Councils / Committees

Parish Pastoral Council

Every parish is expected to have a Pastoral Council and a Finance Council which serve in an advisory role with the pastor.  The Diocese of Manchester issued  Guidelines for Parish Councils in July 2002 which presented a new model, focusing the work of the Parish Pastoral Councils on mission and vision.
The Parish Council provides the vision and direction for the parish, establishes pastoral priorities and ensures their implementation. The Council is responsible for calling and enabling all members of the parish to discover, develop and offer their gifts in service to the parish and to the wider community.

2021 Parish Council Members

Ralph Hammock & Kathleen Dechant, Chairs
Kathy Snyder, Faith Formation
Moe Cozzo, Buildings and Grounds
Chuck Wira, Parish Relations
TBD, Liturgy and Worship
TBD, Community Outreach
Martina Daley, Staff
Jessica Cole, Staff 

Parish Finance Council

The Finance Council oversees the financial interests of Saint Denis Parish. Their duties include:

  • insuring that proper financial records are maintained for all parish assets and liabilities, revenues and expenses in accord with the Chart of Accounts approved by the Diocese of Manchester

  • assisting the Pastor, with the help of parish administrative staff, to develop a balanced parish budget for each fiscal year according to the priorities and goals set by the Pastoral Council and approved by the Pastor

  • providing assistance to the Pastor in compiling an annual report of the parish's finances which is to be sent to the Bishop by August 15 of each year

  • exercising oversight over all parish investments and all finances relating to the parish or any parish program done in the name of the parish and enjoying its tax exemption.

Membership in the Parish Finance Council consists of four or more members of the parish community appointed by the Pastor for a three-year term. Persons are selected for their expertise in financial matters, in economics, general business management, banking, law, insurance accounting and financial investment. Members must have prudence, uprightness and knowledge of the Catholic faith that will enable them to put into practice the message of the Gospel.

The Finance Council meets quarterly throughout the year.

2020 Finance Council Members

Kevin O'Leary, chair

Patricia Anderson
Gwendolen Gensler
Kevin Knuuti
Janice Pilon
Robert Snyder