OLA Pastoral Council
Ex Offico Members:
Rev. Gerald P. Carey
Sister Rita Marian Angelilli
Rose Ann Westerfer
Michael Emmi (Finance Council Representative)
Mission: With the Pastor, the Parish Pastoral Council develops the mission statement for the entire parish. With the Pastor, the Parish Pastoral Council defines the Pastoral plans, goals, and objectives for the entire parish. The Parish Pastoral Council works with all Parish organizations.
The Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body whose role is to assist the Pastor in areas of pastoral concern. The council is composed of the Pastor, who presides over the council, and representative parish staff members and lay members of the parish. Because the council is meant to be representative of the parish, an effort is made to have the members reflect the diversity within the Parish.
The purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council is to foster full participation of the entire Parish in the life and mission of the Parish and of the Universal Church. The Council, under the leadership of the Pastor, develops and recommends Parish Pastoral plans and directions through a consensus process and prayerful reflection.
The Parish Pastoral Council cooperates with Parish committees to address such areas of Parish life as worship, spirituality, community, evangelization, education, and service.
The Pastoral Council is constituted in the following way: there are ex-officio members, appointed members, and members elected by the Parishioners. These elections occur as terms expire.
Appointed and Elected Pastoral Council Members:
In an effort to address the social needs of our Parish, the OLA Pastoral Council is providing the following information, which may be of help to those in need. Listed are the programs and the local organizations or churches that provide services:
Catholic Social Services – Archdiocese of Philadelphia – 215-587-3903
Project Rachel Ministry – Post Abortion Healing
Domestic Abuse Support – Support for those in abusive relationships
Stephen Ministry – A one-to-one lay caring ministry that provides high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting, going through a crisis, grieving or just having challenges coping with life’s daily stress:
St. Helena Church, Blue Bell
Hope in Christ, Support for Addiction – The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offers a two-pronged response to addiction crisis, which aims to attend to the needs of the whole person: body, mind and spirit:
Christ’s Healing Hands Ministry – A ministry for those affected by addiction:
St Joseph Parish, Downingtown
Augustine’s Brothers – A Catholic-centered men’s support and accountability group for men who struggle with pornography, offering help with maintaining chastity and purity:
Divorce and Beyond – A Catholic program designed to help separated and divorced persons to gain perspective on their situation and begin anew.
Steve Bozza, Office for Life & Family: firstname.lastname@example.org – 215-587-5661
St. Norbert Parish, Paoli, PA – 610-644-1655 or email@example.com
Trinity Senior Transition – Educational programs about legal, real estate, financial and funeral planning for seniors and their family members/caregivers:
Steve Lybrand – 610-587-2814