On behalf of the 2022-2023 Parish Council, warm greetings to all. This is my first column as Parish Council Chair. What an honor it is to assume this role! As you may have read in a previous bulletin, I am a retired school administrator in our Catholic schools, a wife, mother of three adult children, and grandmother of 6. I have many interests including quilting, biking, reading and travelling. My faith has always been central to me since I was a small child.
This summer our Parish Council Vice Chair, Steven Kim, and our Secretary, My Lam, and I have spent time together getting to know one another and discussing our hopes for Parish Council this year. Learn more about the 2022-2023 Parish Council members at mary.org/parishcouncil.
The Parish Council has not met in-person for a while due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, we will launch the year with an in-person mini-retreat scheduled for the evening of September 28. The focus of the retreat will be reconnecting in faith and selecting our goals for the year. We would very much like to know what you, our community members, hope that the Parish Council can accomplish and support this year so that your thoughts can be included in our discernment during the retreat. Please email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org before our September 28 meeting.
Last spring, the Parish Council completed a revised governance document outlining the roles and responsibilities of the Council. They also passed a list of potential action items for the Council. This work and the thoughts of our community will guide our discussions and conclusions on the 28th. Many thanks to our past Parish Council for this work and to Past Council Chair, Katelin Richter Davis, for her leadership in this area and throughout the past year.
As part of our long-term financial picture, a Long-Term Financial Planning/Budget Committee led by Trustee, Tom Paul, has been working hard for several months. As the name suggests, this group aims to create a five-year plan to align our resources with our needs and wants as a parish. More information on this work will be forthcoming.
The Parish Council welcomes Fr. Daniel Griffith as our newly installed Pastor and Rector! What a truly beautiful installation Mass and reception. Much credit to our parish staff and, of course, Archbishop Hebda, for their many contributions in creating this event. We look forward to Fr. Daniel’s leadership and to his interactions with us at our mini retreat.
Our parish is very large, and we are looking for ways to connect with as many of you as we can in community, as volunteers, in worship and as children of God. There are a wide variety of ways that the Basilica serves our community and a wide variety of ways that we can serve the Basilica. Let’s walk together in faith.
May your days be richly blessed.
Parish Council Chair
The Basilica of Saint Mary