“A parish is a definite community of the Christian faithful established on a stable basis within a particular church; the pastoral care of the parish is entrusted to a pastor as its own Shepherd under the authority of the diocesan bishop.” (Canon 515)
A pastoral council acts as a consultative body in assisting the pastor in maintaining the Christian life of the parish community. Pastoral council members are representative of the various constituencies that form the parish family and have a vested interest in the life and development of the parish.
The parish council for the new parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, had their first meeting on June 8, 2016. The meeting, among other things, was an organizational meeting with the election of an executive committee and appointments to the standing committees.
Executive committee: Cathy Millspaugh (firstname.lastname@example.org), chair; Barbara Willers (email@example.com), vice chair; Kathleen Rourke (firstname.lastname@example.org), secretary
Word committee: Andrew Morpurgo (email@example.com), chair; Pam Jasikoff; Jeanie Wiggins; Scott Hamula
Worship committee: Jessica Portillo (firstname.lastname@example.org), chair; Michelle Barr; Amy Panek; Gerry Frank
Witness committee: Donna Brandow (email@example.com), chair; Charlotte Huyler, Susan Houseknecht
Fellowship committee: Nancy Shumway (firstname.lastname@example.org), chair; Phyllis Kaiser; Ron Singer; Susan Houseknecht
The council only meets from 4 to 8 times a year but its effect on the parish is important. For more information about the council please see the Pastoral Council Guidelines for Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish 2016.
Minutes and agendas of the Mother, Mother of Mercy, Parish Council’s meetings are available here.
Mary, Mother of Mercy, Parish Council Members 2016–2017 (as of September 8, 2016)
Fr. Brendan Buckley
Fr. Bernard Maloney
Cathy Millspaugh, chair
Kathleen Rourke, secretary
Barbara Willers, vice chair