There are a wide variety of ways to be involved in parish life and leadership.
The Pastoral Council, as the elected leadership of the parish, is grounded in faith and is to serve as the energizing, coordinating and unifying body which enables individual members to contribute to the processes which guide and support the total effort of the parish community to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ.
The Pastoral Council includes our pastor, ten elected members including a youth representative, and the chair of the finance committee. The Council’s executive commission is made up of the pastor, Pastoral Council chairperson, vice-chairperson and secretary. All elected members serve a three year term except for the youth representative who serves a one year term. Each Pastoral Council member who is not a member of the executive commission serves as an active member of a Pastoral Council Commission, as well as a liaison between the Pastoral Council and that commission.
Standing commissions of the Pastoral Council include Liturgy, Parish Life, Social Justice, and Formation & Education. Finance Council is parallel to the Pastoral Council. A separate and consolidated Board of Education oversees education. Elections to the Pastoral Council are held annually in the spring of the year.
The Finance Council serves as an advisory body to the pastor/pastoral administrator and the Pastoral Council regarding the administration and stewardhship of human resources, parish facilities, and parish finances, including the annual budget and long-range financial development. The Finance Council is a consultative body that enables the parish to live its mission by prudent and lawful stewardship of all resources.
The Liturgy Commission exists to nourish and give direction to the liturgical worship elements of the parish. Through the liturgy the Paschal Mystery is celebrated with its impact on parishioner’s lives as disciples. We assist the pastor in facilitating the prayer of the community, the Body of Christ, which is Christ’s presence in the world.
Ministries overseen by the Liturgy Commission include:
- Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
- Home bound Communion Ministry
- Altar Servers
- Environment & Art
Why Do We Exist?
To bring people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Faith Formation Mission:
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Faith Formation Commission and Pastoral Council endeavors to provide a comprehensive and systematic formation in the faith, focused on an encounter with Jesus Christ. Supported, nurtured and empowered this encounter will mature into a living, explicit and fruitful confession of faith for all parishioners. (NDC, 54)
The Faith Formation Commission provides opportunities for individuals and families to grow in their faith through prayer, workshops, retreats, study, adult faith formation programs and small faith sharing groups.
The parish Faith Formation Commission is responsible for all aspects of the formal catechetical and faith formation programs in light of the six task of catechesis:
- Promotion of knowledge of the faith
- Liturgical education
- Moral formation
- Teaching to pray
- Education for community life
- Missionary initiation
The purpose of our St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Life Commission is to welcome and encourage all parishioners to grow in their faith through a diverse offering of shared experiences and to work toward building a strong parish community.
- Help our parish to welcome new members to an active role in the parish.
- Plan and organize events and activities that encourage parishioners to grow in their faith, strengthen their families, and build parish community.
- Assess pastoral needs and plan programs to address these needs to help our parishioners.
We contribute to the parish’s efforts to call people everywhere, and of every faith, to work toward the elimination of poverty, to speak out against injustices and to actively shape a more peaceful and just world. We strive to bring the Gospel to the world by developing social justice and service related opportunities for growth in faith and spirituality for all parishioners. The Social Justice Commission works with local, regional and international organizations/agencies and our sister parish in Nicaragua to provide financial support, solicit contributions, and coordinate volunteer involvement. Our efforts are faith-based and consistent with Catholic Social Teaching. Click on the pdf below to see how you can get involved. If you see a ministry below and would like to be involved, please contact the parish office.
Please Click Below To Become Involved in the Social Justice Ministry
Social Justice Ministry Opportunities
Board Of Education
For more information regarding the board of education, please go directly to the school’s website using the links below.