Holy Name Roman Catholic Church
 


Parish Council

 

HARD AT WORK FOR THE PARISH

  

Current members of the Holy Name Parish Council:

Seated, left to right:  Beth McGregor, former Pastor Msgr. Gaus, Cecilia Houser.  Back row, left to right: Nancy Way, Ernie Masci, John Drahnak II, Chris Oravec, Maria Lauer, Fr. Brian Warchola, Joe Ridgeley.  Not present for photo:  Paul Lantzy

 
What is a Parish Council, and what does it do?  Working closely with Msgr. Gaus and under his guidance, this group of nine members (six elected, three appointed) is primarily attentive to the spiritual growth and needs of Holy Name Parish.  The Parish Council is deliberately composed of members who are representative of the various age groups that compose our parish, so as to reflect and advance the spiritual life of this community.  Following our parish-wide self study a some years ago, five initiatives emerged which the Parish Council was then asked to prioritize and address.  These five initiatives were:
  • Adult Education
  • Prayer and Liturgy
  • Visitation and Outreach
  • Parish Information Resources
  • Youth Ministry

As an initial response to these five initiatives, the Parish Council was instrumental in hiring Sr. Margie as Coordinator of Evangelization and Adult Ministries.  As a result, many adult programs on scripture, spirituality and Catholic faith have been offered here, with Holy Name effectively becoming a center of hospitality for surrounding parishes as well.  Various Parish-based faith sharing groups have been cultivated and the RCIA process and "Welcome Home, Catholics" have become part of our ongoing evangelizing efforts.  An Outreach Committee was formed to tend to special needs in the parish, including a bereavement support group.  A Liturgy Committee was been established to provide ongoing training and support for the many, many liturgical ministries that serve our parish family so well each time we gather to worship.  The Parish Council also established the "Spread The Word" Information Committee, which, among other things, is responsible for documenting and promoting Parish events through the media, church bulletin boards and the Parish website.  Bulletin board displays also serve as an ongoing permanent historical archive of Holy Name events.

The fifth and final initiative addressed by the Parish Council with the the founding of the APEX Youth Group for high school students and the formation of the Youth Activity Committee for younger students.  The future of our Parish lies with the younger members, and Msgr. Gaus and the Council members have long shared a deep concern for the spiritual needs of the young people of our Parish families.  The groundwork has been laid by previous Parish Councils in preparation for the establishment and maintenance of a strong youth program, and the current Parish Council will continue to keep this developing ministry as a focus of attention at their monthly meetings.

We ask for the supportive prayers of the entire parish for the bountiful efforts of this essential group.

 

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