ISHPEMING AREA CATHOLIC BOARD OF RELIGIOUS

EDUCATION & PASTORAL SERVICES

ANNUAL REPORT 2009-2010

 

 

 

AREA BOARD MEMBERS                                   


St. John the Evangelist

Father Greg Heikkala  

Damian Andriacchi                              

Molly Kierzek 
Jeffrey Barens              

 

St. Joseph Parish

Father James Challancin

Deacon Steve

Debbie Nault

Tom Farley      


STAFF MEMBERS

Administrator:                                                   Angela Johnson

Secretary/Coordinator:                                     Jody Forrester

Youth Activity Coordinator:                              Rebecca LaChapelle

Youth & Intergenerational

Religious Education Coordinator:                      Melissa Pillifant

Sacramental Preparation Coordinator:   Mary Turino

 

Marriage Prep:                                     Parish priests coordinate

Pastoral Care:                                                   Faith Formation Center coordinates

RCIA/Baptismal Prep:                          Sr. Catherine Gleason

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

 

Weekly Classes                                    September 13, 2009 – May 17, 2010

(Sunday evenings: 9th – 12th graders, 21 sessions)         (Monday evenings: K – 8th graders, 26 sessions)  

 

Together in Faith Sessions                     September 2009 – May 2010 (Fourth Monday of the month 9 sessions)

 

Families in the Religious Education Program:      St. John the Evangelist              St. Joseph

            *See attached report for details                     29  participated of a  74  possible       44   of a 82   possible

 

Students in the Religious Education Program:     St. John the Evangelist              St. Joseph

            *See attached report for details                   44  participated of a 112   possible       62 of a  178  possible

 

Sacramental Programs

 

First Reconciliation                                           Thursday March 11, 2010

First Holy Communion                          May 16, 2010

 

Total 18 participants

St. John the Evangelist  St. Joseph        Sacred Heart                St. Peter

            Grade 2                                    6                                         7                        1                               1

            Grade 3                                    0                                         1                        0                               0

            Grade 5                                    1                                         0                        0                               0

            Grade 7                                    0                                         1                        0                               0

 

Sacramental Preparation Sessions – Parents and children

 

Orientation                                                                                                       Monday, August 31, 2009

Baptism & Introduction to Sacrament of Reconciliation                          Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sacrament of Reconciliation-Review & proper reception                                   Sunday, February 21, 2010                 

Sacrament of Eucharist - Introduction                                                    Sunday, April 11, 2010

Review and Proper Reception of the Eucharist-Children                                    Sunday, May 2, 2010

Practice for First Holy Communion                                                                   Thursday, May 13, 2010

 

Intergenerational Programs/Activities

 

Together in Faith Sessions

            September 28, 2009                             Revelation (Speaker: Melissa Pillifant)

*                                                                                  Also, annual signing of Covenant of partnership

            October 26, 2009                                God the Father and Trinity (Speaker: Melissa Pillifant)  

November 23, 2009                             Creation (Speaker: Melissa Pillifant)

            December 21 2009                              God the Son (Speaker: Fr. Tim Ekaitis)

            January 25, 2010                                  Mary – DVD Presentation (Speaker: Melissa Pillifant)

            February 22, 2010                               God the Holy Spirit (Speaker: Fr. Ben Hasse)

            March 22, 2010                                   The Church (Speaker: Fr. Greg Heikkala)

            April 26, 2010                                      The Last Things (Speaker: Fr. Jim Challancin)

            May 24, 2010                                      Annual wrap-up/picnic/softball

 

Living Activities (Led by students for all parishioners)

            October 11, 2009                                Living Rosary

            December 6, 2009                               Liturgy-Jesse Tree

            March 14, 2010                                   Living Stations of the Cross (Practice-Sunday, March 28, 2010)

*          April 18, 2010                                      Living Mercy

 

Youth Activities

            November 6-8, 2009                           P2K – “Called” (Grades 9th – 12th)

*          November 22, 2009                             Jeopardy/Pizza Party Activity (6th – 8th)

