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Councils and/or Commissions


COUNCILS

Finance Council

Position Description: Together with the pastor, share the responsibility for the prudent administration of parish financial affairs. Assist in formulating policies and procedures for the effective
management of parish assets. Recommend short-term and long-range financial plans in conjunction with pastoral council planning.
Time Commitment: Appointed by pastor with recommendations from pastoral council. Attend Discernment Night, Tuesday, May 7 or equivalent. Six to eight meetings a year, typically weekday evenings, and one Saturday morning meeting with Pastoral Council in April/May. Three-year term with option for renewal for a second term by mutual agreement with the pastor. Assist in developing next year’s budget for Church, School, Religious Education and Daycare.
Talent to Share: Special competence and prudent judgment in financial affairs including accounting, business, risk management, facility management, construction and human resources. Willing and able to share the responsibilities of administering the temporal goods of the parish.
Contact Person: Current Chairperson: Bob Brown.  Pastor: Father Jim Eisele 627-8493 jameseisele@stmichaelgl.org

Pastoral Council

Position Description: Primary and formal means for pastor and parishioners to meet and discuss the needs and hopes of the parish community. The Pastoral Council has the responsibility to set parish direction in a process of pastoral planning that will:
  • Define the mission of the parish
  • Discern the needs and concerns of the parish community
  • Develop goals and priorities that will address the needs and concerns
  • Call all members of the parish to participate in the mission of the parish
  • Support and encourage pastoral staff/commissions/groups in carrying out their responsibilities
Time Commitment: Attend Discernment Night, Tuesday, May 7 or equivalent, and be selected by lot on Pentecost. Six to eight meetings a year, including joint meeting with finance council to recommend new budget and a yearly retreat. Some council members act as liaison to the other commissions. Three year term with option of renewal for a second term by mutual agreement with pastor.
Talent to Share: A desire for spiritual growth in oneself and the parish. Willing and able to share responsibility for setting the vision and direction of the parish. Enthusiasm, integrity and flexibility with parish decisions and the ideas of other members.
Contact Person: Current Chairperson: Dan Klodt. Pastor: Father Jim Eisele 627-8493, jameseisele@stmichaelgl.org

COMMISSIONS

Education Commission

Position Description: Commission offers advice and assistance to those persons entrusted with the task of administering the education and formation programs of the parish including Adult Faith Formation and Child/Youth Faith Formation. Develop and uphold education policies, serves as a source of public relations and is instrumental in strategic and financial planning.
Time Commitment: Attend Discernment Night, Tuesday, May 7 or equivalent and be selected by lot on Pentecost. Three year term with option for renewal for a second term by mutual agreement with the pastor. Five meetings a year, usually Wednesday evenings with the other commissions, with some flexibility.
Talent to Share: Willing and able to share responsibility in developing and setting the vision for the educational and spiritual formation of the parish community.
Contact Person: Current Chairperson: Colleen Tinsey 
Principal: Laurie Cathcart 627-2167, lauriecathcart@stmichaelgl.org
Director of Religious Education and Formation: Ben Pohl 627-8493, benpohl@stmichaelgl.org

Social Ministry Commission

Position Description: Serves to empower the parish community to fulfill the Gospel mandate of charity and justice by identifying social issues, developing goals, objectives and action plans to respond to identified issues and needs that support the mission of the parish groups and individuals to grow in their understanding of our rich Catholic social tradition.
Time Commitment: Attend Discernment Night, Tuesday, May 7 or equivalent, and be selected by lot on Pentecost. Five meetings a year, usually Wednesday evenings with the other commissions, with some flexibility. Participate in some social justice related activity.
Talent to Share: A genuine concern for the poor, the vulnerable and an interest in the issues of justice and charity that relate to them.
Contact Person: Current Chairperson: Joe Meszaros 

Stewardship Commission

Position Description: The mission of the Stewardship Commission is to promote the Stewardship Way of Life at St. Michael Parish. This means to live a life of gratitude to God and giving back our first fruits to God, with service to God and others.
Time Commitment: Attend Discernment Night, Tuesday, May 7 or equivalent, and be selected by lot on Pentecost. Five meetings a year, usually Wednesday evenings with the other commissions, with some flexibility. Three-year term, with option for renewal for a second term by mutual agreement with the pastor
Talent to Share: Willingness to learn more about stewardship, desire to live it in one’s own life, creative skills in helping to share the stewardship message with other parishioners.
Contact Person: Current Chairperson: Mike Hull 

Worship Commission

Position Description: The Worship Commission seeks to encourage the full, active and conscious participation of the worshiping assembly.
Time Commitment: Attend Discernment Night, Tuesday, May 7 or equivalent, and be selected by lot on Pentecost. Meetings are held for an hour or two on Saturday afternoons, five times a year. Three-year term, with option for renewal for a second term by mutual agreement with the pastor. Additional time for meeting preparation and occasional volunteer opportunities.
Talent to Share: Active in the sacramental life of the parish community, willingness to learn about liturgy
Contact Person: Current Chairperson: Mitzi McLeod 627-8493 x52, mitzimcleod@stmichaelgl.org