In keeping with the directives of the 1983 Code of Canon Law and in keeping with the polices of the Diocese of Raleigh for organization and operating, the St Francis of Assisi Finance Council has the obligation of planning, providing for, and supervising the temporal affairs of the parish, making regular reports to the parishioners, the pastor, and the diocese, and recommending courses of action to the pastor. It oversees parish income and expenditures, oversees the development of an annual budget, and presents an annual financial report to the parish. It is the first and most comprehensive line of defense for ensuring against financial impropriety and financial problems. Membership of the Finance Council is to be comprised of no less than four parishioners. The pastor appoints these members. The chairperson of the council will be an ex-officio member of the Pastoral Council. The members possess a working knowledge of financial affairs and are parishioners of outstanding integrity. Members are persons whose foremost priority is the development of a community of faith and see their concern with temporal affairs in this context.
Finance Council Members
Julio de la Rosa
Steve Vebber (chair)
The Finance Council has also created a number of oversight committees specifically focused on major areas of the Parish. They include:
· School Oversight Committee (representing both K-8 and our Pre-School)
· Maintenance Oversight Committee (all facilities on the campus)
· Columbarium Oversight Committee
· Endowment Oversight Committee
· Justice & Peace Oversight Committee
For more information or questions about our St Francis Finance Council, please contact: Rob.Neppel@stfrancisraleigh.org, Director of Finance and Planning
Franciscan School Advisory Council
The School Advisory Council (SAC) is established to assist and advise the Principal of The Franciscan School and the Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi parish. The Council is representative of the entire parish community of St. Francis of Assisi. The function of the School Advisory Council is to advise in implementing policies and regulations as stated in the Catholic Schools Administrative Handbook issued by the Diocesan Superintendent of Schools. The SAC assists in the development of school policies and long-range plans, assists in the development of an ongoing assessment of the school’s performance within the context of the total educational mission of the parish, and assists the Principal and Director of Finance in the development of the school budget in collaboration with the Parish Finance Council and the Pastoral Council. The School Advisory Council is not to enter into the administrative functions of the school.
School Advisory Council Members 2021-2022
Sarah Hoffman (Chair)
Fr. Jim Sabak
The Parish and School non-voting members are:
Msgr. Michael Clay
Ann Giannini (Faculty Rep)
Susie Erlinger (HSA Rep)
For more information or questions about our School Advisory Council, please contact: Michael.Watson@stfrancisraleigh.org, Principal of The Franciscan School.
In accordance with the provisions of Canon Law and the policies of the Diocese of Raleigh, the Pastoral Council is a representative group of parishioners who, through consensus, serve as a consultative body to the Pastor. The Council is a strategic visioning group that fosters the implementation of the Parish Mission statement through short term and long term strategic planning. Each member of the council has the sense of being a servant of the entire parish without being considered necessarily deputies of a specific constituency. The Pastoral Council is appointed by the pastor to expand and enhance the decision-making process of strategic pastoral planning.
The responsibilities of the Council are to:
- Address strategic questions posed by the Pastor. The Council will research the questions, ponder the questions, discern and recommend appropriate action.
- Identify, seek out, and work collaboratively with the appropriate stakeholders while researching these questions.
- Involve the Pastor throughout the process so that the recommendation will take into consideration his wisdom and judgment.
- Dialogue with parishioners regularly and represent parishioner views on strategic issues to the Pastoral Council.
Pastoral Council Members
Msgr. Michael Clay (Presider)
Jacob House (Facilitator)
Cathy Smith (Recorder)
Delynn Alexander (TFS Representative)
Mae Villanueva (St. Francis Preschool Representative)
Ex officio members
Fr. Jairo Maldonado (Parochial Vicar)
Kathy Sales (Pastoral Staff Representative)
Steve Vebber (Finance Council Representative)
For more information or questions about our St Francis Pastoral Council, please contact: Kathy.Sales@stfrancisraleigh.org, Director of Pastoral Ministries
Preschool Advisory Council
The Preschool Advisory Council (PAC) is established to assist and advise the Director of the St Francis Preschool and the Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi parish. The Council is representative of the entire parish community of St. Francis of Assisi. The function of the Preschool Advisory Council is to advise in implementing policies and regulations as stated in the Catholic Schools Administrative Handbook issued by the Diocesan Superintendent of Schools. The PAC assists in the development of school policies and long-range plans, assists in the development of an ongoing assessment of the school’s performance within the context of the total educational mission of the parish, and assists the Director of Preschool and Director of Finance in the development of the school budget in collaboration with the Parish Finance Council and the Pastoral Council. The Preschool Advisory Council is not to enter into the administrative functions of the school.
PAC Council Members
Jess Kelly (co-chair)
Mae Villaneueva (co-chair)
Shelly Freeman (staff)
For more information or questions about our Preschool Advisory Council, please contact: Heidi.Hobler@stfrancisraleigh.org, Director of The St Francis Preschool
Stewardship Advisory Council
In collaboration with the Director of Stewardship, these teams promote stewardship as a way of life at St Francis and develop an understanding of stewardship. This team welcomes new parishioners and invites all parishioners to actively engage in ministry by discerning their gifts of time, talent, and treasure; foster a culture of volunteerism within our ministries and serves as a stewardship resource to other ministries and plans major events for fundraising including The Bishop’s Annual Appeal, Offertory Pledge Appeals, The Franciscan Challenge and capital campaigns.
For more information or questions about our Stewardship teams, please contact: Deb.Royals-Mizerk@stfrancisraleigh.org, Director of Stewardship
Stewardship Advisory Council members are:
Julio De La Rosa
Deb Royals Mizerk
Justice and Peace Advisory Council (JPAC)
In collaboration with the Director of Justice and Peace, the Justice & Peace Advisory Council (JPAC) provides high-level strategic planning and prioritization of our Office of Justice and Peace.
Ellen Ferrone (chair)
Becky Cawley (staff)
Justice and Peace Tithe Stewardship Committee
In collaboration with the Director of Justice and Peace, this teams assess the needs of local, national and international communities. The advisory group creates and oversee programs and initiatives to meet these needs while the tithing committee determines the distribution of the parish tithing to similarly attend to these needs.
Bill Laxton (chair)
For more information or questions about our Justice and Peace advisory teams, please contact: Trevor.Thompson@stfrancisraleigh.org, Director of Justice and Peace