An introduction to the St Paul’s Parish Council:
What is the parish council?
The parish council is a consultative body in the parish of St Paul’s Church that serves to advise the parish priest about issues within the parish.
Why have a parish council?
The Parish councils were first recommended in Vatican II. All Catholic parishes in the USA are required to have a parish council. Catholic priests consult parish councils in order to be better leaders.
What is the relationship of the parish council with the parish priest?
The priests ask their councilors to investigate some aspect of the church, reflect on it, and recommend their conclusions. In brief, the work of the parish council is to assist and advise the priest in the planning of the parish.
Do Parish Councils work?
Parish Councils are successes in the USA because parish priests benefit when their people study the local situation, reflect on it, and recommend concrete solutions to real problems. The purpose of the Parish Council is to share our gifts for the good of one another, and with responsibility for accomplishing the mission of the Church, i.e. to spread the message of Christ and make all things new in Him.
Who can be a member of the Parish Council?
The Parish Councils accepts applications from members of the parish to serve on the council. The parish priest and the council members welcome all members to apply to join in service to the church.
We at Saint Paul’s welcome your input and suggestions so that we can build a better parish.
Please feel free to contact any of your parish council members to express your ideas, wishes, or concerns regarding Saint Paul’s
so that we can pass them along to Fr. O’Mara.
Your Parish Council Members:
Bob Antonitis and his wife, Nancy, moved here last Fall from Upstate New York and lived before that in the Boston area. They have six children and eleven grandchildren. They live on Residential Lane, Blackstone. Bob works Part time as an Auto Investigator.
Bob and Nancy have served in a number of church ministries in every parish and diocese they resided in, including singing in choirs from the Boston Area, throughout the US and even at the Vatican.
Bob’s main passion is Post Vatican II Liturgical Music which calls for leaders of song to lead the congregation in singing. Bob has long been active in the Cursillo Movement, which offers an encounter with Christ, ongoing Evangelization and has produced many Christian Leaders.
Susan Demers graduated from St Pauls School, Saint Claire’s High School and Saint Vincent Hospital School of Nursing. After marrying at St. Paul’s she moved to Auburn Mass where she lived for 33 years. She and her husband Roland were very involved in their new parish of Notre Dame des Canadiens until it was closed by the diocese. While there she was a Eucharist Minister, member of Saint Vincent de Paul, Parish Council and Couple to Couple Marriage ministry with her husband. After the closing of Notre Dame they transferred to Our Lady of the Angels Church where they continued to be very active in the parish including starting the Ministry at Dismas Home which cooked and shared meals with men who lived at the halfway home. Susan continues to work full time as a RN case manager for Caregiver Homes. Roland died suddenly in 2011 and Susan moved back to her family home with her father. She has one daughter .
Bertrand Galipeau’s ministry for 49 years has been in adult catechesis, primarily with young adults. He assist the Religious Education Coordinator at Saint Paul with programs to welcome returning Catholics or for those who wish to become Catholics through participation in the RCIA program. Bert also instructs adults who have been baptized but have not celebrated their First Communion or received Confirmation. The religious education coordinator and Bert lead the Baptismal preparation program and other programs for parents who have children in our CCD program. Bert is a graduate of Providence College(62). He has been certified by the Rreligious Education Office Diocese of Boston through the Master Teaching Program to coordinate a parish RCIA program. He is also certified to teach on Christian Morality. He has been awarded CEU’s from the Boston College Continuing Education Program in the areas of “Preaching for Lay Person’s”, ” Presiding for Lay Persons” and “The New Evangelization”. Bert has also served on various Parish Councils, Finance Councils, and Boston Diocesan Committees for Evangelization.
Normand R. Guerard is a representation of the silent majority at Saint Paul, who serve faithfully and humbly the needs of the parish and its parishioners. Normand’s ministry is that of the ministry of the altar. His place is to prepare the altar and sacred vessels for celebration of the Mass and, if necessary to distribute the Eucharist to the faithful as an extraordinary minister. He is the Lay person leading the hour of Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays. Normand is also a charter member and fourth degree knight of the St. Andre Bessette Council #15829 of the Knights of Columbus at Saint Paul. He has been a parishioners for six years. He is a navy veteran who served during the Vietnam Era. He is a father of one child and the grandfather of three grand children. Normand resides in Blackstone. You can say HI! to Normand after mass or at parish social gatherings. You can always find him in the kitchen or at the grill cooking. Norm is the one with the cowboy hat and sporting a Tom Selleck mustache.
David & Julianne Guertin
Dave and Juli Guertin were married in 1992 at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Nashua NH. Moved to Blackstone in 1993 where they became Parishioners of Saint Paul’s. They were both active in Parish life via teaching CCD, Children’s Liturgy Baptismal Ministry and Dave was on Parish Life Committee. Juli was a part of the RCIA Catechist program of both children and adults. Now being parents of three active teenagers, who are a part of the Alter Serving Program, they are also leaders of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, teaching Confirmation and CCD. Dave is a webmaster of the St Paul’s website. Both are very pleased to continue to serve the Parish by being a part of a very active Pastoral Council
Bob Jackson was born in Worcester, MA. He received his Bachelor of Science from Worcester State College BS, His Masters degree from Assumption College, and his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Tufts. He served in the United States Air Force and is now retired. His current interests are: Volunteer Parish Council, Boy Scouts, Knights of Columbus, National Catholic Committee on Scouting.
George Remedes was born in Zwolle, Louisiana where he attended St. Josephs Catholic School and Zowolle High School before volunteering to serve a two year tour of duty in the U.S. Army. George attended the Chomier Business College in Beaumont, Texas. George has been married for 57 years and has been blessed with three sons and a daughter who now lives in upstate New York. His one surviving son resides in Colorado. George worked in the bottling industry for Pepsi Cola and Ocean Spray in several states including New York, Indiana, and Massachusetts. He has been a volunteer fireman. George is one of the founding members of the St. Andre Bessette Council of the Knights of Columbus. In addition to managing St. Paul’s cemetery, George serves as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister and is active in the Cursillo Movement.
Morgan Rockhill graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design and is a Studio Product Photographer, Graphics Designer, and Web Developer. Morgan & his wife, Virginia, having moved back to Rhode Island from northern New Hampshire, joined St. Paul’s Parish about three years ago. Morgan is St. Paul’s Webmaster, a Lector, an Alter Server, and a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus. In April he attended Cursillo.
Your Council members are here to serve you. Please feel free to share your concerns, needs, ideas, and desires for St. Paul’s Catholic Church Community with them. You can usually find one or more of us at any weekend Mass, or you can use this form.