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Parish Pastoral Council

  - Elected June 2017:

Fr Bill Fletcher – Parish Priest
Michele Oliver – Chairperson
Veronica Butler – Secretary


Members: -
Monica Pride,
John Reynolds,
Helen Reynolds,
Jan Sosinko,
Anastasia Tinsel,
Bob Schimanski


Newsletter Editor: - Marie Rambaud ph: 423 8907


Sub Committees:
Finance & Works - Ken Hancock
Health & Safety - Vaughan Sampson




MINUTES OF ST MARY'S PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING


held at 7pm Wednesday 5th September 2018 in Wellsford Presbytery

Opening Prayer:
to acknowledge the beginning of Disability week

Present:
Fr Bill Fletcher, Michele Oliver, Kath Bezzant, Elaine Taylor, Donna Gandela, Greg Ceballos, John Brockliss, Maurice Haddon, Vee Butler

Apologies:
Jan Sosinko

Michele asked for a short introduction from all members and warmly welcomed those new to their position on Council

Minutes of previous meeting
AGM minutes held over till next year and Fr read over the July minutes.

Matters arising:

  1. Folding doors between Church and hall + additional door quoted at $10,369.55
  2. Large TV installed in the Philippino orphanage. Fr John Vianney has built a small school in his village in Uganda and is expected shortly in NZ when he will collect the sewing machine for use by local women to produce hygiene products for the girls there.
  3. Re-scheduling of Mass times in the parish is working well. Michele will contact the Mangawhai Memo to update these in their regular notices. The noticeboards outside Wellsford/Maungatoroto and Mangawhai also need updating.

Correspondence:

  1. Justice and Peace Commission package for Social Justice Week – contacts utilised in Prayers of Faithful/homilies/brochures from local Disability Centre made available.
  2. Vaughan Sampson our Treasurer wrote to the Rates Department, Kaipara DC regarding a rate demand for Maungatoroto Church which should be rate-free and requesting a rebate for past rates paid on this property.
  3. The Community Resources List has been completed and returned to Gretel J&P Commission Auckland as requested. Copies provided to Fr Bill, Marie Rambeau, Kathleen Brockliss and Vee – parishioners can access information from these people. Cc to Maungatoroto?
  4. An email received from Bob Schimanski suggesting the parish respond appropriately to the Pope's request for penitential prayer and fasting for both our own sins and those of abusive clerics/religious within the Church. He suggested Friday fasting/penance/weekly Stations of the Cross over the next year. Fr suggested we all give this consideration and reach a decision next meeting.
  5. A brochure providing information and contact details for the National Office for Professional standards /Catholic Church for those wishing to lodge a complaint of sexual abuse.

Standing Committee reports:

  • Liturgy Report

    No report.
    Fr Bill will ask Peter to do a short monthly report on behalf of Maungatoroto parishioners as we no longer have representation on Council from there.

  • Health and Safety Report

    “There have been no accidents or incidents this month, however I have completed the Annual Report which I have sent to the Diocese. Part of the report was to produce a Health & Safety Policy document for adoption by the P/Cl. Attached is a scan of the report for discussion and approval - (Really just a formality)
    If any amendments are required please let me know. I will be doing the rounds of the three areas again shortly to review the Hazard Identification Register. This will also incorporate the issues on the Caritas checklist related to Disability Access issues. I will report back to the Parish Council with my findings – Vaughan” - scan attached - click here

  • Finance Report

    No report

  • Social Justice Report

    Fr has spoken with Anastasia and it was agreed to forward $250 to the Cadets. Follow up with Kathleen. $2400 was raised at the Medieval Dinner.
    Kathleen and Veronica to decide recipients for this funding. Donna offered several boxes of new clothing from her store in South Auckland: she will itemise these for next meeting.

General Business:

  1. John investigated a replacement sound system for Mangawhai at a total cost of $1700 + GST ( refundable) Proposed John / seconded Fr Bill
  2. Simon Straka – Fr has been unsuccessful in contacting the Auckland people. Patrick Mouralis has offered to take responsibility for the Ak web site.
  3. PPC Meetings – It was agreed we continue to meet at Wellsford rather than rotate venues.
  4. Adopt-a-cell – an option for praying for those in our local prisons.
  5. Maurice queried the car park repairs Job is scheduled for September but may end up an on-going expense.
  6. John asked people to give consideration to ways of increasing parish funding in lieu of the Gala which requires a lot of work for little return.

Closing Prayer:
Fr Bill

Next Meeting:
Wednesday 3 October 2018 at 7pm

The meeting closed at 8.30 – thanks for hospitality Fr




MINUTES OF ST MARY'S PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD


ON SUNDAY 5th AUGUST 2018
at 12 noon in Wellsford Parish Hall

Opening Prayer:
Michele Oliver

Present:
Fr Bill Fletcher, Michele Oliver, Vaughan and Margaret Sampson, Monica Pride, Maurice Haddon, John and Kathleen Brockliss, Elaine Taylor, Mary Partington, Mike and Lynette Harris, Marie Rambaud, Maureen and Ken Hancock, Ivan and Susan Tamas, Bob Schimanski, Donna Gandela, Greg Ceballos, Margaret Pride, Veronica Butler

Apologies:
Jan Sosinko, Roseanne Davies, Brian Cave, Des and Kath Bezzant

Minutes of previous meeting
read by Michele
Moved Vaughan / Seconded Monica

Matters arising:

  1. Arrears for use of car park by Medical Centre now paid and a request made to Council for an invoice at the new rate.
  2. John Brockliss queried what the $500 paid for Mangawhai sound system actually covered: Vaughan to check accounts for answer.

