Committees of Parish Council
Standing Committees of Parish Council
There are nine standing committees of the Parish Council.
These groups function as separate committees, accountable to the Parish Council. The standing committees meet once a month on a Common Meeting Night in order to share prayer together, to exchange information and announcements, and to engage in social interaction after their separate meetings. The date of the monthly Common Meeting Night is listed in the weekly Bulletin.
Building and Grounds: The role of this committee is to oversee the physical operation of the parish. The committee is advisory to the Director of Administrative Services. While most of the work to be done is completed either by current staff or contracted out, occasionally the committee members will do some work themselves. Examples of what the committee members might do is paint classrooms, landscape, install light fixtures, cork strips ,etc.
Christian Formation: The role of this committee is to develop within the parish an understanding that the community as a whole has the responsibility to provide and engage in lifelong Christian Formation based on Scripture and Catholic Tradition. The committee is advisory to the Directors of Adult & Family, Youth, and Child ministries. The committee is also responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of all parish Christian Formation programs.
Finance: The role of this committee is to oversee the entire financial operation of the parish. The committee is advisory to the Pastor, Parish Council and the Director of Administrative Services. In this regard, the committee reviews the monthly and annual financial statements, makes recommendations for expenditures and parish investments. The committee facilitates the annual budget process and each year presents to the Parish Council, for its approval, a balanced budget.
Human Concerns: The role of this committee is to serve the human concerns interests of the parish through three major approaches: (1) Justice Education, (2) Social Action, and (3) Direct Services
Liturgy: The role of this committee is focused on the glory of God and sanctification of all who participate in worship. The work of the committee is fourfold; (1) to give direction to the liturgical aspects of parish life; (2) to identify the spiritual needs of parishioners; (3) to provide opportunities for parishioners to deepen their faith through participation in a variety of prayer experiences and liturgical celebrations; and (4) to oversee the liturgical ministries of the parish. This committee is advisory to both the Director of Liturgy and the Director of Music Ministry.
Long Range Planning: The role of this committee is to assist the parish in planning for the long range parish needs. The committee is responsible for developing an ongoing five-year plan.
Personnel: The role of this committee is to provide a framework and guide for all employees of the parish in matters pertaining to employment, working conditions and fringe benefits. The committee is advisory to the Pastor, Parish Council and Director of Administrative Services.
School: The role of this committee is to develop and define the policies which govern the operation of the parish school and to promote the implementation of these policies by the Principal. The committee is responsible for communicating all policies regarding the school to parents, students, faculty, and other school personnel.
Communication: The role of this committee is to work in an advisory capacity to help promote the parish in a unified and positive manner. Through a sharing of information with the four Communication sub-committees, this core group will identify and prioritize project needs for the parish at large, including assisting the communication efforts of the pastoral staff, parish council and all other standing committees.
Other Committees and Associations
In addition to the nine Standing Committees of the Parish Council, there are three other committees of the parish ( Outreach, School Endowment, and Welcoming) and two associations (Athletic Association and Home and School).
Outreach Committee: The role of this committee is to allocate to Christian charities at the local, state, federal, and international level the amount which the Parish collects in special collections. This committee is directly accountable to the Parish Council.
School Endowment Committee: The role of this committee is to oversee the investment of all monies donated or gifted to the School Endowment Fund. Each year the interest earned is transferred to the school budget. This committee is accountable to the Parish Council.
Welcoming Committee: The role of this committee is to plan, schedule and invite new members of the parish to one of three receptions held each year. The receptions are both social and informational. This committee works closely with the Parish Council as well as the other committees and organizations of the parish.