Parish Pastoral Council
Holy Family's Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) consists of 12 parishioners, selected by a discernment process, who serve as representatives of parish members. The Pastor and Parish Pastoral Assistant serve as ex-officio Council members. Council members serve a 3-year term. Terms are staggered so that each year 4 members complete their term and 4 new members are selected to replace them.
The PPC is a visioning body whose purpose is to assist the pastor in discerning how the parish can best carry out its mission. It is the "singular representative body which collaborates with the pastor in making all major pastoral policy decisions affecting the parish."
Parish Pastoral Council Members:
|Sheryl Bryant (Secretary)
Lisa Mays (Chair)
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On July 19, 1989, Bishop James D. Niedergeses, Bishop of Nashville, officially decreed and published the boundaries and limits for a new Brentwood parish and named Father Edward T. Alberts as the pastor. On August 6, 1989, the first community-wide Mass was celebrated at 10:30AM in the Brentwood High School's Auditorium. The parish was known as Brentwood Catholic Community until it became officially known as Holy Family Catholic Church. With close to 300 registered families and over 400 students in the Religious Education program, the parish was up and running.
In October of 1989, a Planning Commission was established to set priorities and plan for the future. Over the course of the next two years, the Commission developed a Parish Mission Statement, a parish Covenant (By-laws), and looked for a suitable tract of land on which to build the church. The Finance Board was formed during the same time.
In August of 1990, a Building Committee was formed and developed a survey to determine what the parish wanted in terms of facilities. In the meantime, a Capital Campaign Committee was formed and a firm was chosen to conduct the fund drive. Through the generosity of the parishioners of St. Philip Parish in Franklin, who donated $200,000.00 to the campaign, and the Diocese who contributed $125,000.00, the Capital Campaign raised close to 2 million dollars in pledges over a three-year period. This enabled the Finance Board to go to the Diocese to determine the maximum amount that the Diocese would be willing to loan the parish for a church structure. The architectural firm of Thomas, Miller & Partners was chosen to be the architects. After much looking, a 25 acre tract of land on Crockett Road was purchased. American Constructors, Inc. were hired to be the contractors for the project.
In January of 1992, the newly elected Parish Pastoral Council held its first meeting and began to implement the Council's structure.
On September 20, 1992, ground-breaking ceremonies were held on the property on Crockett Road, and Phase I of the project which included the Worship Area, Gathering Area, Devotional Chapel, Education Wing and Administrative Offices was begun. On Saturday, July 10, 1993, at 5:00PM, the Church was officially dedicated by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec. A dinner for all followed.
On October 9, 1994, the Life Teen Program was initiated at Holy Family, and the first Life Teen Mass in the state of Tennessee was celebrated. By this time the parish had grown to nearly 800 families. In November of '94 the parish initiated a Stewardship process as a way of developing a spiritual basis for the sharing of one's time, talent, and treasure in building up God's kingdom.
In May of 1999, in order to accommodate the ever-increasing number of parishioners and their needs, Phase II of our building plan was constructed and dedicated. The Parish Activity Center includes a Gym with a stage and retractable bleachers, commercial Kitchen, Nursery, Life Teen Youth Room, Youth Minister's Office, and several rooms for Religious Ed classes and various meetings.
A smaller Chapel adjacent to the original Worship Area was added for weekday Mass, smaller weddings and funerals, and various other liturgies. The Picnic Pavilion was erected with the proceeds from the Men's Club fundraisers. Behind the Picnic Pavilion is a baseball diamond and soccer field. Also, the parking area was enlarged to accommodate the expansion.
In fall of 2001, the Holy Family Learning Center was established. Susan Oubre was named as Director of the preschool program for children two through five years of age. The Learning Center arises from a common desire to excellence in meeting the needs of children and their families, for nurturing, growth and development, relationships, and understanding in a Christian environment. The program is licensed by the State of Tennessee.
In 2001, a Nursery was offered to parents during the 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM Masses for children ages one through three. The Nursery is also available to accommodate baby-sitting for various meeting and special events.
In November of 2001, the Room in the Inn program was established at HFCC. Run by volunteers, Room in the Inn feeds and houses homeless men every Saturday night from November through March.
In February of 2002, Holy Family established their first medical mission to St. Joseph Parish in Bahon, Haiti. St. Joseph is HFCC's sister parish within the Haiti Twinning Program. Fifteen doctors, dentists, nurses, and workers traveled to Haiti. In a four-day period, 1,525 individuals medical needs were attended to during the mission. We continue to provide medical assistance to our sisters and brothers in Bahon through the dedication of many doctors, nurses, and volunteers.
Over the last couple of years, there has been a renewed emphasis on adult faith formation opportunities to aid adults in growing spiritually and in the knowledge of the Catholic faith. Men's and women's faith sharing groups are very active, along with the Sunday Adult Education session between the morning Masses. There are several scripture study groups including a more intensive scripture study known as the Denver Bible Study. Several prayer groups meet regularly. An exciting innovation the parish is embarking on is known as the Generations of Faith Project that envisions a parish-wide, all generations, life-long faith formation.
The CONNECT project was initiated in the fall of 2003 with the purpose of trying to bring together the people in the various neighborhoods of the parish and help them to get to know each other. The parish continues to grow (1836 families as of November 2004), and it is vital that we maintain a sense of a community that is welcoming, hospitable, and faith-filled.
The parish-wide survey we conducted at the end of 2003 and the beginning of 2004, sought input from parishioners on all aspects of parish life. It has been a tremendous help to the Staff and Pastoral Council in planning for the future and helping us to serve the spiritual needs of all.
At this point, the Phase III Committee determined that the greatest needs of the parish included the following: Larger Administrative Offices, additional Religious Education classrooms, a large parish hall, and an independent Life Teen building with restrooms for the existing Pavilion. Presently, development plans are ongoing to meet the needs of our ever-growing parish community.
Under the guidance of the Spirit, we should all be proud of what has been accomplished and the number of lives that have been touched by God's love through the care and concern of so many dedicated and life-giving people.
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