Current Pastoral Council Members include:
- Greg Bellich
- Nate Boyle
- Jennifer Brunner
- Mike Dorsch
- Scott Mark
- Paolo Montemaggi
- Doris Rubio
- Bill Shields
- Arlette Uihlein
What is PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL?
Mission: Ensures parishioners work as co-workers and advisers to the pastor and staff, and that they have an active role and voice in their parish. Assesses the current and future needs of the parishioners and advises the pastor and staff accordingly. Develops long- and short-term goals.
Discerned: Council members are selected through a process of prayerful discernment. This approach invites the guidance of the Holy Spirit toward identifying those with gifts necessary to create, implement and oversee the annual pastoral plan, who will work tirelessly to support the pastor and parish and form together and individually as microcosms of the parish, ever mindful of the Mission of Jesus Christ.
Primary Role: Carefully utilizes skills of listening, assessment and planning to assist in establishing an ongoing pastoral plan that is implemented by the pastoral staff, parish committees, volunteers, organizations and parishioners and evaluates the outcome of same.
Structure of Council: The pastor presides at meetings and the other essential positions are facilitator and recorder.
Order of Meetings: The spirit of the group is one of consultation and collaboration. Decisions are made through discernment and consensus.
Accountability to Parish: Pastoral Council is first accountable to the Pastor and is secondly accountable to the parish at large. All actions of the Pastoral Council are transparent and will be made known to all.
*Adapted from Pittsburgh Catholic, April 2, 2007, John Franko.
PASTORAL PLAN UPDATES
Please click on a month below to view the corresponding updates from the Pastoral Plan.
2014 PASTORAL PLAN
The Pastoral Council, with Fr. McCaffrey's approval, submits a Pastoral Plan for 2014. This plan consists of six goals, followed by supporting objectives. All objectives have a one year deadline, with completion by the end of the Liturgical Year, celebrated as the Feast of Christ the King on November 24, 2014.
Goal #1: Increase understanding and devotion to the Eucharist in a positive manner, with reverence before, during, and after Mass.
1. Train parish leaders on the parish etiquette to convey the new expectations to the parish.
Goal #2: Develop a model communication and marketing program for the parish.
1. Task the Team to implement an internal and external pastoral communications plan.
Goal #3: Increase parishioner awareness and call to stewardship for the parish's mission and operation.
1. Work with Finance Council to develop a plan to communicate the ongoing financial and physical plant needs of the parish, particularly as relates to the Bishop's Church Alive Campaign.
2. Increase the percentage of families contributing to the parish offering and initiate contributions and pledges to the Bishop's Church Alive Campaign.
Goal #4: Establish a leadership team to oversee the development and implementation of adult spiritual enrichment opportunities within the parish and broader community.
1. Identify programs needed to serve the evolving needs of the parish and introduce at least one new program.
Goal #5: Improve the effectiveness of youth programs relative to sacramental preparation, culminating in confirmation and continued participation in the faith community.
1. Establish a bi-annual open forum for parents and youth from all youth programs to provide feedback on effectiveness and engagement.
2. Create metrics for ongoing assessment of existing and planned youth programs using pre-defined program goals and objectives.
3. Create intermediate bi-annual student testing to provide trending and feedback metrics for assessment.
Goal #6: Identify and implement programs for social interaction and inclusion to build the community.
1. Design and pilot two new programs to address under-served groups.
To see the 2013 Pastoral Plan please click here.
For more information, please contact Arlette Uihlein at email@example.com.
The MISSION of JESUS CHRIST
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor … to proclaim liberty to captives … recovery of sight to the blind … to let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18)
In summary, the Church does not exist for its own sake. Rather it is an assembly of the Pilgrim People of God on a journey that takes them into the heart of the Mission of Jesus Christ. Through its members, the Church:
- CONNECTS THE FAITHFUL TO GOD through prayer, ritual, community and action
- PROCLAIMS GOOD NEWS to a world that often glamorizes evil.
- OFFERS HEALING WORDS AND SERVICES to the wounded or broken.
- DISPELS LONELINESS AND ESTRANGEMENT by building inclusive faith communities.
- PROVIDES A BEACON OF TRUTH AND A CALL TO INTEGRITY through its teaching ministries.
- ANSWERS THE CALL to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless.
- CARES FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE, espousing human dignity, and sharing the fullness of life that Jesus came to offer.
It is the task of the pastoral council to keep before the faithful of the parish their baptismal commitment to make Jesus’ Mission the Mission of the parish. All these actions, like the love they manifest, begin at home and in our parish settings.
* "One Body, One Mission" Diocese of Pittsburgh pastoral council guidelines