Standing Committee reports:

  • Chairperson's Report was read by Michele

    It is 15 months since our last AGM during which we have welcomed Fr Quirico Cruz from the Philippines. He was with us just over a year before being recalled home and we welcomed Fr Bill Fletcher back. Roseanne Davies has worked tirelessly as our Parish Treasurer for many years and we thank her for her service. Her replacement, Vaughan Sampson, is already on the Finance Committee and also covers our Health and Safety issues. Simon Straka has continued to efficiently handle our parish website and newsletter – a decision needs to be made as to whether we should change to the Diocesan facility or retain the status quo. There was discussion re the purchase of land in Mangawhai to build a church there but financial constraints mean this has been set aside. Fr Peter Penny, a former PP died in July 2017 and Fr Bill recently unveiled his headstone at the cemetery at Matakohe. The Gala was held in March this year raising over $6000 and our thanks are extended to all workers. There were several generous donations from parishioners including a new laptop to Mangawhai, a new chalice for Wellsford and an offer made for a new organ – later changed to cover other items with the agreement of the donor We thank Helen and John Reynolds for their gift of music while at Maungaroto – unfortunately Helen sustained a bad fall and has been unable to return.
    Moved Michele / Seconded Bob Schimanski

  • Liturgy Report was read by Margaret Pride

    We sadly miss the loss to Wellsford music ministry of Helen and John Reynolds Fr Quirico's enthusiasm for liturgy was inspiring and always beautifully portrayed. The retreat held in August last year was a disappointment. Discussion of various liturgies; also noted Reconciliation to be held before Mass at Maungaturoto and Mangawhai. Margaret Everett proposed a Liturgy Workshop at the February meeting – Fr Quirico felt there was a general lack of catechetical knowledge regarding items such as whether we stand or kneel during the Eucharistic prayer/what we believe/ the use of Holy water etc Stations of the Cross began on the first Friday of the month at 7pm with reconciliation following.
    A request for a computer literate person required to choose hymns and play the organ at Wellsford. Ministers for Communion to the Sick can now take hosts home to administer the next day No further meetings since March.
    Moved Margaret / Seconded Elaine

  • Health and Safety Report read by Vaughan Sampson

    Few matters to report. A teenage boy fainted during Mass at Mangawhai, and although the ambulance was called he had recovered by their arrival and did not need medical attention. Bob Schimanski replaced the batteries in the Presbytery smoke alarms; heat pumps were also installed in the Maungatoroto church; and extra lighting installed in both Wellsford and Maungatoroto churches.
    Moved Vaughan / Seconded Maurice Haddon

  • Finance Report read by Vaughan

    The Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss statements are available for viewing. Income for the year amounted to $52,953.69 (less $6219.03 Diocesan tax) with a small deficit of $4940,73 . Vaughan expressed his thanks to Roseanne and Jo Drum for their patience while introducing him to the Treasurer's role and also to Ken Hancock, Bob Schimanski, Ivan Urlich and Frs Rico and Bill together with the other Finance Committee members for their support.
    Moved Vaughan / Seconded Ken

  • Works and Finance Report was read by Ken Hancock

    This has been a busy year – the running costs involved in maintaining 2 churches, a Presbytery, priest, power, internet, phone and car together with the hall hire for Mangawhai and the Bishop's dues all need to be covered. Extra expenses include installing heat pump and TV screen for Maungatoroto; Parish hall painted, a laptop purchased for church music and a new stove for the Presbytery together with insurance premiums amounted to around $12,253. Our collection income was down by nearly $4000 but the Gala helped compensate. Heavy wear and tear on the carpark drove our decision to increase the quarterly rent to the Coast to Coast Health Centre – this has now been resolved after quite some time when our request was ignored. Deterioration of the car park sealant requires additional drainage and resealing. Significant expenses for the coming year include new internal doors between the Church and hall ($6077 +GST) Thanks to those who donated the extra lighting for the Wellsford altar area and to Gerry Kok for his continued help on church grounds. Special thanks too to the Works and Finance Committee and all those who have assisted in this work.
    Moved Ken / Seconded Bob

  • Social Justice Report read by Elaine

    The weekly food collection continues and the monthly Trading Table raised a total of $750 last year enabling us to provide special food for several families over Christmas. We currently have $588 in kitty. A Medieval Banquet/auction sponsored by the Brockliss Family raised around $2400 allowing us to purchase sewing machines for a school in Uganda as well as a television required in a children's orphanage in the Philippines. The Sewing Group is in statis this year – recovering energy for the next onslaught! An excellent ecumenical service was held at the Anglican Church for Ash Wednesday/ booklets on the Euthanasia Bill were distributed and submissions made. We also plan a seminar on Global warming later this year and will be applying to a local charity to extend our Christmas gifting. Our special thanks go out to all those generous-hearted people who give with Christian love.
    Moved Elaine / Seconded Michele

Election of Officers:

  1. Resignations -
    Monica Pride and Bob Schimanski. Our sincere thanks to both retiring members for their hard work and commitment over the years.
  2. Nominations for membership -
    Greg Cebally - Proposed Bob / Seconded Fr Bill
    Donna Gondela - Proposed Bob / Seconded Fr Bill
    Maurice Haddon - Proposed Mary Partington / Seconded Maureen Hancock
    John Brockliss - Proposed Fr Bill /Seconded Bob
    Kath Bezzant - Proposed Monica/Seconded Michele
    Gregory Trichon - asked to be considered.

    It was suggested that with a current membership of 10, it may be best for Gregory to apply next year when other members will be retiring and he has become more involved and better known in the parish.

General Business:

  1. We have recently received notification of the Bishop's Church Life Survey of parishioners due to be conducted at Masses on 18-19 August. Fr Bill will hand these out this weekend and they can be returned the following weekend.
  2. As Maungartoroto has no representation on Council it was agreed that Peter Jackson be asked to write up a monthly report for Council.
  3. Fr spoke of an E-conference on Solidarity in Practice this Wednesday 12.30-4.30 There is some uncertainty as to whether this will actually happen – check first!

