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Community Ministries Commission

Commission Name:             Community Ministries Commission  

Description:          This commission is to promote outreach programs with emphasis on social services, pro-life, social justice and community ministries, co-operating with other churches and civic organizations in projects aimed at community improvement. It is to evaluate, reach out, and develop a community service program that positively affects our local, regional, and global community.

It is to take such steps as are necessary to increase awareness within the parish of the extent of poverty in the local community, of the resources available to meet the needs of the poor, and of the spiritual responsibility of all to address those needs.

It is to identify and analyze the major social problems in the parish as well as in the larger civic community. It maintains working contact with resource people and pertinent agencies for problems such as drugs, delinquency, alcoholism, and abuse of family members.

It promotes suitable projects in the areas of economics, politics, and international life.

It is responsible to prepare and propose to the parish pastoral council an annual budget for those supplies, equipment, and expenses necessary to carry out that plan.

               

Members:               Commission Leader

                                Assistant Commission Leader

                               

Ministries:              CCM

                                Night Shelter (Salvation Army)

                                Habitat for Humanity

                                Respect Life

                                Father’s Feast      

                                CVAN

                                The Refuge

                                International Center for Community Development

Commitment:

Members will meet monthly to discuss the programs.

The Commission Leader or Assistant Commission Leader from the commission needs to attend all parish council meetings.


 

Education and Formation Commission

Commission Name:             Education and Formation Commission

Description:          All Christians--that is, all those who having been reborn in water and the Holy Spirit are called and in fact are children of God--have a right to a Christian education. Such an education not only develops the maturity of the human person...but is especially directed towards ensuring that those who have been baptized, as they are gradually introduced to a knowledge of the mystery of salvation, become daily more appreciative of the gift of faith which they have received." (24)

The needs of the parish community of faith "… must be the norm by which the religious education programs are established, financed, staffed and evaluated. The programs are to meet the needs of everyone in the parish, whether young or old, whether disadvantaged or privileged." (National Catechetical Directory) The commission shall establish and recommend goals and objectives annually to the parish pastoral council that flow from the pastoral plan of the parish. These goals and objectives are to address the educational and formational needs of the parish. The commission shall determine, under the direction of the pastor and in collaboration with the Director of Religious Education (DRE), programs that will promote and support total parish education and formational needs in all areas of the parish.

The members of the commission develop policies and support programs in religious education, catechesis, young adult ministry, youth ministry, and the Rite of Christian Initiation of adults (RCIA) for the parish. The commission works with the pastor and the DRE’s to insure that the parish is providing quality religious education programs and ensuring that every child has access to the program.

The commission works with the DRE to insure that the parish will have an adequate number of certified catechists.

It is responsible to assist in preparing and proposing to the parish pastoral council an annual budget for those supplies, equipment and expenses necessary to carry out that plan.

               

Members:               Commission Leader

                                Assistant Commission Leader

                                Pastor

                                ChildrensDRE

                                Youth DRE             

                                RCIA Coordinator

                                New Beginnings Director

                               

Ministries:              Adult Education

                                Young Adult Faith Formation

                                LifeTeen

                                Middle School FF/EDGE

                                Youth Faith Formation

                                Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

                                Education Council

                                Vacation Bible School

                                Marriage Preparation

                                New Beginnings Pre-School

 

Commitment:

Members will meet monthly to discuss the programs.

The Commission Leader or Assistant Commission Leader from the commission needs to attend all parish council meetings.

Must have good communication with Liturgy and Worship Commission to coordinate events and develop programs like First Communion, Confirmation, RCIA, Etc.


 

Evangelization/Communication Commission

Commission Name:             Evangelization/Communication Commission

Description: The commission develops programs to help the parishioners share the Good News among members of the parish family and also with people of other faiths and with Catholics who no longer participate in church life.

This commission promotes and sponsors programs that will implement the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' vision for evangelization including the national plan Go and Make Disciples.

It sponsors parish events benefitting foreign and domestic missions. In conjunction with the Community Ministries Commission, it promotes, if possible, the adoption of another parish within the diocese, a foreign parish, or a poor inner city community.

The commission develops close communication with parish commissions and organizations to facilitate communication and participation. The commission will offer programs for spiritual renewal, education, and outreach support in evangelization efforts.

