The operating norms embraced by our Pastoral Council are contained in our COVENANT:
We consider our Pastoral Council to be an expression of Church that demonstrates Christian community through the quality of our common life. We will use prayer and study to help us learn and grow as an expression of the Church.
We covenant ourselves to mutual discipleship, faithfully pledging our time, our prayers, our skills and our resources to support and strengthen each other in supporting the mission of Saint Mary’s Church.
We will pray for one another each day.
We will pray together each time we meet…ordinarily the second Tuesday of each month.
We will be accountable to one another for our presence at all Pastoral Council gatherings.
We will take responsibility for our own actions and our own learning.
We will practice a spirit of patience, graciousness and hospitality in our meetings, encouraging others to speak and express themselves.
We will listen and talk attentively with one another as we plan and work together, practicing our best listening skills and striving to be concise and clear in our statements.
We will be analytical rather than judgmental.
We will lovingly encourage one another and tolerantly accept one another’s failures.
We will always try to focus on the issues without neglecting active concern for the quality of our relationships.
We will resist being pressured by special interest groups concerned about only one part of parish life and work. It is not OK to become involved in operational management or micromanagement.
Proposals for decision will include alternative solutions and a recommendation -- with a clear rationale for that recommendation.
It is OK to disagree with positions expressed and with other Pastoral Council members and to offer divergent points of view.
We will discuss issues and move toward consensus in making decisions whenever that is possible.
We will strive to maintain a “win/win” environment rather than a “win/lose” dynamic. It is not OK to enter win/lose conflicts.
We regard our discussions as privileged communication with one another and agree to treat all information as confidential.
We will faithfully and responsibly carry out the duties and assignments given to us.
WE HEREBY MAKE THIS COVENANT, TRUSTING IN THE LOVE AND POWER OF GOD TO GIVE US THE WILL AND THE STRENGTH TO KEEP THIS COVENANT.
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