The Pastoral Council strives to ensure that the parish is carrying out its stated mission and that the pastoral needs of ALL parishioners are met. These needs include the formation of community, the proclamation of the Gospel message, the celebration of the sacraments, and service to other parishioners and to the global community.
As the Pastor's primary visioning and planning entity within our parish, the Pastoral Council looks forward with the Pastor to vision where our parish should be in five years, and then creates the Pastoral Plan to reach that vision. The Pastoral Council does not run the parish or supervise its daily work. It is instead prophetic, calling the community and its leaders to grow in faith together and to respond to the needs of the people.
The at-large members discerned from the parish serve a three-year term. Membership is staggered so that unfilled seats are discerned each year. If a member cannot complete the full three-year term, a parish member selected as an alternate Pastoral Council member at the previous discernment shall fill the vacant seat. The discernment process is outlined in the Diocesan Guidelines for Pastoral Councils. For more information, download the Pastoral Council Constitution and Bylaws .
The Pastoral Council normally meets during the evening on the fourth Thursday of each month.
Our Parish Pastoral Planning is inspired in a unique way by the Church's invitation to participate in the "New Evangelization." The documents below express what the "New Evangelization" is and how parishes can participate in it: