May 2021 – Pastoral Council Minutes

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St. Ignatius Pastoral Council Meeting

Monday, May 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Virtual Meeting via Zoom

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Present: Father Casciotti, Len Heckwolf, Joe Hillery, Barbara Ipsaro, Barbara Lazzati, Ted Engelke, Ryan Bixler, Toni Moore-Duggan, Kate Walsh, and Kevin Burdinski.


  1. Pastor’s Report – Father Jim
  • Anti-racist Task Force is going to set up Zoom meetings with the different committees to discuss what they have been working on.
  • We moved the offices completely. Next step is to get the booth for the radio mass set up and to move the telephones as well.  
  • The draft budget has about a $30,000 surplus. The question now is should we have a security guard when we start full in-person masses again.
  • There was a lot of discussion about having a security guard. There is still some research that needs to be done. Kevin and Ted volunteered to help with organizing/supporting a training to learn how to de-escalate a situation.
  • It was noted that the in-person masses are still every other pew, masks required, but it’s only 3 feet apart now.
  • Thinking about moving the 9am to 10am, and then having a 5pm, so two masses on Sunday.   
  • Will be saving $30,000 of operating expenses next year once the townhouses are turned over to the school.
  • Will be meeting with the technology consultants to determine what may need to be updated.         
  • Father Watters raised another $500,000 in pledges and is at about $3M in total commitments. Once we reach $5M construction will begin. 


  1. Deacon’s Report – Deacon Andrew 
  • Deacon Andrew was not able to make tonight’s meeting, but he provided a written update.
  • Not much to update about the communion or confirmation services, although he enjoyed them. 
  • Weddings and baptisms (and the preparation for them) are proceeding apace. (There about a dozen baptisms upcoming, and Andrew is currently working with 11 couples, either getting married at St. Ignatius or parishioners marrying elsewhere.)
  • While Andrew is getting a handle on the obligations at Corpus Christi, it is fairly time-consuming. He doesn’t know how long he will be needed in his role there, whether the level of work needed might wane, or what next steps to anticipate.


  1. Justice and Peace Update – Joe  
  • They met last Thursday.
  • Thinking about working with Respect for Life to help provide legal support. 
  • Made a connection with Emmanuel Church to help support their vaccine drive. Three of our Parishioners helped. There is another day in three weeks as well. 
  • There will be a BLM rally on May 27th.
  • Looking to get the events on the larger St. Ignatius calendar rather than only the Justice and Peace calendar.
  • There is a racial solidarity survey that the group would like to circulate. 
  • May 19th at 1pm there is a Zoom call from the Ignatian Solidarity Network.


  1. Covid 19 Vaccinations for Loaves & Fishes Clients – Len   
  • Loaves and Fishes is now covered for all weeks of the month June. 
  • They talked to Healthcare for the Homeless and there maybe an opportunity for us to help coordinate come COVID vaccination efforts. Going with Healthcare for the Homeless during the second week in June to do this.
  • They finished the survey regarding how Parishioners see things evolving as things open up. 
  1. Other Items
  • John Odean is going to help put together a virtual ministry fair.
  • We will show these videos at the end of each mass.
  • We need to think about how start asking more people to volunteer and participate.     
  1. Closing Prayer
  • Len closed with prayer


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