cluny. It is a fitting title of Our Lady both because she brought forth for us Jesus, the Christ, the visible manifestation of the mercy of the invisible God, and because she is the spiritual mother of the faithful, full of grace and mercy. The title is also reflected in the pray Salve Regina - “Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope” and later in the prayer, “…turn, then, your eyes of mercy towards us ….”

In regard to the merger:

(1) If you make donations to the church by check, please continue to make the check out in the name of the church. The Parish, with its new name has yet to be incorporated.

(2) Offertory envelopes: parishioners may use their offertory envelopes in any of the three merged churches. The offertory envelopes will be transferred to where the envelopes originated.

(3) The new parish office and reception area will be at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken. Hopefully that will be completed by the end of August.

(4) Mary, Mother of Mercy parish is in need of a “logo”, a graphic representation or symbol - a trademark, abbreviation, etc. – to uniquely identify the parish for ready recognition. Your help is needed to find a person with this talent. Please notify the parish office if you know of such a person – or maybe you have the talent of creating “logos”.

Planning Team Update: The planning team concluded its work with a shared dinner followed by a meeting on June 22nd.  Most of the meeting was devoted to determining the location of a new parish office.  Fr. Bernard shared the reasoning behind the choice of St. Francis Solanus. The full discussion and supporting documents are available on the website:  http://www.stjamestburg.com/parish-merge/.

--The new pastoral (parish) council will now work with Fr. Bernard to set pastoral priorities and ensure good communication with parishioners.  There will need to be attention given to creating events to bring people of the new parish together, to ensuring that people are warmly welcomed at Masses, and to continuing traditions of the three churches. 

--Once the civil merger of the three parishes is complete, a shared finance council will be formed.

--Now it’s up to all of us to do our part to make Mary, Mother of Mercy a life-giving parish that attracts others to Jesus Christ by the way we treat one another and how we serve the needs of our larger community.  With God’s help, we are up to the task!

                                                                

--Please continue to use the Unity Prayer during your daily prayer this Lent.