Parish Pastoral Council

Parish Pastoral Council (PPC)

The Emmanuel Parish Council is an advisory body representing the parishioners by consulting, assisting and advising the Pastor in assessing the various spiritual and temporal needs of the Parish. Current members are noted in PPC Meeting Minutes.

Parish Commissions

The four Emmanuel Parish Commissions are represented on the Emmanuel Parish Council:

Education Commission:

The purpose of the Emmanuel Catholic Church Education Commission is to aid the pastor, his delegates and parents in their roles as teachers of the Catholic Faith.  Canon Law defines the parents as the ones to teach the Faith to their children as summarized by canons 226, 1136 and 793 below.

Can. 226 §2 Because they gave life to their children, parents have the most serious obligation and the right to educate them. It is therefore primarily the responsibility of Christian parents to ensure the Christian education of their children in accordance with the teaching of the Church.

Can. 1136 Parents have the most grave obligation and the primary right to do all in their power to ensure their children’s physical, social, cultural, moral and religious upbringing.

Can. 793 §1 Parents, and those who take their place, have both the obligation and the right to educate their children. Catholic parents also have the duty and the right to choose those means and institutes which, in their local circumstances, can best promote the Catholic education of their children.

Therefore the role of the Education Commission is to help the pastor in his duties as chief teacher of the parish, and to help parents as the teachers of their children, to carry out the Church’s mandate.  Canon 835 indicates that other members of the faithful also have their roles to fill, primarily by setting a good example for all in the parish, but also serving in other ways.  The Education Commission would be one of these supplementary ways.  The Commission will help parents, the pastor and staff to identify educational needs, and proper materials.  This would include parish wide programs to assist parents in remaining the primary teachers of their children.  Religious education does not end at Confirmation but is a lifelong process. Thus, this would also include opportunities for adults to enrich their faith through education. The Commission will also monitor results and make recommendations for further improvements when necessary.

Evangelization Commission:

The purpose of the Emmanuel Evangelization Commission is to improve public relations both within and outside of Emmanuel Parish. This Commission strives to effectively communicate and identify needs by actively participating in Emmanuel Parish, activities and Committees. Recommendations to implement improvements are worked through appropriate channels. Reaching outside the Parish, this Commission advertises and contacts local parishes and media, acting as a resource for our Parish in this way. Upcoming Parish events are maintained current in our bulletin, foyer in back of church and on our website along with updated Parish ministry contact information. We accomplish this mission of bridge-building with our Parishioners and others, to demonstrate the love of Christ, in communion with the other Parishes in the Dayton Deanery, through parish ministries/committees.

Facilities Commission:

The Facilities Commission works with the pastor and parish administrator to identify repairs or improvements to the facilities and grounds, marshals volunteer workers or obtains estimates from reputable contractors, evaluates proposals, and provides recommendations to the pastor and/or parish council on courses action. Emmanuel coordinates with CJ, the Marianist Mission and the community on long range plans for the campus and neighborhood.

The Facilities Commission meets the first Sunday of the month at 9:00 in the rectory. For more information please contact the Facilities Commission Chairman, Tom Severyn at 937-435-4750.

Liturgy Commission:

This Commission helps the Pastor in carrying out the Liturgical themes throughout the year by assisting in the seasonal planning. They help maintain our Emmanuel traditions and provide training for Altar Servers, Readers, Ushers and Extraordinary Ministers.