Diocese of Brooklyn Catholic Committee on Scouting

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2017 CCOS Meeting Agendas and Minutes
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2017 CCOS Meeting Agendas and Minutes

 2017 CCOS Meeting Agendas and Minutes will be posted below


Catholic Committee on Scouting

Diocese of Brooklyn

Agenda for January 18, 2017

Meeting  Agenda


Meeting Host :  Rev. Tom Vassalotti,  Pastor, Divine Mercy Parish

7:00 PM  Opening Prayer – Led by Chaplain

Introductions and announcement of new Scout Chaplains appointed by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on January 1, 2017.   (Deacon James Noble will not be attending tonight’s meeting)  Renewal of Committee Mission and Vision.


Old Business - Looking Back – 30 Minutes)

1.       September  6th, 2016
Committee  Meeting – Prepare for GNYC Program Launch (9-10-16)

2.       October 11th, 2016 Meeting -  Finalized Plans for Bishop’s Dinner (10-19-16)

3.       Bishop’s Dinner - Did we hold at wrong time of year?

4.       Catholic Scout Retreat – Friday November 4 – Sunday, November 6th, 2016

·         Theme – Jubilee Year of Divine Mercy. Emblems have arrived.

·         How to pray the Rosary – Hike to Palisades and Rosary instructions provided by Father Tom and Father Chris Heanue, Administrator of Holy Child Jesus Parish.

·         Candle light Living Rosary- John Joseph Antoniello, and CCOS Team

·         Youth – Evaluation Cards - What they liked, What they did not like

·         Attendance – total youth and adults just under 100 ?  Did not meet expectations.

·         Many new faces – expressed interest in joining committee and supporting our needs.

·         We overbooked cabins – but several units used them.

5.       Peace Light from Bethlehem – Saturday, November 26, 2016 – Host:  JFK Our Lady of the Skies Catholic Chapel – largest number of participants in 15 years, performances by Xaverian band and Adam Bueno, of Cub Pack 187, Brooklyn.    Rev. Chris Piasta, JFK Chaplain welcomed all,  Fr. Tom emceed.

New Business – Looking Ahead (1 Hour)

6.       Scout Sunday(s) 2017 – Sunday, February 5 (BSA), Sunday, March 6 (GSA)

Units can schedule other dates for Parish, Unit Scout Sunday Observances.

7.       GNYC Camping Expo - Catholic Committee invited to promotion of Catholic Youth Religious Emblems and staffing two display tables.  February 26, 2017, Alpine Scout Camp. NJ.                             

8.       Catholic Youth Religious Emblem Boards of Reviews, and application and $15. Per award fee submission due dates:  (Chris Dono – Religious Emblem Awards Chm.)

·         Monday, March 13,  2017, Brooklyn – Immaculate Heart of Mary, Marion Center in Rectory Basement,  7:00-9:00 PM, 2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway, 11218

·         Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Queens – Our Lady of Hope – Catholic Academy Cafeteria – Middle Village, 61-21 71st. Street,  - 11379  7:00-9:00 PM

9.       Catholic Youth Awards Convocation  : Sunday April 30,  2017,  Our Lady of Hope Church,  2:00 -4:00 PM,  Gathering and Procession starts 2:00 pm,  Ceremony starts 2:30,  Reception at Academy cafeteria starts at end of Awards Ceremony,  concludes by 4:00

10.   Determine remaining 2017 CCOS Event Dates


·         March 22, 2017,  7:00-8:30 P M,  location to be determined


·         May 24, 2017,  7:00 -8:30 PM,  location to be determined


·         Bishop’s Visit to Ten Mile River Scout Camp, with Mass


·         Bishops’ Dinner for Scouting,  Committee to recommend Adult Awardees


·         2017 Catholic Scout Retreat ,  Date(s .Location, Chairman)


·         Peace Light from Bethlehem


Concluding Remarks  /  Announcements

 Closing Prayer – Led by Chaplain

Chairman Concludes meeting by 8:30 PM


Catholic Committee on Scouting  Diocese of Brooklyn

Agenda for March 22, 2017 Meeting

Meeting Host :  Our Lady Of Hope Parish, Middle Village, Queens

7:00 PM  Opening Prayer – Led by Chaplain

Welcome & Introductions  

Old Business - Looking Back – 15 Minutes

1.       January 18, 2017 – Last Committee  Meeting  – St. Francis of Paola Rectory – Fr. Tom Vassalotti host.

·         Bishop appoints new Chaplains effective January 31, 2017:

o   Deacon James “Jim” Noble, Brooklyn

o   Deacon Vincent Lino, Queens

·         Girl Scout Council of New York – Professional  liaison to CCOS, Charmaine Chung retired,

2.       Scout Sunday(s) Observances 2017 – Sunday, February 5 (BSA), Sunday, March 6 (GSA)

3.       GNYC Camping Expo - Catholic Committee participated on February 26, 2017, Alpine Scout Camp. NJ.     

New Business – 45 Minutes 

1.       Quality Diocese Committee Award Application and Reports to Regional Chair were submitted before March 15 deadline. 

2.       CCOS web site :  ccosbq.org  due for renewal in April.

3.       Recent Communication from Ted Musco, regarding NCCS letter to Bishop DiMarzio regarding  BSA policy change on Transgender youth membership                  

4.       Reports on Catholic Youth Religious Award Applications and Fees:

·         Brooklyn Board on Monday March 13 – Immaculate Heart of Mary

·         Queens – March 15 – Cancelled due to blizzard - Our Lady of Hope – Applications to be collected at this meeting.

5.       Catholic Youth Awards Convocation  : Sunday April 30,  2017,  Our Lady of Hope Church,  2:00 -4:00 PM

·         Schedule:

o   Confirm Church, School and Organist availability

o   Order Awards

o   Days before event:

§   Prepare Awards for presentation

§   Prepare and print program

§   Provide Organist – Musical Selections

§   Purchase light refreshments

§  Confirm committee availability and assignments

o   Day of event:

§  Awards displayed on Church Altar

§  Greet awardees and parents at Church parking lot

§  Check in of Awardees

§  Organize and supervise short Procession(weather permitting) starting at 2:00 pm

§  Distribute programs, seat parents, leaders and quests.

§   Ceremony starts 2:30

·         Seating of Awardees

·         Welcome by Chairman

·         Opening Prayer

·         Procession and Blessing of Flags and Flag Bearers

·         Pledge of Allegiance

·         Liturgy of the Word – Scout Lectors

·         Reflection on the Readings and Awardee Accomplishments – Chaplain

·         Blessing of Awards

·         Presentation of Awards

·         Prayer of the Faithful

·         Collection to offset Convocation expenses

·         Lord’s Prayer

·         CCOS Announcements

·         Closing Prayer and Blessing

·         Recessional Hymn

·         Reception at School cafeteria

·         Clean-up

·         Event  concludes by 4:00



6.        Other 2017 CCOS Event Dates – 30 Minutes


·         Committee Meeting, May 24, 2017,  7:00 -9:00 PM, Brooklyn location to be determined

·         Committee Meetings,  September & November 2017 dates and locations to be selected

·         Bishop’s Visit to Ten Mile River Scout Camp, with Mass

o   Date to be determined – July ?

·         Bishops’ Dinner for Scouting

o   Dinner Chairman and Sub-Committee

o   Fall 2017 - Date to be determined (awaiting Bishop’s availability dates)

o    Recommendations of Adult Religious Emblem Awardees

·         2017 Catholic Scout Retreat,  Reeves Conference Center, Alpine Scout Camp, N.J.

o   November 10 -13, 2017   (Veteran’s Day Weekend)

o   Catered meals served at Cub World Dining Hall

o   Celebrant(s) for Mass

o   Retreat Leader and Sub-Committee

o   Theme – “Living and Loving our Catholic Faith – Putting Faith into Action by Serving Others” .

·         Peace Light flame from Grotto of the Nativity, City of Bethlehem arrival at JFK via Vienna Austria

o    16th Annual Passing of the message and  Peace flame to participants at Our Lady of the Skies Catholic Chapel, JFK International Terminal Four.

o    North America distributions commence immediately


7.       Concluding Remarks  /  Announcements – 15 Minutes

·         Saint George Trek at Philmont

·         Catholic Committee Leadership Development Conference – Philmont

·         NCCS to promote Duty to God at 2017 National Scout Jamboree

·         NCCS seeks members -  Receive “The Bridge”, membership card, and program updates.

·         Catholic Eagle Scout Certificates – awarded by Bishop DiMarzio

·         Diocese of Brooklyn CCOS – Girl Scout – Our Lady Awards – Are these still being earned ?

·         Other Good Welfare


8.       Closing Prayer – Led by Chaplain


Chairman Concludes meeting by 9:00 PM


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