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Pastoral Council

Our Lady of Peace Parish is where the church lives.  We are a community of faith, of action, and of hope.  Here is where the gospel is proclaimed and celebrated.  At the end of each Eucharistic Celebration, the pastor gives his blessing and we hear, “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.”  Indeed, this is the essential mission of every parish and each person baptized in the name of Jesus. 

We are guided by the seven elements of parish life; WORSHIP of the community, proclaiming the WORD, forming a COMMUNITY of faith, placing ourselves at the SERVICE of others, exercising STEWARDSHIP over all God’s gifts and shared LEADERSHIP on that of Christ Himself.   We therefore fulfill the Churches mission of EVANGELIZATION.

Our parish has an active and energetic Parish Pastoral Council.  The council assists the pastor and envisions the ways in which all members of the parish are being called by God to carry out that mission.  The Parish Pastoral Council operates under the authority and guidance of the Code of Canon Law and the of the Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen.

In order to accomplish the responsibility of assisting the pastor, the council participates in pastoral planning.  The Pastoral Plan causes the council to ‘make it happen’ rather than ‘let it happen’.  Pastoral planning is our way of guiding the council to ensure that all seven elements of parish life are reviewed and studied, our way of identifying the resources the parish has and needs, our way of recommending to the pastor what enhancements might be made, and finally our way of involving the whole parish in continuing search for a more effective response to God’s will.

The success of the Parish Pastoral Council is dependent upon people of leadership.  Parishioners who serve on the council must be those who have received a call to ministry of leadership.  Together with the pastor, they are individuals who are capable of reflection, discernment, vision, reaching agreements, and pastoral planning.  Those individuals on the council serve a three-year term from nominations from the parishioners and the pastor.  The 2015-2017 Parish Pastoral Council Members are:

                Rev. John Polyak (Pastor and President of the Council)

                Mrs. Sharon Brower

                Dcn. David DeFrange (Facilitator)

                Mrs. Frances DeFrange (Spiritual Formation Team)

                Mrs. Bridget Kennedy (Recorder)

                Mr. William Isele

                Mrs. Arlene Rebeck (Spiritual Formation Team)

                Mr. Steve Reitano

                Mr. Mark Schmidt