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World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Prayer for Vocations Loving and Generous God, it is You who call us by name and ask us to follow You. Help us to grow in the Love and Service of our Church as we experience it today. Give us the energy and courage of Your Spirit to shape its future. Grant us faith-filled leaders who will embrace Christ's Mission of love and justice. Bless the Church of Rochester by raising up dedicated and generous leaders from our families and friends who will serve Your people as Sisters, Priests, Brothers, Deacons and Lay Ministers. Inspire us to know You better and open our hearts to hear Your call. We ask this through our Lord. Amen.

Posted on April 29, 2020


Pastoral Council Nominations


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:

  1. a Confirmed Catholic, 18 years of age or older;
  2. a registered parishioner of GSCC for at least six months;
  3. a participant in the ongoing life of the parish, especially the celebration of the weekend Eucharist;
  4. a responsible parishioner who possesses the following characteristics:
  5. a desire for spiritual growth - a faith that is alive and gospel-oriented;
  6. an enthusiasm about the future of the parish - a balanced and open-minded outlook;
  7. a willingness to listen, to speak honestly, and to be respectful;
  8. a willingness to work as a team member and to work toward consensus;
  9. a willingness to make a commitment of time and talent – actively participating in council meetings, and volunteering for council member tasks;
  10. a willingness to represent the entire parish, while acting as a liaison to one of our weekend worship sites and enabling ongoing communications between the Pastor and the parishioners.

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


Nomination Form for Good Shepherd Catholic Community Pastoral Council

Deadline for submission is Monday May 25, 2019



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