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Name Sister Rebecca Otter
Email rebotter35@yahoo.com
Phone 620.285.2035

 

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Adult Religious Formation

The purpose of the Adult Religious Formation team is to strive to show leadership in the journey of faith and renewal of all parishioners in accord with Church teachings and diocesan policies. This includes renewal programs for those serving in Church ministries, basic teachings on Church doctrines, the welcoming home Catholic outreach and family nights to involve the entire program.  

Adult Religious Formation Commission June 2017 Minutes

 SACRED HEART PARISH

 ADULT RELIGIOUS FORMATION COMMISSION

 June 1, 2017

 PRESENT: Sister Rebecca Otter, Mary Mitchell, Father Warren Stecklein, and Regis Lopata

 ABSENT:  David O’Gwin and Cathy Grover

 

The minutes from the meeting of were reviewed and approved as written.

 

There was some discussion about our recent Lenten study program “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass.”  Positive comments were received by those who attended the program.  Some individuals indicated that a change in the day of the week or time of such programs would be better.  It was decided that we would put something in the bulletin asking parishioners to inform ARF Commission members about recommended subjects for future sessions, as well as suggested times for the sessions.  It was decided that we would look for a program on Fatima or the Blessed Virgin, which could occur in the fall.  In addition, plans are being made for a new group for the Kapaun’s Men series, which would also occur in the fall.

 

There was discussion about the columns in the Sacred Heart Beat called “What You Do For the Least.”  Sister Irene had been writing those columns, but that series has now been completed.  Sister Rebecca wrote the article for the June newsletter on the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  It was decided to change the name of the column to “Why Do We _________” with different individuals writing it each month.  Regis will write articles for July and August on gestures we use in church and on the Assumption.  In September, Mary will write the column on a patron saint of teachers.  It was decided to ask Cathy to write the October column about the Feast of the Holy Rosary.

Plans were made for subjects for the monthly Adoration/Holy Hour for the remainder of the year.  These include:

                        June:    Sacred Heart of Jesus – Regis

                        July:     patriotic rosary – Sister Rebecca and others

                        August:   prayer for teachers and students – Cathy?

                        September:  prayers for healing with an anointing of the sick – Sister

                                    Rebecca and Father Bernard

                       October: scriptural rosary with luminous mysteries – Regis

                       November:  prayers for the deceased – Sister Rebecca

                       December:  no scheduled Adoration/Holy Hour

 

The next meeting of the Adult Religious Formation Commission will be on August 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Education Center.

 

 

 

 

 

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ARF February 23, 2017 Minutes

SACRED HEART PARISH

ADULT RELIGIOUS FORMATION COMMISSION

February 23, 2017

 

PRESENT: Sister Rebecca Otter, Mary Mitchell, Cathy Grover, and Regis Lopata

ABSENT:  Father Warren Stecklein, David O’Gwin

 

The minutes from the meeting of were reviewed and approved as written.

 

The focus of this meeting was in making plans for our Lenten study on “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass”.  Twenty-five parishioners signed up for the program on Sundays, beginning on March 5, 2017, while 11 individuals signed up for the program to be presented on Thursday mornings.  The Thursday sessions will begin on March 2nd.  Linda Zecha will be the facilitator for the Thursday sessions.  Sister Rebecca, Cathy, and Regis will facilitate the Sunday sessions.  It was decided to order three more Leader’s Guides for the group facilitators.  Mary and David will fill in as facilitators when Regis and Sister Rebecca have to be gone.  The Thursday group will meet following the 8:30 a.m. Mass, while the Sunday sessions will begin with lunch following the 10:30 a.m. Mass.  Members of the ARF Commission will provide the lunch for the first meeting, and the attendees were divided into three groups to alternate providing lunches for the remaining sessions.  The program consists of five sessions, with an optional sixth session.  Sister Rebecca will come up with opening and closing prayers for the sessions.  Those attending the sessions were divided into three small groups for discussions.  These groups are as follows:

 

 Group 1 (Regis)                      Group 2 (Cathy)                      Group 3 (Sister Rebecca)       

 

Georgia Bauer                         Ann Ellis                                 Lee Gilcris

 

Vicki Gillett                            Kathy Kazmaier                      Karl Grover

 

Don Kazmaier                         Chelsy LeRoy                         Kyle LeRoy

 

Mike Martel                            Sharon McGinness                  Kathy Lopata

 

