Bill Swedberg 253-631-1940 ext 121 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Evangelization & Communications Commission serves to support and promote the parish
mission to present the gospel message and community life in a clear and effective way. Of primary
importance is seeking to develop a deeper understanding of Catholic Evangelization with its call to
both the parish community and individual member. As a companion to this, the commission works to
improve and expand the means by which the Christian message and parish life are communicated.
This dual focus challenges commission members to explore both theological and practical matters.
Mike Pitardi 206-510-3973 email@example.com
The Facility and Grounds Commission is a body of Parishioner-Stewards who serve our parish family for a period of two years. The Commission meets monthly to monitor and schedule the maintenance, repair and the on-going development of the parish buildings and grounds. The Commission conducts cost and technical trade studies for proposed changes or additions to the facility and/or grounds, monitors facility safety and security and manages the kitchen facility. The Commission supports its peer commissions and makes recommendations to the Pastoral Council for action on all issues relative to St. Stephen's facility and grounds. New members are always needed to maintain and improve our Parish Campus. Membership offers opportunity for friendship, belonging, and shared work toward the common purpose of stewardship!
Please contact Faith Formation Office 253-631-6175
Faith formation is a lifelong journey spanning birth through senior adult years. The Faith Formation Commission seeks to discern together the faith formation needs of all persons within our parish community, and to provide recommendations and feedback regarding programming that promotes both personal and communal growth in spirituality and in the understanding and practice of our Catholic faith.
Jim Spencer, 253-631-1940 x102, firstname.lastname@example.org Clare Ettensohn, 253-631-1940 x131, SSTM.Talents@gmail.com
Lay Ecclesial Ministry Exploration works to help individuals who have a sense of God’s calling in their lives explore the possibility of becoming a professional lay minister. The Lay Ecclesial Ministry Exploration prays with individuals attempting to understand their calling, provides StrengthFinders Assessment and coaching, provides practical vocation exploration linkages, and offers opportunities for practicum and mentorship. Any individual (teen, adult, senior) who is exploring a calling to lay ecclesial ministry is welcome to participate!
Janet Stewart, (253) 631-1940 ext. 117, sstm.liturgygmail.com
The Liturgy is the official prayer of the Church and The Liturgy Commission works to facilitate full and active participation in all liturgical celebrations. During meetings the Commission reviews liturgical documents and uses the guidelines to prepare and evaluate liturgy at St. Stephen’s. The Liturgy Commission gives shape to the liturgy just as liturgy shapes each member on the Commission. The Commission meets once a month to explore gifts and grow deeper in understanding of liturgy.
Jim Spencer 253-631-1940 ext. 102 email@example.com
Our parish Finance Council is one of the two Council-level consultative bodies to the Pastor and Parish
Administrator. It provides advice concerning the stewardship of the parish’s financial resources. The
Finance Council meets monthly to offer oversight of parish revenue, expenditures, and accounting.
Additionally members of the Finance Council participate in annual budget hearings, annual budget
recommendation to the Pastor, and multi-year budget planning. Membership is open to qualified
registered and active adult parishioners who are confirmed in the Catholic faith and have an aptitude for
finance, accounting, business, management and/or law. Participation on the Parish Finance Council
offers a sense of contribution to our faith community, opportunity for skills advancement, collaboration
and fellowship, and participation in parish decision making.
Dori Fajardo 206-229-6350 firstname.lastname@example.org Kim Anderson 253-350-9231 email@example.com
The Parish Life Commission works to grow parishioner participation at St. Stephen’s and increase the sense of ‘parish identity’ within our community. This Commission represents the voice and interests of all groups and organizations devoted to fellowship and/or parish social events, and serves as a consultative body to our pastor and councils. Additionally The Parish Life Commission coordinates large parish celebrations /events and works to foster a welcoming and fun atmosphere that builds relationships and lasting friendships among parishioners. Anyone can participate! Membership on the Parish Life Commission is a great way to meet people and be involved in all areas of parish life!
Chuck Linders firstname.lastname@example.org Sherry Schaefer, email@example.com
The Pastoral Plan Project is an ad hoc committee of the Pastoral Council tasked with proposing direction and processes for our faith community (i.e. a 5-year plan). The Project works to create a long-range advancement plan for the parish, which includes the following five elements: 1) to seek wisdom, 2) to identify unifying elements within our faith community, 3) to synthesize complementary goals for our community, 4) to create a mechanism for change toward achievement of complementary goals, and 5) to chart a process for seeking God’s direction and will among us. The Pastoral Plan Project has gathered and complied data (including a recent Gallup survey of parishioners), identified core values, drafted goals and objectives (based upon those Core Values), and introduced implementation processes such as SMART goals. Help is still needed to archive data in a way that provides ready access for lay leaders and in graphic design, copy writing and publishing of the project report. Adults and youth with skills in computer—aided design, writing, editing, organization, and/or presentation are asked to aid The Pastoral Plan Project in furthering the unity and focus of our parish as a vibrant expression of God’s Spirit among us, and herald to those seeking God’s presence in their lives.
Jim Spencer 253-631-1940 •ext. 102 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pastoral Care Commission works to meet the needs of our faith family through coordinating and fostering the work of the various helping ministries in its realm of activity. The pastoral care helping ministries of our parish currently include: Spiritual Companions, Stephen Ministries, Grief Ministry, Ministry to the Homebound, Hospital ministry, and Marriage cases (Tribunal). Representatives meet periodically to better understand one another’s scope of ministry, resolve issues related to overlaps in the scope of services, collectively promote the services of these ministries within our faith family, recruit individuals interested in joining, bring in resources, and coordinate requests for parish funding. Adult volunteers with a heart of compassion and desire to help others are needed to represent the various Pastoral Care ministries within the commission and to act as Pastoral Care Commission Core-Team Members.
Tom Jones, Council Chair 253-970-6693 email@example.com
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The St. Stephen the Martyr Pastoral Council supports the mission of the St. Stephen the Martyr parish in its entirety. For the good of the people of God, the Pastoral Council is a consultative body to the pastor/priest of the parish. The Pastoral Council advises the pastor, coordinates with the other standing parish commissions, and assists with the planning and implementation of parish policy. The Pastoral Council meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month, September through June. Pastoral Council members may be asked to participate in other parish activities through the year as needed and/or as requested by the parish administrator and/or pastor. A prospective member to the Pastoral Council must be a registered parishioner of St. Stephen the Martyr parish, be a practicing Catholic in good standing, and be ready to commit to the initial three year term required by the council position applied for. The Pastoral Council will institute a discernment process for all candidates interested in serving on the council. Final selection will be at the discretion of the pastor. Serving a term on the Pastoral Council offers a better understanding of our parish as a Catholic faith community and a sense of contribution as a
representative and steward of the parish community.
Social and Human Concerns Commission is the guiding body for social justice and peace within the parish. This commission determines the guidelines for the Direct Aid Ministry and is the pacesetter for the promotion of justice issues as directed by the Catholic Archdiocese. Being involved with the Social & Human Concerns Commission is a personally rewarding opportunity to make a difference in a concrete way.
Sherry Schaefer firstname.lastname@example.org 206-999-4472 Jim Spencer 253-631-1940 ext. 102 email@example.com
The Stewardship Commission works to raise parishioner understanding and practice of stewardship as an expression of our love of God. New membership is needed to help foster a sense of stewardship at St. Stephen’s. Participation in the commission will increase awareness of parish activities and develop a sense of belonging to the parish, the community, and to Mother Church