Parish Pastoral Council

The purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is to assist the pastor in his leadership role of planning, organizing, initiating, promoting, coordinating and reviewing the evangelization, worship, religious education and service activities within the parish.  Its objectives include making sure the needs of the whole parish and its members are adequately assessed.  The PPC is intended to foster unity and a sense of community in the parish, and to help coordinate parish activities in a manner that will best serve the interests of the parish.

As a consultative body, the PPC is responsible to the pastor, assisting and supporting him in his leadership role.  It recognizes the varied gifts of parishioners and invites them to an active leadership role in the parish.

The PPC is an important means by which our pastor hears the voice of the parish.  Through its deliberations and consultation with the pastor, the Council helps to unite him with the parishioners. Together they discern the pastoral needs of the parish and ways in which those needs can be addressed.  The PPC is:

  1. Prayerful. The Council devotes time to reflective prayer at each meeting.
  2. Pastoral. The Council is pastoral in the sense that its purpose is to assist in the development of an overall mission plan for the parish in order to make Christ evermore present to the parishioners and to the wider community.
  3. Representative. The Council members represent the entire parish community and exercise their responsibility with a concern that includes all parishioners.
  4. Discerning. Through a prayerful consensus process, the Council merges the diverse experiences, skills, and gifts of the Council members, and having listened to the parishioners’ needs and ideas, discerns recommendations concerning the direction and priorities of the parish.
  5. Responsive. The Council has a responsibility to be sensitive to and cognizant of justice and peace issues at the local, national, and international level.
  6. Enabling. In the spirit of God’s love, members of the PPC strive to recognize and support each other’s gifts and seek ways in which each parishioner’s gifts may surface, grow, and flourish for the good of the Church.

 Current membership is as follows:

  • Fr. Gerald Souza, Chair
  • Kevin Matthews, Vice Chair
  • Josiane Gemayel
  • Josh Phelps
  • Dan Miller
  • Amy Dooley
  • Andrew Lewis
  • Christianne Murray
  • Mary Peterson, Pastoral Associate

Pastoral Council Minutes Here

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