Fr. Bill's Corner
On May 21 we had our last meeting of the current Parish Council for the 2017-18 year. The Parish Council is a group of parishioners that provides input for me. I am grateful for their example of stewardship and service to our parish. The diocesan guidelines, last revised on September 29, 2015, call parish councils to “provide recommendations for parish priorities, direction, and polices through pastoral planning for worship, evangelization, outreach, stewardship” and to “promote communication, understanding, and collaboration among parish organizations…”
As a result of our conversations, many programs and outreach efforts have been introduced. Specifically, I am thinking of the Back Pack Program (helping to feed hungry children in our community), Our Lady’s Oratory, the Easter Egg Hunt held on Divine Mercy Sunday, and the parish bus sent to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. in January. These are just a few of the initiatives that our Parish Council, who are members of our parish, while working with me, the pastor, as well as with other leaders, have made possible.
I wish to thank the members of the council who are completing their generous service on this advisory board: Maria Infield, Kelly Batz, Robert Lyaski, Jennifer Lozy-Lester, Karla Gaetano, and Emilee Dauphinee.
It is also with joy that I welcome on the Council our new members: Jennifer Bradt, Lynda Donovan, Dorina Hayes, Brendon Petit, Neil Zwierlein, and Grace Hubbel. I look forward to working with our new and returning members in the coming year to identify and address the ways to promote the Gospel message.
May God Bless our Parish!