August 30, 2015 – A View from the Rectory Window

I thank Pastoral Council members Craig Jurasinski (four years), Peg Kroeger (four years) and Bill Zipparo (three years) for their invaluable service to our parish family.  As you are aware, following a period of  implementation [which requested of Craig and Peg to serve four years], the Pastoral Council now has one third of its members each serving a three-year term.

The present Pastoral Council was instrumental in assisting with much of the direction of our parochial life this past year; such as our parish mission during Easter time, led by Fr. William Garrott, O.P., “Divine Mercy for a Digital World”, our parish retreat entitled “33 days to Morning Glory”, with its Marian    Consecration, the Feast Day celebration, the establishment of ‘Hospitality Sunday’, 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 as integral to 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 10 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,


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 find it noteworthy that each member of the present Pastoral Council has voiced the sentiment that he/she desired to remain on the council as some initial terms expired.  I thank Marge DeFoney, Linda O’Gorman, Jacquie Olansen, Anita, McMahon, and Annette Sherby for their continued generosity to our parish.


Please consider this essential work of our parish.

Father Pete