ST ISIDORE CATHOLIC PARISH
Desiring to structure our parish community so that all of us, with our diverse talents and needs, may be encouraged to exercise our responsibilities and to embrace the duties of full-fledged members of this ecclesiastical family, we do ordain and establish these by-laws for the Parish Council of St Isidore Parish of the Diocese of Toledo.
ARTICLE I - PARISH COUNCIL IS AN ELECTED BODY ESTABLISHED
A) To involve the complete parish membership in a common effort to foster the well-being of the entire parish, spiritually and materially, inspired by a willingness to serve its needs.
B) To assist the pastor in his responsibility to shepherd the people committed to his care by acting as a recommending and evaluating body to the pastor.
ARTICLE II - ELIGIBILITY
All those who meet the canonical requirements for parish membership and who are members in good standing shall be eligible for membership to the Parish Council. Any member eighteen (18) years of age can vote or be elected to the Council.
ARTICLE III – COMPOSITION
A) The Parish Council shall consist of no more than sixteen (16) or fewer than eight (8) members. These members include:
1. Director of Religious Education (DRE)
3. Elected members of the parish
B) Term of office: To maintain the forty (40) year tradition of 2 year terms as opposed to 3 year terms with no more than eight (8) people being elected each year.
C) The elected members are not eligible for re-election for at least one (1) term (minimum of two (2) years).
D) Elected members are expected to attend monthly meetings. Three (3) consecutive unexcused absences will be considered as a vacant position to be filled as outlined in Article IV (B). Notification to either the President or Vice President of an expected absence will constitute an excused absence.
ARTICLE IV – ELECTION OF COUNCIL MEMBERS
1) The entire parish will serve as a nominating committee. Each parishioner will nominate no more than six (6) fellow parishioners. No more than sixteen (16) names will be voted upon.
2) Nominations shall take place over one (1) weekend in February at least four (4) weeks prior to election.
3) A committee comprised of Parish Council members will meet immediately to tally the nominations.
a. The nominations are listed as read from the ballot. The names will then be listed from top to bottom with the most votes to the least votes. In the event two (2) members of the same household receive the same number of votes, the names will be listed in alphabetical order.
b. Each name listed, starting at the top of the list, will be contacted by the officers of the Council to receive acceptance of the nomination, this shall continue down the list.
c. Each person selected will have a photo taken and a summary written about them by the council secretary.
d. The summaries and pictures are to be displayed in the vestibules two (2) weekends before election.
4) There shall be no two (2) members of the same immediate family (husband and wife) on the Council at one time. Only one eligible dependent child from a household with a parent on council or a parent nominated shall be eligible to be on the ballot. If two (2) or more are nominated, the one with the most votes shall be on the ballot. In case of a tie, the eldest dependent child shall be eligible.
5) Elections will be held any weekend following the first weekend of March and before the April Parish Council meeting by an open parish secret ballot vote.
6) The newly elected members shall attend the regular April meeting to understand the procedures, elect officers, and reorganize committees. They shall assume their responsibilities at this meeting.
7) The by-laws will be distributed at the April meeting and be reviewed at the May meeting.
B) Unexpired term of a Council member: If the remaining service is less than a year, a replacement is selected by the Pastor with the consent of the Council and he/she shall serve the remaining term. He/she shall be exempt from Article III, paragraph B and C. If the unexpired term is over a year, it shall be put before the nominating committee (composed of four (4) senior presiding members) and voted upon by the parish. He/she will fill the unexpired term and be subject to limitations of Article III, paragraph C.
ARTICLE V – COUNCIL MEETINGS
A) Regular meetings will be held bi-monthly with the time to be decided by the Parish Priest and the newly-elected council.
B) Special meetings shall be held at any time the pastor and a member of the parish council recognize the need for such a meeting.
C) All Parish Council meetings should be open to all parishioners and finance committee who may attend as observers.
D) Once a year, preferably in April, the Parish Council will call a special open meeting for all parishioners. At that time all those present shall be given an opportunity to voice their concerns.
ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS AND COMMISSIONS
A) The Council shall elect its officers from within its membership; both outgoing and incoming members shall attend the April meeting. The former officers will preside until “old business” is concluded. At this time, the Council shall reorganize with the former president presiding over the election of the new president. The new president shall preside over the rest of the meeting.
B) The presiding officers shall be:
a. Must be a senior member of the Council.
b. Conducts meetings according to the Roberts Rule of Parliamentary Procedure.
c. Prepares an agenda prior to the meeting.
d. Notifies members of special meetings.
e. Asks for officers’ reports and standing commissions at each regular meeting.
f. He/she shall not serve on any committee, only direct and provide assistance to other members.
a. Will be elected from the new members.
b. Shall fulfill obligations of the President in his/her absence.
c. May serve on a committee, but not act as a chairperson.
a. Keeps full record of proceedings at each meeting.
b. Presents minutes at each meeting.
c. All proceedings will be prepared and displayed in the bulletin following each regular meeting.
d. Shall be responsible for summary and photo of newly nominated council members.
e. May serve on a committee, but not act as a chairperson.
ARTICLE VII – STANDING COMMITTEES
A) Each committee may be composed of at least three (3) parishioners, one of which must be an elected Council member, who shall serve as chairperson. Each chairperson will volunteer to serve on the committee of his/her choice or be appointed by the President. The chairperson will present a report on his/her area of responsibility at each Council meeting.
B) These committees may include:
1) Christian Formation
a. Shall be responsible, with the collaboration of the Pastor and/or Deacon ,for the education of all parishioners in the Catholic faith.
b. The Director of Religious Education (DRE) shall be included on this committee.