It works with the other ministries of the parish to discover special problems and factors accounting for the Catholics leaving the parish, for the lack of interest of the unchurched, and for lack of response from minorities. It will design programs to meet these needs.

It is responsible to prepare and propose to the parish pastoral council an annual budget for those supplies, equipment, and expenses necessary to carry out that plan.

Members:              Commission Leader

                               Assistant Commission Leader

Ministries:             Marketing Ministry

                               Bulletin Coordinator

                               Website Coordinator

                               Social Media Coordinator

 

Commitment:

The Commission Leader or Assistant Commission Leader from the commission needs to attend all parish council meetings.

This commission will need to meet regularly every month and as necessary given the upcoming events at the parish involving the commission.


 

Facilities Commission

Commission Name:             Facilities Commission

Description: Worthy of special respect and praise in the Church are the laity, single or married, who, in a definitive way or for a period, put their person and their professional competence at the service of institutions and their activities. It is a great joy to the Church to see growing day by day the number of lay people who are offering the personal service to associations and works of the apostolate,…." (34)

This commission inspects and inventories all parish properties, equipment, furnishings and facilities; it reviews and recommends needed additions, repairs, replacements and servicing, to be actuated, if needed, under a schedule to be submitted with the recommendation for the work.

It discerns the use of parish talent where safety and performance do not require the use of professional services.

It prepares and recommends policies or guidelines to the parish pastoral council for the use of parish facilities, including security, utilities, services, and personnel. It is responsible to publish the approved guidelines.

It prepares and recommends, in coordination with the other commissions, facility plans and improvements.

It reviews parish insurance needs and makes suggestions with special reference to diocesan policies.

It must prepare, carry out, and evaluate a yearly action plan based on the long range goals set by the parish pastoral council (in conjunction with all the commissions) as part of the parish pastoral plan.

It is responsible to prepare and propose to the parish pastoral council an annual budget for those supplies, equipment, and expenses necessary to carry out that plan.     

                               

Members:              Cemetery Coordinator

                               Building Committee Chair

                               Scheduling Coordinator

                               Business Manager

                               Church Cleaning Coordinator

                               Audio Visual Coordinator

                               

Ministries:             Scheduling

                               Cemetery

                               Church Cleaning

  

Commitment:

The Commission Leader or Assistant Commission Leader from the commission needs to attend all parish council meetings.

This commission will need to meet regularly every month and as necessary given the upcoming events at the parish involving the commission.


 

Liturgy and Worship Commission

Commission Name:             Liturgy and Worship Commission

Description: This commission is concerned with the liturgical functions that serve as the primary demonstrative expressions of faith and worship, viz., the sacraments, as well as programs explicitly involving spiritual growth and development.

Thus, this commission is concerned with discerning, training, developing, scheduling and the renewal of laity in their participation in liturgical celebrations, especially the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, lectors, servers, ushers, cantors, greeters and those involved in all areas of musical planning and participation.

This commission assists the pastor with the liturgical and sacramental needs of the parish community, including those of shut-ins, care-givers, the ill, nursing home residents and all others in unusual situations or needing assistance.

It is to plan and assist in the coordination of all liturgical, para-liturgical or special celebrations and events; it must also work cooperatively with other commissions and parish organizations.

It is responsible to prepare and propose to the parish pastoral council an annual budget for liturgically related supplies, equipment and expenses. This budget must be based on goals resulting from the parish pastoral plan.

Members:                              Commission Leader

                                              Assistant Commission Leader

                                              Pastor

                                              Music Director

                                              Lector Coordinator

                                              Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

                                              Sacristans

                                              Altar Server Coordinator

                                              Children’s Mass Coordinator

                                              Teen Mass Coordinator     

                                               

Ministries:                              Music Director

                                                Lector Director

                                                Eucharistic Minister Director

                                                Altar Server Director

                                                Children’s Mass Coordinator

                                                Teen Mass Coordinator

                                                Sacristans

                                                Greeter Director

                                                 Mary’s Visitors

 

Commitment:

This commission will need to meet regularly every month and as necessary given the upcoming events at the parish involving the commission.

The Commission Leader or Assistant Commission Leader from the commission needs to attend all parish council meetings.

Must have good communication with Education and Formation Commission to coordinate events and develop programs like First Communion, Confirmation, RCIA, Etc.