Closing Prayer:
The meeting closed at 1.30pm with a prayer by Fr Bill

Next Meeting:
Wednesday 5th September at 7pm at Wellsford




MINUTES OF ST MARY'S PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD


ON WEDNESDAY 11th JULY 2018
at 7pm in the Presbytery

Opening Prayer:
Fr Bill

Present:
Fr Bill Fletcher, Michele Oliver, Monica Pride, Bob Schimanski, Vee Butler

Apologies:
Elaine Taylor and Jan Sosinko

Minutes of previous meeting

Matters arising:

  1. Youth – a new Youth Centre has opened for young people/whanau in Wellsford. Their aim is to make a lasting impact on future generations in the community. Despite Anastasia's best efforts our parish group has struggled and is presently disbanded. Bernadette Straka from Warkworth has invited local youth to join them on the 1st Saturday of each month for a 6pm Youth Mass and social evening. Another after-school group/Homework for teens is operating out of Te Hao (old Post Office) and social work/MH issues can be addressed in the Drop In Centre.
  2. A query as to whether the 15% has been paid to the Bishop's Fund – Bob believes this has been taken care of by Finance Committee.
  3. The increase on rental for the Church car park lease arrangement to the Medical Centre has not been met (as of end of May) Might Jan be asked to follow up?
  4. Bi-fold doors – these are looking very dilapidated but we're waiting for Ken to return and address this. Both Barry McCarthy and Martin Tinsel have offered to work on these, but they may need replacing

Standing Committee reports:

  • Neither Liturgy nor Finance Committees have met this month (due in part to absences by members and the change-over of priests). Standing Committee reports need to be updated for this month's AGM.
  • Social Justice - 2 items coming up : the Medieval Banquet and auction organised by Kathleen and John Brockliss on 20th July to raise funds for our Philippino charity; and we are planning an ecumenical seminar on Global Warming later this year.
  • Health and Safety - 'There were no accidents or incidents to report this month. However Bob was organising some batteries to replace those in the smoke detectors in the Presbytery' Vaughan Sampson

General Business:

  1. It was agreed that the AGM will take place after the 10.30am Mass at Wellsford on 5th August. Some discussion around new possibilities for Council members. Fr has agreed to askk John Dobbs and Philippa and her husband (all Maungatoroto)
  2. Michele queried the issue of police checks for all those working with children: Fr said these can now be carried out through the Diocesan Centre.
  3. Fr suggested changes to the current Mass schedule – these to be advertised in the parish newsletter. He also suggested Mangawhai have the opportunity for a weekly Thursday house Mass (10.30am) It was agreed the changes be trialled for 6 months then reviewed.
  4. Lorna's anniversary is on 17th July and Fr will contact a few parishioners who knew her well to hold a short service at the cemetery.
  5. We began to discuss the issue of whether Simon Straka continue to monitor our website or this be handed over to the new Diocesan website. However this will be held over meantime as there is a need to investigate further due to differing opinions. A meeting will be called soon and needs to include Finance plus those involved in the initial contact from Auckland.

Closing Prayer:
Michele

Meeting closed ...
at 8.20pm

Next Meeting:
The next Meeting will be our AGM on Sunday 5th August 2018 after 10.30 Mass




MINUTES OF ST MARY'S PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD


ON WEDNESDAY 2nd May 2018
at 7pm in Wellsford Parish Hall

Opening Prayer:
Fr Rico

Present:
Fr Rico, Michele Oliver, Monica Pride, Bob Schimanski, Jan Sosinko and Vee Butler

Apologies:
Elaine Taylor and Anastasia Tinsel

Minutes of previous meeting
Tabled

Matters arising:

  • Michele spoke of her chaplaincy visit to Gregory Trichon in Whangarei Hospital
  • The hall has been booked for Friday 11th May from 6pm: $100 rental including cutlery. Jan and Fr both happy to give a 5 min talk
  • Fr Rico commented on a very successful Deanery meeting in Wellsford last month with thanks to Jan and Vee who helped with food
  • Monica and Bob will advertise the Wellsford dinner on 25th May

Standing Committee reports:

  • Liturgy – no meeting this month
  • Health and Safety – the following report was received from Vaughan:
    “There was an incident during the Mass at Mangawhai on Sunday 22 April 2018 which should be reported to the Parish Council meeting tonight. I have belatedly been advised that a teenage boy fainted and fell heavily to the floor. Father was first to attend to him and then his grandparent did also. The St John Ambulance was called but by the time the Ambulance staff arrived he had recovered sufficiently for them to determine that no further medical intervention was required. Observers at the time have said that there was no environmental contributory reason (such as the room being overheated) for the boy to have fainted. Therefore there is no need for any follow up or remedial action to be taken. This matter is recorded simply to meet our obligations under the Health and Safety Act. Secondly could all Parish Councillors please note that should they observe any accident, incident or near miss at any of our Church facilities or activities, it is important that I be informed so that we can undertake the appropriate action under the Act which may include an investigation, remedial action and report to OSH. Please table this for inclusion in the minutes of the meeting tonight.”
  • Works and Finance - “Gala raised $6006 – a very successful parish event. We haven't paid the 15% to the Bishop's Fund since June last year so will have to see how much is owed and whether we will pay it. The newsletter will be done through the new Diocesan website, saving us the cost of paying Simon Straka. Envelopes for Planned Giving came from Australia: we will get a quote from a local printer. Doors – we are looking at replacing the bi-fold doors between the Church and hall. Carpark – Ken to contact Steve Cory to repair broken area. He was to do it Feb/March but this hasn't happened. Also Ken to contact Medical Centre again and give them an account for arrears to parking hire as they haven't increased the payment to us. Fr needs a new shower door. “

    Jan added a strongly-worded request be sent to the Medical Centre along the lines of 'the full amount owing be paid by the 20th of the month or our arrangement on the car park may need to be cancelled.' Fr requested a light be fixed above the altar in Wellsford – Bob will ask David Walters to arrange this. Bi-fold doors are a priority use for the gala funds as these will be expensive and are steadily deteriorating.
  • Social Justice – One of our ex-parishioners (Maria Hardie) will be visiting Uganda shortly and will see Fr John to check if he has any idea what happened to the parcels sent there last year. Kathleen and John Brockliss are planning a dinner and auction to help raise funds for the social needs of the parish. Sewing circle in hiatus this year but the monthlyTrading Table continues to raise funds.

