Councils & Committees
Catholic parishes today could not fulfill their mission in the Church, neighborhood and world without the valuable advice and assistance of parishioners. As the parishes go forward with pastoral planning involving the reconfiguration of our parishes into one Elmira parish, parishioner support is needed more than ever.
With the Pastors, the individual councils develop a common vision and purpose for the parish; provides recommendations for parish priorities; promotes communication, understanding and collaboration among parishioners and specific parish groups. They seek to build and strengthen the faith of the parishioners and extend the mission of Christ near and far.
Because the parishes are not yet merged, our finances - and parish finance councils - must remain separate at this time. The finance councils representing all three parishes are consultative bodies, mandated by Church law to advise the pastor about the temporal goods of the parish. The Councils monitor the annual parish budget, analyze financial trends, advise about investments and capital improvements, and strategize about stewardship, fundraising and development.
Building and Grounds Committee
The individual Building and Grounds Committees monitor the condition of the various campuses and make recommendations to the pastor for repair, preventative maintenance and capital improvement.
Social Ministry Committees
Members spearhead projects to promote the sanctity of life for all ages. They coordinate events hosted by Catholic Charities; hold various collections for food and personal items; spread educational materials on Public Policies, volunteer at the Community Kitchen meals, appeal for disaster relief, coordinate the Christmas Basket Program and participate in many other projects to help the needy. The Committees are still run through the individual parishes, but with much cooperation between them. Contact information:
Many committees assist in the work of the parish and the Catholic community in various ministries. Visit the Parish Life and Parish Volunteer Opportunities under the Ministries tabs for information on the many ways you can become involved in parish activities or our ministries.