Must have good communication with Evangelization Commission to coordinate events and programs like CHRP and Prayer Retreats.


 

Parish Life Commission

Commission Name:             Parish Life Commission

Description: This commission is concerned with those matters that build an internal parish family spirit and improve Christian life in the community of the faith.

It is to help the members of the parish family to develop a deeper understanding of, and commitment to, their respective roles. This includes programs of concern and support for single persons including the widowed, divorced and separated, as well as single parent families.

It is also concerned with those matters that help to build the parish community.

This commission identifies and coordinates the social and recreational needs of the parish, maintains an annual calendar of scheduled events to give to the Evangelization/Communications Commission, and suggests and institutes programs of welcome for new parishioners.

It evaluates its activities especially social, ministerial, and recreational projects as to their effectiveness for community growth; it institutes procedures to increase involvement of parishioners in planned parish activities.

It is responsible to prepare and propose to the parish pastoral council an annual budget for those supplies, equipment, and expenses necessary to carry out its action plan.

                               

Members:              Commission Leader

                                Assistant Commission Leader

                                Hospitality Coordinator

                                Welcome Coordinator

                                Greeter Coordinator

Ministries:              Hospitality

                                Welcome

                                Parish Event Planning

                                Greeters

 

Commitment:

The Commission Leader or Assistant Commission Leader from the commission needs to attend all parish council meetings.

This commission will meet regularly every month and as necessary given the upcoming events at the parish involving the commission.


 

Unity in Diversity Commission

Commission Name:             Unity in Diversity Commission

Description: According to the Cabarrus County census information, the number of Hispanic people living in Cabarrus County is about 20,000 of which the large majority are Catholic. This reality is apparent here at St. James with one third or more of our families being Hispanic and speaking Spanish as their primary language.

Today, as ever, the Church's mission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and promote the life and dignity of each and every human being has much to do with insight into cultures. Catholic parishes are moving from mono-cultural patterns to ones we call "shared," that is, to parishes in which more than one language, racial or cultural group seek to celebrate the Eucharist and embody Christian community. For ministers and pastoral workers to be effective in this diverse environment, the right knowledge, attitudes and skills need to be developed.

Effective ministry, like the ministry of Jesus, meets people where they are as who they are. There is no “one size fits all” approach to effective ministry. Instead, the Church respects and promotes cultural differences that are not in conflict with the Gospel of Christ and the teaching of the Church. Over the centuries many of these cultural gifts have been incorporated into the life of the Church. This healthy respect, promotion and inclusion of cultural gifts by the Church is essential to the success of St. James and the reality of our diverse membership.

This ministry’s purpose is to create and maintain a harmonious multicultural parish and to stimulate, encourage and support the preservation of distinct ethno-cultural heritages. The ministry will provide a center for information, educational & cultural activities and to devise programs for and to encourage interaction among all ethno-cultural groups.

The goal is to encourage the inclusion and fuller participation of all God's People in the life and ministry of the Church by building up their Catholic identity in a spirit of unity in diversity to help achieve better understanding among all people and to embrace and celebrate the diverse cultural and ethnic makeup of our parish.

It will plan and coordinate efforts to remove divisions among Christians within the territory of the parish. It reaches out to people of good will who seek one faith, one baptism in Christ Jesus.

It is responsible to prepare and propose to the parish pastoral council an annual budget for those supplies, equipment, and expenses necessary to carry out that plan      

               

Members:             Commission Leader

                               Assistant Commission Leader

Ministries:

Qualifications:

Leaders should have the following characteristics:

  • A desire for spiritual growth in themselves and in the parish
  • Enthusiasm about the future directions of our parish
  • Willingness to listen, to speak honestly, and to work toward consensus
  • The ability to inspire and empower others and to delegate
  • Flexibility and openness with people and ideas
  • Be a baptized Catholic
  • Be a participant in the ongoing worship of our parish, especially Sunday Eucharist
  • Be at least eighteen (18 ) years old

In order to be considered for the ministry of parish leadership a parishioner must:

Commitment:

The Commission Leader or Assistant Commission Leader from the commission needs to attend all parish council meetings.

This commission will need to meet regularly every month and as necessary given the upcoming events at the parish involving the commission.