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Pastoral Council

Holy Family Parish
Pastoral Council

Prologue
In accord with Canon 536 of the Code of Canon Law, a parish pastoral council is to be established in each parish. It is a collaborative body of the Christian faithful whose purpose is the promotion of the mission of Jesus Christ and His Church in its entirety.
Pope Paul IV stated that the pastoral council is “to examine and consider all that relates to pastoral work and to offer practical conclusions on these matters, so that the life and activity of the People of God be brought into great conformity with the Gospel.”
Purpose
The Pastoral Council is a consultative body consisting of representative members of the parish who form one body with the pastor in fulfilling the Church’s ministry. The
council through its insights and advice helps the pastor identify, implement, and evaluate pastoral initiatives and policies best suited to spread the Gospel. The Council is
the means to bring life and service to the parish community. They share responsibility with the pastor for the spiritual and maternal growth and well-being of the parish. The Pastoral Council does not function independently of the pastor.
Membership
The Pastoral Council members reflect the diverse parish community including racial, ethnic, gender, and age diversity, economic and occupational diversity, and geographic diversity.
Committees
The council may form committees as needed to provide feedback to its members.
Meetings
Regular scheduled meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Scheduled meetings may change from time to time if voted at the previous meetings.
Feedback to Council
Parishioners may contact members of the Council with their ideas, issues, or concerns. Parishioners may also use this email shepherdhfp@gmail.com to bring forth any concerns or questions to Father Jude and the Pastoral Council. Your concerns or issues
will remain anonymous to Council members. We will respond to you via your e-mail after our Council meeting.

Selection of Council Members

 Be a registered parishioner in the parish
 Has demonstrated a commitment to the parish community
 Be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church
 Committed to spiritual growth
 Be willing to commit the necessary time and energy to offer effective consultation

Pastoral Council Bios

Bill Kennedy, Co-Chairman
Ministries involved: ACTS, Hospitality, Pastoral Council
Parishioner since: 2013

Carolyn Sunseri, Co-Chairwoman
Ministries involved: Master Plan Committee, Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Pastoral Council
Parishioner since: 2004

Donna Mittendorf, Recorder
Ministries involved: Finance Committee, IGNITE Campaign Committee, Capital Campaign Committee, Altar & Rosary Society, and Pastoral Council
Parishioner since: 2003

Thomasine Allen
Ministries involved: Religious Education and former DRE, Principal Selection Committee HFCS, Evangelization and Stewardship Committee, Lector, Rosary Rally Organizer, and Parish Council

Parishioner since: 1965

Amy Bly
Ministries involved: Youth and Pastoral Council

Parishioner since: 1996

Annette Denton
Ministries involved: Young Adults, Pastoral Council
Parishioner since: 2020

Paula Fairbanks
Ministries involved: Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Lector, Hospitality, and Pastoral Council
Parishioner since: 1976

Israel Garza
Ministries involved: ACTS, Pastoral Council

Parishioner since: 2013

Denise Nobles
Ministries involved: Lector, Choir, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Prison Ministry, Garden Club, and Pastoral Council
Parishioner since: 2007

Mary Ramirez
Ministries involved: Lay Carmelites, Homebound Ministry, Evangelization Committee and Parish Council
Parishioner since: 1970

Ramona Trevino
Ministries involved: Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Hospital Ministry, Guadalupanos, Lector Sacristan, and Parish Council
Parishioner since: 2009

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Holy Family Parish

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