Mary Mitchell                         Jacques Molleker                     Jim Mitchell

 

Toni Novotny                          Rita O’Gwin                           Joan Molleker

 

Mary Wilson                           Ed Ummel                               David O’Gwin

 

                                                                                                Janet Skelton

 

 The next meeting of the Adult Religious Formation Commission was not scheduled at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARF February 2, 2017 Minutes

 SACRED HEART PARISH

 ADULT RELIGIOUS FORMATION COMMISSION

 February 2, 2017

PRESENT: Sister Rebecca Otter, Mary Mitchell, Father Warren Stecklein, David O’Gwin, Cathy Grover, and Regis Lopata

ABSENT: 

The minutes from the meeting of January 5, 2017 were reviewed and approved as written.

The session focused on plans for our upcoming Lenten study program “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass.”  The program will begin on March 5th and will continue for five or six Sundays (the sixth session is optional), and will end before Easter.  We will begin with lunch at 11:45 a.m. and the sessions will then last approximately one and a half hours.  ARF Commission members will provide the first meal, and we will arrange for pot luck meals for the remainder of the sessions.  Announcements about the program will be made at the Masses this coming weekend, with Regis doing so at the Saturday liturgy, and Mary on Sunday.  We will ask for registrations for the program to be completed by February 19th.  It was decided to order three facilitators guides for the program facilitators, but we will not order the texts or participants workbooks due to the cost and the extensive nature of the program.  Each session will begin with a thirty minute video, and then we will break into small groups. 

The next meeting of the Adult Religious Formation Commission will be on February 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Education Center.  Final plans will be made for the program at that time.

 

 

 

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ARF Minutes December 2016

SACRED HEART PARISH 

ADULT RELIGIOUS FORMATION COMMISSION 

December 1, 2016 

PRESENT: Sister Rebecca Otter, Mary Mitchell, David O’Gwin, Cathy Grover, and Regis Lopata 

            ABSENT:  Father Warren Stecklein 

            GUEST: Jim Mitchell  

The minutes from the meeting of September 13, 2016 were reviewed and approved as written. 

 

It was noted that the Book Nook in the vestibule of the church is being kept in good shape.

 

Commission members were not aware if Sister Irene has written more of the “Joy of Love” articles for the “What You Do For the Least” column in the Sacred Heart Beat.  Sister Rebecca will check on this.  If we do not have more columns available, then commission members will work on future columns.

 

Plans were made for the Adoration/Holy Hours for the upcoming months.  These include: 

            December – no Holy Hour 

            January – Christian Unity – Sister Rebecca 

            February – Vespers and quiet time 

            March – Scriptural rosary with the sorrowful mysteries – Regis 

            April – Environmental stewardship – Cathy 

            May – St. Isidore (patron of farmers) – Cathy

 

The commission members reviewed the responses to our recent program on the Eucharist by Bishop Barron.  Overall, we received positive responses to the program, although the people who attended on Wednesday evenings commented on the noise from the PSR participants.  In addition, they felt it was not best to have different leaders of the discussion each week.  It was noted that there were no parents of PSR students attending the Wednesday program.

 

            There was discussion about having another program for Lent.  One recommendation was for a program called a “Biblical Walk Through the Mass”, which is from Ascension Press and would be completed in five sessions.  We will look further into this at the next meeting.  

 

Jim Mitchell attended the meeting and suggested having a men’s program called “Father Kapaun’s Men”.  This program consists of eight sessions, and focuses on having the participants become better men, husbands, and fathers.  It was decided to pursue this further, and it was suggested that sessions be held on Sunday mornings before the 10:30 a.m. Mass.  It would likely begin in January, so that it could be completed prior to starting the Lenten study program.  Jim will present the program during Masses one weekend this month in order to encourage participation from the men in the parish.

 

It was noted that on our recent stewardship renewal forms, that some individuals indicated a desire to participate in Mass ministries.  It was decided that we would attempt to train such individuals by the end of January.

 

Commission members held a patriotic rosary two times in the past few months.  The rosary went well on both occasions, and we received positive comments about it.

 

The next meeting of the Adult Religious Formation Commission will be on January 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Education Center. 

 

 

 

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ARF Minutes September 2016

SACRED HEART PARISH

ADULT RELIGIOUS FORMATION COMMISSION

September 13, 2016

PRESENT: Sister Rebecca Otter, Mary Mitchell, Father Warren Stecklein, David O’Gwin, Cathy Grover, and Regis Lopata

            ABSENT: 

The minutes from the meeting of August 4, 2016 were reviewed and approved as written.

