Parish Council

Current members are:

Harry Palmer
Omar Diaz
Alejandro Diaz
Rob Jackson
Diane Nagy
Maricela Puentes
Bella Amaya
Vicki Kalil
Arnoldo Rodriguez




Parish Council
Summary of Monthly Meetings


June 8, 2017

  • Currently looking for new members to increase Parish Council size and to replace retiring members
  • Reviewed plans for the Corpus Christi Procession
  • St. Vincent Feast Day 5K plans are under way
  • Received update from Haiti regarding the funds we sent; waiting on photos to display outside Vincent Hall
  • Coordinating a joint meeting with the 150th Committee to share ideas for parish spiritual renewal
  • Reviewed and updated Parish Council Statutes

May 11, 2017

  • Fr. Matthew contacting candidates for Parish Council to replace retirees
  • Discussed plans for the Corpus Christi Procession on June 18
  • Discussed plans for the St. Vincent Feast Day activities: 5K on Sept. 23 and Gold Outing and Neighborhood Picnic on Sept. 24
  • Funds were sent to Haiti, and Fr. Jolibois has been invited to visit our parish
  • 150th Campaign has raised 90% of our goal in pledges
  • Roof remodel can begin after all required estimates have been received

March 9, 2017

  • 150th campaign has received pledges for 80% of monetary goal. Bishop’s Appeal obligation is met and enough funds are available to begin the roof repair this summer.
  • Fr. Matthew will ask for spiritual renewal ideas from the parish on forms to be placed in offertory baskets. Goal is to plan events by June to commence in September.
  • Guest speakers for Lent reviewed as well as expanded hours for confession.
  • New St. Vincent school mascot is the Guardians.
  • Prairie Street buildings can be salvaged and repaired for less than tearing down.
  • Our sister parish in Haiti, St. Bainet, will be our Annual Mission Appeal for 2017. Fr. Matthew will be inviting them to send a guest speaker for our Masses.
  • Fr. Matthew will oversee efforts to step up parking direction during religious education/Mass overlap on Sundays.

February 9, 2017

  • Guest speaker will give brief testimony at Masses in support of 150th campaign. Parishioners are encouraged to submit pledge cards for prayer support if unable to donate financially.
  • Plans made to survey parishioners for spiritual renewal ideas
  • Materials will be posted for “Best Lent Ever” online Lent devotional from Dynamic Catholic.
  • Jail ministry beginning with a men’s Bible study in cooperation with neighborhood parishes.
  • Land adjacent to the St. Vincent Cemetery has been donated for cemetery use. The cemetery board is working on a five-year plan to develop the property.
  • Prairie Street properties are being assessed for cost and viability of rehabilitation project and/or tearing down of the buildings.

   January 12, 2017

  • 150th Campaign Video will be shown a second time at all weekend Masses due to low attendance for previous showing.
  • 150th Campaign has raised nearly 50% of its monetary goal.
  • Reviewed this year’s Advent Lessons & Carols with Brad Todorovich, planning to expand program for 2017.
  • Gathering ideas for spiritual renewal for the parish in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary.
  • Lenten schedule reviewed.


November 10, 2016

  • St. Vincent sent money to Haiti for hurricane relief
  • Neighborhood cookout was successful; ideas for next year discussed
  • George Kalil is coordinating assessment of steeple capacity for larger cross
  • The new carpet in the conference room downstairs already has large stains; will discuss limit on food consumption with Fr. Matthew
  • Planned to discuss the future of Advent Lessons & Carols with Brad Todorovich.

October 13, 2016

  • Met jointly with the 150th Anniversary Committee to review feedback from parish and diocese on church renovations & improvements.
  • Voted unanimously to proceed with the project and begin fundraising.

September 8, 2016

  • Meeting Room Updates: painting is complete; new carpet, artwork and countertops in conference room.

  • 5K Run/Walk registration in progress

  • Neighborhood Cookout planning finalized

  • 150th Anniversary town hall meeting scheduled for 9/11/16

  • New parish office secretary & part time administrative assistant announced

August 11, 2016

  • Neighborhood Cookout refocusing on evangelization

  • Parish Council new nominee status and current member changes

  • Update on meeting rooms – painting and updates in progress

  • Finalization of 5K Run/Walk for Haiti plans

  • Parish Festival update from John Karasch