New St. Alphonsus Parish Pastoral Council
Attention all parishioners 18 years of age and older – we will be forming a new Parish Pastoral Council in the near future and we need your help.
Earlier this year, Fr. Leva invited a group of past and present Pastoral Council members to form a Steering Committee to determine the best path forward. As a result of those discussions, we have decided to form a new Council, and will conduct elections to fill six elected positions. There will also be 3 appointed positions that will be filled after the election results are known.
A strong council is an integral factor in ensuring that St. Alphonsus Parish is best able to serve the needs of all of its parishioners both now and into the future. One of the important functions of the council is to evaluate how well the parish is accomplishing its mission and to plan new initiatives in liturgy, evangelization, stewardship, communication, and other areas. Many of our parish’s prior accomplishments and important initiatives were the result of pastoral planning done by earlier councils (building of the Narthex, the church renovation, establishing our Youth Ministry, Sister Parish Outreach, etc.).
An effective Pastoral Council is made up of Catholic parishioners in good standing, 18 years and older, who are prayerful, committed to the good of the entire parish, and representing diversity in age, experience, culture and points of view. Members should expect to spend approximately 2 hours per month at the Pastoral Council meeting, and 2-5 hours per month on other tasks. Fr. Leva has expressed his support of this initiative and he has invited you to consider running for election and/or nominating others you believe would make good Pastoral Council members.
Watch for more detailed information each week in the bulletin and on our website, and in the narthex and the chapel lobby. Please join us for the information night meeting and consider nominating parishioners who can help us plan for our future.
Important dates to remember:
9/23/14 (Tuesday) – Information Night in the Narthex at 7:00 PM
10/5/14 (Sunday) – all nominations are due by 1:00 PM
10/7 – 10/12/14 – all nominees will be contacted by phone
10/21/14 – Nominee Night in the Narthex
11/15 – 11/16/14 – Election conducted at all Masses
11/22/14 – Election results posted
You can go to our Pastoral Council Page found under Parish Life to view a video message from Fr. Leva.