“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them …if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation…he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness” -Romans 12:6-8
Among laypeople, sisters, brothers and the ordained there exists a harmony and balance: cooperation and collaboration. Such working together is essential if the Church is to become the “salt of the earth.”
As the role of the ordained priest is to consecrate bread and wine to be the Body and Blood of Christ, so the role of the layperson is to consecrate the world!
Purpose: Although the Commissions can be defined as the working arm of the Pastoral Council, they are also responsible for visioning and planning for a specific area. These commissions make recommendations to the council and implement the council’s policies. There are five commissions which operate in our parish. They consist of Education and Formation, Spirituality and Worship, Parish Life, Peace and Social Justice and Stewardship & Parish Administration. The commission members are to be a prayerful group open to ongoing faith formation themselves. It is only through ongoing formation and study that a Commission can envision the possibilities for creating a vibrant parish.
Peace and Social Justice Commission
To help Parishioners understand and act upon the conviction that Peace and Social Justice is an essential element of the Gospel that flows from the meaning of the Eucharist. The work of peace and social justice is the work of the whole parish. This commission also helps people see that the actions of peace and social justice must take root locally, nationally and worldwide.
Spirituality and Worship Commission
The mission of the Spirituality and Worship Commission is the development of liturgical and devotional celebrations that will call the entire community to “full, conscious, and active participation” (csl,n. 14) in the heart of the liturgy: the paschal mystery of Jesus.
Education and Formation Commission
The education and formation efforts in the parish are intended to enhance the faith life of the Catholic Christian. In working to meet these spiritual and pastoral needs through formational and educational programs, the Commission is helping people grow in their faith and to deepen their relationship with God.
Parish Life Commission
The mission and purpose of the Parish Life Commission is to promote family life, to help build community in the parish, and to work with and support the Youth Ministry. This commission identifies the needs for social and communal activities and programs that will strengthen the faith community.
Stewardship & Parish Administration Commission
The Parish administrative commission involves the operation of talent, material and resources which are gifts from God. The mission and purpose is to create an ongoing operation of stewardship through formation and Christian values in order to attain a parish office which is efficient and functional in the spirit of discipleship. This entails communication and interaction with the pastoral council, other commissions and committees.