On this feast of Pentecost, we remember the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. One of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit is the gift of counsel.
Counsel, the third of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit enumerated in Isaiah 11:2-3, is the perfection of the cardinal virtue of prudence. While prudence, like all the cardinal virtues, can be practiced by anyone, whether in a state of grace or not, it can take on a supernatural dimension through sanctifying grace. Counsel is the fruit of this supernatural prudence. Like prudence, counsel allows us to judge rightly what we should do in a particular circumstance.
In order to serve you better as Pastor and to make better decisions as I pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit, I will seek the counsel of your fellow parishioners. Although their gifts are not quite the same as those of the Holy Spirit, receiving their counsel and advice will be most helpful to me.
In our Diocese, each parish is required to have a “pastoral council” whose members are chosen from among the parishioners to assist their pastor. Our Council is comprised of people who have been in the parish for many years and represent the diversity of our community. Months ago, I asked for your input regarding this matter. I thank you for the suggestions you made and now I am glad to present to you the names of the members of the new Pastoral Council of Saint Martin of Tours Parish:
As a parish, it is essential that we have a real awareness of our pastoral needs, as well as the challenges and the expectations that come with them. The Council’s work will be to investigate all that pertains to the pastoral work of the parish, to ponder this work and to propose practical suggestions to me.
The Council will advise me regarding the ways we can make our parish more vibrant, welcoming, effective, and prayerful. Please join me in thanking these new members for their willingness to serve and in praying for our new Pastoral Council.