The formation/training program for liturgical ministers provided by Fr. Bob Schremmer on August 21st went very well.  Positive comments about the program were made by those attending.

The Patriotic Rosary that was held on September 7th also went very well.  The commission members agreed to have another Patriotic Rosary on November 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  This will occur on the eve of the election.

The majority of the meeting focused on preparations for the upcoming program on the Eucharist, which will begin on October 2nd.  Twenty-seven people have signed up for the Sunday sessions, and nine for the Wednesday evening sessions.  It is expected that there will be others who have not yet signed up, but who will want to participate.  Those who signed up for the Sunday sessions were divided into three small groups, with Regis, Mary, and Cathy as the group leaders.  Other commission members will cover when a group leader is absent.  The group leaders for the Wednesday sessions was previously set.  Plans were made to purchase another copy of the book Eucharist by Bishop Barron.  Study guides for all the participants will be ordered as well. There are prayer cards for the opening and closing prayers for each session.  Plans were made for the meal at the first Sunday session.

The next meeting of the Adult Religious Formation Commission will be on November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Education Center.

 

 

 

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ARF Minutes June 2016

SACRED HEART PARISH

ADULT RELIGIOUS FORMATION COMMISSION

June 2, 2015

PRESENT: Sister Rebecca Otter, Diane Dodez, Mary Mitchell, Father Warren Stecklein, David O’Gwin, Cathy Grover, and Regis Lopata

            ABSENT: 

The minutes from the meeting of May 5, 2016 were reviewed and approved as written.

Sister Irene Hartman wrote four articles for the “What You Do For the Least” column in the Sacred Heart Beat.  The first of these was just published in the June edition.  She is willing to write two more articles based on the “Joy of Love” by Pope Francis which is about marriage and family life.  Commission members were appreciative of Sister Irene’s willingness to write these articles, and her plan was readily approved. 

The topics for the Adoration/Holy Hours have been set for the rest of the year. 

There was a review of participant’s responses to our Lenten faith-sharing sessions on Seven Deadly Sins/Seven Lively Virtues, which received a positive response.  Commission members decided to do a six session program on the Eucharist by Bishop Barron this fall.  We will use the same format, and the same schedule as in the previous program.  The sessions will be on Sundays at 11:45 a.m. They will begin on October 2nd with the last session being on November 6th.  We will begin announcements for this program in August with an article in the Sacred Heart Beat.  There will be an announcement at the weekend Masses on August 27 and 28, we will invite parishioners at Belpre.  Diane will arrange for the announcements, and there will be sign-up sheets in the bulletins. 

There was discussion about having some sort of formation for younger adults during PSR class times.  Suggested ideas include the meaning of the Mass, and the bible and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  There was discussion about beginning with one session per month initially, and it was decided that we would discuss this issue again at the next meeting.  

Father Bob Schremmer will be presenting training/formation for all Mass ministers from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on August 21st.  Information about this will be placed in the Sacred Heart Beat for July and August, and in the August bulletins each Sunday in August prior to the training.   

 

There was discussion about plans and scheduling for a Patriotic Rosary, which would take approximately an hour.  It was decided to schedule this on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30 p.m. 

 

There was some discussion about planning a pilgrimage trip to the Cathedral in Dodge City for the Year of Mercy.  There is a video on the diocesan web site about such a pilgrimage.  Specific plans were not made at this time. 

We welcomed the new members of the ARF Commission, David O’Gwin and Cathy Grover.  Margaret Grant is considering an invitation to join the commission.  She was planning to attend this meeting, but was unable to do so.  She does plan to attend the next meeting, however. 

The next meeting of the Adult Religious Formation Commission will be on August 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Education Center.

 

 

ARF May 2016 Minutes

SACRED HEART PARISH

ADULT RELIGIOUS FORMATION COMMISSION

May 5, 2016

PRESENT: Sister Rebecca Otter, Diane Dodez, Mary Mitchell, Father Warren Stecklein, and Regis Lopata

            ABSENT: 

The minutes of the meeting of January 12, 2016 were reviewed and approved.

The team noted that the Book Nook in the vestibule of the church is still available and is being used.

