September 2, 2018—A View from the Rectory Window

I thank Pastoral Council members Jodi George, Gary Mruz and Bill Zipparo for their invaluable service to our parish family.  I also thank our youth representatives Shannon O’Reilly and Brenna Laverty who are now off to college.  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 Capital Campaign and planning of our parish center, our Parish Mission to “Embrace and Shape Our Future – Together” and 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 13 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.

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 Georgette Costello, George Duzek, Anita McMahon, Jacquie Olansen, Jose Santiago, Tim O’Shea and Marie Zelinski for their continued generosity to our parish.

Please consider this essential work of our parish,

Father Pete