The governing councils at Ascension Parish serve an important role in leading our parish community. The councils include Parish Pastoral Council, the parish Finance Committee, School Board, and the Religious Education Board.
Parish Pastoral Council
The primary role of the Parish Pastoral Council is to act as consultants to the Pastor; secondary role is to exercise shared responsibility with the pastor for the pastoral life of the parish. (Council members are discerned.)
2018/2019 Parish Council members are: Joe Barabe, Susie Cahill, Julie Duff, Dale Glanzman (chair), Stacey Hess, Shawn Huffman, Mike Klawitter, Lisa Reed, Josh Risley, Marla Schwarber, Michaelene Senello, Kim Stark, and Katrina Vigsnes. Our Council members run the gamut from newer parishioners to life-long parishioners. Many have served in liturgical ministries such as Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, and leaders of Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Some have participated in the parish small faith sharing groups. Some have been involved in parish ministries and organizations including Home and School, Religious Education Catechists or Aides, Stewardship, Community Garden, Women’s Spirituality, Parents of Little Ones (POLO), Christmas Angels, Living Your Strengths, the Knights of Columbus, Peace and Justice, and Appalachian Service Project (ASP). They have served as coaches, volunteers for Housing Forward, Angel Cooks, and leaders for Boy/Girl Scouts and Brownies/Cub Scouts.
2018/2019 Meeting Summaries:
The committee meets every other month and is responsible for long-term planning, ongoing review of current operations, annual operating budget and review of monthly cash statements and financial profit and loss reports. Members are appointed by the Pastor. The finance committee consists of Tom Brooker- chair, Walter Healy, Tom Chapleau- RE Board representative, Amy Lee, Joan Waldron, Bill Skalitzky, Pete Gancer, Jeff Smart, and Jim Schumacker.
The Ascension School Board is an advisory group which assists the Pastor and Principal. It develops and recommends policies, recommends the School's budget, recommends tuition rates to the Pastor, helps to promote the School and its programs, and assists with fundraising. To learn more about the school board, including members, visit the Ascension School Board web page.
Religious Education Board
The Religious Education Board is an active board that keeps the Religious Education Program at Ascension thriving. All registered members of the parish are eligible to run. The RE Board advises the Coordinator of Religious Education. They represent the needs and perspective of RE families to the Finance Committee and Parish Council. The board is also in charge of organizing and leading community building and fundraising events such as: Advent Sale, Christmas Pageant, and Mardi Gras. Members serve a term of three years and meet once a month.
The 2018/2019 Board Members are Eduardo DeSantiago, Rob Guenther, Emily Masalski, Bill McLaughlin, Lisa Richert (co-chair), Jim Schwarber (co-chair), Nan Walicki.