Clergy and laity together form a parish, a portion of God’s People whose pastoral care is entrusted to a pastor so that all can continue the mission of Jesus here on earth.
The Code of Canon Law, the norms which govern the administration of the Church, insists on consultation at every level of decision making among all God’s people. The Code also makes it clear that pastors have certain responsibilities which are theirs alone. Cardinal Leo Suenens noted, "The Church is not a democracy and not an aristocracy…but a collegial reality."
The following Boards, made up of lay parishioners of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, are formed to advise the Pastor as he carries out his responsibilities in the parish.
For information about any of these bodies, please contact the Parish Office, (916) 481-5115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canon Law provides for the formation of Parish Pastoral Councils in Canon 536 #1:
"In every parish of the diocese, a Pastoral Council shall be established… The pastor presides over the Pastoral Council… The Pastoral Council is composed of members of the congregation… The Pastoral Council assists the Pastor in promoting pastoral action in the parish.”
The Pastoral Council is a consultative body, pastoral in nature, because it strives to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit among God’s people in the parish. It gives its help to the Pastor in fostering pastoral activity.
“Specifically, the purpose of the Pastoral Council is to enhance the process of pastoral planning, developing pastoral programs, improving pastoral services, and evaluating the pastoral effectiveness of various programs and services.” – Parish Pastoral Council Guidelines, Diocese of Sacramento.
Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Pastoral Council:
President, Juan Yniguez Vice President, Leo Winternitz Secretary Michelle Piland
The Pastoral Council meets monthly. Every parishioner should feel free to express thoughts and concerns to any member of the Pastoral Council at any time.
You may view the meeting minutes by clicking here.
The Parish Finance Council is a consultative body of lay persons appointed to advise the Pastor in matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the parish.
The Code of Canon Law in Canon 537 provides that… “Each parish is required to have a Finance Council which is regulated by universal law as well as by norms issued by the Diocesan Bishop; in this council the Christian faithful, selected according to the same norms, aid the Pastor in the administration of the parish goods.”
The Finance Council meets at least quarterly. It assists with budgeting and financial reports to the diocese and makes an annual financial report to the parish community.
We invite you to review our bylaws which may be found by clicking here.
Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Finance Council:
Chair, Fred Oliver
“The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the church is directed; it is also the source from which all its power flows.” – Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 10
“It is very much the wish of the church that all the faithful should be led to take that full, conscious, and active part in liturgical celebrations…to which the Christian people have a right and to which they are bound by reason of their Baptism.” – Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 14
The Liturgy Committee assists the Pastor to prepare the parish community to carry out the Church’s plan of worship, to facilitate the participation of the people in the wondrous act of Eucharist. Under the direction of the Pastor, it sets goals, direction and principles for the liturgical life of the parish, assesses the needs of the worshipping assembly, trains competent liturgical ministers, and implements directives from the universal Church and the diocesan church.
Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Liturgy Committee: Deacon Michael Tateishi, Joan Cotton, Marylee Johnson, Bob Kay, Vivian Lopez, Kathy Nichols, George Peres, Kathy Pfeifer, Florence Tupa, Peggy Vellanoweth and Shirley Whitfield.
Our Lady of the Assumption's Environment committee is a small group of parishioners (volunteers) working to lend beauty to the house of God, reflection to the word of God and lending inspiration to those who gather for worship. To build and adorn a place for worship requires imagination, devotion and artistry.
Each month we work with the church interior and the liturgical time. Inside our church we decorate the sanctuary differently than the surrounding area. The seasons also affect our work. The liturgical year dictates decoration; the simplicity of Lent contracts with the exuberance of Christmas. Liturgical colors guide us in our decorations.
The Committee meets monthly reviewing upcoming liturgy and our liturgical season to plan the churches environment. If you would like to share your talents with the church's Environment Ministry please call the parish office at 481-5115.
The Buildings and Grounds Committee is an appointed board that coordinates the regular maintenance and improvement of the parish buildings and grounds.
Our Lady of the Assumption Buildings and Grounds Committee:
Chair, Paul Read