There was discussion about the “What You Do For the Least” column in the Sacred Heart Beat.  Sister Irene had plans for additional articles, but it is not known if she has already written any of them.  We will check to see if any of these have been written and received at the parish.  If not, Sister Irene will be asked if she would still like to write on those topics.

Topics for upcoming Adoration/Holy Hours include:  

            May: prayer for farmers with prayer to St. Isadore – Sister Rebecca

            June: Sacred Heart of Jesus – Diane (Regis will provide materials used previously)

            July: religious freedom – Regis (we will check with Sister Irene, who had done this topic

                        previously)

            August – prayer for teachers and students – Sister Rebecca

            September: prayer for healing with an anointing of the sick – Sister Rebecca

            October – scriptural rosary with the luminous mysteries – Regis

             November – prayers for the deceased – Sister Rebecca

             December – no scheduled Adoration/Holy Hour for this month

The commission members reviewed and evaluated our Lenten faith-sharing program on the Seven Deadly Sins/Seven Lively Virtues.  We had a very positive response to the program, with the participants especially commenting positively about the fellowship.  We will give some feedback to the parish about the response to this program.

            There was also discussion about future plans for faith formation.  We will consider doing a shorter (five session) program on the Eucharist, which would most likely be during October.  This program is also from Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire ministries.  We will order some material for this program, and discuss further in the next session.

            There was also some discussion about starting a bible study group in the fall.

Father Bob Schremmer has agreed to provide a program/training for liturgical ministers of the parish.  This will occur on Sunday, August 21st, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  This will be for all individuals who are involved in liturgical ministries.

There was discussion about the need for new members for the commission.  One individual from the parish expressed interest in becoming a member, and the names of two other parishioners were suggested as possible new members.  These individuals will be contacted and invited to attend the next meeting.

The next meeting of the Adult Religious Formation Commission will be on Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Education Center.

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Adult Religious Formation Commission November 2015 minutes

 

SACRED HEART PARISH

 

ADULT RELIGIOUS FORMATION COMMISSION

November 4, 2015 

 

PRESENT:  Father Warren Stecklein, Sister Rebecca Otter, Lisa Burdett, Diane Dodez, Mary Mitchell, and Regis Lopata

            ABSENT:  Sister Irene Hartman

The minutes from the meeting of September 3, 2015 were reviewed and approved as written.

Nothing new was reported with regard to the Book Nook.

Sister Irene’s plans for the “What You Do To the Least” column for the Sacred Heart Beat include the following:

                        November: Laudato Si #4

                        December: Laudato Si #5

                        January: Laudato Si #6

                        February: Laudato Si #7

                        March: Laudato Si #8

                        April: Option for the poor and vulnerable

                        May: Human development

                        June: Justice issues of a citizen

                        July: economic policy issues

Topics for upcoming Adoration/Holy Hours include:

                        November: prayers for the deceased – Sister Rebecca

                        December: there will be no Adoration/Holy Hour in December

                        January: Christian Unity – Sister Irene (or an alternate)

                        February: Vespers and quiet time

                        March: Scriptural rosary with the sorrowful mysteries – Regis

There was considerable discussion regarding planning for Lenten Faith Sharing groups, and the commission members examined possible programs for such groups.  We looked at some material on-line as well as material that the parish received in the mail.  It was decided to order a program from Bishop Robert Barron and his Word on Fire ministries (www. wordonfire.org).  The program is called Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues.  Once the material is received, we will review it and do additional planning for the groups at the next meeting.

There was also discussion about training/formation for liturgical ministers.  It was noted that webinars for liturgical ministers are available from Liturgical Press, but there is a charge for these, and they are only presented at certain times.  Fr. Warren indicated that he would try to contact a Sr. Marie Zogelman about presenting a possible program for our ministers.  Sr. Marie has a master’s degree in liturgy.

The next meeting of the Adult Religious Formation Commission will tentatively be on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the parish office building.  

 

 

 

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Adult Religious Formation September 2015 Minutes

 SACRED HEART PARISH

 ADULT RELIGIOUS FORMATION COMMISSION

 September 3, 2015

 PRESENT:  Sister Rebecca Otter, Lisa Burdett, Diane Dodez, Mary Mitchell, and Regis Lopata

             ABSENT:  Father Warren Stecklein, Sister Irene Hartman

 The minutes from the meeting of August 6, 2015 were reviewed and approved with a minor typing correction.

