Pastor's Corner 042714

posted Jul 8, 2014, 10:11 AM by Music Director

It is now election time for our Pastoral Council, the visioning and planning body that fosters full participation of the faithful in the life and mission of the Church.  In consultation with the pastor, the Pastoral Council is charged with actively listening to and identifying the needs and concerns of parishioners and creating a pastoral plan to respond to them.  It is comprised of 10 parishioners elected by their fellow parishioners and 1 appointed by the pastor.  The Council discerns the strengths and needs of the community, assesses the effects of our efforts, and debates how we might improve on them.  As stated in our Pastoral Council Guidelines:


Recognizing that sound pastoral decisions are informed by the wisdom of the people of God…[and] that Catholics have a right and  duty to  express their opinion  on  what pertains to the good of the Church…Pastors should willingly consult their  people and use their prudent advice.  Therefore this council [will] investigate, ponder and recommend actions necessary to en-sure the  present and  future  good of the parish  [and address] major issues brought before them.


               Four members have completed their 3-year commitment and will be retiring in June.  To fill these vacancies, nominations will take place beginning this weekend.  You received a form as you entered the church directing you to nominate yourself or any parishioner you feel has the following qualities:  a desire for spiritual growth; an enthusiasm for the direction of the parish; a willingness to listen, speak honestly and work toward consensus; the ability to inspire and delegate; and flexibility and openness to people and ideas.  If you have not already returned the form, please submit it as soon as possible.

               Each nominee will be contacted to ascertain whether or not s/he would be willing to serve on the Council for 3 years.  If there are more than 3 who accept nomination, an election will be held at all Masses on the weekend of May 17-18.  Prior to that, profiles of each candidate will be published in the bulletin for your consideration.

               Given the importance of having a council that is truly pastoral, I ask all parishioners to take this process seriously and give it the prayerful consideration it deserves.  We are a great parish, but there’s always room for growth.  An active, energetic and engaging Pastoral Council is a crucial component in leading us in that direction.




In His Love,

Fr. Mike