Members Pictured: Row 1 (L to R) Beverly Coon ( Secretary), Sharon Hart, Maureen Hinshaw, Susan Oxx, Carolyn Lewis ( Facilitator) , Michael Cardello (Vice Facilitator), Dina Patryn ( Youth Rep), Celeste Labbe ( Dir. of Religious Education), Claire Falcone (Pastoral Minister), Joan MacDonald ( Principal St. Mary's Academy), Robert Lapre.
Row 2 ( L to R) Mark Weyer, Deacon Donald Higby, Father C.J. ( Pastor & Presider) , Fr. Michael Kokoszka ( Associate Pastor), Leo Shuzdak, Dan Sullivan ( Finance Council Chair & Liaison to Parish Council), Rick Wiatrowski ( SMA School Board Chair)
As we continue to Rebuild our Parish Today for Tomorrow, your Pastoral Council is also trying to accomplish a rebuilding initiative. Charged with the responsibility of long range planning for the parish we must insure that all our ministries and activities reflect our Mission Statement (printed on the front of the bulletin).
We do this by developing our sense of Evangelization, Worship, Word, Service, Community, Stewardship and Leadership. These seven elements form the essence of parish life. They constantly interrelate, each nurturing and supporting the other with the communal celebration of Sunday Eucharist at the center, the very core of healthy parish life.
Our understanding of the interrelationship of the seven essential elements is central to the functioning of the pastoral council. These elements are what make councils “pastoral”. They keep our parish pastoral council on track as to what we should be praying, planning and deciding about. The agenda of the council is primarily to research, consider, and propose for action those matters considered to be truly “pastoral”, those matters that directly relate to the seven elements, those matters that will bring our Mission Statement to life.
By consensus, the current members of the council agreed to make the study of the essential elements a top priority. During this time of prayer and discernment we are working hard to be well prepared to lead the parish forward in the pastoral planning process.
Terms on the Parish Council are three years. Each June, when some members terms expire, we will ask for new volunteers to participate.
Our parish needs leadership to help make decisions about our pastoral life and growth. We are in need persons in St. Mary’s faith community who--
-have a desire for spiritual growth in themselves and in the parish
-are enthusiastic about the future directions of our parish
-are willing to listen, to speak honestly, and to work toward consensus
-have the ability to inspire and empower others and to delegate
-are flexible and open with people and ideas
Beginning today, we ask that you join us in prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to guide us all as we consider parishioners for leadership ministry through service on our parish pastoral council.