Parish Life Director
Our Parish Life Director, Cambria Smith, is a lay leader who is entrusted with the leadership of a parish that includes a priest minister. The Parish Life Director has the responsibility for providing for the overall day-to-day pastoral care and administration of a parish. Sacramental ministry is reserved for the clergy by the norms of Canon Law.Together with the priest(s), the Parish Life Director enables and empowers the community to be a faithful witness to Jesus Christ and of the Kingdom of God. The Parish Life Director is accountable to the Archbishop. Through the leadership of the Parish Life Director, the various ministries of the parish are coordinated. As the leader, the Parish Life Director responds to the diverse needs of the parish and is understood to be a unifying presence within the faith community.
Fr. Jose Parathanal serves as a priest minister. Together with Monsignor Connolly and Cambria Smith and members of the lay staff, they ensure that the liturgical and sacramental needs of the parish faith community are met. They may have other pastoral duties that are mutually agreed upon with the Parish Life Director. Fr. Niall O’Leary and Fr. Tony Scannell serve as Director of Spirituality and Weekend Presider, respectively.
As Pastor Emeritus, Monsignor Connolly provides a spiritual and pastoral guiding presence and nourishes faith life primarily through Eucharistic Liturgy and other sacramental celebrations.
Holy Family is blessed with a large and talented lay staff. Assisting the Parish Life Director and the priests are 13 other laypersons working on a full-time basis and managing the key ministries of the parish. A support staff of 37 other laypersons handle the operational, clerical, janitorial, and maintenance tasks of our parish complex. For each of the five areas of parish life — Worship, Education/Formation, Outreach, Community Life, and Administration — there is a staff member engaged in that ministry area and representing that particular area on the corresponding commission. (see Commissions).
The Finance Council is the chief advisory body to the Parish Life Director on fiscal matters. The Finance Council is composed of the Parish Life Director, the Business Manager, and a volunteer group of 9 parishioners with expertise in financial matters. (see Finance Council)
The Pastoral Council is the chief advisory body to the Parish Life Director for parish planning. The Pastoral Council is composed of the Parish Life Director and a volunteer group of 12 parishioners who provide overall vision and direction to the parish, particularly through the five commissions which represent the five facets of parish life. (see Pastoral Council)
The five facets of parish ministry — Worship, Education/Formation, Outreach, Community Life, and Administration — each have a body of eight to 15 parishioners who carry out activities in their respective areas through subcommittees and lend direction to the ministries which fall within their purview. Each commission has a full-time lay staff member on it.