Parish Council

"There are different gifts but the same Spirit there are different ministries but the same Lord; there are different works but the same God who accomplishes all of them in everyone." (1 Corinthians 12: 4-6)


The Parish Council is a faith-filled leadership body, directed by the Holy Spirit that works in conjunction with the pastor and parish family, to guide the parish in building a Christ-centered community.



  • To act in an advisory capacity to the Pastor and establish and serve as a medium of communication between clergy and laity concerning the spiritual and material needs of our parish community.

  • To encourage a more prominent lay involvement in the life of our parish community.

  • To be the "dreamers" of the parish, looking ahead to the future direction of the parish.

  • To cooperate with other Church and civic organizations in serving the community at large.


Council Members' Responsibilities:

  • Maintain an active faith life and participate in parish life.

  • Active involvement in personal/parish renewal.

  • Participation in meetings, goal-setting, and evaluation sessions.

  • Participation as the liaison between assigned standing committee(s) and Parish Council.

Meeting times: 1st Thursday of the month at 7 - 8pm (except July & August) in the Sheridan Center at St. John

Contact for more information:


 St. Pio: (860) 388-3787


Chairperson: MaryBeth Gedney

Vice Chair: Chris Bazinet




161 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Tel: (860) 388-3787


222 McVeagh Road, Westbrook, CT 06498

Tel: (860) 399-9207

Parishes of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich, CT 


Serving the Communities of Greater Old Saybrook, Westbrook, and

Our Sister Parish, Notre Dame de Lourdes, Port Au Prince, Haiti



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