The Parish Pastoral Council is an integral part of the parish community whose purpose is to act in a consultative, advisory role assisting the pastor in forming the parish mission and the programs needed to fulfill that mission. Parish Councils have the responsibility to engage the community and foster activity in the parish; to advise and assist the pastor as he guides the parish community in achieving its mission. The council works to promote unity in diversity – keeping the parish together by enabling people to think, pray, work, and play together.
Specifically, the members:
Prayerfully draw together the whole of the community and discern the movement of the Holy Spirit among the parishioners, to assist in determining the programs and pastoral activities impacting the lives.
Exemplify diversity in action by representing the entire community and all areas and viewpoints of parish life, recognizing the needs of the men and women of all ages, ethnic/cultural backgrounds, clergy, and religious people with differing viewpoints.
Engage the community, and seeking out a dialogue and merging the insights, experiences, expertise, faith, competencies, and gifts of the community in order to provide vision and direction for the community as a whole.
Open their minds and hearts to the Word of God, broadening and challenging the community to look outward and bring Christ’s message of love and understanding to the Catholic community at large.
Enable God’s people avenues to search for, recognize, hone, and use their talents and skills in programs aimed at achieving the parish mission.
The Parish Council met on Monday October 30 and discussed several ways that St. Paul Parish’s outreach efforts touched our community.
The Council began the meeting with a Lectio Divina on Matthew 23:1-12.
Linda Meiman, Chairperson, described the turnout at Oktoberfest as good, noting that there were groups of all ages enjoying the food, music, and camaraderie.
The Council discussed ways to expand and improve the event next time.
The Council is considering hosting a Catholic Trivia night given the positive feedback on the previous trivia night.
A young parishioner had suggested having prayer booklets in the pews for children. This is being looked into.
The group wants to hear from all parishioners on anything that is on their minds. To that end, please stop by our listening table which is set up at each Mass on the last Sunday of the month.
Also, please consider providing feedback to the Council by filling out the form below.
The Finance Committee gave a monthly report. It was noted that a video from Fr. John regarding the financial state of the Parish was emailed to all parishioners.
Frank Meyers led the closing prayer.
To contact our Parish Council, please fill out the form below or email us at email@example.com.
Rev. John Gabriel
Rev. Hermes Diaz-Vargas
Finance Committee Liaison
Sr. Marie Elise Kurikombil
Ralph Mattiaccio III
Spanish Community Liaison