CHURCH LIGHTING VOTE

On Sunday, February 04, 2024 the vote was taken regarding lighting in the church. The resulting show of hands indicated 22 people were not in favour of having brighter lighting, while 38 individuals were in favour of brighter lighting. Immediately following the end of mass two people who were preparing coffee and snacks in the kitchen indicated they wished to express “Yes” votes as well – this would make the total “Yes” votes 40. Next meeting of the Parish Council is on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 where discussion will determine next steps.

Mark Trautman – Chairperson of Parish Pastoral Council

Parish council thanks everyone who forwarded their concerns or comments regarding the church lighting. After lengthy discussion we have determined that drafting a question for the congregation members to vote on would be the best way to asses the majority’s preference. Question: “Would you like the church lighting to be brighter?” Mark Trautman will give a brief overview of council’s dilemma after Mass on January 21, 2024 and on January 28, 2024, with a parish vote taking place on Sunday, February 04, 2024, after Mass.

Mark Trautman – Chairperson of Parish Pastoral Council

St. Margaret Parish has been given at no cost an opportunity to upgrade some of the church light fixtures to a different style with efficient LED bulbs. Initial discussion has centered around ensuring they would be equipped with dimmable switches to correctly adjust the resulted lighting, should the parish decide to go forward with the change. These fixtures were salvaged by one of our members from another church which sadly was demolished. One of these fixtures has been installed above the altar to visually experience their character. Parish Council is seeking input from all parish members who wish to voice their concerns and/or support for a change. Please contact Mark Trautman, parish pastoral council chairperson at 403-704-3157, or mtrautman@live.ca to have your thoughts heard. ● Council has discussed this at meetings and would like to discuss the matter one more time and make decision regarding this matter at the January meeting (January 16, 2024), based on feedback received. If Parish Pastoral Council will approve the project it will be brought to parish community at large for a vote to make the decision as a parish family.

Mark Trautman – Chairperson of Parish Pastoral Council