 Sister Irene’s plans for the “What You Do To the Least” column for the Sacred Heart Beat include the following:

                         October: Laudato Si #3

                         November: Laudato Si #4

                         December: Laudato Si #5

                         January: Laudato Si #6

                         February: option for the poor and vulnerable

                         March: justice issues of a citizen

                         April: economic policy issues

                         May: social media: good or bad? 

 Topics for upcoming Adoration/Holy Hours include:

                         September: healing of physical, mental, and emotional illnesses (with an anointing of the sick) – Sister Rebecca

                         October: scriptural rosary with luminous mysteries – Regis

                         November: prayers for the deceased – Sister Rebecca

                         December: there will be no Adoration/Holy Hour in December

                         January: Christian Unity – Sister Irene

                         February: no decision made at this time

A question was raised if the planning of Adoration/Holy Hour is truly a function of the ARF Commission, or if this should be a function of the Liturgy Commission.  Father Warren will be asked about this. 

There was some discussion about the Councils/Commissions dinner and meeting which was held on August 22nd.  There was some discussion if this meeting should be open to all parishioners.

 

There was considerable discussion regarding Lenten faith-sharing groups, beginning in

February of 2016.  Mary reported on a web site called Word on Fire (www. wordonfire.org) which is Father (now Bishop) Barron’s web site.  They offer a number of webinars on different topics, which then involves a small group discussion.  The thought was that all participants could watch the webinar together, and break into small groups for discussion.  We will be looking at this web site and evaluating this in the future.  Whatever program we offer for Lenten faith-sharing, we would like to have some sort of evaluation by the participants.  There was also some discussion about whether to offer some type of Ad vent groups this year, but it was decided that we would not do so until next year.   

The commission members had previously discussed having some type of formation/retreat for liturgical ministers in the parish.  Fr. Bob Schremmer was contacted about providing such a session, and he has responded to the request.  He recommended that we use a book called His Mercy Endures Forever, which is about mercy and the Mass (the Church will be entering the year of mercy soon.).   We will obtain a copy of this book for the commission members to review.  The plan is to have some type of formation or retreat in late January or early February of next year. 

The next meeting of the Adult Religious Formation Commission will be on November 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sisters’ house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adult Relgious Formation May 2015 Minutes

 

SACRED HEART PARISH

 

ADULT RELIGIOUS FORMATION COMMISSION

 

May 7, 2015

 

 

PRESENT:  Sister Irene Hartman, Sister Rebecca Otter, Diane Dodez, and Regis Lopata

 

            ABSENT:  Father Warren Stecklein, Mary Mitchell, and Lisa Burdett

 

The minutes from the meeting of March 3, 2015 were reviewed and approved as written.

 

It was reported that Lynne Eck is continuing to care for the Book Nook area in the vestibule of the church.

 

Sister Irene’s plans for the “What You Do To the Least” column for the Sacred Heart Beat include the following:

                        May: Catholic marriage defined (part 1)

                        June: Catholic marriage defined (part 2)

                        July: the right to life                    

                        August: human development

                        September: justice issues of a citizen

                        October: economic policy issues

                        November: social media: good or bad? 

 

Topics for upcoming Adoration/Holy Hours include:

 

                        May: prayer for farmers/St. Isadore – Sister Rebecca

                        June: Sacred Heart of Jesus – Regis

                        July: religious freedom – Sister Irene

                        August: prayer for teachers and students – Sister Irene

                        September: healing of physical, mental and emotional illnesses (with an anointing of the sick) – Sister Rebecca

                        October: scriptural rosary with luminous mysteries – Regis

                        November: prayers for the deceased – Sister Rebecca

                        December: there will be no Adoration/Holy Hour in December

 

Lisa Burdett is the new member of the ARF Commission.  Unfortunately, she was unable to attend this meeting.  We will look forward to working with her in the future. 

 

There was discussion about training or formation of Mass ministers for next year.  Although no specific decisions were made at this time, there was a consideration of having a retreat for all of the ministries at the same time.  It was thought that two retreat sessions could be scheduled for a period of approximately three hours each.  Any of the ministers would attend only one of the sessions, however.  There was discussion about inviting a speaker from outside the parish to present the retreat.  This could be scheduled some time in late January or early February.  Specific training related to the Mass ministries would only be presented to individuals who are new to the ministry.  There will be additional discussions about this in future meetings. 

 

The next meeting of the Adult Religious Formation Commission will be on August 6, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sisters’ house. 

 

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