August 28, 2016- A View from the Rectory Window

 

 Parish Council

I thank Pastoral Council members Marge DeFoney, Jacquie Olansen and Annette Sherby for their invaluable   service to our parish family.  As you are aware, the Pastoral Council has one third of its members rotate off after serving a three-year term.  The purpose is to keep the Pastoral Council energized with fresh ideas and fresh perspectives.

The present Pastoral Council was instrumental in assisting with much of the direction of our parochial life this past year; such as our Parish Appreciation afternoon at “L’s”, Family Fun Night at Bishop McHugh Regional School, our Parish Mission with Sister Christine Koellhoffer, the Pilgrimage to the Holy Doors in Cape May, our parish retreat entitled “33 days to Merciful Love”, the Feast Day celebration, past and future renovations to our churches and initiatives for pastoral outreach, including budgeting and pastoral planning.  You can read about these efforts in greater detail in the Pastoral Council Minutes found on our parish website.

I consider the Pastoral Council to be an integral element in the life and direction of our parish, and I trust that I have always sought to act in accord with their guidance.  I now invite anyone willing to serve a three-year term on the Pastoral Council to come to a Discernment Meeting on Thursday, September 8 at 7pm in the Church of the Resurrection Extension.  At this meeting, three new members for the Pastoral Council will be identified.

This will also be a working Pastoral Council meeting and all parishioners are welcome to bring their own questions, observations and recommendations

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The work of the Pastoral Council is to consider, plan and recommend ways for the parish to accomplish the mission of Christ.  For me, the Pastoral Council is a strategic element of our parish that keeps us focused on our divine purpose.  It is a consultative body that is charged with prayerfully discerning parish needs, setting pastoral priorities, and empowering people to participate in the mission of Christ.  In attempting to foster parish vitality, I work with the Pastoral Council in careful investigation, prayerful consideration and consensual recommendations.

I thank Jodi George, Anita McMahon, Gary Mruz, Linda O’Gorman, Bill Zipparo, and our youth representatives:  Kevin Catanoso, Jared Schiavione and Jason Schiavone for their continued generosity to our parish.

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 Please consider this essential work of our parish.