As of Fall of 2017, we are beginning the process of Revisioning the Parish Pastoral Council. Last April Bishop Mitch made a pastoral visit to St. Francis of Assisi Parish. One of his recommendations was that our Pastoral Council move away from being a council concerned with the "nuts and bolts" of the parish to a council that is truly pastoral in nature and one with a vision. The new process will begin in October and will take a number of months to truly form the new Pastoral Council. After that, there will be parish gatherings where parishioners will have input into annual parish goals. We will update this page as things move forward. In the meantime, the people and committees listed below continue to be the contacts in our various activities and concerns in our parish.
2016-2017 Pastoral Council
(Back Row, L-R): Francesca Forrest, Council Secretary; Ray Fontaine, Council Asst. Chair; Fr. Jack Sheaffer, Pastor; Franco Dell'Olio, Council Chair; John Rakouskas, Marriage Enrichment
(Middle Row, L-R): Pat Skaza, Music Ministry Liaison; Shelly Garrow, Family Life; Carla Dell'Olio, Vocations; Therese Rakouskas, Marriage Enrichment; Theresa Murphy, Adult Education
(Front Row, L-R): Sue Dexter, Hospitality; Theresa Renaud, Hospitality; Anna Donovan, Communications; Paula Moran, Communications; Justine Holdsworth, Evangelization
(Missing from Photo: Deacon Bill Brawner, Deacon; Carolyn Groves, Director of Religious Ed; Gayle Tyler, Vocations; Kevin Kervick, Adult Education; Ralph St. Sauveur, Evangelization
The Pastoral Council is an organized body of appointed, elected, and volunteer parishioners who meet monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM to address the pastoral needs of the parish.
For more information about the Council or one of the Commissions, contact the person(s) listed below.
Chairperson: Franco Dell'Olio 413-323-0239
Assistant Chairperson: Ray Fontaine 413-537-4086
Secretary: Francesca Forrest 413-323-5297
Family Life Commission Chairpersons: Shelly Garrow 413-250-8534
Communications Commission Chairpersons: Dave Adams 413-323-6747 & Anna Donovan 413-323-6958
Marriage Enrichment Commission Chairpersons: John & Therese Rakouskas, 413-323-4940
Spiritual Life Commission Chairpersons: (TBD) 413-323-6272
Hospitality Commission Chairpersons: Theresa Renaud, 413-213-0427
Vocations Commission Chairpersons: Carla Dell’Olio 413-323-0239 & Gayle Tyler 413-967-8148
|Adult Education Commission||
The Adult Education Commission plans, coordinates, and conducts programs that will develop in each parishioner a better understanding of Christ and the Mission of the Church. This commission works to enhance current programs and establish new ones and provide educational materials and opportunities to parishioners.
The Communications Commission is responsible for keeping the parish informed about all phases of Council and parish activities through all available means of communication (e.g., bulletin, posters, Sentinel, online resources, etc.). The Communications Commission creates and maintains the parish brochure and the new-parishioner welcome packet. They are also responsible for the production of the monthly activity calendar and the formation of posters and advertisements for publicity of parish events. This Commission also oversees the parish's annual appeal for new commission members.
|Ecumenical/Family Life Commission||
This commission plans, coordinates, and conducts programs which WILL fulfill the temporal needs of the parish. They also work with the other churches in town to plan and conduct ecumenical events for the entire community. Some activities coordinated or overseen by this commission include the annual parish picnic, CYO basketball, food pantry, bereavement group, and the annual CROP Walk.
The Hospitality Commission oversees and coordinates parish receptions, potlucks, and other hospitality, as needed. This group coordinates the refreshments served after such special liturgies such as Confirmation. They also organize the annual Holy Thursday potluck.
|Marriage Enrichment Commission||
The Marriage Enrichment Commission has the responsibility of addressing the marriage enrichment needs of this parish community. The Commission will seek to promote opportunities for lifelong learning and faith enrichment for all couples. The Commission supports Teams of Our Lady, or "TOOL", which is an international movement of married couples who gather in communion and friendship to support their Christian faith in a daily living experience.
|Spiritual Life Commission||
The Spiritual Life Commission plans and coordinates the activities surrounding the liturgical celebration and the sacramental rites. They plan, coordinate, and conduct programs that will enhance the spiritual well being of the parishioners. Some activities coordinated by this commission include the Way of the Cross, Holy Week events, the Lenten mission, the Mercy Sunday ceremony and the St. Francis of Assisi Transitus Service.
The Vocations Commission builds vocational awareness within the parish. This commission is open to all men and women who are interested in assisting in discernments and promoting vocations for priests, brothers, and sisters, as well as encouraging Lay ministry. This commission acts as a liaison to the Diocesan Vocations office as well to the existing Knights of Columbus Vocations Director and oversees the vocations cross program and the annual diocesan Christmas gift card program for seminarians and religious.
Pastoral Council Minutes
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