General Business:

  • Upcoming AGM – a printed sheet on what it means to be a PPC member was accepted - hold for publication till 3 weeks before AGM Reports are required from all Standing Committees Monica will get Fr Rico to bring nomination forms to Maungataroto and Mangawhai. Anastasia's comment that present commitments means she is unable to attend Wednesday meetings, will be naturally addressed by the new PP Council when they decide on a day that suits them.
  • Re-location of Easter Ceremonies – next year to Mangawhai: tentative bookings have been made. Need to give this some thought and firm up Fr's preferred schedule for all 3 parish venues so that parishioners can be notified well in advance and bookings confirmed.

Meeting closed ...
at 8.50pm

Next Meeting:
Wednesday 6th June at 7pm Wellsford

Please diary our AGM
To be held on SUNDAY 10TH JUNE 2018 after the 10.30am Mass in Wellsford




MINUTES OF ST MARY'S PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD


ON WEDNESDAY 7th March 2018
at 7pm in Wellsford Parish Hall

Opening Prayer:
Reading from Pope Francis on Mercy

Present:
Fr Rico, Anastasia Tinsel, Monica Pride, Bob Schimanski, Michele Oliver and Veronica Butler

Apologies:
Elaine Taylor, Jan Sosinko, Helen and John Reynolds

Minutes of previous meeting
Read and confirmed

Matters arising:

  • Kiribati paishioner is leader of the Kiribati community in Wellsford and Warkworth. Most live in Warkworth as employment is there. Tita (pronounced Sita) Karaamea is happy to come on Council. Fr will try and get someone from Maungatoroto. Spoke about changing over some PPC members at the coming AGM in May this year.
  • Two new Eucharistic Ministers available in Wellsford – Merza Cellabos (Philippino) and Uraura Uniar (Kiribati). Fr said he went to see Stephen Vercoe who stated he was not yet ready to receive Communion at home. Dallas and Tame are happy to receive Communion weekly on a Friday.
  • Bob felt that the minuted response to his presentation of the Gay Pride magazine last month was too bland and muted.
  • 22nd March Liturgy Meeting will be dealing with copyrite – April has a seminar on One Licence. We need a list of all free hymns as well as those with copyrite payable. The vexed question of how long copyrite lasts … apparently 50 years from the end of the year the composer died.

Correspondence:
Send Helen and John a copy of the PPC Minutes for their information.
Monica is sending them a Cenacle card for perpetual prayer.

An email from the Liturgy Centre about the serminar on Fit for Mission will be forwarded by Michele to committee members. March 14th has a 'Courageous Conversations' seminar at St Francis' Church in Devonport.

Youth Report:
Anastasia showed us a poster she prepared to catch the attention of young people - Monica suggested Fr consider a special blessing for children.

Liturgy Report:
Easter preparations include – Reconciliation in Wellsford every Fsriday after Stations of the Cross and Mangawhai every Sunday before Mass. Palm Sunday Masses and weekday Masses before Easter; then 8pm Holy Thursday, Good Friday at 3pm, Saturday 8pm Wellsford, Sunday 8,30 Mangawhai and 10.30 Maungatoroto

General Business:

  • Finalised preparations for Gala on 10 March. Several people have placed apologies as away and unable to attend. Vaughan Samson reminded us the Food Act exempts us for morning tea etc at the Gala.

Closing Prayer:
Michele

Meeting closed ...
at 8.30pm

Next Meeting:
Wednesday 4th April at 7pm Wellsford




MINUTES OF ST MARY'S PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD


ON WEDNESDAY 7th February 2018
at the home of Anastasia Tinsel 6.30pm

Opening Prayer:
Fr Rico

Present:
Fr Rico, Michele Oliver, Elaine Taylor, Monica Pride, Jan Sosinko, Bob Schimanski and Vee Butler

Apologies:
Anastasia Tinsel, Helen and John Reynolds

Minutes of previous meeting
tabled and reviewed

Matters arising:

  • Update from the Mangawhai Sewing Group – sewing will take a back seat this year to fundraise for a large TV for the Philippines orphanage: ($1000 NZ), as electrical goods very expensive there. A proposed starter event is a 'Medieval Dinner' (Kathleen and John Brockliss)
  • The 3 boxes of goods forwarded late last year to Uganda have not yet been received.
  • Helen had made real progress on the installation/utilisation of the new IT equipment at Maungatoroto and was working on a 'library'of hymns

Correspondence:
A letter was received from Anastasia stating she has a poster on the Youth Programme available for distribution. Anyone interested in helping please contact her. She also offered the possibility of getting some St John's cadets to assist at the Gala: the group thanked Anastasia and agreed the help of cadets would be very useful.

