Our purpose is to offer counsel and consultation to the pastor on matters of pastoral planning and policy. We commit ourselves to providing the best possible counsel which is the result of prayer, reflection, and dialogue, as well as study, research, and consultation with other parishioners. By the fact that we are convoked by the pastor, we will respond to his call and questions and offer the best consultation possible to support him in discerning how God is calling the parish to fulfill its mission.
To accomplish this we will:
- Annually examine the parish’s pastoral needs, put them in to order of importance, study how to meet them, and then make recommendations;
- Serve as a vehicle of dialogue, communication, coordination, and cooperation with parish committees, ministries, and staff;
- Develop clear plans and procedures to operate as a council;
- Use the consensus process to development agreement;
- Schedule time to socialize, learn more about each other, and share our faith journey; and, most importantly,
- Be a prayerful people beginning and ending each gathering in prayer and taking the time to develop spiritually so as to be more keenly aware of the Spirit’s presence and functioning within the Council.
In April 2007, the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) at CtR, under the direction of Fr. Sean initiated the task of codifying what have come to be called the Strategic Intents of the parish. The Strategic Intents are those objectives which should help the Parish as a whole, and the Ministries in particular develop, refine and maintain focus. These intents are: Community, Faith Formation, Liturgy / Music, Social Outreach, Stewardship, Vocations, and Youth / Young Adults.
Assessment of Parish Pastoral Needs & Recommendations
In October 2007, the Fr. Sean, the PPC and the Ministry leaders of the Parish met to review the objectives in detail and further, to reach out to the individual ministries and solicit their inputs on these objectives. Specifically, how do the Stategic Intents apply to their Ministry today and also to evaluate where the Ministries could stretch themselves to further these intents in the spririt of becoming a "great parish".
This process took place over several months with the data turned into CtR staff members. The information was reviewed in detail and representative parts of it were presented back to the Ministry leaders in a meeting on April 12, 2008 as a Powerpoint presentation. The meeting served to provide detailed information on the process to date. Additionally, there was a session in which the Ministry leaders were asked to "remove all barriers" as to what their ministries required and to consider where this could lead.
Click here to access the PowerPoint that was presented to the Ministry leaders. We ask for your feedback as you review this information.
Each year the Council will assess the pastoral needs of the parish beginning with the needs identified the previous year, adding or deleting as needed. For each new need, a statement of strategic intent will be developed, i.e. what we are trying to bring to fruition in the parish relative to that need. Then, the staff and various ministries will develop recommendations on goals to be accomplished to assure that strategic intent is achieved. These recommendations will be provided to the pastor for his approval and overall coordination.
The Parish Pastoral Council [PPC] consists of nine discerned members and three appointed members who each serve three-year terms. Current members of the PPC are – Herman Ayala, Briz Garcia, Greg Gehrt, Lynn Gondesen, Donna Heath, Ann Holub, Kenneth Passmore, Dan Ruvalcaba, Brad Snyder, Nancy Unverferth, Lisa Veenstra and Mark Whetstine.
Meetings are monthly, usually at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Read the
. PPC meetings are open to the parish. Any visitor wishing to address the council is asked to contact the pastor one week prior to the meeting they plan to attend.