Immaculate Conception Church

329 Maryland Avenue, Fairmont WV 26554

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Adminstrative Ministries

Pastoral Council

Code of Canon Law (Codex luris Cenonicti, 536:
A Parish Pastoral Council is to be established in each parish; the Pastor presides over it, and through it the Christian faithful along with those who share in the pastoral care of the parish in virtue of their office give help in fostering pastoral activity ...
The Pastoral Council possesses a consultative vote only, and is governed by norms determined by the local bishop.

Pastoral activity relating to the basic mission of the parish may include some of the following:

  • instruction in the full range of the faith and catechetical formation
  • programs promoting gospel values, including issues of social justice
  • responsibilities to people with special needs
  • Catholic education of children and young adults
  • outreach to alienated Catholics
  • evangelization
  • programs of sacramental life and preparation
  • promotion of Eucharistic devotion
  • enhancement of programs for the sacraments of penance and Eucharist
  • inculcation of prayer life, especially within families
  • effective participation in the liturgy
  • methods of acquaintance with parishioners
  • the welcoming of newcomers
  • home visiting
  • efforts at building community
  • motivation of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy
  • efforts of special care for the sick and dying
  • tangible concern for the poor, the afflicted, the lonely, the exiled
  • fostering of solid Christian family life
  • promotion of the lay apostolate
  • strengthening of extra-parochial relations with the bishop, diocesan-pastoral efforts and a worldwide Catholic identity
  • special role with parish stewardship activities
  • outreach to and inclusion of youth and young adults in the life of the parish

These elements of parish life become the foundation for creating a pastoral plan for the future.

Nick Fantasia (Chairperson)


  • Johnna Barker
  • Charles Jordan
  • Brian Glance
  • Steve Wilson
  • Mary Ann Starkey
  • Carol Colasessano
  • Sandra Costello
  • Tom Cole
  • David Bonasso
  • Ex-officio: Fr. Jojan Joseph & Sr. Stella Cronauer.
  • Ex-officio: Carol Boyers & Nick Fantasia as Vicarate Pastoral Council Members