The Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative and advisory body that exists to support the Parish Priest by providing spiritual leadership and sound administrative procedures for the parish. The Council encourages all parishioners and all parish ministries to participate in the life of the church.
The intentions of the members of the Pastoral Council are the following:
To pray that with the grace of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit that they are witnesses to the presence of Christ in the Parish community
To develop a sense of community in the parish
To foster growth & maturity & the recognition of the need for change where appropriate
To plan for the future of the parish
The Pastoral Council will co-ordinate and promote the activities of the parish and the organizations within the parish in the following key areas: Christian Service, Evangelization, Family Life, Worship and Prayer, Discipleship – Faith Formation / Catechesis, Finances, and Administration.
Parish Council meetings are usually held the third Wednesday of each month or as needed (September-May) at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. Past meeting minutes are posted on this site. Any parishioner may bring a matter to the attention of the Council through a Council member or by contacting the chairperson or pastor at least two weeks prior to a meeting.
Staff Members: Fr. Edward Stafford (Pastor), Deacon Gerry Scopilliti (Permanent Deacon), Sr. Joyce Schreiber, SND (Pastoral Minister), Peg Haney (Director of Religious Education), Kathi Trares (Council & Parish Secretary)
Appointed Members: Glenn Turpin, President (2017), Jim Schultis (2017)
Discerned Members: Bill Custer (2018), Mary Ann Feddor (2017), Patty Nichols (2018), Susan Zukas (2018)
Committee Representatives: Karen Schulz - Finance Council (2017), Marianne Berzinskas (2017) - Worship Committee, Garden Club submits report.
If you’d like to send a message to any member of Parish Council, a new email has been established for this purpose: email@example.com.
Parish Council By-Laws
(Approved - Fall, 2007)
Article 1: Name
This organization shall be called Saint Joseph Parish Council.
Article 2: Purpose
The purpose of this Council is to respond to the movement of the Spirit in the People of God, to work for a unified mission among its members, and to plan, coordinate, and implement the pastoral goals and vision of the parish and the Church. The Council serves as consultative and advisory group to the Pastor.
Article 3: Objectives
The main objective of the Council is to foster, reveal, and spread the Gospel message, life, and values of Christ among the members of the Parish. This objective is accomplished through the following:
by providing an open, honest, and representative forum for full and free discussion of pastoral matters,
by being true representatives of the People of God,
by assisting the Pastor in discussing, formulating, and recommending policies, directives, and guidelines that directly affect the Parish community,
by planning and implementing pastoral goals and priorities in response to the expressed needs and aspirations of the Parish community,
by coordinating and fostering the development of Parish ministries and organizations that respond to the Gospel message and values,
by responding, reviewing, and encouraging the continued call to pastoral stewardship of time, talent, and treasure,
by supporting the vision and ministry of the Parish, its members, and the Parish Staff.
Article 4: Membership and Terms
The Membership of the Council shall consist of the ex-officio members, parish ministry representatives, at-large members, and appointed members. Terms for all members will commence in September and terminate in June of each year.
Ex officio members: Shall be the Pastor and members of the Parish Staff.
Parish Ministry Representatives: Shall be elected or appointed members from the various Parish ministries and organizations of the Parish. Representatives shall serve two year terms and may serve for two consecutive terms. After four years on the Council, a member is required to be absent from the Council for one year before returning.
At-Large Members: Shall come forth from the Parish community through self nomination or by peer nomination. Upon acceptance of the nomination, selection to the Council will be by spiritual discernment. At-Large Members shall serve for two year terms. They may be nominated for a total of two consecutive terms. After four years on the Council, a member is required to be absent from the Council for one year before returning.
Appointed Members: The Pastor will have the right to appoint members for a two year term. Appointed members shall not be more than two persons at any time. At the end of a term, this person is required to be absent from the Council for one year before returning.
Article 5: Council Make-Up
The Parish Council shall consist of not more than 15 members and not less than 10 members at any given time (not including ex officio members).
Parish Ministry Representatives: shall not exceed ten members of the Council.
