The Saint Andrew Apostle Pastoral Council, over which the pastor presides, is a consultative body that assists the pastor with discerning and achieving the overall good of the parish and its mission. The Council’s authority is founded upon the faith enunciated in the Code of Canon Law as well as the Archdiocesan Guidelines.
All adult registered parishioners have the opportunity to nominate ONE registered parishioner age 18 or over to serve on the Pastoral Council. Father Dan Leary anticipates that the major focus of this consultative body will be the continued improvement of the physical plant of the parish and Evangelization. The nominee must be willing to follow through on tasks and already have agreed to serve if elected. The top ten nominees will then be included on a ballot for election on May 13 and 14. You are encouraged to contact Fr. Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Claxton at email@example.com with your nomination.
Last Fall we conducted an online survey to help us identify the areas within our parish community that are strong and vibrant, and those that may need some attention. The survey was completed by about 350 individuals, which is a slightly smaller response rate as compared to other parishes of our size within the Archdiocese of Washington. That said, the respondents were a diverse group representing a range of ages, length of time as registered parishioners, and involvement in parish ministries. I would like to share some additional details about the data we collected through the survey.
There were five categories in the survey – Community, Worship, Administration, Service, and Education. Each category had between four and thirteen questions, and the questions were rated on a scale of 1 (low) to high (5). Additionally, each section offered an opportunity for free-form comments. A snapshot of the numeric data gleaned through the survey is available <HERE>.
In addition to the numeric data, there were many comments that provided even more detailed information about areas on which we should focus. I have asked the Parish Council to form 5 subcommittees based on the sections of the survey. These committees are conducting a detailed review of the numeric data and written comments. Over the next few weeks, we will provide more details about the findings for each section of the survey in the bulletin.
The Parish Council committee leads are as follows:
Community – Frank Corrigan and Dennis Gorres
Worship – Deacon Steve O’Neill and Eileen Mooney
Administration – John O’Donnell and Frank Watkins
Service – Deacon Mike Bond and Rosario Holmes-Onyekwere
Education – Jackie Kiwanuka
The survey has provided some very insightful and thought provoking information. I look forward to having the above teams share more of the data and related themes. I’m confident that that we can use this information to create an even stronger and better Saint Andrew Apostle parish community – one where each of you is able to build a personal relationship with Christ, and bring others to a similar relationship through your words and deeds.
Fr. Daniel Leary
Rev. Mario Majano
Msgr. Kevin Hart
Deacon Kenneth Barrett
Deacon Michael Bond
Deacon Steve O’Neill
Deacon Steve Reeves