Q – I hear this word ‘calling’. What is this about?
A – On one level, it pertains to one’s professional career:
surgeon, priest, engineer, teacher, chef. At another level, it is God tapping you and me on the shoulder and
saying “help your fellow parishioners, bring your talents, join one of the
councils, share your gifts, help build community.”
Q – I’ve been in the parish over 3 years and don’t know many
people. How will I fit in?
A – This is an excellent opportunity to develop
relationships with other council members, to work with them and in the process
develop a stronger spiritual life. Our
councils operate on a collegial basis and everyone helps others as best we can. This is building community. It’s a basic need we all have, to belong. We each walk on our faith journey with others,
helping others, and being helped.
Q – I come to Mass most Sundays but I am not expert on
Catholic doctrine. How can I serve on a
A – What a council
needs is your passion, your desire to help others and to work with others. One of the key concepts from Vatican II is
participation. How can I actively help
make God’s kingdom on earth? It’s about
you bringing passion and ideas and perspective to the table.
Q – Why does Pax Christi have so many councils? Most other parishes have a parish council and
a couple of committees.
A – Pax Christi is a large parish, with over 10,000
registered members. Plus there are very
nearly 200 activities of all sorts. That
takes the contributions of a lot of people. We are called by Vatican II as baptized Catholics to participate, to
help others. The pastor can not carry
such a burden on himself. It takes all
of us, each in our own way, each from our gifts, each with our passion and
enthusiasm, to build this community.
Q – Why is a term on a council 3 years?
A – There are nine parishioners on a council, with staggered
terms; this means that every year, in June, three come off and three come
on. This guarantees that each year new
ideas and new perspectives are brought to each council. These different perspectives are important to
the continued life and vitality of the council and the community. Spiritual and pastoral needs of our community
evolve over time. Councils must be
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