What is the Pastoral Council
& why is it important?
The function of the Pastoral Council is important because its members work in service to our Parish community with the blessing of our Pastor Father Joe. We are the eyes & ears of the Parish. We serve as an advisory board to our Pastor and we counsel him at his request and direction. We discern what we (the Parish) should be doing, suggest new ideas and speak for the Parish in consultation with our Pastor Fr. Joe. The members of the Pastoral Council are a visioning body assessing where we are as a Parish and where we need to go as a Parish and most importantly the Pastoral Council members support the Parish Mission Statement.
Pastoral Council members must be individuals of faith who are capable of leading the Parish in the discernment, expression, and fulfillment of its mission. Ideally, they are people of vision, open to the workings of the Holy Spirit in and through themselves, while having a deep respect and openness for the workings of the Spirit in others.
The Pastoral Council is set at a predefined membership level, with council terms lasting three years. Each year approximately four members “retire” from the council and are replaced by new members who go through a discernment process. Understanding the governing assumptions, goals and objectives of the Council and role of discernment will help in identifying parishioners who may be interested in serving on the Council. The Pastoral Council meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. For a complete list of members of the Pastoral Council, click on the links below.
The Pastoral Council wants to hear from you!
One of the responsibilities of the Pastoral Council is to form and maintain close communication and relationships with the ministry leaders of the parish. Organizationally, each parish ministry resides within one (1) of ten (10) clusters; a cluster being a group of similarly-based faith organizations within our parish. A Pastoral Council member is assigned to each cluster and their role as “Cluster Leader” is to engage with the ministry leaders of their cluster, get to know them, support them and be a vehicle of communication to help them fulfill their Pastoral Council role as “being the eyes and ears of the parish”. In short, the Cluster Leaders aim to become “best friends” with their assigned ministry leaders. For a list of our parish clusters and ministries and the Pastoral Council member assigned to each, please click the link below.