Council Notes from Jefferson City (August 2017)

The Vocation Office report announced the diocese accepted five new students for seminary formation. They entered Conception Seminary College on Aug. 15.

– A discussion took place about various programs offered through the Ministry to Priests Committee. The next Priests’ Institute will focus on the Intentional Presbyterate. Members discussed past programs, costs, speakers, goals, and follow up.

– After a discussion, a motion was made, seconded, and unanimously passed to recommend the approval of the Revised Sabbatical Policy

– Deanery feedback was discussed relative to the Christ the King Multicultural celebration.  The “commonality” of being Catholic was emphasized. Due to preparations such as securing a well-known speaker and other planning and marketing activities, 2019 was suggested as the year to begin the celebration.

– An extensive discussion took place concerning the consolidation of the diocesan payroll system with the Chief Financial Officer present. The goal is to standardize the system, and to reduce errors and penalties.

– Minutes noted a favorable response to the Revised Marriage Rite. A request was made that the Diocesan Liturgical Commission develop a template with the appropriate text to use for a wedding with Mass and for a wedding without a Mass.

– In discussing feedback about discontinuation of the print version of the diocesan directory, members from all deaneries requested a return to a print/hard copy. Conversation took place around ways to pay for the printing including soliciting advertisers and perhaps removing non-essential information.   A motion was made, seconded and unanimously passed to return to the print version of diocesan directory.

– Minutes note deanery consultations for the Diocesan Pastoral Plan are completed.

– Several people who attended the Convocation for Catholic Leaders in Orlando in July will produce a report on their experience.

– Finally, Bishop Gaydos expressed gratitude to all for their prayers and support during and after his spring aortic valve surgery.