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The model used by [Our Lady of Perpetual Help] with a Pastoral Council
and Parish Commissions seems to be working well
and may serve as a model for other parishes.
I was impressed that the commissions reflect the five major ministries
I identify as the principal ministries of a parish.

—Most Rev. Gerald Barnes
Bishop of San Bernardino

The Parish Leadership Council is an active structure of parishioners whose intent is improving communication between the various ministries and collaboration between the pastor, the parish and school staff, lay leadership, and parishioners. This council is the shared wisdom of the Spirituality of Stewardship and the model of inclusion promoted by the USCCB’s“Building Intercultural Competent Ministers.” Every member of OLPH Church and School is recognized as a meaningful and significant part of parish life and is challenged to an ever more mature faith in Jesus Christ, a deeper knowledge and love of Him and His message, and a firm commitment to follow Him in sharing of our Time, Talents, and Treasure.

Membership in the Leadership Council

The Leadership Council gathers the five essential Parish Commissions (Worship, Community Life, Evangelization, Pastoral Care, and Administration) in a Leadership Night Meeting. These meetings connect the pastor, staff, and lay leaders in a collaborative model of partnership and shared leadership. The five commissions are responsible for planning, executing and evaluating goals set by the Parish Council and their individual areas of parish ministry. Every parish group and/or ministry has representation in at least one of these commissions. 3—4 members of this Council serve also as representatives and members of the Pastoral Council.

Description of the Five Commissions


Building a sense of community among parishioners is a critical aspect of parish life.  This commission helps build a better sense of community among parishioners by fostering greater unity.  The Community Life Commission includes members:

  • of hospitality and welcome
  • that are active in community building groups and/or organizations
  • that are responsible for the recruiting and managing of volunteers
  • that plan and execute parish events & fellowship opportunities

Administration is a needed and essential aspect of the parish. This commission innovates ways of raising funds and guides the parish in appropriately using her resources for the betterment of our ministries, liturgies and projects. The Administration Commission includes members:

  • of the Finance Council
  • of Parish Census and Information
  • of Communications and Publicity
  • of the Stewardship Council

To love God means that we must know Him. This commission is tasked with creating new ways of evangelization that involves the whole parish (adults, children and youth). With the active participation of our school (Catholic Education) and the Catechetical Ministry Office, this commission ensures that proper religious formation is part of our parish events and projects. Some examples include:

  • the inclusion of Catechesis in our Weekend Liturgies
  • proper care for Small Faith Communities and special interest groups
  • being attentive to the needs of parishioners during moments of transition

The mission of this commission is to aide in making our Eucharistic Liturgies into the “Source and Summit” of our faith. The celebration of the Holy Mass is, often, the only place where many of our parishioners experience the parish. This commission is challenged to help ensure that our Sunday Masses:

  • are welcoming and faithful celebrations;
  • are inviting parishioners to greater and more active participation;
  • are attentive and sensitive to the Diversity of our Community; and
  • create a true hunger and desire for Christ; satisfy our spiritual needs.

Our faith is reflective of our care for each other. To love God means that we show loving care and concern for our brothers and sisters and their needs. The members of this commission are tasked with ensuring that the church is attentive to the needs of those around us. Some of the areas involved in Pastoral Care include:

  • special outreach to those unable to come to Church
  • social and temporal services for those in need
  • issues of Peace and Justice that require immediate or deeper attention
  • reaching out to inactive parishioners, fallen away Catholics, those who feel out of place in our church, and the unchurched