The Pastoral Council assists the pastor in the administration of the parish by giving pratical advice on pastoral matters. Members investigate, reflect and draw conclusions on what is wise and prudent for our parish. Members are selected from registered parishioners through a process of nomination and discernment for a three year term. Monthly meetings with the pastor are scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month.
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“The Finance Council is to assist the Pastor and Pastoral Council by providing thoughtful oversight and guidance of Parish resources consistent with the mission of the Parish”
The Finance Council meets periodically to review the Parish finances, give advice to the pastor regarding the financial status of the parish, and prepares reports to the Parish Community. Knowledgeable registered parishioners are appointed by the Paster for a three year term which may be extended an additional three years.
The Stewardship Team works together to plan and carry out the Parish’s Time, Talent and Treasure Program, annual Archdiocesan Together in Mission appeal, and other programs. Good organizational skills, the ability to work as a team member, and a willingness to make a time commitment of two hours a month when needed are required. Training is provided. Team members are responsible for implementing, overseeing and evaluating processes and programs for parishioners to share their time, talent and treasure.
Eucharistic Ministers to the sick provide a loving presence, pray with and distribute communion weekly to the Roman Catholic patients at Cottage Hospital. A committment of one to three hours per week is required of compasionate volunteers with the ability to listen and to pray with others. Training is provided and ongoing.
Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick respond to the spoken and unspoken needs of the sick, the homebound and the elderly, bringing Communion to them, listening to them and providing a loving presence. Compassionate, understanding listeners able to pray with others and who can offer a few hours once a week are enthusiastically welcomed by those unable to attend Mass.
The Hospitality Committee plans regular as well as one time events for Saint Barbara Parish to gather together and celebrate. Meetings are held several times throughout the year to schedule, plan and carry out social events to bring the parish community together as family. These energetic parishioners have a flair for entertaining and planning large group events and enjoy working with others. From planning meals to environment to entertainment to service, many talents are needed.
We welcome new parishioners and promote community within the parish with quarterly receptions. This committee is responsible for planning these social events. This is a wonderful ministry for warm and friendly people who love to meet new people and make them feel welcome.
The Bereavement Team/Care Ministry purpose is to comfort the sick and console the grieving, in our community, by offering a presence to physical needs; and support in prayer for relief and recovery.
Teams of friendly, gracious parishioners offer hospitality and refreshments to our parisioners and many visitors following all the Sunday Morning Masses. Groups of two to four prepare coffee and serve donuts and other refreshments on a rotating basis. A time committment of about four hours every six weeks is required.