*          February 6-7, 2009                              Souper Bowl Sunday ($623.81 donated to: Room at the Inn)

            March 6, 2010                                     Y-Fast Activity – (Grades 6th – 12th)

 

            August 16 – 20, 2010                           Vacation Bible School @ St. Johns

 

Adult Bible Study/Activities

Great Bible Adventure                          Completed 24 sessions (3 groups – Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)

34 participants

*          Quick Journey Bible Timeline                8 week mini-session March 9 to May 4 (Tues. evenings @ St. Johns)

14 participants

 

Lenten Movie Night                              (Cancelled due to the cost of the license needed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I. ADULT SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMS

 

Pre-Marriage Program -       couples St. John-          10        St. Joseph-       5

 

RCIA                          Weekly Sessions

Easter Vigil – (Full Communion)                        St John-           1          St. Joseph-       0

           

Rite of Election celebrated   February 21, 2010 @ St. Peters Cathedral

 

Pre-Baptism                                                   St. John-          11        St. Joseph-       10

 

II. PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY

 

Grief Support

            12 monthly meetings 3rd Wednesday of each month (Jan – March, 2010 cancelled)

 

First Friday Mass at the Mather and Valente Nursing Homes

            -Volunteers 17,  parish priests alternate between the two facilities, social follows

            -Takes place at 2 p.m. on the first Friday of each month

 

Home Bound visits                 Ministers:   6

            Persons:           St. John- 7                   St. Joseph- 6

 

Nursing Home Volunteers-   7 visit both Mather and Valente Nursing Homes weekly bringing communion

                                                            Mather Nursing Home 53                     Valente Nursing Home 30

 

Annual Mass and Anointing of the Sick

St. Joseph’s Church on Thursday, October 29, 2009, soup luncheon follows

            Volunteers                    49

            Participants                   90

 

*Day of Renewal – Pastoral Care volunteers (Refresher training/presentation, soup lunch, Mother Teresa Video)

 

*Catholics Returning Home (six sessions, led by team of six volunteers, five regular participants)

Feb. 11: Welcome/Sharing by Team and Attendees

Feb. 18: Sharing Stories of Faith DVD/Discussion and Sharing

Feb. 25: The Church Today: Explanation of Major Changes since Vatican II

March 4: Walk through the Mass (Father Jim and Father Greg present)

March 11: Explanation of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

March 18: The Creed: What Catholics Believe

 

III. CELEBRATIONS

 

Catechetical Sunday                                         September 20, 2009

 

*          Class Night Open House                                  May 17, 2010: 80 to 85 total participants including:

                                                                                    students, staff, and parents (43 of 105 students present)

 

 


 

IV. STAFF CONTINUING EDUCATION

Fall Study Day                          Oct.  23, 2009             Heart of the Catechist – St. Peters Cathedral

                                                                        (Angela, Melissa, Jody attended)

 

            Diocesan Youth Ministry Training          Jan. 23, 2010 “Renewing the Vision” – St. Michael Parish

                                                                        (Melissa, Becca)

 

            Curriculum Meeting                              March 6, 2010 (Melissa)

 

            Spring Study Day                                 March 30 “The Mass” (Angela, Melissa, Becca & Jody)                                              

            Hospitality Lecture                                June 8 , 2010 (Melissa & Mary)

 

 

 Volunteers continuing ed

 

Grief Conference                                  Grief Support   Coordinators - October 30, 2009        

                                                                        (Sr. Margey, Mary Valente)

 

 

            Catechist Training                                 Mini workshop to familiarize the teachers with the curriculum

in August 2009; monthly methods training; Catechists are also encouraged to participate in the monthly Together in Faith sessions which includes adult teachings.

 

V. SAFE ENVIRONMENT AND VIRTUS

*          Safe Environment VIRTUS training for Nov. 12, 2009

adult volunteers hosted at St. Joseph

Church for Vicariate              

 

Safe Environment Training and Christian            March 4, 2010

Chastity Training for students was

conducted  and the necessary reporting

completed       

 

 

*Denotes new program added/reinstated in 2009-2010