According to the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law, each parish is required to have an active, functioning Finance Council. In the Archdiocese of Detroit each parish is required to have both a Pastoral Council and a Finance Council. The Finance Council operates according to the statutes promulgated by the Archdiocese of Detroit. The members of SS. John and Paul Finance Council, with the concurrence of the Pastoral Council, agreed to operate with five members. Each member is appointed by the pastor to a term of four years, renewable twice. Because our Stewardship Commission has been functioning at a high degree of involvement and very smoothly, the Finance Council has decided to meet with them, when possible, using their existing committee structure as a way to carry out various tasks, and then meeting as needed as an official Finance Council, when the business at hand demands it.
The Stewardship Commission is a group of 6-9 parish members who help monitor the parish’s administrative needs and advise the pastor and business manager on matters affecting the financial and physical well-being of the parish. They meet monthly during the year and have a connection to one of the other Steward-ship committees listed below.
Landscape Committee (Gardening Angels)
10 or more members interested in beautifying the parish grounds who plan the landscaping and organize work days for other parish members to help. 2-3 planning meetings per year; spring work days with occasional summer maintenance of flower areas. We call these our “Gardening Angels.” And all are welcome to be part of this ministry to keep the parish grounds beautiful.
Building and Maintenance Committee
4-5 parish members who monitor the condition of the parish buildings and grounds (quarterly inspections, 1 hour each), making recommendations to the Stewardship Commission. Includes a yearly “building audit” (about 10 hours) of all parish material assets.
3-4 parish members who monitor the fiscal year reporting, help the pastor prepare a yearly budget, and keep the Stewardship Commission informed. Three budget prep meetings a year and several hours total throughout the year monitoring the fiscal situation. Click here to review the Parish Year End Report and Current Budget Summary
Stewardship Education and Planned Giving Committee
3-5 parish members who design ways to encourage the parish to its full potential in being stewards of tme, talent and treasure. 3-4 planning meetings a year.
Collection Counting Teams
Teams of 4-5 who count the weekly collection on a rotating basis every five weeks.
Catholic Services Appeal (C.S.A.)
5 or more people who help the parish office in the yearly Catholic Services Appeal. Specific areas include helping with the planning, to helping on Sundays take the contributions or audit the results. A few hours, mostly on weekends during May. Click on Catholic Services Appeal for more details connected to this annual fund-raising campaign.
Occasionally help with parish office, religious education, youth, or Christian service mailings and phone calls. Called only when needed and approx. 2-3 hours each time you volunteer for a project. For more information, please contact the church office.