The current members of the pastoral council have just finished their two year commitment and our parish is about to begin the important process of selecting a new council to help guide our community through the next two years. The council is made up of twelve parishioners and the parish staff who try to discern the direction in which God may lead our faith community. We do this through prayer and discussion, meeting three times a year at a local retreat house. In the course of these meetings, patterns begin to emerge and we get a better sense of the goals, hopes and visions for our parish. A prayer/name card will be included in the bulletin next week. We ask all parishioners to prayerfully consider placing their names into a basket which will be placed in the front of the altar on Sunday, May 1, for two weeks. On Sunday, May 15, the Feast of Pentecost, trusting in the Holy Spirit, we will draw from the basket the twelve names of the new pastoral council. In the weeks to come, please consider this important ministry.