The Christian Education Commission assists, promotes, and supports parishioners in understanding that the entire parish communion has responsibility for participating in the evangelization and teaching mission of Jesus entrusted to the Church.
The commission’s responsibilities include developing, promoting, and evaluating programs that address all aspects of education and evangelization, in cooperation with archdiocesan and parish staffs.
The Christian Education Commission is responsible for seeing that the parish communion’s teaching mission is addressed in ways that assist each individual to grow in faith throughout their life. Through the commission’s committees, it determines programs that promote and support total parish education and formation. The commission supports the parish professional staff in working toward that goal.
The membership of the Commission consists of the pastor and the director of faith formation as resources, members of the parish (at-large), and spokespersons from various committees that fall under the commission. In addition, the commission shall include members who speak to the concerns and needs of significant groups within the parish (e.g., youth, young adults, seniors).
Every parishioner fully initiated in the Catholic faith and in good standing is eligible to be a candidate for consideration as a commission member. Commission members must have an understanding of the parish mission statement and be open to ongoing formation. Each winter parishioners are invited to nominate someone or him/herself. On the third Sunday of January names are selected for at-large members by lottery at one of the Masses. (Staff persons are not eligible.)
Each year a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Parish Pastoral Council Representative are chosen by the commission, this term will begin in September.