My name is Ted Mulert. My wife, Wendy, and I have been members of St. Mary parish since 2000. We have 7 children and usually sit in the front row at 10AM Mass. I have been a member of the Pastoral Council for the past 3 years and the chairperson for the past year.
I joined the Council in a fairly stressful time in our Church. We had transitioned to Amy managing day to day operations in the Church with Sacramental Priests, Amy's health concerns and need to step down from her managerial role, Father Dave stepping up as Pastor, staff changes, and budget issues. It felt like we were in crisis mode much of the time.
However, this past year, things have calmed down some, allowing us to focus on finding the true mission or calling of our Parish. With the guidance of Father Dave, we have been cultivating 3 main areas of focus: Faith Formation, Liturgy, and Outreach. In the area of Faith Formation, we are supporting Megan and Yvette to build our Generations of Faith program and offer newer programs including Totus Tuus, EDGE, and Teen Life. I bet the whole Archdiocese was impressed by our turnout and enthusiasm for NCYC. Mollie has been working very hard to enhance our Liturgical experience. And we now have a Peace and Justice Committee to address those many needs and concerns beyond the four walls of this church building.
Being on the Pastoral Council has definitely changed my view of the inner workings of the Church. Before, I felt the primary focus of the Council was budgetary concerns. While this is something that we address, it is only a small part of the Council's responsibility and focus. The true focus is how to grow the Church in every aspect to help us all be more Christ-like.
As I transition from Pastoral Council to the Peace and Justice Committee, I feel confident that St. Mary Parish will continue to grow and touch the lives of our members and the greater community and world.
Sincerely, Ted Mulert