The Parish Pastoral Council discerns the mission of the parish and envisions ways in which the parish membership is being called by God to carry out that mission. The Pastoral Council serves as a consultative leadership body to the pastor. The pastoral visioning and planning function of the council and the day-to-day administrative operations of the parish are two separate and distinct areas of responsibility. The pastor and parish staff are responsible for routine decision-making which needs to take place for the parish to function efficiently and effectively on a daily basis. These day-to-day operational decisions are not the responsibility of the Pastoral Council, whose role is to guide the community in the discernment, expression and fulfillment of its pastoral mission. This is accomplished through an ongoing cyclical process of Pastoral Planning, which is mission-motivated and involves: discernment, consensus, goal setting, developing objectives, implementation and evaluation.
One of the elements of this model of pastoral council is a discernment process that takes place each year. Instead of an annual Parish Council election, nominations of parishioners that you feel would be good leaders for our parish are put forth.
This past year, three new members joined the Pastoral Council. Current members of the parish Pastoral Council are: Rev. Robert J. Schneider, Rev. Frank Lubowa, Deacon Vincent P. Alterio, Sonia Dris, Kathy Kukulski, Christine York-Amstutz, Shaun Shea, Michelle Merz, Dennis Thelen, and Andy Szeltner.
Parish Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes