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The Reverend Roland C. Cloutier Welcomes You to All Saints Catholic Church
All Saints Parish in Somersville, Connecticut is committed as a faith-filled community to meet the spiritual and temporal needs of those we encounter in all ministries of our faith. Through prayer, sacramental life and works of charity, in love and obedience to God, the Lord of all life. All Saints stands ready to proclaim the Good News in word, sacrament, and service to all.
All Saints Church is yoked with St. Edward Church in Stafford Springs, CT. Click here to link to the Saint Edward website.
If you know of anyone who is hospitalized or homebound and would like to receive the Eucharist, please contact the rectory office.
TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Jesus puts before all of us the question: To whom do we belong? Whose image is inscription is on the coins that we use? The coin of God is minted in the blood of the Son. He was willing to invest all that he was and all that he had so that we can be the people of God. At this eucharistic table he serves all of us, no matter our political affiliation or language or country of origin. He washes our feet; as from the perspective of our souls we all need cleaning. He gives us bread and wine because we are hungry and thirsty. He continues to speak his word, knowing that life is not easy and we need encouragement. He forms us into his community-his church, where we are all welcome because he paid the price for our membership. Today, we speak of faith that is beyond politics; a faith that invites us into deeper realities. Jesus speaks the truth. We need the calm, gentle voice of Jesus to answer our questions and help us choose how to live out that truth.
Parish Council By-Laws
During the past several months there has arisen a need to “reconstitute” the Parish Council since, from what I could gather, there has not been an election or selection of members for quite some time. It seems that the Council was somewhat dormant when I came. In trying to find out how to reinvigorate the Council the search for the By-Laws ensued and no one was able to come up with them. Even those who had served on the group that had put them together could not put their hands on a copy.
Therefore, it was necessary to begin the process anew. However, I had no intention of reinventing the wheel and, thus, I took the By-Laws of one of my former parishes and adapted it to our needs. A small group of the present Council met on a couple of occasions and took the document I gave them and reworked it for our needs.
The need to do this is very pressing as we now begin our yoking existence. This new reality is going to bring us face to face with some very serious and difficult decisions in the next few months. The most important of these decisions is going to be the Mass times for weekend Masses. This is not going to be an easy issue and it will affect the schedules and habits of all the parishioners of All Saints and St. Edward.
However, this has to be done so that whatever schedule we come up with can be handled by one priest if the other is sick or away. Relying on ‘outside’ priests who are retired or otherwise available is becoming increasingly difficult. If it were not so we would not be yoked.
Therefore, getting a Council that is ‘permanent’ in the sense that we all know who is on it and they all know that they are acting for all the parishioners is most important. St. Edward has a well-defined Council roster and when the two Councils meet we need to have the same so that the same people will be at all the meetings. If All Saints has different people at consecutive meetings we will not get very far in our discussions and conclusions.
The proposed By-Laws, which I hope can be adopted and formalized at our November 6th meeting, will have a roster of 12 to 14 members. We are trying to keep the number of members reasonable so that we can get a good cross section of ideas while still being able to have a meeting that is manageable.
We are hoping to have a representative of all of our committees represented in some way. We have on opening for a member of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters of America, 3 members “selected” from the congregation at large, the Pastoral Team (Pastor, Associate, Deacon), and 2 members appointed by the Pastor.
This already brings us to 10 members and we have not yet included the various committees of the Parish like, Finance, Liturgy, Caring, Pro-Life, Outreach, Social Activities (soon to be activated), Holy Name, and Trustees.
Before our next meeting a sub-committee will have hopefully come up with a workable solution so that we can keep the numbers from getting to a point of having to rent a room whenever we meet.
The selected members will serve a term of three years renewable once. At the outset, we will select by ‘drawing straws’ who will serve one year, and two years and a full term. The reason for this is so in subsequent years a new person will them be “selected” for three year terms. Otherwise, we could have three new members every three years and lose the historical perspective of the decisions that have been made.
The appointed members give the Pastor the opportunity to ‘balance’ the Council after the “selected” members have been selected. This means that if the Pastor sees that the balance of men and women is somewhat skewed, he can make appointments to bring more balance to the Council. The imbalance could also be for some other perspective like young vs. more mature.
We will keep you all advised as to the decisions that are being made so that you can know who your Council members are and, therefore, be able to make your opinions known to them so that they can reflect those positons in our discussions with the Parish Council of St. Edward. Hopefully, these discussions will begin before the Holidays (Holydays) and proceed in earnest immediately thereafter
. ~ Fr. Roland ~
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