The Role and Function of the Parish Pastoral Council
The primary responsibility of the Parish Pastoral Council is pastoral planning. The pastoral planning process is an ongoing, cyclical process which is always mission motivated. Pastoral planning involves discernment, consensus, prioritizing goals and objectives, implementation, and evaluation.
The Parish Pastoral Council works with the pastor and members of the pastoral team to discern needs, ensure that they are met and continually move the family of parishes towards the greater fulfillment of its mission. Through constant attention to the life of the family of parishes and the greater community, the council identifies areas of concern and enables the family of parishes to reach out to those in need. The traditional hallmarks of Christianity – Word, Worship, Community and Service – guide the council in evaluation of needs and the family of parishes’ response to them. Knowing that they cannot do all things at once, prioritizing goals help them to determine areas of greatest need or activities that are achievable within a 2 – 3 year time frame.
As we work through the parish discernment of new council members, pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Look around the parish to see those individuals whom you would recommend to serve on council or consider submitting your own name.
Meet Our Council
Kevin was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. He joined Our Lady of the Assumption Parish over 12 years ago, but has been involved with St. Patrick, and Holy Name of Mary Parish prior to being part of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish.
Kevin continues to assist with livestreaming the Mass on YouTube and Facebook, bringing the Mass to the homes of those who are not able to attend in person. His background is in Urban Planning, and he has studied and worked in both the United States and Canada.
Through his work, Kevin has played a role in community building and revitalizinneigh bourhoods. In his spare time Kevin enjoys playing and writing music, hockey, snowboarding and biking.
I came to Canada in 1990, when there were very few Africans in Canada. Being a faithful Christian, it was not easy finding a church where I felt at home.
I came to Windsor in 1998 to study Business Administration at the University of Windsor and found Africans who worshipped at St. Alphonsus church and slowly it grew to what is now St. Daniel Comboni Catholic Community. My two boys, Jonathan and Joshua, grew up as altar servers.
My daughter Rebecca and my wife Joyce are in the choir. I have been on the pastoral council at St. Daniel Comboni Catholic Community since 2016. I look forward to working with the council to serve the needs of our diverse community of Catholics in Windsor.
Susan is a wife and mother. She has been married to Archie Cormier for 22 years and they have one child. Their son Ethan Cormier is 8 years old and he enjoys being an Altar Server at Assumption Church.
For over 34 years Susan has worked as an R.N. at Windsor Regional Hospital-Ouellette Campus. Susan & Archie have been very involved with the Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society and have been foster parents for 6 years. She also volunteers for ‘We Care for Kids’ a paediatric foundation at WRH.
In her spare time, she enjoys nature walks and gardening. Susan comes with an open heart to work towards a brighter future for our Parish family community.
Dax was born and raised in Stoney Point, Ontario, and grew up attending Annunciation Parish, which later clustered into Visitation Parish. He was an altar server, then a eucharistic minister and lector. He and his wife Danielle spent several years in London, Ontario while she completed her Master’s degree.
After returning to Essex County, they joined the St. Benedict Tridentine Catholic community, where he currently ushers. When he has spare time, he enjoys reading, riding his motorcycle, and caring for two spoiled cats.
Naturally as a Catholic student, Nonye attended masses at Assumption while attending the University of Windsor. However, Nonye fell in love with the welcoming spirit of Assumption, its people and the community and Assumption is and will always be HOME!!!
Nonye has remained a dedicated member since 2013 and has been part of different service groups at Assumption: from student sacristan, lector, Eucharistic minister and altar server. Nonye currently leads the altar server ministry, is still a Eucharistic minister, and brings communion to the sick and homebound.
It is an honor to be part of this council and I am looking forward to serving the Windsor Heritage Catholic Family of Parishes.
Frank was born and raised in Windsor of Italian descent and grew up attending St. Angela Merici Church. His volunteer services with the parish began in 1993, assisting and involved in various areas of our church life. He has been the chair of the St. Angela festival for 17 years and is currently involved with the festival and other areas of religious services. Glad to be of service to our parish.
My background is in accounting. I am currently employed in the Tool & Mold Industry. I am a member of the Knights of Columbus 3rd degree and Knights of Columbus Dean Wagner Assembly 4th degree.
My parents immigrated from Italy to Canada in the 70’s and since then, my family and I have been parishioners of St. Angela Merici church.
I am a Eucharistic minister, an usher and an altar server and look forward to the many years ahead with the Windsor Heritage Catholic Family of Parishes and our Pastoral Council.
Karl was born in Cameroon-Africa and about 5 years ago arrived in Windsor as a post-graduate student at the University of Windsor, after completing a master’s degree at Coventry University, England. Karl is a formal minor seminarian and has been actively involved in the Church after leaving the minor seminary.
In our family of parishes, he is a member of the choir at St. Alphonsus (noon mass) and St. Daniel Comboni community. Karl also takes part in the creation of the Young – Adult group in our family of parishes. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve as a member of the Parish Council and wants to be particularly involved with the young-adult population of our parish.
My name is Margo Shanklin and I am a parishioner at St. Alphonsus where I currently am a Eucharistic Minister as well as a Minister of the Word.
I also am a long-standing member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Over the years I have participated and volunteered in many capacities in the Church.
I am looking forward to working with all these dedicated new councillors for a vibrant, united and welcoming community of the Windsor Heritage Catholic Family of Parishes.