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Greetings from the St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Pastoral Council.
We wanted to take a few minutes to reintroduce ourselves and bring the parish up to speed on what we are doing and planning to do for the Parish. 

We are in the process of finalizing the Strategic Plan (more on that later in this letter), updating the Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne Pastoral Council Constitution, and working on ways to keep you informed of what is going on within the parish. From our current constitution, the purpose of the Pastoral Council is to "Act and assist in a decision-making capacity with the Pastor, providing guidance on goals and directions for the parish community as a whole."


Soon, you will be hearing a lot more about Commissions. They have always been with us, and we intend to increase our use of this structure to enhance communication and encourage collaboration. Each organization within the parish is a part of one of the commissions. There are four advisory commissions and two pastoral council members for each, as follows:

  • Liturgy: Mike Kister / Fr. Nickolai

  • Christian Formation: Joe Murphy / Cara Koen

  • Christian Service: Theresa Brandt / Steve Gantner

  • Administration / Finance: Steve Gantner / Tom Rechtein


We had hoped to roll out the strategic plan earlier this year, however circumstances prevented us from finalizing the plan, so we are presenting the bones of the plan here. The following 8 items were distilled from our initial meeting back in April of 2019, and further refined during the fall of 2019. Since then, the Pastoral Council has worked to put details in the plan and how these will be achieved through our commissions. Special thanks to Vince Estrada who has shared his strategic planning expertise with us throughout this process, and will continue to support our council in the implementation phases.


8 Strategic Priorities (Goals) for St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish




  1. Increase attendance of school children and families at Sunday mass.


  1. Explore the possibility of adding a Director of Religious Education.



  1. Increase awareness of parish vocations.

  2. Provide support for young adults.

  3. Increase in volunteers.


  1. Optimize functioning of Commissions.

  2. Review the use of two sites.

  3. Financial plan to support the Strategic Plan.

The St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish Council Meets on the 2nd Monday of each month. Contact the parish office if there is an item you would like to add to the agenda.


2020 Parish Council Members:

Steve Gantner, Co-Chair

Joe Murphy, Co-Chair

Cara Koen, Secretary

Theresa Brandt

Mike Kister

Tom Rechtien

Fr. John Nickolai, Parochial Administrator

Deacon Denny Barbero

Deacon Bill Johnson