Financial Council

The Financial Council is one of two mandatory councils required under canon law. The function of the Financial Council is to act in an advisory capacity to the parish pastor. The council consists of members selected by the pastor to serve staggered three year terms. The terms may be renewed for a second three-year time frame.
 
Potential members may apply during the annual “Time and Talent” fair held in early fall. Terms begin in January of each year. Meetings are held four times per year and are listed on the parish calendar and announced in the weekly bulletin
Chairperson: Rebecca Ketter

Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council is one of two mandatory councils required under canon law. The function of the council is to act in an advisory capacity to the parish pastor. The council brings to the pastor the cares, concerns, and needs of our fellow parishioners. These can be either spiritual in nature or every day concerns that impact the parish community.
The council consists of 10-12 members selected by the pastor to serve staggered three year terms. The terms may be renewed for a second three-year time frame. Potential members may apply during the annual “Time and Talent” fair held in early fall. Terms begin in January of each year. Meetings are held four times per year and are listed on the parish calendar and announced in the weekly Bulletin.
Items for consideration on the agenda can be addressed to the pastor, or call the office and leave a message with the secretary  Parish Office. Meetings are chaired by the council President and are held on the parish campus.
Chairman: Bill Hartwig

Knights of Columbus

Mission

The Knights of Columbus was established in 1882 to provide a means by which Catholic men could support the Catholic Church, provide financial protection to protect their families, and engage in works of charity to benefit the less fortunate. Today, its nearly 1.8 million members make up the largest Catholic lay organization in the world, its insurance program has $74 billion of life insurance in force, and last year Knights donated more than $150 million and volunteered 68 million hours of their time to charity. From helping children in need to providing wheelchairs for the physically disabled and support for the intellectually handicapped, from helping to stock food banks to offering top-rated and affordable life insurance to its members, the Knights has been at the service of the communities in which we live and the needy around the world for more than 127 years.

Description
Late-19th century Connecticut was marked by the growing prevalence of fraternal benefit societies, hostility toward Catholic immigrants and dangerous working conditions in factories that left many families fatherless. Recognizing a vital, practical need in his community, Father Michael J. McGivney, the 29-year-old assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., gathered a group of men at his parish on Oct. 2, 1881. He proposed establishing a lay organization to unite men of Catholic faith and to provide for the families of deceased members.

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

Byron Council – Father Paul Kunkel Council 4739
Byron has an active Knights of Columbus Organization who serves and supports our parishes and surrounding communities.  The Council meets on the 1st Tuesday of Month of the month at 7:15 pm in the church for the rosary and then we meet in the Knight’s Room of the Parish Hall.

Contact person: Richard Pell

Confirmation

Mission Statement -The members of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul of Saint Mary Parish strive to serve the Lord by serving others. We will serve those in need by: Utilizing available resources, doing charitable deeds, and giving time and material assistance. In the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul as “The Father of the Poor” and the “Apostle of Charity”, we will offer spiritual enrichment and unconditional love.

Vision Statement—By using parish, local, regional, and state resources available, the members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Saint Mary Parish will help those in need in the Byron area. Services will be offered on a temporary basis to give immediate aid in answer to a crisis. New members are welcome.

Contact the office for information. (815-406-8368)   Leave message on our phone

Golden Agers

If you are 60 or older you could be a Golden Ager. If you are younger we will call you Lucky. We try to do things that are fun and enlightening. We take trips and go on tours. We organize bazaars and donate the profit to another ministry. This is not a Ladies Guild, it is also for men.

Contact person: Rita Chernick