Saint Mary’s Parish Pastoral Council is the primary forum for the Pastor to seek wisdom and counsel from the parish community. It is a consultative body that provides the Pastor a means of finding consensus on ideas and issues that face the parish.
The Parish Pastoral Council is the coordinating and unifying structure of the parish community. It strives to be the means of attaining full participation by the whole parish in achieving the Parish Mission by giving all a voice in encouraging, guiding and directing various aspects of parish life.
Our Parish Pastoral Council is very different from a parliamentary culture with votes taken and decisions made. We are the Church…the Body of Christ…and this Truth shapes how we work together. We believe all of us have been given gifts by God for the sake of the whole. We seek a model of Shared Wisdom decision-making.
Planning for the future is one of the primary activities of the Parish Pastoral Council. In this capacity, its members
- Gather the thoughts and ideas of the community
- Form those ideas into consensus
- Translate this consensus into parish goals
- Helps the parish community act upon these goals.
The Parish Pastoral Council convenes on a monthly basis – ordinarily the 2nd Tuesday of the month (August thru June). Additionally, the Council gathers for an annual weekend retreat in January.
Our present Parish Pastoral Council membership consists of twelve individuals. The collective wisdom of our Council is that the interests of Saint Mary’s will be best served with three ex-officio members: Pastor, Pastoral Associate and Business Manager. Nine members are appointed by the Pastor for a three-year term. Candidates for appointment are discerned according to their demonstrated behaviors as leaders in ministry at Saint Mary’s. This model is inspired by a vision described Father Patrick Brennan in his book The Mission Driven Parish (Orbis Books, 2007).
The operating norms embraced by our Pastoral Council are contained in our COVENANT.
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