Committee on Scouting
Diocese of Brooklyn
Agenda for January 18, 2017
Meeting Host : Rev. Tom Vassalotti, Pastor, Divine Mercy Parish
7:00 PM Opening Prayer – Led by Chaplain
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)
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.
– Looking Ahead (1 Hour)
6. Scout Sunday(s)
2017 – Sunday, February 5 (BSA), Sunday, March 6 (GSA)
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
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
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
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:
James “Jim” Noble, Brooklyn
Vincent Lino, Queens
Scout Council of New York – Professional liaison to CCOS, Charmaine Chung retired,
Scout Sunday(s) Observances 2017 – Sunday, February 5 (BSA), Sunday, March 6 (GSA)
GNYC Camping Expo - Catholic Committee participated on February 26, 2017, Alpine Scout Camp. NJ.
New Business – 45 Minutes
Quality Diocese Committee Award Application and Reports to Regional Chair were submitted before March
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
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
o Confirm Church, School and Organist
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
§ Organize and supervise short
Procession(weather permitting) starting at 2:00 pm
programs, seat parents, leaders and quests.
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
Prayer and Blessing
at School cafeteria
· Event concludes
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)
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)
meals served at Cub World Dining Hall
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
Annual Passing of the message and Peace flame to participants at Our Lady of the Skies Catholic Chapel,
JFK International Terminal Four.
America distributions commence immediately
Concluding Remarks / Announcements –
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
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
Concludes meeting by 9:00 PM