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Saint Ignatius Parish
Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands
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The Parish Council

Pastor Father Michael Molnar Tel: 949-6797
Fax: 945-2594
[email protected]
Deacon Joseph Biggs Tel: 949-6797
Fax: 945-2594
[email protected]
Chairperson Angela Miller 949-7511
Vice Chairperson Michelle Haylock  
Secretary ChiChi Fercol  
Evangelization Committee Patrick Broderick
Stewardship Commission Eli Kozaily  
Christian Services Debbie Kirkconnell
Education Commission Jeremy Rice 949-1994
Worship Commission Adrianne Webb
Youth Representative David Conolly
Council Members Chris Duggan, Eustace Francis, Michael Lockwood, Jean Perreira, Marguerite Wight
Board of Governors Angela Martins
St. Ignatius Prep. School Jennifer Paul-O'Donnell 949-9250
St. Ignatius High School Peter Embleton 949-1994
     

OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES

Parish Name:


The legal name of the parish of St. Ignatius/Christ, the Redeemer Parish is: The Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Cayman Islands.

Interpretation:


In these Operational Procedures unless it is otherwise provided or context otherwise requires: 

  •  "Parish" shall mean the geographical territory assigned to the pastoral care of St. Ignatius Church or Christ, the Redeemer Church.
  •  "Congregation" shall mean all practicing Catholics who reside within the parish boundaries and missions.
  •  "Adult" shall mean a person over the age of 16 years.
  •  "Pastor" shall mean the priest who acts as pastor assigned by the Administering Ordinary.
  •  The singular shall include the plural and vice versa.

Mission Statement: 

 
The Catholic Church in the Cayman Islands is of a very special nature in that its boundaries are the entire nation of Cayman. The Church is dedicated to providing the spiritual and sacramental growth of its members throughout the Islands. With the great number of nationalities living on the Islands, there is much diversity in its parishioners. The Church therefore does all it can to provide the necessary ministries for the different cultures represented on the Islands. We worship as one yet provide the necessities for each culture to integrate into the whole community.

We are dedicated to educating all peoples on the Islands intellectually, spiritually and morally through our Parish Education System of schools and Religious Education. The Parish supports its programs of Worship, Education and Christian Service through a strong Stewardship Program of encouraging all to share their Time, Talent and Treasure to the best of their ability for the good of the Parish. As a member of the Caribbean Antilles Conference of Bishops, we support the work of these nations in our music, our way of life, our cultural heritage and our faith in Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Redeemer.

Purpose and Function of the Parish Pastoral Council

The purpose of the Parish Pastoral Council of St. Ignatius / Christ, the Redeemer is to assist in realizing the mission of the Parish and to advance its spiritual growth as follows:

1. To advise and assist the pastor so that he may more clearly and incisively come to decisions regarding all matters including both spiritual and temporal matter.
2. To advise and assist the Pastor especially in the work of spiritual development of the parish by helping to foster and stimulate interest of parishioners in such matters as active and intelligent participation in the Liturgy, the Christian Education and Formation of Adults, Youth and Children, the Pastoral Care of the Sick and Needy.
3. To assist fellow parishioners to become more aware of their role as priestly People of God in the total mission of the Church; to encourage them to develop their responsibility of stewardship as well as to build up a true spirit of parish community of faith, love and service.
4. To advise and assist the Pastor in all matters pertaining to the financial administration of the parish including the keeping of suitable financial records, preparation of the budgets as well as regular financial reports.
5. To initiate recommendations for improvements, development and plans for the operation of all matters concerning the Parish.
6. To advise and assist the Pastor in all matters pertaining to the construction, renovation and/ or improvement of ecclesiastical real property within the parish as well as the acquisition or sale of real property.
7. To receive and consider from parishioners and others, proposals in connection with the objects hereof and to advise and make recommendations accordingly.
8. To assist with, and share in the actual implementation of the various parish organizations so as to foster and encourage their apostolic commitment.
9. To foster an enthusiasm and to strengthen a sense of personal responsibility which will serve to awaken and cement a spirit of fellowship and co-operation throughout the Parish.
10. To share in the ministry of the Church of Detroit, Michigan who administrates this parish.

Membership:

The Parish Pastoral Council shall consist of:

a. The Pastor
b. Associate Pastor or Administrative Assistant
c. One Deacon
d. Principals of the High School and Prep School
e. One Representative each from the Stewardship Commission, Worship Commission, Education Commission, and Christian Service Commission
f. Six selected members of the Parish at Large
g. One young adult between 14 and 18 years old
h. One Senior Citizen over 60 years of age

Qualification:

Any adult Roman Catholic, who is a member of the Congregation, is eligible for membership on the Council.

