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Parish Councils and Committees

The documents of the Second Vatican Council affirmed that all members of the People of God are called to participate in the threefold ministry of Christ and the Church according to their particular gifts, their state of life, and their office. One of the ways through which the people accept a greater responsibility for the pastoral work of the local church is through participation in a parish's councils and commissions.

While canon law clearly lays responsibility for (and authority over) the teaching, governing and sanctifying work of a parish upon the pastor, he relies upon the advice and assistance of parishioners in accomplishing this work, especially via the parish finance and pastoral councils. (Actually, this responsibility and authority belong to the Bishop, who delegates certain aspects to the pastor.)

The Finance Council

Canon 537 from the Code of Canon Law states "In each parish there is to be a finance council which is governed, in addition to universal law, by norms issued by the diocesan bishop and in which the Christian faithful, selected according to these same norms, are to assist the pastor in the administration of the goods of the parish without prejudice to the prescript of canon 532." (Canon 1280 also pertains.)

The parish finance council is advisory only. Canon 532 states that the pastor is ultimately responsible and has the necessary authority for administering the temporal goods of the parish. It reads "In all juridic affairs the pastor represents the parish according to the norm of law. He is to take care that the goods of the parish are administered according to the norms of canons 1281-1288."

The Finance Council Meets on fourth Thursday of the month at 6 p.m., and includes the following members:

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        • Kathy Van Duser
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        • Bob Wolf

View our most recent Annual Financial Report here.

The Pastoral Council

Canon 536 from the Code of Canon Law states "If the diocesan bishop judges it opportune after he has heard the presbyteral council, a pastoral council is to be established in each parish, over which the pastor presides, and in which the Christian faithful, together with those who share in pastoral care by virtue of their office in the parish, assist in fostering pastoral activity. A pastoral council possesses a consultative vote only and is governed by the norms established by the diocesan bishop."

In the Diocese of Madison, it is policy that every parish (or group of parishes sharing a single pastor) should have a pastoral council. At St. Bernard and St. Henry Parishes, we have a single Pastoral Council.  Pastoral Council members include:

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            • Mike Kraemer - St. Henry
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            • John Wanke - St. Henry
            • Irene Blenke Krysiak - St. Bernard
            • Jim Romlein - St. Bernard
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To facilitate their work of assisting and advising the pastor, councils often structure themselves into committees with specific focus areas. Some common committees include:

      • Human Concerns Committee  

        Helps parishioners discern the needs of others, especially the poor, and identifies resources to meet those needs, enlisting the active cooperation of all parishioners. 

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      • Parish Life Committee

        Supports the overall vibrancy of parish life, planning social activities, spiritual retreats and other activities which foster community and enhance the quality of parish life.

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      • Religious Formation

        Assists the pastor and the parish in providing lifelong opportunities for every person to grow deeper in their faith and personal conversion. 

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      • Schools Committee

        Dedicated to the promotion and welfare of Catholic education.

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      • Stewardship Committee

        Promotes the giving of time, talent and treasure through a scriptural understanding of stewardship.

        • John Wanke - St. Henry
      • Vocations Committee

        Works with the diocesan Office of Vocations to help foster vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life and lay ministry. 

        • Mike Kraemer - St. Henry
      • Worship Committee

        Assists the pastor and the parish in attaining a full, conscious and active participation in the Mass and the prayer life of the parish.

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      • Hispanic Committee
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The Pastoral Council meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.

Watertown Catholic Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes:

 

Watertown Catholic Community Regular Mass and Confession Schedule:

(B) = St. Bernard Church, (H) = St. Henry Church, (GLC) = Golden Living Center

           Mass Schedule            Confession Schedule
 Monday           8:15 a.m. (H)  Monday          After the 8:15 a.m. Mass (H)
 Tuesday           8:15 a.m. (H), 5:15 p.m. (B)  Tuesday           7-8 p.m. (H)
 Wednesday           8:15 a.m. (B), 8:15 a.m. (H)  Wednesday
 Thursday           8:15 a.m. (B), 9:45 a.m. (GLC)  Thursday
 Friday           8:15 a.m. (B)  Friday           After the 8:15 a.m. Mass (B)
 Saturday           4 p.m. (H), 5:30 p.m. (B)  Saturday           3-3:40 p.m. (H)
 Sunday           8:15 a.m. (H), 10 a.m. (B), 6 p.m. (B)  Sunday           5-5:45 p.m. (B)
            4 p.m. (H) - Spanish Mass/La Santa Misa

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confession times can also be scheduled by appointment. Please note that the Mass and Confession schedule may change for Holy Days, because of the priests' schedules, etc. For the most current information please check the parish bulletin or call the respective parish office.

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