This year is an exciting time for our parish! Ideas and dreams from parishioners, staff, and lay leaders that have been in development through the strategic plan are now beginning to truly take shape and blossom. It is almost fortuitous that our annual Stewardship Renewal falls at this time of true renewal and growth within our parish community! We are continuing the great tradition of growth that St. Albert the Great has celebrated these last 60 years!
This year’s theme for our Annual Stewardship Renewal is “Pillars of Ministry”. We are each called to do more than simply volunteer. We are called to commit ourselves to be pillars of ministry and outreach in our community as we spread Christ’s love and Gospel message. There is so much good work that is done here in our parish—thank you for that!! Yet there is so much more waiting for us to do and that can only happen with the help of all of you!
Your Parish Pastoral Council, in collaboration with the Parish Staff, has been working to ensure that the many dreams and desires that you communicated via parishioner surveys and listening sessions become more than just dreams. This collaboration has led to the creation of a shared vision for our amazing parish! This is a vision of a unified community, connected through Christ, working together to bring new and expanded faith and service opportunities to and through St. Albert the Great Parish.
This common vision can best be visualized through the Five Pillars of Parish Ministry. These five pillars are Worship, Lifelong Formation and Education, Parish Life and Welfare, Social Concerns, and Administration. Parish staff and lay leadership have honed in on each Pillar and developed new and expanding opportunities within each. By doing this we will now be better able to serve Christ, the community at large, and, you, the parishioner. In this way our community will continue to be a vibrant and dynamic “Pillar of Ministry” as we truly live out our mission of inspiring people to love, serve, and know God and one another!
Please click here to view the St. Albert the Great Ministries Chart which lists the many ministries that St. Albert the Great offers and participates in.
These ministries each need your help! Your gifts of time, talent, and treasure are vital to helping St. Albert the Great continue to connect more families to Christ. We ask you to please pray over how you and your family can be “Pillars of Ministry” this year. Please fill out your Stewardship commitment cards and return them to the Parish as soon as possible. Please fill out only one Commitment Card per household.
All Directories have arrived! If you participated in photography, please pick up your book from the Church today.
Final proofing stages have begun. For those who took their photo for the 2019 Pictorial Directory, your books will arrive soon.
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Have you considered including St. Albert the Great in your Christmas giving list? There are a number of ways that you can make a special Christmas gift to the parish. Gifts of stocks, bonds and mutual funds are some of the other ways to make a special gift in addition to cash. Remember, non-cash gifts like stock should be donated in plenty of time to allow the transfer of ownership before the end of December, and in order to qualify for any tax savings in the current calendar. If you are interested in a donation of this type, please fill out the form featured HERE. Please turn the form into the Parish Office. To receive tax savings for this calendar year, please turn in this filled-out form as soon as possible prior to the start of the New Year. Please contact Larry Brunner at 425-3940 x102 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or with any questions.
Be sure to visit our ONLINE GIVING OPTION where you can make your donations for (1) Annual Parish Stewardship, (2) Beyond the Building Campaign, and (3) Special Collections (including your Christmas donation to the parish and/or Catholic Charities). For your convenience, you may select the frequency of your donations, your donation start dates and your donation end dates. Below you will find visual illustrations of the St. Albert homepage, and the Online Giving page. After clicking the link above, on the right hand side of the Online Giving Portal Page click on the “Create Your Online Profile” button and the form will guide you through your profile and donation setup.
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PPC Minutes 2018-2019:
The Parish Pastoral Council will meet in the Viking Room (Willett Gymnasium, Second Floor) at 6:30PM on the following dates:
- Monday, August 20, 2018
- Monday, September 17, 2018
- Monday, October 15, 2018
- Monday, November 19, 2018
- Monday, January 21, 2019
- Monday, February 18, 2019
- Monday, March 18, 2019
- Monday, April 8, 2019 *Moved due to Holy Week*
- Monday, May 20, 2019
- Monday, June 17, 2019
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is a consultative body to the pastor, acting in an advisory capacity to assist the pastor, staff and parishioners while helping to carry out the parish mission.
This July, three members of our team complete their three year terms: Jenifer Daunhauer, Chad Dierken, and Charles Stafford (Chairperson). We ask that you take a moment and thank these four individuals when you see them for sharing their time and treasures.
As a result, we were charged with identifying four new members to the council. At the completion of this exercise, we were blessed to have twelve parishioners request to be considered. We thank these twelve parishioners for their interest and passion for our parish!
During the June 9th, 10:30 mass, we drew the following four names:
- Mary Gates
- Ted Bordador
- Mike Ahrens
- Kelly Dean
Please join me, and the rest of the PPC, in congratulating these new members to the council.
We also welcome Parishioner Kelly Schulz as she steps into the position of Chairperson for the 2019-2020 year. Welcome and thank you Kelly!
Fr. Dave Harris,
The Strategic Planning Committee is working hard to bring your collection of thoughts from the November 2017 Leadership Summit and the feedback collected from the pew survey cards to fruition.
This begins with our mission statement. As we reviewed the feedback, we were reminded of the following key points:
- It must maintain the spirit of our current mission statement
- It must reflect the parish wide feedback obtained from the pew surveys
- It must continue our existing traditions
- It must incorporate the direction emphasized by Pope Francis and the Bishops in the New Evangelization
As a result, we are honored to announce our revised mission –
The Strategic Planning Committee,