Pastor Fr. Fred Valone (Ex-Officio Member)
Chairman Richard Zajac
Vice-Chairman Mark Klespis
Recorder Beth Friel
Members: Dagoberto (Bobby) Avila Imelda Isaias AJ McGee
David Prett Lavonne Zaiontz Antonio Carrrillo
To contact the Parish Council, please call the parish office at (936) 295-8159 or
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The Parish Council is established in accordance with Canon 536 of the Code of Canon Law of 1983 and the Diocesan Norms for Pastoral Councils as disseminated by the Arch-Bishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in 1987.
Purpose and Mission:
- The Purpose of the Parish Council is to maintain the integrity of the parish mission, its goals and objectives through ongoing Council Meetings and Pastoral Planning.
- The Parish Council is a leadership community rooted in prayer, open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, committed to patient listening and study, and working to recommend the plans and directions that will enable the parish to respond most fully to what Jesus asks of us in these times. It rests on the tripod of prayer, study, and action.
- The Parish Council’s mission is to maintain the Vision of Jesus Christ proposed by the gospels and the teaching of the church; to assist our pastor in promoting and enriching the Catholic Faith and Spirituality of all in our parish through prayer, collective reflection, administrative planning, and parish assessment (needs, strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities) while enabling and unburdening our Pastor of temporal matters so he may be devoted to our spiritual pastoral care.
- Specifically, Council activities will include: - Developing a parish mission statement - Identifying key needs and concerns of the parish both spiritual and temporal - Synthesizing parish priorities into an ongoing pastoral plan - Recommending flexible strategies related to these priorities - Evaluating progress in achieving the parish plans and goals
considerable weight. The Council is not a body which makes binding decisions, nor is it an advisory group which gives advice that can be readily ignored. While the Pastor is not obliged to follow the recommendations of the Council, it is understood that he would do so unless there is an extraordinary reason to do otherwise.
- The Parish Council is intended to unite the laity and clergy in a community of prayer, leadership, service, and pastoral planning. All work together as they seek to listen to the Holy Spirit in discerning what is best for the parish in the light of the Gospel, the Church’s teaching, and the experiences and needs of the parishioners and surrounding community. The Council can fulfill its role by encouraging a climate in which people can feel free to speak the truth with openness and love.
- The Parish Council is a consultative and advisory body with final approval on all matters residing with the Parish Pastor.
- As a consultative body, the recommendations of the Parish Council bear
- Membership on the Parish Council is open to all registered members of the parish who are in full communion with the Catholic Church and 21 years or older. There are nine members of the Parish Council with the Pastor sitting as an Ex-Officio member.
- Council members are to be determined by the parish community using an appropriate process. In addition, the Pastor may supplement the Council by appointing other members for balanced representation of the parishioners. The number of such appointments may not exceed one-third of the numberof members determined by the parish community. …For more information on this process please contact the Parish Council.
- Membership is for 3 years with a maximum of 2 successive terms.
- All parishioners are welcome to attend Council meetings unless designated as “Executive Decision Making” meetings. Parishioners will not participate in the actual process of final decision making.
- The Pastoral Council Year begins on August 1st of each year and end on June 30th of the following year. July will normally be a rest period for the Pastoral Council.
- Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Recorder will serve one year terms and are subject to being re-elected at the first meeting of the year. The Chairperson shall oversee the processes within Pastoral Council meetings by assisting with the plans and discussions at hand. The Chairperson prepares meeting agendas with the Pastor and ensures that the agenda is carried out as planned, encourages participation in the Pastoral Council, facilitates consensus decision-making, and works closely with the Pastor, Vice-Chairperson and Recorder prior to and after each meeting. The ViceChairperson will take the duties of the Chairperson during his/her absence at an individual meeting.
- Minutes will be taken, distributed to Members regularly and approved at the next meeting. If the Pastor is unable to attend a regularly scheduled meeting, it must be postponed or cancelled.
- Council strives to achieve consensual agreement on recommendations which affect future directions for spiritual growth and pastoral activity. To reach a consensual agreement, a “consensus”, requires that each council member must actively seek, and listen to,the opinions, experiences and life learnings of other members.
- Council will not deal with acts of parish administration. Acts of administration concern the daily operation of the parish including the implementation of pastoral
plans and policies, parish programming, financial and
personnel matters. Decisions related to these areas are
the responsibility of the Pastor, the parish staff or other
persons designated by the pastor.
- The Pastor will preside over the Parish Council. He will fully participate in the Council deliberations and will be fully engaged in planning and policy development. He
will have final approval of Council recommendations concerning pastoral plans and policies as we well as for the implementation by the parish staff and other groups.
- Roles and Responsibilities:
- Each member of Council will
- Be in full communion with Catholic Church
- Have a demonstrated commitment to the parish community and be registered in the parish
- Have a personal commitment to spiritual growth and skills development as a part of the Christian leadership process
- Commit themselves to regular times of prayer and study centered on Jesus and the teachings of the Church. They will strive to build a Christian community with mutual trust and understanding among members. Ideally. they form a group that serves as a model of prayer, cooperation, celebration and service.
- Be willing to commit the necessary time and energy to offer effective consultation.
Commit themselves to skills development as part of the Christian leadership process.
- Attend and actively participate in all Parish Council meetings.
- Bring to the Parish Council all ideas, topics, issues as may have been raised with them by parishioners with associated historical facts and background as may be pertinent.
- Be willing to take on, lead and execute council tasks
- Be available to help individual Parish Ministries fulfill their missions and help coordinate between Ministries as may be necessary.
For more details on the specific roles of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Recorder
and Pastor, and specific Council meetings’ mechanics, agenda, schedule and
location please consult any member of the Parish Council.