Overview of the Holy Name Cathedral Parish Organization
Council and Commissions
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), an advisory council to the Pastor of Holy Name Cathedral Parish, represents the needs, ideas and hopes of the Parish community, supports Parish ministries, evaluates the quality of Parish commissions and programs, and plans for the Parish’s future by recommending ways to further fulfill the Church’s mission.
The Human Concerns Commission (HCC) works to create an environment in our parish community where responding to human concerns is a way of life. The commission works to enable parishioners to act as individuals and as a community to fulfill the social, ecumenical, inter-religious and service missions of the parish. The commission responds to the needs of the poor and fragile, working toward assuring people become full participants in our Church, our greater community, and ensuring that the goals and objectives of the commission are in keeping with the vision of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC).
The Parish Life Commission (PLC) fosters an environment in our parish community in which a sense of caring and sharing becomes a way of life by planning and coordinating community-building events in the parish, such as community focused activities; motivating parish members to assume the responsibility of stewardship in the life of the parish by supporting the communal, social and recreational needs of the faith community; ensuring that the goals and objectives of the commission are in keeping with the vision of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC).
The Faith Formation Commission (FFC) – As lay members of the Holy Name Cathedral parish community, the Faith Formation Commission assists our Pastor in helping our fellow parishioners grow in discipleship by deepening our Catholic faith. We do this by helping all who walk through our Cathedral doors understand God’s word in Sacred Scripture; gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of our faith; of the Mass; of the Sacraments. We help spread the Word of God, and the Good news in collaboration with the Director of Faith Formation.
Liturgy Council – The Liturgy Council plans, advises, coordinates and evaluates many of the liturgies offered at Holy Name Cathedral. It is the goal of the Liturgy Council to ensure that all of the liturgies entrusted to the Cathedral are formed by the solemn and rich heritage of the Roman Catholic Church and are governed by instructions of the Holy See, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Archdiocese of Chicago. Promoting and enabling the full, conscious, and active participation of the faithful, according to their proper roles, for their sanctification and to the glory of God remains an overarching principal for this council.
ACT II – Organized by the Parish Life Commission, a ministry committed to the needs and interests of Holy Name parishioners age 40 and over. Our goal is to encourage participation and a sense of belonging within the Holy Name community by providing opportunities for SOCIAL gathering, CULTURAL and EDUCATIONAL pursuits, SPIRITUAL development and community SERVICE.
Friends of Fr. Augustus Tolton – This is a new parish initiative, forming a community to meet monthly, to pray for his canonization, and to promote parish activities at Holy Name that were the types of activities he promoted. Formerly known as the Black Catholic Parishioners, the Friends of Fr. Augustus Tolton is a new outreach inviting people of all ages and races and ethnic backgrounds to continue the good work of Fr. Gus.
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Cathedral Filipino Network – The Cathedral Filipino Network (CFN) welcomes people from the Philippines or of Filipino heritage or non-Filipinos interested in the Filipino culture and its expressions of faith. The CFN’s purpose is an opportunity to celebrate the faith and culture that have formed its members, and serves as a springboard to encourage its members to a fuller participation in all parish commissions, ministries and activities.
Pastoral Care – visit Catholics who are in healthcare facility or who are homebound. They offer compassion, a listening presence, prayer and the Eucharist. This ministry allows people to experience the nearness of God and the Christian community through the presence of the Minister of Care and through the reception of Holy Communion.