Pastoral Council

Contact

Deacon Bill Cook

Contact

231-722-2803, ext. 14

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The Pastoral Council is a community of servant leaders who shares its wisdom and offers its consultation in discerning with the pastor, through prayer and study, how the parish can best meet the pastoral and spiritual needs of the members of the community and the neighborhood.

The Pastoral Council is a consultative body. It uses a consensus process of deliberation. The fruits of this shared wisdom and discernment are recommended to the pastor who presides over the council and whose responsibility for the parish is respected. The council operates in accord with the guidelines of the Diocese of Grand Rapids governing Pastoral Councils.

The Pastoral Council is the visioning and planning body for the pastoral and spiritual concerns of the parish. It strives to identify the needs of the parish, studies, prays, and reflects upon those needs, makes recommendations and plans as to how those needs can be met, and evaluates the ministerial efforts of the parish.

The members of the Pastoral Council reflect the entire body of the community and act as the voice of the community. They also model to the parish ways in which that community can be strengthened through prayer, sharing, communication, and respect for one another.

The present members of the Committee are:

Ron Friday
Sandy Neff
Kathy Lewis
John Gawel
Paul Boxer
Deacon Bill Cook
Bereniz Mendez-Botello
Candy Kotecki
(Open Seat)

We welcome new members. If interested in serving on this Committee, please talk to Fr. Matthew Barnum.  

Our Lady of Grace Finance Council

Contact Chip Bialik
Our Lady of Grace Chair
231-722-2803
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Every parish in the Diocese of Grand Rapids shall have a Finance Council directly accountable to the Pastor.

The People of God have entrusted each parish with material goods and resources. Good stewardship demands that these financial resources and property be administered with care and diligence. The Finance Council helps ensure accountability for and responsibility with the contributions of the community and provides trust and credibility with the parishioners and society.

The Finance Council is a consultative body to the Pastor and it assists him in carrying out the administrative functions of he parish.

The Finance Council is to have complete access to all records and documents relating to the financial status and operations of the parish in order that they may fulfill their functions properly.

The Finance Council is to respect the principle of confidentialty in matters of parishioner contribution records, contract negotiations and other matters, which do not have to do with the regular, published financial reports and accountability.

The Council is to meet at least quarterly, but may meet as often as necessary.

The members of the Finance Council are:

OLG:
Henry (Chip) Bialik
Jason Gustin

St. Mary's Grace Finance Council

Contact Joe Vihtelic
St. Mary's Chair
231-722-2803
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Every parish in the Diocese of Grand Rapids shall have a Finance Council directly accountable to the Pastor.

The People of God have entrusted each parish with material goods and resources. Good stewardship demands that these financial resources and property be administered with care and diligence. The Finance Council helps ensure accountability for and responsibility with the contributions of the community and provides trust and credibility with the parishioners and society.

The Finance Council is a consultative body to the Pastor and it assists him in carrying out the administrative functions of he parish.

The Finance Council is to have complete access to all records and documents relating to the financial status and operations of the parish in order that they may fulfill their functions properly.

The Finance Council is to respect the principle of confidentialty in matters of parishioner contribution records, contract negotiations and other matters, which do not have to do with the regular, published financial reports and accountability.

The Council is to meet at least quarterly, but may meet as often as necessary.

The members of the Finance Council are: 

Teresa Dault
Bruce Hall
Laura Martin
Joe Vihtelic
Brian Powers
Park Kersman

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