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Pastoral Council

St John’s Pastoral Council is a group of people from the parish community who have been appointed to provide visioning and goal setting for the parish.  We identify strategies to carry out our parish mission, and communicate this mission to the whole community. Members serve for 3 years, with no more than 1/3 of the members rotating off in a current year.


Meetings are held in the parish hall basement the fourth Wednesday of each month. The Council determines its action agenda for the coming year at an annual retreat in September, as well as prioritizing 3 year and 5 year goals. Members are assigned to different work groups to work on the action agenda plans, but all members are involved with each plan. View the Council's current work plan.


We’re your Pastoral Council so please reach out to us with a question or some feedback- we are here to serve the parish and parishioners of St John’s. We meet the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30 in the church downstairs hall; anyone is welcome to attend.


Current Pastoral Council Members


Diane Amyot

Andrea Horowitz

Ann Vehlies

Rachel Stead- Trustee

Connie Smith- Trustee

New Members Needed

The Council is looking for new members. If you'd like to help vision and guide St John's parish, please consider volunteering yourself or nominating someone you know. Contact the St John's parish office at 518-758-9401.

Prayer for Pastoral Council

You have called us to be the servants of your servants, our brothers and sisters in the parish. We meet here as their representatives and so we ask for the grace of your guidance to help us truly represent them and not simply ourselves. May the needs of our parish and the common good of all be our concern, and above all, may Your will in these matters be our will. Help us who serve in leadership to remember that all of our concerns are aimed at the spiritual transformation of our parish community. And may the Holy Spirit who inspired the Pentecost meeting of the Apostles visit and grant us the light of divine wisdom. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ.

St. John the Baptist

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