Gala:
to be held from 9am to 12 noon on Saturday 10 th March in St Mary's Church grounds at 6 Matheson Road, Wellsford. A list of roles/helpers is being compiled in Wellsford. Additionally Vaughan has produced a similar sheet for circulation at Mass this Sunday in Mangawhai. Some tasks already underway include -

  • Ken Hancock has oversight of the Gala (Vee requested a meeting be held in the next couple of weeks to ensure all areas are covered and unnecessary overlaps and double ups eliminated.)
  • A special Gala notice be prepared (Vee to speak with Marie) and email copy to Monica
  • Publicity essential to bring folks to the Gala. Michele and Jan to organise radio coverage. When posters prepared (Jan and Vee) these can be dropped off in shops/ schools / clubs etc, Facebook???
  • Confirmed duties:
    • Auction 11am
    • Clothing stall
    • Toys
    • Books
    • Groceries (can we ask families to fill a bucket if possible?)
    • Plant stall (Ester Rees?
    • Quickfire raffles Produce – Margaret Pride
    • White elephant – Maungatoroto parishioners
    • Morning tea stall – Scones/sandwiches/muffins
  • Pricing – there has been past resistance to individual pricing so it was proposed and agreed to section areas eg Blue area = $5 / Green area = $3 etc

General Business:

  • Bob requested that 2 Filipino and 2 Kiribati parishioners be invited on to the Council both to encourage them and support their involvement in the community. Fr will ask them.
  • It was agreed that the invitation received from Wayne Thornton (Anglican Minister) to share their 9am Ash Wednesday service at Mangawhai be accepted and published in the Parish Notices and a reciprocal invitation be made for their congregation to attend our 10am Maungatoroto or 7pm Wellsford service
  • All are welcome to a Liturgy meeting at 12 noon on 17 th February to update copyright issues and how best to cover Helen's absence from the music scene.
  • Can Mangawhai rosters be included in P/Notices? Apparently these hav not always been received for inclusion. Jan sends out a sheet to all participants – look it up!! Similarly Mangawhai Prayers of the Faithful need tobe more specific to locals and additions/omissions/subtractions often left to last minute. Talk to Petronella before Mass starts to ensure these are current.
  • Bob asked for clarification as to whether Fr would visit people following request for Holy Communion at home – agreed.
  • Bob updated everyone on Helen Reynolds progress following her fall. She is in very good spirits but still requires an unknown amount of therapy. Presently in Ward 81 Auckland Hospital but they are looking at moving to Ngatea.
  • Elaine outlined the catalogue of events leading to a somewhat chaotic Christmas Day Mass at Mangawhai, highlighting the need for a new system to reduce a possible recurrence. Urusula and David may have an alternative and it was agreed they follow this up.
  • Euthanasia booklets available for distribution to local churches – submissions to be in by 20 February.
  • Bob produced a copy of the latest Pride magazine and expressed his concern re its potential impact on young people. While there was acknowledgement of his concerns, we are also bound by the law of the land and Christ's admonition to love and not condemn others.

Meeting closed ...
at 8.50pm

Next Meeting:
Wednesday 7 th March at 7pm at Wellsford Parish Hall




MINUTES OF ST MARY'S PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD


ON WEDNESDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2017
at the home of Anastasia Tinsel 6.30pm

Opening Prayer:
Michele (in the absence of Fr Rico)

Present:
Michele Oliver, Anastasia Tinsel, Helen and John Reynolds, Jan Sosinko and Chris, Veronica Butler

Apologies:
Monica Pride, Elaine Taylor, Bob Schimanski

As this meeting was primarily a social occasion, it was agreed that clarity be sought and recorded on certain matters:

Matters

  • Helen brought us up to date on the new IT installations at Maungaturoto – all proceeding well and proving a big help to the church and congregation there
  • The Gala has a set date for Saturday 10th March 2018 and a call is going out for helpers and items for sale. Kathleen and John Brockliss have offered to help and Veronica volunteered for preparatory work and on the day, but leaves the next day on holiday.
  • All preparations for Christmas services underway.
    • Christmas gifting for families in Wellsford amounted to $400 (since updated to $700).
    • The first 3 Sundays of Advent have been set aside to collect special food/gifts to add to Christmas parcels. Hams, chickens etc have been organised
  • The Sewing Group has completed an epic year sending large clothing parcels to Uganda (special thanks to an anonymous donor) and the Philippines (courtesy of Ester and Hank Rees) Thanks for the financial assistance from parishioners so generously backing this group. Clothing is presently being sorted for the Birthing Centre in the Philippines

Thank You:
To all those who have worked so tirelessly – our thanks to you all and the blessing of the Christ Child be with each of you.

Thanks to Anastasia
A lovely meal was shared by all those who attended. Our thanks to Anastasia and her family for their hospitality.

Next Meeting:
WEDNESDAY 7th FEBRUARY 2018 at 7pm at Wellsford Parish Hall

Special thanks...
To each of you for your commitment and hard work for the parish,
and may God bless you abundantly this Christmas




MINUTES OF ST MARY'S PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING


held on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at Wellsford Parish Hall at 7.00pm

Opening Prayer:
Fr Rico

Present:
Fr Rico, Bob Schimanski, Elaine Taylor, Anastasia Tinsel, Monica Pride, Helen and John Reynolds, Veronica Butler

Apologies:
Jan Sosinko and Michele Oliver

Minutes of previous Meeting:
Tabled and confirmed – (Bob/Helen)

Matters arising:

  • Laptop purchase – Helen reported that Jan's son Richard has purchased a 2nd hand HP Elite laptop computer ex lease for $500 . It has Windows 7 programme (better than W.10) VGA and HDMI inputs to use with data projector and TV screen. He has also purchased a backup hard drive. Helen will download a free programme which has a library of hymns for selection. We have purchased the necessary HDMI lead. We need ameeting with Helen, Ursula, Ester and Elaine (and anyone else interested) to co-ordinate usage across the parish churches.
  • Gala Day – need a confirmed date for March (Bob meeting with Ken tomorrow).
  • Medical Centre – have paid old rental rate with no response to suggested increase.

