The month of January 2017 marks the beginning of the New Year and it also marks the transition period of the parishioners who have served on the Parish Council of the Catholic Community of St. Nicholas and St. William as well as the incoming members who were discerned on to the Parish Council.
First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have faithfully served on the Parish Council, especially during the time of transition, when Bishop Daly and I first arrived to this wonderful community. Unfortunately, Bishop Daly was only with us for a short time when he was unexpectedly moved and named Bishop of Spokane, Washington. I was soon after appointed Pastor on October 11, 2015. Four of the members on the Parish Council let me know that they had completed their term. I asked them if they were willing to stay on for another year during this chaotic transition and they graciously accepted. So, in a special way, I want to thank Chuck Geschke, Ellen Barker, Karen Jenney, and Marian Verlot for going above and beyond their call of duty in serving this parish community. They formed an essential part of the Pastoral Team that helped spearhead the alignment process of both St. Nicholas and St. William Parishes, under the pastoral guidance of Fr. Percell, Fr. Benedict, and Fr. Bransfield. Their historical knowledge of the Town Hall meetings among the two communities has been very helpful as we slowly and methodically move forward with the strategic planning of the alignment process. Again, I thank them, and ask you as well to thank them, for generously giving of their time and talent as they help represent the church community they so love.
I have been asked, “What is the duty of the Parish Council?” To briefly and concisely put it, the Parish Council is a consultative body, pastoral in nature, because it strives to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit among God’s people in the parish. A Parish Council gives its help to the pastor in fostering pastoral activity; it investigates, under the authority of the pastor, all those things which pertain to pastoral works to ponder them, and to propose practical conclusions about them. It is essential that Council meetings occur in the context of prayer and openness to the Holy Spirit, so that at all times the common good will prevail.
With that said, I would like to introduce to you the members of the Parish Council, both incumbent and new, who will be helping us to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit among God’s people in the Parish.
The incumbent members are: Cathy Curl, Bruce Weyer, Bill Daley, and Jeannie Kahwajy.
The new members are: Norm Kordsmeier, Michael Culver, David Ryan, and Catherine Lammersen.
Please join me in thanking them for saying yes to God’s call to service for the Catholic Community of St. Nicholas & St. William Parish.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Fr. John L. Poncini