Pastoral Council

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“The Lord has called us from different nations, but we must be united with one heart and one soul.”

St. Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad

The primary purpose of the Pastoral Council is to assist the parish in carrying out its apostolate, as described in the Mission Statement. As a pastoral body, Parish Pastoral Council has the following responsibilities:

  • Advise the pastor in determining the needs of the parish
  • Develop an awareness of the needs and priorities of the parish families
  • Advise the pastor in establishing the goals and objectives of the parish and set priorities for their implementation

Membership is generally open to adult members of the parish who are practicing and confirmed Catholics.  Nominations are held in the spring of the year.  The current Council consists of nine members, each of whom serve a three year term.  One third of the Council is selected yearly through a discernment process in the Spring.

Important Message from Fr. Pat – April 24, 2023

New Parish Council Members Needed

Wait! Don’t stop reading yet!

The Parish Council is one of the most important leadership bodies in the parish. I greatly rely on their input and support. They are a concerned and dedicated group of people. You may not see the direct results of their deliberations, but much of what we do in the parish is enhanced and energized by their discussions. Beginning in June, we will need 4 new members.

Because I want the council to represent the full scope of our parish, I am trying a different approach to inviting membership. So this year we seek…

One person between the ages of 20 and 30.

One person between the ages of 30 and 40.

One person between the ages of 40 and 50.

One person over the age of 50.

I truly want all age groups to be represented, because, hopefully, there will be different viewpoints to offer, and so that all will be better served. If no one from a particular age group “steps up”, we will lose that unique perspective.

Council members serve a three year term and there are nine members in total. This is the way we keep some consistency while constantly bringing in fresh ideas. Our meetings are usually on the 3rd Thursday. They begin at 6:30 and take a little over and hour and a half. We will also have a special planning day on Saturday, August 19. For special projects, we may ask for a few members to spend extra time but this does not happen regularly.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call. I always want people to know what they are getting into. Thank you for your attention. I look forward to hearing from YOU!