Meet the Pastoral Council:
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About the Pastoral Council:
Purpose: To investigate and consider pastoral matters and propose practical solutions or draw sound conclusions. These solutions or conclusions should be presented to the pastor in the form of recommendations.
This threefold task of the council – investigating, considering, and recommending conclusions – is called pastoral planning. After the pastor has accepted the recommendations of the council, he directs their implementation. Council members may assist him, but strictly speaking, implementation is the responsibility of the pastor, not the council.
Scope: The scope of the council is pastoral matters. These may include everything that pertains to the pastor’s ministries of proclaiming God’s word, celebrating the sacraments, caring for the faithful, promoting the mission of the Church to the world, and being a good steward of parish resources. The scope includes all the practical matters of parish life. There is, in short, nothing about which the pastor may not consult the council, apart from faith, orthodoxy, moral principles or laws of the universal Church.
Worship Commission: Gathering together as brothers and sisters in Christ to give praise and glory to God truly is “the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the fount from which all her power flows” (On the Sacred Liturgy #10, Vatican Council II) — and we welcome all who join us as we cultivate a vibrant and joyful spirit of prayer and worship of God!
Service Commission: The Service Commission provides each of us an opportunity to put our faith in Christ into action. We support Baltimore area ministries and encourage parishioners to become involved in service outreach programs. We sponsor educational presentations on social justice issues and volunteer opportunities available throughout our community – join us today!
Stewardship Commission: As families come to register at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, they hear the words, “The Cathedral is a generous parish.” What does that mean? It means that members of our parish family share their time, talent, and treasure with the parish community in order to build up the Kingdom of God. We are all one body of Christ. As Saint Paul said, “There are many gifts, but the same spirit.” The Cathedral buildings and grounds are large and the financial needs are great. A number of capital campaigns over the years, parishioner contributions, and bequests have funded the Preservation Trust, which provides for maintenance and repairs, as well as an endowment for the future capital needs of the Cathedral. The Archdiocese has supported each of the capital campaigns.