Our Lady of the Valley

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Pastoral Council


"Pastoral councils were first recommended in Vatican II’s “Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops.” They exist in three-fourths of the 18,000 Catholic parishes in the USA.....Catholic pastors consult pastoral councils in order to be better leaders. Bishops and priests ask their councillors to investigate some aspect of the church, reflect on it, and recommend their conclusions. In brief, the work of the pastoral council is pastoral planning." (from www.pastoralcouncils.com)

"The purpose of the parish pastoral council, as described in Canon 536, is the "fostering" of "pastoral activity" in the parish. Because the pastor is the proper shepherd of the parish, it follows that his pastoral council possesses a consultative vote only."

At OLV, PC members are invited to join the Council for a 3 year term which can be renewed for a second 3 years. The intention is to keep fresh perspectives coming into the council while maintaining a "historical memory".

The goal is to have 12 members serving Father Ryan and the Parish in various capacities. Please speak to Father Ryan or to any of the PC members if you are interested in serving!


Our current
OLV Pastoral Council

Pastor: Rev. Ryan Sliwa
Chairman & Secretary: Tom Neill
Communications: Jay Oelrich
Missions and Take & Eat: Joan Marek

Music: George Zoltowski
Youth Programs: Bill Labrie
At Large: Brianna Bachteler
At Large: Peg Graham


Council Minutes
& Reports

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