St. Margaret’s Pastoral Council is a group of people chosen from and by the parish, who together with the Pastor and Finance Committee, seek to fulfill the mission of the Church by accepting the responsibility to guide our parish and to oversee its pastoral activity and temporal affairs.
The primary responsibility of the Pastoral Council is, with the assistance of the Finance Committee, to help the Pastor guide and determine the direction of the parish by engaging in pastoral planning, and by recommending and ensuring the implementations of policies in accordance with the parish mission.
The Pastoral Council is a collegial group whose decisions are arrived at by consensus—a process of arriving at a decision through compromise. This process is designed to provide a forum where creative input and discernment is required by all participants; thereby producing more options toward a better decision.
The Pastoral Council recommends policies for the parish by responding to the needs of the parishioners, and by discerning God’s dream for our faith community. The work of the Pastoral Council is focused by the parish mission and purpose statements and articulated in long and short-range planning and goal setting. The Pastoral Council also seeks to fulfill its leadership role by guiding and supporting the missions of all Standing and Ad-hoc Committees.
REMINDERS FOR LECTOR
1) Please make sure to prepare your reading(s) ahead of time so that you are as familiar as possible with them as you proclaim God's word.
2) Please arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of your scheduled Mass so that you can look over the Prayers of the Faithful.
3) Please read the names of the sick and deceased slowly, and make sure of the pronunciation of names.
REMINDERS FOR EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
1. Anyone interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister should contact the Parish Office by phone: 607-749-2542 and training will be provided.
2. Many children who are not yet old enough to receive Communion would like a blessing when they come up for Communion with their parents. To bless them simply place your hand over their head (not on it) and bless them by saying, “God loves you and blesses you.”
REMINDERS FOR USHERS
1. The collection is now part of the offertory (procession of gifts). After the collection is taken up, it should be processed up to the altar by an Usher along with the gifts of bread and wine presented by members of the congregation. After the priest acknowledges the collection, bring it back to the sacristy using the side door, and put it in the collection box.
2. First aid kits are now in the cabinet of the Communications Center.
3. Prior to the beginning of Mass:
a. Check holy water fonts to make sure they’re filled. Fill from the baptismal font. It’s okay to dump holy water into ground outside before refilling.
b. Turn light on in the Communications Center.
4. During Mass:
a. Count every person in the building except the priest (that includes choir, servers, music ministers, etc.).
b. Make sure children don’t go to the bathroom without a parent.
5. After Mass:
a. Put shades in three-quarter upright position if they have been put down.
b. Put hymnals back in their proper place at the end of the pew.
c. Pick up any debris in the pews and make sure kneelers are upright.
ALTAR SERVE SIGN-UP & TRAINING
Would you like to help altar serve at Mass? It’s a great way to be involved in our parish liturgy. We are looking for boys and girls in Third Grade and up to serve at the Saturday, 4 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m and 10:30 a.m. Masses and on Holy Days. We are also looking for adults to serve at funeral Masses. All new altar servers will be trained, and will begin serving with an experienced server in the new year. To sign up, call Parish Office at 607-749-2542, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to all our current altar servers who make a commitment to serve at our Masses throughout the year!
REMINDERS FOR ALTAR SERVERS
1. Make sure you arrive 15 minutes prior to Mass so that you can put on your robe and put the bread and wine on the gift table.
2. After Mass, altar robes are to be re-hung in the Altar Server room along with the cincture NOT on the coat rack in the sacristy.
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
The Human Development Committee is immersed in another rewarding year. Our committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month and new members are always welcome.
Because of your monthly donations of food to our pantry we were able to fill individual requests for food throughout the year. We were also able to provide food baskets for families in need for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. If your family is interested in delivering a basket to one of these families, please call the church and we will be in touch with you.
Your generous donations of gifts to our “Giving Tree” at Christmas enables us to brighten the holiday spirits of both children and shut-ins. Your financial support allows us to help persons in need with rent payments, security deposits, heat bills, etc. We also donate to many organizations such as Catholic Charities, Loaves and Fishes, Cortland-Chenango Rural Services, and Habitat for Humanity, to name just a few.
Our Committee would like to thank you for your continued support of our programs. Please call the parish office (607-749-2542) if you know of anyone in our community who is in need of our services, or if you would like to participate in our committee's work.