2) Liturgy and Spirituality
a. Shall be responsible, with the collaboration of the Pastor and/or Deacon for
i. Diocesan directives concerning liturgy.
ii. Education of parishioners in public worship.
iii. Encouragement of community participation.
iv. Preparation of greeters’ list, commentator, lector, Eucharistic minister, and servers’ schedules and placing a hard copy in the vestibule.
v. Preparation of liturgies when needed.
b. This committee shall consist of
i. Priest and/or Deacon
iii. Commentator, Lector, Lay and Cup Ministers schedule coordinator
iv. Servers’ schedule coordinator
v. Flower committee members or representative
a. Shall be responsible for non-catechetical programs, both spiritual and recreational, for the benefit of the youth of the parish, including vocations. This category shall include all those who have not graduated from high school.
b. It is recommended that a member of the CYO be a member of this committee.
4) Communication and Service
a. Shall keep parish census up to date.
b. Plan parish programs which relate to and unite efforts of existing parish organizations and societies.
c. Inform the parish about parish activities by means of formal addresses or other news media.
d. Relate to the area at large in terms of community needs, particularly as they affect the poor and underprivileged, or suggest ecumenical activity in
accordance with the guidelines of the Diocese.
e. Review and maintain bulletin board policy, along with approval of community events to be published in the bulletin for informing the parish of community activities.
5) Family Life
a. Shall be responsible with the collaboration of the Priest and/or Deacon, for the preservation of Christian principles in those areas which pertain to the welfare of all families, including marriage, parenthood, and aging.
b. Shall support members of our parish families in various times of personal crises, such as death, divorce, loss of a job, etc.
ARTICLE VIII – VOTING PROCEDURES
A) A quorum shall consist of not less than a simple majority of the entire Council.
B) No business requiring a vote shall be conducted without a quorum of the Council present.
C) All voting members of the Council shall have equal voting rights on all matters brought to the floor for general discussion.
D) A simple majority shall decide the outcome of all voting.
E) Any member of the Council may call for a secret ballot on any issue, if such member is able to prove to the President that the request is supported by a simple majority of the members present.
ARTICLE IX – Responsibilities of the Council
The Council shall have a consultative vote with the Pastor on any item of material business of St Isidore Parish. Since a council may not assume canonical responsibilities of a pastor, its decisions or conclusions shall become recommendations to the pastor-recommendations which are to be considered serious and weighty by him. Consequently, if a pastor continuously disregards the council on a regular basis, council has the right to seek recourse from the Dean. The Dean would request to seek mediation between Council and Father.
ARTICLE X – AMENDMENTS
A) Amendments can be made with a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Council.
B) Because the Council is a representative of the parish membership, any parishioner may submit additions, corrections, or changes to the By-Laws to the Council members or the Pastor. Any additions, corrections, or changes to the By-Laws will be considered for adoption by the Council. If there is an adoption of major importance, a revised copy of the By-Laws will be presented to the parishioners.
Date Parish Council President
ADDENDUM – DOCUMENT OF DIOCESAN LAW
Consultative Organizations to the Pastor
1086 To assist the pastor or parochial administrator in the exercise of his office in the governance of the
parish, the Parish Pastoral Council, the Parish Finance Council and, when a parish has a school, the
School Advisory Council (collectively, the Councils) have been established. The pastor is not a member of
these consultative organizations, but presides over them and carefully evaluates the consultation and
advice given. These consultative Councils do not exercise authority directly or do not mandate
any act, as this would undermine the personal authority of the pastor. However, in those circumstances,
as set forth below (see §1093), members of the Parish Finance Council are required to provide consent.
To serve on the Councils, the individual must demonstrate him/herself to be an active participant in the
life of the parish.
1087 Minutes shall be prepared for all formal meetings of the various parochial councils (the Parish
Pastoral Council, the Parish Financial Council and School Advisory Committee). Based upon an
evaluation of need by each council, sub-committees of councils may be required to maintain
minutes. The minutes for sub-committee meetings would then be made available to members of the
applicable committee. Included in the minutes shall be a list of those attending, including guests,
reference to the notice, location, agenda items, key concerns, questions, and a summary of the
important discussions. Motions shall be stated, with the indication of the manner and outcome of any
votes taken. The minutes are to be signed by the secretary of the respective council.
1088 Confidentiality – Similar to the consultative organizations to the Bishop, members of the Parish
Councils and of any of their sub-committees shall keep confidential all matters of record or reference,
whether or not communicated or discussed in the Council meetings or among those serving.
Members of the Parish Councils shall take all necessary steps to preserve secular privileges and canon
law confidentiality obligations that apply to their work. Trust, sensitivity and candor shall be observed.
All Parish Council members shall speak and act, both during Council meetings and outside of the Council meetings, in a manner supportive of their respective parish.
*Parish Pastoral Council *
1089 The Parish Pastoral Council is required in the Diocese and serves the pastor in a consultative
capacity and exists to help and support the pastor and the members of his staff in the accomplishment
of the pastoral objectives.
1090 The Parish Pastoral Council consists of at least five parishioners. The pastor appoints and may
remove the Pastoral Council members. However, the pastor may only remove members for
extraordinary reasons and after consulting with either the local Dean and/or the Vicar for Clergy.
The members serve for a three-year period and may be named for one additional term; after this time,
there is to be at least one year off the council before 19 06/30/2020 any member can be re-appointed.
The Pastoral Council s presided over by the pastor.
1091 The Parish Pastoral Council advises the pastor on developments of pastoral priorities. The Council
helps the pastor to identify pastoral needs and to implement and evaluate pastoral programs. The
Council assists with encouraging volunteerism and participation by the parishioners in the life and
ministry of the Church.