Selection/election:

Selection by lot is the recommended procedure for establishing membership to the Parish Pastoral Council. An election may be held if it seems appropriate to the majority of the Council.

The Selection procedure is as follows:

1. Nomination: During the month of June every adult member of the congregation shall be invited to:
a. Register their name, address and [if under 21) age;
b. Nominate not more than three persons eligible for membership of the council; stating the name, address and [if under 21) age of each person nominated.
2. Invitation: Those nominated are invited to consider being candidates for Council membership through an orientation session to understand the role they are being nominated for. Only then do they need to declare whether they are willing to be considered a candidate for selection.
3. Selection On the first Sunday of July or on another Sunday in July that the present Council deems appropriate, at the 8:30 morning Mass, the parish is invited to invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit in calling these parishioners to positions of leadership in the Parish. The Pastor, or his delegate, draws the appropriate number of names from a container to select those who are called to serve. Three alternate candidates should also be selected to fill in for vacancies if needed.
4. Announcement The names of the Council members so selected shall then be posted, in alphabetical order, on the Church Bulletin Board and in the Parish Weekly Bulletin together with the names of the ex-officio and appointed members of the Council.
The Election procedure is as follows:
1. Nomination: During the month of July every adult member of the congregation shall be invited to:
a. Register their name, address and [if under 21) age;
b. Nominate not more than three persons eligible for membership of the council; stating the name, address and [if under 21) age of each person nominated.
2. Invitation Those nominated are invited to consider being candidates for Council membership through an orientation session to understand the role they are being nominated for. Only then do they need to declare whether they are willing to be considered a candidate for selection.
3. Announcement: After ascertaining which of the nominees are eligible and willing to stand the Election Committee shall prepare a ballot paper listing all such nominees. If there are insufficient names to provide a choice of not less than six men and not less than six women, the Election Committee may nominate and seek the consent of sufficient additional eligible persons to provide such choice. Publication to all parish members is arranged with information about candidates made available 2 weeks before the election.
4. Voting: On the first Sunday of July or on another Sunday of July that the present Council deems appropriate, ballots are made available to all who are eligible to exercise a vote and each eligible voter shall select three men and three women for election to the council. From the completed ballot papers the Election Committee shall determine those six people who by popular vote, have been elected to the Council for the ensuing year. The names of the Council members so elected shall then be posted, in alphabetical order, on the Church Bulletin Board and in the Parish Weekly Bulletin together with the names of the ex-officio and appointed members of the Council. The next three candidates who received votes are named alternate candidates in case of vacancies.

Who Can Vote:

A person shall be qualified to vote at the said election if they are a Roman Catholic and an adult member of the Congregation.

Term of Office:

All selected/ elected members and the laity appointed to the Council, shall hold office for a term of three years which shall commence on the first day of September and end on the 31 st of August two years following.

Consecutive Terms:

Members may serve on the Council for two consecutive terms [6 Years).

Resignations:

A member may resign by giving notice in writing to the Council.

Absence:

Any member who is absent from the Regular Meetings of the Council on three consecutive occasions without the leave of the Council shall also be deemed to have resigned from the Council.

Vacancies:

In the event of there being a vacancy for any reason whatsoever among the selected/ elected members, the Council shall appoint any of the alternate candidates who were not selected/ elected to fill the said vacancy. The Pastor shall make the necessary appointments of those appointed by him. Any person who becomes a member of the Council in pursuance of this section shall hold office during the remainder of the unexpired term of the member whose place they fill.

Officers:

The officers of the Council shall be a Chairperson, and a Vice-chairperson who shall both be selected/ elected members, and a secretary and assistant secretary. The members of the Council at their first meeting shall appoint these officers from their own number after the selection/ election.

Term:

Each officer shall hold office for one year and may be appointed by the council for successive years.

Duties:

Chairperson: the Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Council [in his absence the Vice-Chairperson shall preside).

Secretary or Assistant Secretary: The Secretary or Assistant Secretary shall take the minutes of all proceedings and conduct all the correspondence of the Council, including the giving of notices to members of the Council, and shall keep the records of the Council in proper order.

See Responsibilities of the Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary in the PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL GUIDELINES AND HANDBOOK page 45 - 47.