Correspondence:

  • Fr invited anyone from Council to attend the Deanery Dinner on December 5th in Takapuna at lunch time $40 pp. 8 attended last year with Fr Bill – anyone interested contact Fr by next week.
  • Michele sent out two greetings cards to parishioners who were unwell.
  • Veronica to get Edita's address and let Bob know.
  • Monica suggested that changes of address/email be sent on to Bob - she will ask Marie to put a note in the Newsletter

Sub-Committee Reports:

  • Works and Finance report
    - Nothing new
  • Health and Safety
    - Nothing new
  • Liturgy

    Last week's meeting discussed upcoming November/December preparations:

    Holy Souls box for holding names of those we pray for in November retrieved.

    Christ the King on 26th November to be a big celebration at Wellsford – 9.30 Adoration and Benediction / 10.30am Mass followed by shared lunch. 1st Friday – Stations of the Cross with Reconciliation after Stations.
    Advent wreaths – located. Fr would like parishioners to come as families to light candles. No flowers in Advent

    Christmas Eve/Day – because of the clash with the last day of Advent and Christmas Eve, Fr unable to say the normal spread of Masses so it was agreed that Maungaroto would change the Saturday evening Mass to 11am Christmas Day (now confirmed) with Mangawhai at 8,30am Christmas Day and Wellsford a 9pm Christmas Day Mass – Agreed.

    Maungatoroto is hosting a charismatic Mass at 6pm on 2nd December (Praise and worship starts at 5.15pm followed by supper, and on 18 November a pot luck dinner for end of year get together. Need to plan for a end of year Christmas function for all the parish at Wellsford.
  • Youth
    Group on hold due to exams etc Anastasia agreed to make contact with youth while parents are having a cup of tea after Mass. Monica suggested the Youth may like to re-juvenate the camels and their background for display in front of Wellsford church.
  • Social Justice
    - The parcel to Uganda was all ready to go until we discovered it was to cost $1000 to transport. The specially requested sanitary pads, patterns for sewing along with underwear will still be sent but the remainder of the clothing will be distributed elsewhere. 4 boxes of clothing have already gone to the Philippines this year.
  • R.P.C. Report
    - Bob reported on this event from 2 weeks ago – Garth Clarke is the new rep; Monica Grimshaw has just finished after 6 years; Hibiscus Coast has a new Parish Council after several years without one; Devonport is putting on a Christmas Party for 60 special needs children and their carers - parish will provide Christmas parcels. Takapuna's has a healthy RCIA group of 7 adults and 8 children.

General Business:

  1. Fit for Mission – Fr noted that in the time he had spent with the Council there had been no specific mention of this – how has the Parish responded? Discussed at length with general concensus being that there are many initiatives operating in the Parish at present, we have had two missions which were widely supported over the past few years, an good will actions on a more informal level.
  2. An apology received for next meeting from Monica

Next Meeting:
Next meeting on 6th December will be held at Anastasia's home at 669 Mangawhai Road to include a shared meal with BYO mains/desserts/drinks.

The meeting closed at 8.35pm with a blessing from Fr Rico.




MINUTES OF ST MARY'S PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING


held on 4th October 2017 at Wellsford Parish Hall at 7pm

Opening Prayer:
Fr Rico

Present:
Fr Rico, Michele Oliver, Elaine Taylor, Jan Sosinko, Monica Pride, Bob Schmanski, Helen and John Reynolds

Apologies:
Anastasia Tinsel, Veronica Butler

Minutes of previous Meeting:
Read and confirmed – Elaine/ Jan

Matters arising:

  • $1000 donation was misdirected by bank - now recovered.
  • The laptop still on hold and Jan suggested her son working in IT may be able to help with a 2nd hand laptop - Bob to follow up.

Correspondence:

  • Roger and Ann Hughes from Mangawhai emailed to say they have moved to 11/13 Laidlaw Way, East Tamaki.
  • Apparently the Burns family from Barrier View Drive have also left.

Sub-Committee Reports:

  • Liturgy
    Next Liturgy meeting will be held tomorrow.
    Fr Rico is in contact with the Diocesan Liturgy Committee and they are in the process of upgrading different modules for all ministries.
  • Youth
    Anastasia away today. Gabriel Stindl from Mangawhai has offered to teach guitar to children: asked for petrol money
  • Works and Finance report
    - Ken's report stated that Roseanne and Bob are sorting out the House Account and cell/house phone accounts.
    - Fr has 10 months to go with his cell phone account, so not worth trying to change.
    - Parish account balances itemised and another $5000 transferred from the CD fund to cover a $3000 insurance bill and a new oven for the presbytery. We do not appear to be meeting our normal obligations from income and will monitor this closely over the next few months.
    - It was agreed to have a Gala Day next March - date to be decided. Helpers will be needed on the day and Vaughan be asked to organise H & S laminated signs for this.
    - Repairs to the carpark will be carried out in summer. Ken has obtained a small digger to use on broken up areas, so drain can be placed in and repacked.
    - John spoke of a couple of financial issues at Maungaturoto - requesting the Finance Committee pay the $50 / fortnight for mowing of the church lawn. Additional request for a $600 (The Warehouse) electronic screen to save time setting up before Mass: John will look into options.
  • Health and Safety
    - Vaughan forwarded his monthly report stating he has laminated the Fire Action and Tsunami warning evacuation posters for the three facilities and will get these up this month.
    - While not H & S related, the Volunteers Activities Survey has been completed for Mangawhai and arrangements made for these to be finalised at Maungaturoto and Wellsford this month. He also has the noticeboard for the listing of tradesmen in Wellsford (see last month's minutes).
  • Social Justice
    - Noticeboard available for placement in foyer of Wellsford Church
    - The Mangawhai Trading Table is working well (presently $237.43 - aiming for 400) to provide Christmas baskets for those in need.
    - Elaine gave an update on the group sewing for Uganda and the Philippines - ongoing.

