Parish and Finance Councils
Council members are appointed by Fr. Gregory.
(left to right) Terry Nickel, John Gormley, Ed Paulovich,
J.J. Kaelin, Paul Zmuda and Bruce Bishop.
Fr. Gregory Golyzniak
J. J. Kaelin, President
Ed Paulovich, Vice President
Fr. Gregory Golyzniak
Ashley Fritz, President
Alan Feldkamp, Past President
Debi Judish (staff)
Debby Dover (staff)
Laura Flanigan (staff)
for Peter the Rock Chapel, Parish Ministry Center & School Expansion
Fr. Gregory Golyzniak
To my beloved, fellow St. Peter Parishioners,
It may go without saying that not being able to be fully engaged with your St. Peter parish home and family has been challenging, strange and unfulfilling this past year during the pandemic. Personally, it’s been so different for me, as well, not being able to see your faces, not just your eyes, sitting and worshipping in pew land and participating in our many groups. Little by little, we’ve regained our opportunity to worship together as we have enjoyed for so many years, and it feels right.
Throughout these months, our ministries, staff members, Deacons with Father Gregory have continued to provide their time, talent and commitment to ensure our parish has been covering your needs. On behalf of our Parish Council, we thank them from the bottom of our hearts as we forge ahead to more familiar, comfortable times in our lives.
Music is an important part of my life, and I know I share this passion with so many of you. The Bible offers us the final Word on how we are called to live our lives, and often times, our music captures His Word and its meaning and moves us to respond to his calling.
As you pray about returning home to St. Peter, I’d like for you to read these lyrics by Matt Maher, one of my favorite Catholic composers and singers. He has written and recorded some of the songs we enjoy singing at Mass. Your Grace Is Enough. Because He Lives. Abide With Me come to mind. He has written and produced a new song called Run To the Father. Take a look at the first verse and refrain.
I’ve carried a burden
For too long on my own.
I wasn’t created
To bear it alone.
I hear Your invitation
To let it all go.
I see it now,
I’m laying it down
I know that I need you.
I run to the Father
Fall into grace
I'm done with the hiding
No reason to wait.
My heart needs a surgeon
My soul needs a friend
So I'll run to the Father
Again and again
And again and again.
Welcome home to your Father, Lord Jesus Christ, and to your St. Peter parish family.
Always in Christ,
J.J. Kaelin with members of your Parish Council
Ed Paulovich, Bruce Bishop, John Gormley, Terry Nickel, Paul Zmuda and Father Gregory
(posted May 5, 2021)
The St. Peter Parish Council is comprised of parishioners from various experiences and backgrounds who consider and propose recommendations to our Pastor, Father Gregory, concerning the pastoral work of our parish. Father Gregory selects and appoints the members of the Parish Council, which meets, on the average, once a month. The Council interfaces with staff and volunteers regarding various topics that effect our parish. Currently, the Parish Council is focusing on four specific areas of importance within the Parish Council’s Strategic Plan: Education, Communications, Liturgy and Youth Engagement. (July 2019)
St. Peter Parish Council News
My name is Ed Paulovich and I am the vice president of the St. Peter Parish Council. My wife Shelly and I have been parishioners at St. Peter for 14 years. We have two children and four grandchildren.
The parish council consists of six parish members who have various life, business and vocational experiences. They are J.J. Kaelin-President, Trish Eells-Secretary, Terry Nickel, Paul Zmuda and Bruce Bishop.
The purpose of this article is to inform parishioners about the existence and the duties of the parish council, and to provide an update concerning the tasks Father Gregory has asked us to focus on this coming year. Our main purpose is to aid the pastor by advising and assisting him in the pastoral care of the parish and to foster pastoral activities. Father’s first task for the council this year was to review, revise and suggest changes to the current mission statement and five-year plan and to make both documents staff and parishioner friendly. Therefore, we developed a new Mission Statement:
“St. Peter Parish is a welcoming community of different backgrounds living the joy of Catholic Faith in the Diocese of Colorado Springs.”
After reviewing the five-year plan we found that we had accomplished the listed goals and now needed to develop a new five-year strategic plan. We identified three areas of concentration: Communication, Liturgy and Education and goals were developed in each area.
Communication - To establish a proactive “central communication system” of consistent, integrated messaging outreach.
Liturgy - To retain and grow our faith community through a vibrant, joyful, consistent Catholic Mass and special services experience.
Education -To provide engaging, relevant and dynamic Catholic children’s and youth faith formation and adult continuing faith educational opportunities.
We worked with parish/school staff assigned to each area to develop a five-year strategic work plan. The strategic work plan includes goals, activities, person/persons responsible for completion of goal, evaluation criteria, resources needed to accomplish the goal and start/finish dates.
In next month’s article, I will address the strategic work plan for communication.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Parish Council President J.J. Kaelin@gmail.com should you have questions.
St. Peter Parish Council