Councils, Commissions & Committees
Commissions of the Pastoral Council
There are five commissions of the Pastoral Council.
1. Prayer & Worship Commission
The PRAYER & WORSHIP COMMISSION has multiple responsibilities as it fulfills its ministry to nourish and provide direction to the liturgical and communal prayer life of the community. The commission may have committees, such as environment, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, greeters, and lectors. It is comprised of 5-6 individuals who have an interest in this volunteer ministry. These are the oversight responsibilities of this commission:
- Seasonal Planning for Environment and Liturgy
- Music Selection
- Eucharistic Minister training and development
- Lector training and development
- Sacristan oversight
- Usher training and development
- Mass Server training
2. Christian Formation Commission
The CHRISTIAN FORMATION COMMISSION develops within the Parish, awareness that the Parish community has the responsibility for promoting the educational/formational aspects of the Church’s mission. This commission is advisory to education administrators in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the total Christian educational and formational programs in the Parish. The commission may have committees, such as evangelization, child ministry, youth ministry, young adult ministry, adult and family ministry, and vocations.
3. Human Concerns Commission
As a faith community, St. Mary Parish endeavors to put our Catholic faith and Catholic teachings into action through service to our community, our neighbors, our state, nation and the world. Our HUMAN CONCERNS COMMISSION is a ministry which assists parishioners in knowing their faith through outreach and social justice. The Human Concerns Commission is the ministry through which the Parish promotes respect for life and dignity of each human person by implementing and supporting programs in our parish, the community at large and even broader reaches. The commission may have committees, such as pro-life, meal program, and food pantry. The commission does this through 4 main areas of action: Education, Direct Service, Advocacy, and Empowerment. Specific areas of Human Concerns Commission support are far-reaching and include:
- Voices for Justice
- Pastoral Care Visitations to Hospital, Nursing Homes, and the Homebound
- Clothing Drives for Guest House and Northwoods Trading Post
- Hope Network
- The Giving Tree & Christmas in July programs
- St. Ben’s
- Menomonee Falls Food Pantry and the S.H.A.R.E. Program
- Financial support for national charitable services (e.g. Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities)
- Financial support for local charities: Open Door Café at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Interfaith, Wisconsin Right to Life, Project Rachel, Eyewitness for Life, Casa Romero, The Hope Network, Rosalie Manor Community and Family Services, Repairers of the Breach, Hebron House of Hospitality, Diocesan Inner City Parish Schools, Burmese refugees
- The Franciscan Peacemakers Clare Community and Sandwich Drops
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Bereavement Ministry
- Senior Socials
- Sponsorship of St. Mary Parish Youth Mission Trips
4. Stewardship Commission
The STEWARDSHIP COMMISSION works to educate parishioners in their responsibility as disciples of Jesus to be faithful stewards of all resources. The commission members collaborate with the Pastor and staff to develop strategies and practices which invite all parishioners to share time, talent, and treasure and initiate an annual renewal of those resources. The Commission may coordinate the efforts of various work groups to assist in the areas of welcoming new members, Greeter Ministry, hospitality, evangelization and planned giving and participation in the various ministries of the Human Concerns and Prayer/Worship Commissions.
5. Christian Education/School Commission
The CHRISTIAN EDUCATION/SCHOOL COMMISSION assists in the development of long-range plans for the school and actively seeks opportunities for collaboration. It fosters continued growth and development of excellence in education. A variety of committees and work groups assist the School Commission in advancing this mission. They include, but are not limited to the areas of Finance; Advancement; Policy; Planning; The Annual Appeal (Development); Home and School, and Athletics.
Committees of Finance Council
There are four subcommittees of the Finance Council:
- The Budget Committee carries out the work of the Finance Council regarding the preparation of the annual Parish budget. It is comprised of 5-6 individuals who have various areas of expertise in financial and budgeting areas.
- The Investment Portfolio Management Committee is comprised of the 2 lay trustees and the chair of the Finance Council and at-large Parishioners at the discretion of the Pastor. They monitor restricted general funds and make recommendations to the Pastor on changes within the portfolio. This committee also monitors the Cemetery Perpetual Care Funds.
- The Personnel Committee is comprised of the Director-Administrative Services, the Chair of the Finance Council, the 2 lay trustees, and 3 additional members appointed by the Pastor. These additional members have various areas of expertise in management, human resources, and benefits administration.
- The Building & Grounds Committee is comprised of 4 Parishioners and the Manager-Building & Grounds. These Parishioners are appointed by the pastor and have varying career backgrounds including engineering, wood-working, plumbing, and carpentry.