As we celebrate World Day pf Prayer for Vocations I ask that you pray the prayer above for vocations. I also ask you to pray about who in the parish would be good candidates to serve as members of the parish Pastoral Council to replace the Council members whose terms are coming to a close. A few years ago when we revised the Pastoral Council Covenant we began a selection process for new members rather than an election process. The selection process takes as its model the selection of an Apostle after the death of Judas to bring their number back to twelve. The Apostles determined qualifications for the one to be chosen, then they nominated two disciples, prayed over the names and then drew lots; and Matthias was chosen and was added to the eleven. From now until May 25 we will be taking nominations for people to serve as Pastoral Council Representatives. On Pentecost, Sunday May 31, we will be selecting two people who will serve three year terms on the Council. Please read the qualifications listed below for a Pastoral Council Representative and pray for who you think God is calling to serve the parish in this ministry. Be open to God’s Spirit, God might be calling you!
SELECTION PROCESS: Nominations will be accepted either by self-nomination or by being nominated by another person. Nominees will be contacted to ascertain their willingness to become candidates.
Nominees/Council Members should be:
Two selected representatives will be randomly chosen during Mass at one of our worship sites on Pentecost. Members will not be eligible for re-selection after their first term, but they can be eligible for selection again after one year off the Parish Council.
MEMBERS AT LARGE: A member at large may be added to the Parish Council to represent “Youth”. If a circumstance arises where there is not a Parish Council representative from a particular worship site selected to the Pastoral Council, the pastor would have the authority to appoint someone from that worship site to serve on the Pastoral Council for up to a three-year term. .
Newly selected members will begin their service during the June picnic meeting. ( If we are able to gather by then.) This will be a combined meeting of the out-going Council and the new Council. Meetings are currently held on the third Monday of the month. There normally are no meeting in July, August, December and the weeks near Easter.
Our current Pastoral Council members are: Steve Cardinal, St. Patrick/Moravia; Janet Nelson, St. Patrick/Moravia; Maria Gentry, OLOL, King Ferry, Kevin Homick, St Patrick/Aurora , Bridget Davis, Youth Rep./OLOL, and our two council members finishing their term of service on the Pastoral Council: Joe DeCaro, St. Michael; Teresa Palmer, St. Patrick/Moravia. Kevin Homick has had to resign from the Council; I will appoint someone to fill the final two years of his term. I thank all the Council members who have served this year and I again ask all parishioners to pray about this nomination process and submit names for nomination. God’s blessings and peace, Father Bill