General Business:

  1. Helen handed in a pamphlet on a year-long charismatic renewal course entitled the HSI Schools of Discipleship (spearheading a new revival in the Catholic Church), Someone (presumeably from Auckland) would come up weekly to run it.
  2. Fr Rico has been approached for children's books for 8-12 yr old children in the Philippines for use as a mini library - Fr to speak of this at Masses
  3. Michele thanked Fr Rico for the lovely funeral service for Rick Donnelly and also the mass at Rick's home a week or so earlier.
  4. Fr gave us a brief report on his retreat in September, expressing surprise at the poor atten- dance The speaker was very good.

Special thanks to Elaine for taking the minutes at this meeting.

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, 6th November 2017 at 7pm.


The meeting closed at 8.10 p.m. with a prayer from Michele.




MINUTES OF ST MARY'S PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING


held on Wednesday, 6th September 2017 at Wellsford Parish Hall at 7pm

Opening Prayer:
Fr Rico

Present:
Fr Rico, Michele Oliver, Elaine Taylor, Bob Schmanski, Monica Pride, Helen and John Reynolds, Jan Sosinko and Veronica Butler

Apologies:
Anastasia Tinsel

Minutes of previous Meeting:
Tabled and edited

Matters arising:

  • $1000 donation for piano in Wellsford Church: Bob has contacted the donor who is happy to accept other options. Need a computer/hard drive able to hold 3 yrs music. Guitars unlikely at this juncture. Mary Partington (a long term musician) has stated the Wellsford organ is adequate and Barbara Lambert is willing to input music required.
  • It was agreed to ask the Works and Finance Committee to investigate the purchase of a laptop/hard drive/softwarefor use in all three sectors of the parish. With our thanks to the donor for this generous gift. Thank you card (Michele to check with Bob)

Correspondence:

  • In - Fr Jan of Howick parish is bringing a group of permanent deacons to the parish for 2 formation sessions.
  • Fr will be on Retreat from 17-22 September.
  • A chalice has been donated by a Wellsford parishioner.
  • Te Koropko received: a good issue including upcoming workshops on Copyright / Ministry formation / Music seminar by noted composer David Haas. Also attractive Sacramental certificates available.
  • Fr awaiting information from the Liturgy Centre on a training programme for Ministers of Eucharist and Word.
  • Out - Card sent to Maggie Everett and one to be sent to Maureen Bakulich (Helen to send)

Sub-Committee Reports:

  • Liturgy – Michele stated that 10 persons (not 7 as reported) had attended the Retreat last month
    Fr reported on last Liturgy Meeting dealing mainly with planning of liturgies for Fathers'
    Day and Our Lady's birthday celebrations. Michele asked for consideration of her personal concerns for a more inclusive Mother's Day blessing. Elaine was given a copy of the new Maria Guzzo hymn.
    Veronica asked that a liturgy be considered to celebrate creation/ecology - have plenty of appropriate music.
    Mike Harris has asked how best to utilise Fr Bill's gift of the new Stations of the Cross.
    Fr Rico will put it to next Liturgy Meeting but it was agreed that Stations of the Cross be held at 7pm every 1st Friday and each Friday in Lent. Also encourage individual use.
  • Youth - Anastasia absent tonight but Michele will speak with her on any developments
  • Works and Finance report – Painting of hall and downstairs toilet area complete, but kitchen and other areas still have work to finish.
  • Social Justice - Veronica strongly advised not to publish list of useful tradespeople for families in need; as others may (and have) sued perpetrators of such initiatives
  • Option – a cork board in the church foyer for anyone wanting to advertise by business card
  • An offer has been received from an anonymous donor to cover the cost of transportimg the 'grounded' clothing parcel to Uganda

General Business:

  • Church property in Mangawhai – no viable options on the cards but leasing a Ηentral Mangawhai' property a possibility, albeit expensive. Discussion on the pros and cons of σur own church' lacked resolution. Keep on back burner.
  • Elaine said the hymn books (typed as back-up in case of IT breakdown) are complete and presently being edited. Fr agreed to photocopying in Wellsford Office.Helen noted projector instructions taped to inside of the cover – unfortunately sometimes it's just dem gremlins!

Next Meeting:
Wednesday 4th October 2017 at 7pm


The meeting closed at 8.35pm with a short meditative prayer by Michele.




MINUTES OF THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING


held on Wednesday, 2nd August 2017 at 7pm
WELLSFORD PARISH HALL

Opening Prayer:
Michele read the Serenity Prayer

Present:
Bob Schimanski, Michele Oliver, Monica Pride, Anastasia Tinsel, and Veronica Butler

Apologies:
Fr Rico (lateness), Elaine Taylor, Helen and John Reynolds

Minutes of previous Meeting:
Tabled as read and confirmed

Matters arising:

  • Parish website / link working really well. Some emails not going through, but has improved Bob will speak further with Simon.
  • Church property in Mangawhai: transfer to General Business.
  • Mangawhai weekday Mass: transfer to General Business

Correspondence:

  • Anastasia spoke of her ideas for teaching youth . While not a religious programme (more of a modern moral approach) this is still a work in progress. She tabled some colourful, age-related sheets which looked very promising. Michele and Monica will support Anastasia as this progresses.
  • Update on use by the Medical Centre of our church parking area: Ken had written to the Centre suggesting a review of rental (to help in resealing costs). Rental has remained the same for 16 years. No response received to date.
  • The Diocesan Newsletter handed over to Bob
  • E-mail sent out by Marie setting out changes to role of ministers of Eucharist and readers apparently sent only to Wellsford parishioners rather than across the wider parish: this will be rectified.
  • Bob spoke of a phone call he received from a parishioner offering $1000 towards a piano for the Wellsford church to replace the organ. Fr suggested the donation go towards guitars or hard drive but after some discussion it was agreed Bob would go back to the potential donor to query his initial reason for the offer and what other options may be possible.

