Due to insufficient number in attendance, quorum was not achieved to convoke a proper meeting. These notes are from informal discussion on important topics to be addressed at the vicariate meetings.
- New Concerns about safety in our schools and churches
– Diocese of Belleville Superintendent of Schools was invited to share security procedures in place for diocesan Catholic schools
– Thursday the State Police will talk to the Belleville Catholic Schools
– All possibly threatening comments from students must be taken seriously
– All schools are required to have fire drills, tornado drills, and now shooter drills
– Schools will be required to have one window in each classroom that opens like a door for quick egress for students and teachers.
– Specific situational issues and responses were discussed
- Miami Catholic school teacher same sex marriage case
-More discussion with the Superintendent concerning these type of situations and their effect on Catholic schools everywhere.
– Recognizing the Superintendent’s retirement, the Bishop thanked him for his invaluable contributions over the past 40 years
- Tax Credit Scholarship Implementation Program
– A guest invited by the Bishop shared information on the Tax Credit Scholarship Program
– Despite several computer glitches as it was initiated, significant donations have been received
– The system and process were discussed
- Consultation with Presbyteral Council on Cardinal Glennon Hospital
– A discussion on a request to help raise funds for the Cardinal Glennon Hospital; no special envelope collection will take place, but if a parish wants to distribute materials about the hospital to their parishioners, the Bishop has no objections
– There was a discussion about the new hospital, and the ‘growing pains’ to develop its administration and a visiting schedule for the Bishop
- 2018 Ordination to the Priesthood and Diaconate
– Dates and times were given; Bishop encouraged all priests to attend, and added that each parish should send a delegation of 10-20 parishioners
– The Bishop would like each parish to send him the names of 5-10 young men to receive his personal invitation, and reminded all to pray for vocations
– April 22nd, World Day of Vocations, there will be a diocesan day of prayer, including asking pastors and parishes to hold a holy hour at 3 pm for all to pray together
– Bishop asked to be included on all information of this type sent to parishes and priests
– The Vocation Director has been in contact with a couple of young men regarding the priesthood
- Pastoral Plan for Parish Renewal and restructuring parish partnerships
– There will be no more Next Step meetings
– The bishop has met with pastors, parish leaders, the Vicar General and the Vicars Forane
– Parishes should be moving forward in merging and sharing responsibilities
– If needed, the Diocese will make necessary changes for the good of each faith community and the good of the Diocese
- Farm Blessing
– A discussion was held concerning the tradition of a spring and fall Farm Blessing and the difficulties in continuing it as it has been done in the past
– Suggestions were offered as to possible changes that would allow it to continue
– The Bishop will discuss this at the next Cabinet meeting
- Dr. Martin Luther King
– The Bishop encouraged every parish to find appropriate ways to reflect upon Dr. King’s life, prophetic teachings, and untimely death at 39, on the 50th anniversary of his death.
– Discussion and suggestions followed
- Health and Well Being of Priests
– A list of health updates for various diocesan priests was shared
– The Bishop reminded all to have ‘end of life’ paperwork on file at the Chancery
The next Presbyteral Council meeting is scheduled for June 4, 2018.