Diocese of Rockville Centre
December 8, 2002
The origin of Pastoral Councils can be traced back to the Second Vatican Council when Pope Paul VI and the Bishops
articulated for the Church and for the world, the need for faithful Catholics to share responsibility for the pastoral
mission of the local church. They spoke clearly of the fact that laymen and women are not merely recipients of ministry;
by reason of their Baptism they are called and gifted for ministry, and together with the ordained clergy share in witnessing
faith and carrying out the church's mission. The Council made it clear that clergy and laity must develop a new understanding and effective ways of collaborative leadership in the parish and in the diocese. Recognizing an additional opportunity for increase participation and involvement and the possibility of developing vibrant communities of faith, parishes have been encouraged to work towards the development of Pastoral Councils.
In 2002 Holy Name of Mary began the process of developing a Pastoral Council. Members were selected and began to work on understanding their role and becoming familiar with the many facets of our complex parish so that they will be able to provide the information and advice for effective long range planning in our parish. This, of course, is a work in progress and a big undertaking in a parish our size; we ask for your input, your support and your prayers as this group moves ahead in its efforts.
PASTORAL COUNCIL NEWS
Arturo Camacho is a member of the parish since 2007 and joined the Pastoral Council 2011. He is a member of the Ordinary Man Men’s Group.
Shawn Donnelly joined the Pastoral Council in 2010.
Dianne Donoghue is a member of the parish since 1998 and joined the Pastoral Council in 2011. She is involved in HNM school activities including the Parents' Club and the $10,000 Raffle Committee.
Mark Insolera is a member of the parish since 1983 and joined the Pastoral Council in 2012. He is a cantor and choir member in the Music Ministry of our parish. His past involvements include volunteering with the Frassati Youth Group and the Ordinary Man Men’s group. Mark served as an altar server as a child.
Sister Margie Kelly is the Parish Outreach Director since 1983. She is a Sister of St. Joseph, a member of HNM St. Vincent de Paul Society, serves on Board of Directors for Monica Apartments and of Bethany House of Nassau County. Sister Margie is also a member of both the Pastoral Care Committee of Franklin Hospital and the Valley Stream Religious Council. Her past involvements include the Board of Directors for Friend of Bridge, the Board of Directors of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Board of Trustees for Sacred Heart Academy.
Debbie Kulda is a member of the parish since 1987 and joined the Pastoral Council in 2010. She presently serves on the Family Mass Breakfast Committee and the HNM Block Party Committee.
Richard Lotti is a member of the parish since 1989 and joined the Pastoral Council in 2009. He presently serves as Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Ministry of Consolation, and is a member of the Ordinary Man Men’s Group. His past involvements include the HNM Employment Group, the Stewardship Committee, and Stew for Kids.
Gail Mahabirsingh is a member of the parish since 2006 and joined the Pastoral Council in 2012. She presently serves as a Eucharistic Minister. Her past involvements include fundraising for the HNM church renovation as well as RCIA, Liturgy Committee, Lector, and Catechist at her previous parish.
Roseann Maloney is a member of the parish since 1970 and joined the Pastoral Council in 2012. She is a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Her past involvements include the Ministry of Consolation and involvement in school sports programs and clubs.
Pattie Mercurio is a parishioner since 1994 and joined the Pastoral Council in 2009. She currently serves HNM as Lector and Eucharistic Minister. Pattie also volunteers with the Parish Outreach Blood Drive. Her past involvements include Renew 2000 Committee Member, Pre-Cana team member and organizing the HNM Annual Fishing Trip at Jones Beach.
Gerald O’Brien joined the Pastoral Council in 2009. His past involvements include serving on committee for Parish BBQ/Picnic, and assisting with the Mardi Gras, Easter Egg Hunt & Family Breakfast.
Fran O’Hara is a member of the parish since 1975 and joined the Pastoral Council in 2011. She is a Eucharistic Minister and a team member of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Her past involvements include serving as the school librarian and a reading teacher at HNM School, Liturgy Committee, and in Religious Education.
Karen Pajonas is a member of the parish since 1994 and joined the Pastoral Council in 2011. She is a member of the Folk Group. Her past involvements include HNM School Board, Bible Study, PTA, and Brownie leader.
Alan Rappaport became an official member of the parish in April 2010 when he received the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Alan joined the Pastoral Council in 2012. He is presently serving our parish as a lector.
Deacon Clyde Ruggieri is a member of the parish since 1954 and joined the Pastoral Council in 2008. Deacon Clyde currently serves as co-chair of Bible Study Program and Jr. Lectors. His past involvements include co-chair of Community Awareness Committee, Parish Hospitality Ministry, Renew 2000, Community Sundays, Ministry Fairs, and assorted plays, concerts, and dances. He also served as Lector and Eucharistic Minister before ordination to the Diaconate.
Past Pastoral Council Members
Deacon Tony Cuseo
Monsignor Thomas J. Harold
Erin Ann McGovern
Ann Marie Skellington
Please send your ideas, recommendations and suggestions to the Pastoral Council here at Holy Name of Mary using the following e-mail address: