The primary initiative taking place in our parish has been the adoption of a structure for leadership. Under the supervision of the Pastoral Council, we have established six Commissions, each charged with planning and coordinating a specific area of parish life.
Membership in the Commissions includes one member of Pastoral Council and one member of the parish staff. They act, respectively, as a liaison to the Parish Council and the staff. Each Commission elects a chairperson and secretary.
Every Commission coordinates various ministries of the parish that fall under the purview of the area of parish life for which it is responsible.
The Administration Commission coordinates and plans for certain aspects of parish financial and budget matters, stewardship of resources, church/parishioner communications, and upkeep of the physical facilities and properties of the parish.
Community Life Commission
The Community Life Commission coordinates various organizations which offer support or opportunities for socializing in the parish. Its purpose is to build a deeper sense of Christian community for all ages and interest groups in the parish. The scope of the Commission includes Hospitality and Welcoming, Parish Organizations and Clubs, non-formation Youth Activities, Community-building and Socializing Events. The Commission looks to build coordination and energy among the various organizations' within the parish so that initiatives which might be evangelizing, liturgical, fundraising, service-oriented, etc. are also events which build relationships and strengthen the sense of community within the parish.
Outreach and Social Justice Commission
The Outreach and Social Justice Commission coordinates the ministries of pastoral care, social services, peace and justice, and evangelization. Its scope includes outreach to both the parish membership and the larger community, whether in the neighborhood or beyond.
Youth Christian Formation Commission
The Youth Christian Formation Commission coordinates spiritual growth in the parish for children. The Commission’s role is to foster cooperation, coordination and communication among all groups and individuals involved in the education/formation ministries of the parish.
Adult Christian Formation Commission
The Adult Christian Formation Commission coordinates all levels of educational and formational opportunities for adults in the parish. The Commission’s role is to foster communication, cooperation and coordination among all individuals and groups involved in ministries concerned with developing informed disciples.
Prayer and Worship Commission
The Prayer and Worship Commission gives direction to the liturgical life of the parish and to the spiritual growth of all parishioners. It ensures opportunities for personal and communal prayer in addition to the celebration of Holy Eucharist. The Prayer and Worship Commission coordinates the following committees and groups: The Liturgy Coordinating Committee that plans the weekend Masses for the various seasons, all liturgical ministries, prayer services outside of Mass, spirituality and devotional groups, periodic retreats, and Parish Missions.