At-Large Members: shall not exceed three members of the Council.
Appointed Members: shall not exceed two members of the Council.
Article 6: Eligibility
In order to be a member of Parish Council, a person must meet the requirement of being a registered, confirmed, and active member of Saint Joseph Parish. In addition:
Parish Ministry Representatives: must be regular, active, and participating members in the ministry they represent.
At Large Members: must be registered, active, and participating members in Parish liturgies and activities.
Appointed Members: must be registered, active, and participating members in Parish liturgies and activities.
Article 7: Selection to the Council
Parish Ministry Representatives: In May and/or June of each year, Parish ministries and organizations shall meet to designate a representative. At their meeting, each group, through election, nomination, or discernment shall choose a person to represent this organization on the Council. Ideally, no person shall serve as a representative for more than one ministry or organization. In the event of a resignation or withdrawal of this representative from the Council, the organization/ministry will meet at its earliest convenience to select a successor to finish the term. Those filling a vacancy remain eligible to serve an additional two year term.
At-Large Members: In the Spring of each year, notice will be given to the Parish community asking for nominations either by self or peer. Upon completion of the nominating process, an evening of spiritual discernment and prayer will be held in June. Membership will be determined by lot. In the event of a resignation or withdrawal from the Council by an At-Large Member, the vacancy shall be filled by an appointed member chosen by the Pastor for the completion of the term.
Appointed Members: Will be chosen by the Pastor in consultation with the Parish Staff. In the event of a resignation or withdrawal by an appointed member, the Pastor shall fill the vacancy with an appointed member as soon as possible to fill the term.
Article 8: Responsibilities of Members
Membership on the Council requires attendance at all regularly scheduled meetings, (seven per year). The calendar shall be determined at the first meeting. Absence from three consecutive meetings without excuse can be cause for removal from the Council. Removal from the Council will be called for by the members of the Council in consultation with and upon recommendation to the Pastor.
Article 9: Officers of the Parish Council
The officers of the Parish Council shall be: Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson. The Pastor will be the Chairperson of the Council. The Vice-Chairperson shall be discerned from the members.
Article 10: Appointment and Duties of Officers of the Parish Council
Appointment of Officers: The Vice-Chairperson shall serve a one year term and will be discerned at the first meeting of the year.
Duties of Chairperson: The duties of the Chairperson shall be:
Duties of the Vice-Chairperson: The duties of the Vice-Chairperson shall be:
Duties of the Secretary: The duties of the Secretary shall be:
Article 11: Council Meetings and Consensus Model of Decision-Making
Parish Council Meetings: Meetings shall be held seven times a year. Dates shall be determined each year, however, meetings are usually held on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Order of Meetings: The Order of Meetings shall be:
Call to Order
Opening Prayer - Formation
Roll Call and Approval of Minutes
Business of the Council: Any business conducted by the Council must take place at a meeting where all members have been notified and a quorum of members is present. A quorum shall be a simple majority of members.
Consensus Model of Decision Making: "Robert's Rules of Order" shall preside at all procedures not outlined in these By-Laws of Parish Council. However, all decisions will be formed as recommendations to the Pastor for implementation using the Consensus Model of Decision-Making.
The Council will strive for the greatest degree of consensus on all its recommendations. Consensus is a group process in which each Council member can and should express their opinion on the matter under discussion. The process is characterized by each member of the Council listening carefully to all the other members with an attitude of openness to each member's unique perspective on the matter. Consensus is not necessarily total agreement, but it is a decision which everyone can gracefully accept and support. After discussion, a recommendation of consensus will be offered to the Pastor for implementation. The Pastor reserves the right to either accept or reject any recommendations made by the Council. In the event that the Pastor would reject a recommendation made by Council, the Pastor must provide good reason to the Council for the rejection and allow for further discussion.
Article 12: Amendments to By-Laws
Amendments may be made to these By-Laws if adopted by two-thirds majority of the total Council. Any amendments to the By-laws must be discussed at a Council Meeting, presented in writing, and voted on at the next meeting. Review of these By-laws will take place on a yearly basis by the members of the Council.