The Parish Council is an advisory forum designed to bring together the different ministries of the people of God. It is the focal point of co-responsibility where the special gifts and talents of the community may be utilized for the common good. It is the focal point of communication where Parish representatives will provide guidance in a manner of loving service, where different roles of ministry can dialogue, and where the charisms of the people of God can be employed for the common welfare of all.
The purpose of this Parish Council shall be to develop and promote our Sacred Purpose and values of Community, Prayer and Evangelization. This includes making recommendations on various aspects of Parish life, initiating programs, forming policies and providing vision for the continued growth and development of the Parish community.
Parish Council shall consist of persons recommended from the parish to the Pastor for approval with a tenure of 3 years that can be extended to 6 years at the Pastor’s digression. The officers of the council are the president who is the Pastor, the chairperson, vice-chairperson and the secretary. The associate pastor and one permanent deacon are ex-officio members. Ordinarily there are 5 at large lay members with potentially 2 members to add expertise or balance large council membership. Ad hoc members are included for representation from the finance council, school advisory council/principal and the property board.
The Parish Council meets monthly usually the second or third Tuesday at 5:30pm in the Parish Office Conference Room.
The Finance Council provides the Pastor with counsel and advice in regard to the Parish's financial condition and matters relating thereto. The Finance Council shall provide oversight of the financial management of the Parish.
Major responsibilities of the Finance Council includes review and approval of the Parish and School's annual budget; monthly financial statements; major expenditure requests as defined in internal procedures; written financial internal controls and procedures for the temporal needs of the Parish.
Members are appointed by the Pastor and have practical business experience related to budgeting, ability to be a good listener with a collaborative nature and attention to detail. Legal or human resources experience is a plus.
As an Advisory Board, the Property Board is responsible for providing the Pastor and the Parish Council with counsel and advice in regard to the Parish facilities maintenance condition and other property matters relating thereto. When requested by the Pastor or Administrative Staff, the Property Board shall provide guidance and recommendations related to property maintenance management, grounds maintenance and expansion projects. Additionally the Property Board is responsible for the review and award recommendations of bids and proposals received.
The members of the Property Board draw from their experience to make suggestions for repairs and improvements to the Parish facilities and properties. This is done through regular inspections of the properties, setting up schedules for maintenance and making recommendations on the purchase of materials, supplies, improvements and changes to the Parish property.
Board members are appointed by the Pastor and have experience and knowledge in facilities management, building and engineering, interior design, project management and architecture.