The Diocese of Richmond document, "Called to Stewardship, Diocesan Policies for Parish Finance Councils," 3rd Edition, Revised March 2007, requires St. Patrick to have a functioning Finance Council composed of at least 5 members, exclusive of the Pastor.
The mission of your Finance Council can best be characterized by this quote from Bishop DiLorenzo's letter at the beginning of "Called to Stewardship":
"Parish Finance Councils are mandated by Section 537, Code of Canon Law. They are not discretionary but must be formed, operated with the law and serve as a valuable resource of financial and fiscal advice to each pastor. It is through the talents of these members of our parish laity that the funds and financial resources of our parishes are to be safeguarded and utilized in the best interest of the parish mission statement."
The Finance Council routinely meets at 1:30 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in the Parish Offices. While the Diocese requires the Finance Council to conduct its business in closed session, the Finance Council invites all parishioners and any other interested persons to submit written comments by regular mail, email (addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Finance Council" in the subject line), or by personal attendance at meetings before the Council closes for its business meeting. The Council will make every effort to respond to any input, providing the input includes a name and address. Anyone planning to attend a meeting should check with the Parish Office to make sure the time/location of the meeting has not changed.
Finance Council Members:
Eric Hutchings, Chair - 463-5557
Jim Kostelni - 261-2304
Raymond MacDermott - 261-3740
Thomas Maxwell - 464-1622
Bruce Summers - 464-1790
Michael Yoemans - 460-3781