Meetings:

The Council shall meet once a month and such meetings shall be referred to as Regular Meetings, unless otherwise agreed. Any Parish Member may attend the regular meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council. The ordinary business of a regular meeting shall be:

a. Confirmation of the minutes of the previous meeting;
b. Matters arising from such minutes;
c. Reports from the four commission members;
d. Consideration of any matter set out on the agenda of which reasonable notice has been given to the members;
e. Any matter concerning which the Pastor requires advice or assistance;
f. Any other matter which the Council agrees to consider at that meeting.

Special Meetings:

Upon the request of the Pastor, Chairperson or any three Council Members, a Special Meeting of the Council shall be convened. Such meetings of the Council may not be held without at least two clear days prior notice either orally or in writing. No meeting of the Council may be held without the approval of the Pastor.

Quorum:

No meeting of the Council shall be held unless there is a quorum of 1/3 [ one-third) members present.

Consensus:

The Parish Pastoral Council shall use the consensus process to reach substantial, though not necessarily unanimous, agreement on matters of direction and policy. The consensus process shall be based on the model in the PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL GUIDELINES AND HANDBOOK pages 34 and 35 in the handbook section provided by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Ad hoc Chairperson:

In the absence of the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson at any meeting of the Council, those members present may select anyone of their number to act as Chairperson for that meeting.

Decisions:

1. All decisions of the Parish Pastoral Council shall be in the form of advice and/ or recommendation.
2. Where the Pastor is not entitled to make a final decision on such advice and/or recommendations, he shall promptly place them before the Ordinary of the Archdiocese which is responsible for the parish or his delegate.
3. Should the Ordinary of the Archdiocese not approve such advice and/ or recommendations, he may be asked by the Council to give the Council his reasons for disapproval.
4. Subject to the foregoing paragraphs [2 & 3) hereof, where the advice and/or recommendations tendered by the Council are not accepted by the Pastor, if a two-thirds majority of all the members of the Council consider the matter in dispute to be of serious nature and of paramount importance to the good of the Parish, and the said two-thirds majority support the said matter, they may in their discretion refer the said matter to the Ordinary of the Archdiocese or the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council as they think fit. Pending this final decision, the Pastor is not to act contrary to the advice and/ or recommendations received.

Power To Make Rules, Regulations And Amendments:

Subject to the Provisions of the Operational Procedures, the Council shall have the right from time to time to make rules and regulations for the carrying out of the objects of the Council, and to govern the internal procedure of the Council, and from time to time to amend, abrogate, or revoke such rules and regulations by consensus at any meeting of the Council called for such purpose, provided always that in the event of there being a conflict with the provisions of the Operational Procedures the latter shall prevail.

The Operational Procedures may be amended by the Parish Pastoral Council of St. Ignatius/Christ, the Redeemer Parish at any meeting provided that notice of the proposed amendment has been given not less than seven days before the date of the proposed meeting, and that an amendment is passed by consensus of the Council.
Any such amendment shall not become operative until it has been approved by the Ordinary of the Archdiocese who is responsible for the Parish.

Establishment:

This Operational Procedure becomes effective only after a copy has been registered at the office of the Ordinary of the Archdiocese who has responsibility for the Parish and have received written approval of these procedures.

Revised 2 April 2001

FUNCTION OF THE COMMISSIONS

The work of the Commissions is:

  1. to investigate the needs of their own areas of concern in Parish life and to make recommendations to the Parish Pastoral Council on meeting these needs;
  2. to ascertain needs and to understand and implement policies of the Church, e.g.: Parish, Diocesan, National and Universal;
  3. to collaborate with the Pastoral Staff in its areas of concern;
  4. to develop objectives flowing from the Parish Mission Statement and Goals;
  5. to provide an annual evaluation of objectives and programs;
  6. to promote and infuse Justice and Peace concepts into their respective areas of concern;
  7. to report regularly to the Parish Pastoral Council on the status of their objectives, planning and implementation - Council approval is needed for major changes, policies and actions, e.g.: an addition/deletion of an objective or project budget overrun;
  8. to propose and recommend a budget to the Parish Pastoral Council;
  9. to use the consensus method, respecting the principle of subsidiarity;
  10. to choose a Chairperson and to hold regular meetings;
  11. to chose a Spokesperson to the Parish Pastoral Council
  12. to review and implememnt the policies of the Archdiocese of Detroit and to take advantage of Archdiocesan Central Services and programmes;
  13. to choose one of its members to become a member of the corresponding Vicariate Pastoral Council Commission.

 

 

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