Pastoral Council Role

The following announcement is meant to briefly describe the role the Pastoral Council plays in support of St. Bernadette Parish. In addition to Fr. Kelly, Fr. Lucas, Deacon Frank Burke and Deacon Tom Fitzpatrick, the St. Bernadette of Lourdes Pastoral Council is composed of 12 elected and appointed members from the Parish. The Pastoral Council meets regularly to review the ongoing programs of the parish and to offer recommendations on projects embarked upon by the parish.
In 2010, Cardinal Rigali requested that the Pastoral Council for each parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia embark on an evaluation of parish life. Starting in October 2011 and continuing now through June 2012, the Pastoral Council is doing just that.
The formal process is called the “In-Depth Evaluation of Parish Life”. The evaluation is a process designed to review the life and events of the parish in relation to the mission of the Church. This evaluation is divided into seven areas to be discussed at monthly meetings. Some of the topics that are covered include prayer and sacramental life, an educational and formational parish and an effectively administered parish. Each topic invites the Pastoral Council to look at the life and events of St. Bernadette Parish in light of the mission of Christ; assess the external conditions which affect the parish and establish priorities for 3‐5 years.
Before each meeting, the members of the Pastoral Council reflect on and fill out the Parish Survey. At the monthly meeting, each member shares what they see as the strengths and weaknesses in that particular area of parish life. It is from this discussion that two or three agreed upon priorities are determined. The Pastoral Council then develops concrete actions, timelines and responsibilities to accomplish the priorities. At the conclusion of this in‐depth evaluation, the results will be shared with all members of the parish. Results will also be shared with regional Bishops at the time of the parish canonical visit. A brief summary of the results will be sent to the Archdiocese.
Feel free to reach out to any one of the members of the Pastoral Council if you have any thoughts and or questions about the Pastoral Council and or the current parish self-evaluation process. A brief description of the role of the Pastoral Council, as well as the names of the members of the Council, are available on the parish website.