PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
The Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body to the Pastor and the coordinating and unifying structure of the Parish communion. The Council is the means of achieving the full participation of the whole Parish in its mission by giving all a voice in supporting, guiding and directing the various aspects of Parish life. It gathers together the visions, hopes and needs of the communion, reflects upon them until a consensus is reached, and translates this into Parish planning through the establishment of goals and objectives. The Council sees that these goals and objectives are implemented by the Parish Commissions and committees and are evaluated annually. The Council meets every other month from September to June.
Sitting on the Pastoral Council are: pastor, associate pastor, deacon, pastoral associate, six members-at-large (elected to serve a three year term), four commission representatives, one vicariate council representative, and one representative from the evangelization committee. Commissions are made up of at-large members, members of ministries related to the focus of the commission and a liaison from the pastoral staff.
Membership on the Pastoral Council is determined through a selection and orientation process. Members of the Parish are invited to submit names of eligible people to serve on the Council. Those nominated must be active members of our parish family. Selection takes place on the Feast of Pentecost. The Four Parish Commissions are: Christian Service, Education, Stewardship, and Worship. Parish Council and Commission meetings are held every other month from September through June. For more information or questions about any parish council or commission, contact Cheryl Kondrat at firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 588-1222.
PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL
The Parish Finance Council assists the pastor in being an effective administrator of the parish temporal goods in order to accomplish the mission and goals of the parish.
The Finance Council collaborates with the Parish Pastoral Council in the accomplishment of pastoral priorities. The Finance Council does not oversee the daily administration of the parish goods, but assists the pastor in his responsibilities.
The pastor appoints members of the Finance Council based on their expertise in the areas of finance, civil law, accounting, property management, budgeting, and personnel management.
Christian Service Commission
The Christian Service Commission exists as a model and resource to enable the entire Parish communion to put the social teaching of the Church into action. The Commission empowers the members of the Parish to fulfill the Church’s mission of love, justice, freedom and peace by communally responding, in an organized way, to societal and individual human needs. Members develop an understanding of the Baptismal call we have to service, and encourage others in the parish to respond to this call.
The Stewardship Commission is a service group to the Parish Pastoral Council and to the other commissions. It has the obligation of planning and supervising the financial affairs and physical properties of the parish family and of recommending actions that should be taken in regards to effective management and use of parish resources. This commission maintains responsibility for the effective utilization of three broad areas: 1) the effective utilization of parish resources, 2) the budget and 3) Church support.
The Education Commission supports the vision that all members, regardless of age or stature, are responsible for passing on the rich Faith Tradition of the Catholic Church. The commission is responsible for the implementation, promotions, and evaluation of various educational and formational programs and opportunities offered for the parish family.
The Worship Commission services the parish in the areas of Liturgy and Ecumenism, always striving to protect the integrity of the Liturgy and Worship Environment. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, discerning parish worship/liturgical/prayer needs, planning and preparing liturgical events and celebrations, fostering an atmosphere of hospitality and harmony in all aspects of its work and updating members with knowledge necessary to function effectively.
The Evangelization Committee is charged with promoting evangelization in the parish. It works seamlessly with the pastor and pastoral staff in suggesting and/or assisting with special projects. In reaching out to inactive Catholics the committee has done the Catholics Come Home program eight times. By prayer, presentations to small groups and weekly articles in the bulletin the Committee advises lay parishioners of ways to share their faith on a personal one to one basis. The committee meets not on a regular schedule but as needed to complete projects.
Completing a Protecting God’s Children workshop is a requirement of the Archdiocese of Detroit for adult volunteers (18 and over) working with children in any capacity. Teens who are 17 or younger and working with children need to complete a Called to Serve workshop. Many classes are offered all over the diocese. Simply go to www.virtus.org and click on “Registration”.