Pastoral Council Minutes



MARCH 11, 2019



Present: Fr. Grant Gerlach, Dan DeFries, Kay Birkholt, John Lane, Alisa Birkholt, and Julie Hill.

Absent: Greg Lacey, Gary Palo and Joan Roe (recording secretary).


The opening prayer was led by Fr. Gerlach.


The minutes from the January 10, 2019 meeting were approved.


Pastoral Planning/Brainstorming (based on DPP) - Fr. Gerlach presented his thoughts on things to consider as we develop plans and activities for parishioners.



Make Disciples

Live the Mission

Personal Invitation

How do we facilitate each parishioner’s formation each year?

How do we ensure that parishioners in some way indicate their support (material or spiritual) of the parish or an entity that the church will support?


 Old Business:

  • The Amazon Smile Program - Danny has not had an opportunity to work on the sign up under the Knights of Columbus. He will try to get everything set up before the next meeting. Once established we will begin working on communicating this program to the parishioners.
  • Kay updated the group on our Lenten study group. The “Forgiven” series kicked off on Sunday, March 10 at 9:00am in the library at St. Anthony’s and the second session will kick off on Thursday at 2:00pm at Brookside. Sign up for the sessions totaled 15 people. Parishioners can still join either session.
  • Fr. Gerlach reminded everyone that Pastoral Ministry Days will be held April 7-9 at Terra Sancta. The focus this year will be on Parish Pastoral Councils. Early bird registration deadline is Friday, March 15. The parish will pay the registration fees for council members if they would like to attend.
  • Fr. Gerlach, Kay & John met on February 12 to discuss establishing a Social Services and Outreach Ministry. An overview of the proposed ministry was provided to attendees and is included with these meeting minutes. The next steps will be to schedule brainstorming days to gather parishioner input. Kay will work with Joan to find ideal days/times in the next few months. Fr. Gerlach suggested that Kay talk to parishioners about the ministry at the end of Mass on March 24.
  • Fr. Gerlach gave an update on the Living the Mission Campaign.
    • St. Anthony of Padua has received 54 pledges totaling $146,000 – 48% of our goal
    • Letters will be going out to parishioners that we haven’t heard from
    • Overall the campaign is half way to its goal of $12M


 New Business:

  • Kay advised that the youth group leaders want to host a Seder meal with the youth group on April 17. Initially, they thought about extending it to the entire parish but given the planning required, it was decided to keep it to the youth. Fr. Gerlach advised that April 17 is also the practice for liturgical ministers who are serving during the Triduum.
  • Kay raised the question about establishing a prayer wall in the Gathering Space and reviving the Prayer and Comfort Shawl Ministry. After discussion, Kay volunteered to reach out to Kerry Peters to discuss the idea and then come back to Fr. Gerlach with recommendations for the wall and guidelines on how it could be managed.
  • Fr. Gerlach advised that he has not been able to find a priest to cover services at Custer during the Triduum. Alisa recommended that each parish (Edgemont, Hot Springs and Custer) give up one service in order to allow Fr. Gerlach to manage services for all parishioners. It will be important to communicate as soon as possible whatever is decided so that parishioners can plan appropriately.
  • Julie presented the idea of “Book Bags” that would be available for children under 7 years of age and contain a variety of age appropriate Catholic books. The bags would be available to pick and return at the entrance of the church and would ideally reduce distraction for parents during Mass. It was recommended to pilot the program with a few families to see if it is helpful.


The next meeting will be held Thursday, May 23, at 6:15p in the projector room.

 Fr. Gerlach closed the meeting with a prayer.