The Pastoral Council is to provide the primary and established means for the pastor and parishioners to respond to the pastoral mission of the Church and listen to the needs and hopes of the parish. The Council is consultative and collaborative.
The Pastoral Council consists of eight members of the parish and the pastor. In the first three years of the Council care will be taken to insure that the membership equally represents the historical communities of our parish: St. Peter the Apostle and St. Alphonsus. Therefore, four members are chosen from each site for the first three years. After this period the Pastoral Council will determine if this policy needs to be continued.
The Council meets monthly and shares its minutes with the parish community. Any parishioner may submit an agenda item through any one of the members. The current members are: Mark Huff (President and contact person at: firstname.lastname@example.org), Jane Bolster, Finola Cambell, Joe Frank, Julie Graham, Mary Gregg, Jim Mello, Jo Spiegel.
The purpose of the Finance Committee is to assist in the administering of the temporal goods of the parish. It possesses a consultative voice in administering parish finances and in budget matters is confined to overall parish expenditures. The Commission receives direction as to parish priorities form the Parish Pastoral Council.
The Finance Commission meets monthly and the current chairperson and contact is Alice Miller at: AliMill5@aol.com
The Education Commission fosters the lifelong faith formation of all parishioners. The areas of ministry include:
The Education Commission meets monthly and included members of the parish appointed by the pastor and members of the Pastoral Staff who are involved in any of the above areas. The current chairperson and contact person is Deanna Burke at: email@example.com
Social Ministry Commission
The Parish Social Ministry Commission is the organized effort of the entire parish to serve those in need, to advocate for justice and to work at changing societal structures that perpetuate injustice,. It is social because it applies the gospel vision to society and social relationships.
The Commission is composed of parishioners and staff members who meet regularly and serve to empower the entire parish community in its efforts to fulfill the Gospel mandate of charity and justice.
The work of the Commission involves assisting in local efforts in migrant ministry, providing a food pantry that is available for service the 2nd Wednesday each month, seasonal efforts with Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets and various other local efforts in appropriate areas. The chairperson and contact person is Leanne Goodin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Worship Commission:
- assesses the needs of the worshiping assembly and provides ongoing evaluation to see that those needs are being met
- advises the pastor
- provides direction for those who prepare liturgies. Under its leadership, parishioners implement plans for effective celebrations
- provides for the liturgical education of all parishioners
- promotes the development of competent liturgical ministers
With the pastor it:
- implements diocesan policy
- sets goals for the progress of the liturgical life of the parish
As an entity of the Parish Pastoral Council it:
- maintains constant communication with other parish commissions
The Worhsip Commission meets monthly or as needed and consists of parishioners recruited by the pastor and the Director of Liturgy and the Director of Liturgy. The current Director of Liturgy and contact person is: Margaret O’Malley at: email@example.com