What is the Parish Pastoral Council?
The Parish Pastoral Council of St. Julian Eymard, as a community of believers, guided by the holy spirit, seeks to coordinate and support the efforts of parish ministries in identifying and serving the needs of the parishioners and neighbors. We commit to sharing our love of God through spiritual life, human concerns, parish life and education.
The Parish Pastoral Council is responsible for the evaluation of all of our parish programs and for the future planning of the main deliberative body which seeks the inclusion, the involvement and the wisdom of all. Or put it another way the parish pastoral council exercises share responsibility for the parish under the leadership of the pastor.
The establishment for the Parish Pastoral Council is set in the Code of Canon Law and in the directives from the archdiocese. Here at St. Julian, a Parish Pastoral Council has guided our church since June 2004. It took many hours in forming and developing the mission statement, needs assessment, define parish goals, and required strategies needed to implement and carry out the Church’s mission. The Parish Pastoral Council mission statement is as follows, The Parish Pastoral Council of St. Julian Eymard as a community of believers, guided by the Holy Spirit seeks to coordinate and support the efforts of the parish ministries in identifying and serving the needs of the parishioners and neighbors. We commit to sharing our love of God through Spiritual Life, Education, Human Concerns and Parish Life.
The Parish Pastoral Council is not a corporation or a business. The men and women have been invited by Father Rezula to serve have been, and still are faith filled people committed to keeping St. Julian a living example of Christ in the community.
The Parish Pastoral Council is to research the needs, the ideas and the hopes of the faith community, to encourage and support existing ministries, to evaluate the quality of life in the faith community. It is not a legislative group but a group that develops a mission statement and sets policies, procedures and programs that carry forward the values expressed in the church’s mission in the community and neighborhood. It is governed by prayer and prayerful decisions so that the Holy Spirit will guide them. In fact, prayer reflection and sharing are an integral part of the Council’s meetings. This approach is reflective in its name—it is pastoral.
In addition, four commissions report to the Parish Pastoral Council they include, Spiritual Life, Education, Human Concerns and Parish Life. Within these commissions are a number of different ministries that serve the St. Julian community. These commissions are composed of interested parishioners and their membership approved by the council. The commissions are accountable to the council and act in accord with the goals, policies, and procedures set by the council. Within these policies the commissions are free to operate in their own legitimate competencies.
However, at times an issue may occur that does not fit the scope of the commissions. To deal with those instances the Parish Pastoral Council may need to form an ad hoc committee specifically to handle this matter.
If you have any questions regarding the Parish Pastoral Council you can contact any of the council members listed below.
Jerry Black, Kerry Glennon, Fr. Brian Kean, Ron Mattey, Peter Meister, Rich Morgan, Mary Ellen Ottenstein, Ralph Schumann, Gerry Van Booven, Gerry Wonak and Karen Wonak