Sub-Committee Reports:

  • Liturgy – Michele spoke of her disappointment around the Retreat – only seven attended – and the content was not what she had hoped for.
  • Fr informed us that a Deanery meeting earlier in the week had noted other parishes were experiencing similar difficulties to us on religious formation for youth.
  • Works and Finance report – Painting of the church hall to begin 14th August at a cost of $2600 GST incl. $250 donation agreed towards the Bible in Schools Programme. Minor but messy small jobs also carried out around the presbytery.
  • Social Justice Fr met with John Vianney and Monsignor Davies regarding the issue of Fr Richard's offer to transport clothing to Uganda but he left the country yesterday – with/without suitcase?

General Business:

  • Michele raised concerns about the hoped-for weekday Mass at Mangawhai: she was anxious that Maungataturoto did not lose their Wednesday Mass as this was very well supported and a Friday Mass would be preferential for most Mangawhai people. After some discussion Fr stated he would offer Mass on the 3rd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at individual homes in Mangawhai. It was agreed to let the matter rest at present until a response can be gathered from parishioners. Michele stated she would not proceed with follow up in light of this decision.
  • Veronica raised a concern about the possibility of nominees for church ministries being 'screened' by parishioners. Obviously one should always encourage 'best practice' with reverence and competence, but it was agreed it is not our place to judge.

Next Meeting:
Wednesday 6th September 2017 at 7pm


Fr Rico closed the meeting with a blessing at 8.55 pm.




MINUTES OF THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING


HELD WEDNESDAY 5TH JULY 2017 AT 7PM
WELLSFORD PARISH HALL

Opening Prayer:
Bob Schimanski

Present:
Bob Schimanski, Michelle Oliver, Elaine Taylor, Monica Pride, Helen and John Reynolds, Anastasia Tinsel, Veronica Butler

Apologies:
Fr Rico (sick), Michelle (for lateness)

Minutes of previous Meeting:
Tabled

Matters arising:

  1. Bob reviewed the programme “Bible in Schools” giving the committee an overview of the basic themes. The 17 sessions included – Made for a purpose / Forgiveness / Courage / Obedience / Helping and respecting others etc. While more moral rather than religious in nature, it was agreed these are important learnings for children and we need to be seen supporting the programme alongside other churches. This to be referred to Finance Committee for a decision on the parish contribution.
  2. Bob rang Simon Straka who agreed to put the parish newsletter on gmail. Additionally Bob will request Simon put the Parish Council minutes on a website which can then be accessed via a published link in the newsletter. Veronica needs to arrange this with Marie Rambeau and email a copy of the monthly minutes to Simon.
  3. Veronica passed on the concerns of a Mangawhai parishioner regarding the legality of using 2nd hand materials for building additions to the home of a Wellsford parishioner who requires an extra room to house grandchildren. Monica felt our part is to offer help while other committee members felt the building/standard of construction should be between the builder and Council. No further action.
  4. Michelle brought us up to date on the possibility of purchasing a church property in Mangawhai. After speaking to the Bishop she approached Ken Davies (a well known land agent) to source potential sites. He has had no success in the Mangawhai area and he and Roseanne (Parish Treasurer) believe logistics would be very difficult and suggested speaking with the local Anglican Church We struggle to meet current costs for the 3 parish areas, but it was agreed we need to speak to Mangawhai parishioners for their views. Jan Sosinko to be approached on her return as to whether she is willing to take up co-ordination of this role.

Correspondence:

  • Te Koropiko magazine (Liturgy) was passed to Elaine for study at the next Liturgy meeting.
  • DPC News, focusing mainly on Youth and including the need for new vocations to the priesthood.
  • Michelle has been in email contact with the Mercy Spirituality Centre regarding a retreat. Two dates were offered and Michelle suggested Sr Catherine choose the topic. The Committee agreed to Friday 22 September between 10am-3.30pm, Wellsford.

Sub-Committee Reports:

  • Liturgy – the next meeting to be held tomorrow 6th July to discuss the celebration of our Parish Patron saint Our Lady of Perpetual Help, together with the Mercy Retreat. Introducing initiatives by Fr Rico where Readers and Eucharistic Ministers will process in with the priest at the beginning of Mass. Readers will also take up the introductory role and read the Prayers of the Faithful from the lectern. The reader will say the Psalm verses and the congregation will sing/recite the response from the overhead screen.
  • No Youth or Social Justice reports
  • Health and Safety committee (newly formed) will meet next Thursday
  • Works and Finance $2600 for painting of the Wellsford church hall. Vaughan will attend this next meeting to ensure all regulations are met.

General Business:

  1. Michelle suggested that one of the 3 weekday Masses at Wellsford be transferred to Mangawhai. Speak to Fr Rico about this and consider where this might be held (Anglican Church/private home/s? – what day/time? Matter to be raised at Liturgy meeting.
  2. Elaine spoke of the large quantity of sewing undertaken by the group of Mangawhai women on behalf of a birthing centre in (Northern?) Philippines. The same group has also sewn for impoverished children in a Ugandan orphanage. These latter items were to have been taken there by Fr Richard on his return, but he is now unwilling to do this. Fr Rico will speak to Mons. Tonks and Fr Richard to explore other options. Local corruption in Uganda demands someone collect the package end-flight and transport to its destination.
  3. Bob asked that members give consideration to acting as the Wellsford rep to the Regional Pastoral council. He has held this position for the past 5 years.
  4. Ken and Bob were thanked by Michelle with a gift on behalf of the Parish, for their lengthy and generous service to the PPC.

Next Meeting:
Wednesday, 2nd August at 7pm
(Apologies in advance from Elaine, Helen and John)

The meeting closed at 8.25pm with a reading by Michelle from this Sunday’s Scripture.


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