Administrative Support for Our Parish
And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:28-31
Pastoral Council of St. Mary's and St. Pius
The joint Steering Committee presented the new bylaws for the St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Pius X Pastorate at the September 19th Potluck Meeting at St. Pius.
Members of the Steering Committee include; Carol Green, Barry Gahaga, and Katy Chasney from St. Mary and Margie Brassil, Patrick Reynolds, and Jeanne Leonard from St. Pius. Pastor Father Marty, Deacon Patrick Woods, and Associate Pastor Father John Cunningham jointly presided over the meeting.
St. Pius's current bylaws, along with those of two previously combined Pastoral Councils: the parishes of St. Agnes and St. William of York and the parishes of Our Lady of Hope ad St. Luke. In making these comparison (of topics such as Council membership, officers responsibilities, etc.) the Committee has tried to discern the best structure for our Pastorate.
One of the first priorities of the Pastoral Council will be to develop a strategic plan for the Pastorate. That process will include examining the ministries and committee of both parishes to determine which need to remain separate and which could operate jointly so as to take advantage of a larger group of volunteers, resources, etc.
What we foresee and hope will be many more opportunities for parishioner involvement in both parishes. Ideas and volunteers will be most welcome as we move toward meeting the goals of the Archdiocese call for all of us to be "Missionary Disciples."
The Finance Committee prepares the annual budget, reviews monthly finances and manages the parish investment account. The committee makes annual reports to the Archdiocese, as well as twice-yearly reports to Saint Mary parishioners.
Facilities & Maintenance Committee
This group prioritizes and oversees capital improvement projects and larger routine maintenance projects. The pastor and maintenance supervisor, as well as experienced parishioners are active members of this committee.
The Development Committee evaluates parish physical plant and prioritizes capital needs of church, rectory and parish hall. Recently completed projects include restoring the organ and the stained glass windows, repairing the roof, and painting the rectory as well as other maintenance upgrades.
Saint Mary’s Cemetery was established in 1850. Located on the site of the original church on Homeland Avenue, today the cemetery encompasses a total of five acres as a quiet refuge from the bustling city. The Cemetery Board is charged with overseeing the maintenance and operation of this historic site. Information about burial records, pictures of grave markers, and information about grave-sites and columbarium niches may be found HERE.
The newest addition to the parish’s volunteer committees, this group provides long-range planning for parish events and strategic support for organizers.
Started in conjunction with the 175th anniversary of our parish in 1999, the History Committee has organized the annual Founders Day Weekend each year on the first weekend in November. On the first Saturday in November, it joins with the American Legion ceremony at the cemetery to commemorate the four French Sailors who were buried there after World War I. On that Sunday the committee organizes the annual parish Anniversary Mass and reception. It collects and manages the parish’s archives and generally meets at 7 p.m., on the fourth Wednesday of each month. All interested parishioners are welcome to join this important group – the keepers of our heritage.