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  • Tom Kaiser, Co Chairperson
    Mary PatTyson Vanderlaan, Co Chairperson
    Fr. David Mowry, Parochial Vicar, Immaculate Conception Parish
    Lisa Grisolia, Director of Music, Immaculate Conception Parish
    Maria Wilbert, IC Volunteer and Special Project Coordinator, Immaculate Conception Parish
    Tom Hanik
    Joe and Sue Bronsnan
    Jim Viola
    Mary Lou Rafferty
    Dave McCaffrey
    Dr. George Loss
    Peg Cello

    Alan Conkle

    2016 Most Recent Worship Commission Minutes: April 2016
  • Worship Commission Meeting – April 18, 2016

    Attendance: Fr. David Mowry, Tom Kaiser, Mary Pat Vanderlaan, Lisa Grisolia, Maria Wilbert, Peg Cello, Jim Viola, Tom Hanik, David McCaffrey, and Mary Lou Rafferty.

    Faith Sharing: We read the Psalm (I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God) and first reading for the fifth Sunday of Easter: Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27.  Paul and Barnabas were busy proclaiming the good news and strengthening the spirits of the disciples, reminding them that they will undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.  They were opening the door of faith to the Gentiles.

    Minutes:  March minutes were approved.

    Parish Council:   Father David reported that the Council continues to refine the Pastoral Plan, by prioritizing a list of goals and tasks that are currently underway or should begin – and working together with the parish staff to prioritize opportunities for the coming years. 

    He also reported that there will be a change in location of the Masses on May 22 because of soon to be Father Keith Wolf’s first Mass.  So, the 7:30 and 5:15 will be in the Chapel, and the 9:00 and 11:30 will be in the CHURCH.
    Beginning June 4/5, we will be on summer schedule – the intent is to do all the Masses in the CHURCH in order to minimize logistics and save energy.  The only Mass where this might be difficult is Sunday 5:15 because sometimes there is very large attendance.  Father David will check in with Father Tom to see how he wants to proceed.  Also, the 11:30 is now at 11:00 for the summer.

    The Liturgical Enrichment Day is April 23 at 9:00 at Ascension Parish, Oakbrook.  All are strongly encouraged to attend.  Father David will lead the breakout for the lectors.

    Ministry Signup Day is May 14/15.  Maria asked for a volunteer to speak at Mass.  Jim said he is willing to do this or to get someone.  There will be signup sheets in the pews – Maria will get everything set up for the Saturday 5:15 and Sunday 7:30 Masses.  The extra signup sheets will be in the ushers’ closet.  The ushers should replenish in pews, collect the sheets during the regular collection and leave them in the usher closet where Maria will pick up on Monday.

    Review of Holy Week and Easter: All ministers were present; All went very well.  The Altar of Repose was beautiful, the music was great.  Good Friday stations and living stations good.  Great thanks to all who made this happen.

    Year of Mercy
    • Pilgrimage Open House – Maria handed out the spreadsheet of volunteers.We still need volunteers and Father David asked that we encourage the other ministries and committee members to volunteer.Dave will work with Maria on the web page (a landing page) for every 2 months.Maria will check to see how many pilgrims have attended – we suspect it has been very light.The topic of timing was brought up again.There is a possibility that we could have it open at hours other than the 11-1 Saturday now that school will be out.Father David will check in with Father Tom. Father David will check in again with the maintenance crew to ensure table and chair is in the narthex of the Church on Fridays and will update the instructions.Jeff took care of the sign.\
    • Monthly Holy Hours – We continued the conversation about the themes for the Holy Hours and the option to have additional devotions or reflections during the time of Adoration when Father is hearing confessions.For May 17, the theme is “Deacons”; June is “the sick”; July is “youth”; August is “workers/volunteers of mercy”; September is “catechists”; October is “Mary Mother of Mercy”; and November is “for the dead”.Father David will mention this to the priests at the Deanery meeting this month, and hopes to find a way to recognize and thank them.
    • Mary Pat sent an inquiry to several Deacons to get their ideas about what might be a special devotion or prayer and is waiting to hear back.She found several very good prayers that could be recited by the congregation or by the Deacons themselves.It was suggested that Ron Madsen might be a good option to actually conduct the Holy Hour for May. Peg will invite the Deacons in the Deanery by sending a letter or email to the Secretaries of the churches.Mary Lou will send an invitation to the transitional Deacons at Mundelein. For the rest of the year, Mary Pat reported that she initiated discussions with Pam (for sick, volunteers of mercy, and those who minister to dead) and Marcia (for youth).It was suggested that she also contact Paul Mach from the diocese, and that perhaps we could get someone who would draw the youth, and maybe we could offer a stipend.Mary Lou will check with her colleagues to see if there is someone who is good with music and get back to Commission.Tom and Mary Pat will submit an update for the next Holy Hours to the Commission for discussion at our next meeting.
    • Monthly Saint and spiritual/corporal works of mercy newsletter articles – These are going very well.Peg is up next for the May newsletter and it is due to Mary Pat by April 20.Father David has the June newsletter and it is due to Mary Pat by May 20 – so that Maria receives by the 25th of each month.July – Tom; August – Dave; September – Joyce; October – Mary Lou; November – Tom.
    • Special services for Year of Mercy – Regarding the Taize prayer service, Lisa suggested we wait till after the May 4 planning meeting.She said that if she is to do this, she will need help.Anyone who is interested may want to attend the Ascension Church, Oak Park services, which are on each first Friday of the month.Next one is May 6 at 7:30.We will make a decision at our next Worship Commission meeting on May 16 as to whether or not we want to do this.On April 30, St. Alexanders and St. John the Apostle will celebrate Mass at IC Pilgrim church – 8:00 AM Mass.There was a suggestion as to whether Father Tom could do an additional tour of the windows in the church – Father David suggested that Tom Kaiser contact the CCW to see what that might entail. We will do a “Closing out of the Year of Mercy with a ceremonial “closing of the Jubilee Door” on November 20.Once we finalize our plans, Dave (thank you Dave!) can update the trifold.
    • 6/7/8 grader servers will be trained.22 fifth graders will be trained this week.13 graduates want to be Eucharistic Ministers.Training for EM and lectors is June 7 at 7:00 PM and June 11 at 9:00 AM in chapel.Tom will put in a request to calendar.
    • There was a request to consider how to fulfill the periodic need for a Communion Service.  Father David worked with Deacon Tom to develop instructions.  It is in the church drawer for when it is needed.  The following people can conduct the service:  Deacon John, Loretta K., Jan K., Dick E.
    • IC fest is August 27.  This is the 140th anniversary of IC, so bigger things are in the works.  Father David will talk with Father Tom as to whether we want to invite the former priests to attend.  We may do this for the special Mass on November 6 when Bishop Siegel will celebrate Mass.
    • Tom Hanik has taken leave of the Worship Commission and we are very grateful for his many years of dedicated service.  Father David mentioned that next month will be decisions about where the Associate priests will be reassigned to.  We are sad that Father David may be reassigned, as the diocese moves the Associates usually every 3 years.
    Father David closed the meeting with a blessing for us to have a fruitful and holy remainder of Easter season.  Meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM.

    Next WC meeting will be held on Monday May 16th at 7:00 PM.