A Note From Fr. LeRoy
Over the past three years our "ACC Transition Committee" (consisting of 15 members and representatives of all four of our parishes) has met regularly to accomplish the goals as set for us by the Planning Office for the Diocese of St. Cloud. In this time our ACC Committee has accomplished many goals which include coming up with an ACC name ("Together As One") coming up with a logo, creating a single ACC bulletin, putting together a new ACC Website, bringing together our Faith Formation into a single ACC program, and finally creating an ACC Mass Schedule that should keep us situated for the next few years.
The final goal as sent to us from the Diocesan Planning Council is that each ACC combine their Parish Councils into one ACC Joint Pastoral Council. To do this we have had to draft a new ACC Joint Pastoral Council Constitution and By-laws. We are required then to send these drafts to the Planning Office and the Chancery for final approval. At present, our new Constitution and By-laws have been approved by all four of our Parish Councils of St. Peter, St. Joseph, St. Michael and St. Paul and has been sent. Now, we simply wait for their diocesan approval. What this eventually means is that within the next several months each of our four Parish Councils will disband and merge to one ACC Joint Parish Council. Doing this will enable us to work together even more closely to accomplish various programs as well as items in the future. We are now in the process of making this transition.
Since our ACC Transition Committee has completed all its mandates from the Diocese of St. Cloud, the Planning Office has asked that this committee also be dissolved to make room for our new ACC Joint Pastoral Council. Our new ACC Joint Council will now take over its duties. This said, on September 16th at our last meeting, our ACC Transition Committee has now been officially dissolved.
**One final note: Although all 4 of our Parish Councils will be merged into one, each of the 4 Parishes of: St. Peter, St. Joseph, St. Michael and St. Paul will maintain their separate Finance Committees and Corporations. This will ensure that all their Incomes and Expenses will remain separate, so no worries about merging any finances any time soon if ever. Each parish will continue to operate fiscally on their own.
At this point, I want to offer special thanks to the dedicated members of our ACC Transition Committee, for the time and effort they made to bring us to where we are. They can be proud of what they have accomplished with all the goals set out by the Diocese. As we continue to grow "Together As One" in our ACC, I ask that all of us continue to pray, remain united, and do our part to ensure a bright and exciting future here on the north side of St. Cloud.
Peace and God bless!
Fr. LeRoy Scheierl