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HOLY REDEEMER PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
The Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body- made up of elected, appointed and ex-officio members- that serves to advise the pastor about pastoral issues affecting the parish.
The Council is made up of women and men from Holy Redeemer parish who have experience in business, social services, education and planning as well as pastoral programs and activities. The Council is dedicated to assisting the pastor in his endeavors to fulfill the pastoral needs and plans of the parish.
Our Parish Pastoral Council most recently met on March 29, 2023. See attached meeting minutes here.
Lorraine Cocolis—Lorraine is a retired educator with 35 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. She taught grades K – 12, organized a Head Start program, developed a middle school science curriculum, and directed a special needs program. She was amongst the first lay Principals in the Diocese of Arlington, VA, was the Dean of Students for the newly merged coed Bishop Ireton High School and appointed to the Design for Excellence Committee certifying Diocesan Schools accreditation. At Holy Redeemer Lorraine is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and past Ways and Means Chair for the Holy Redeemer Women’s Club. She has served as President of the Women’s Club of Chatham, Volunteer Chair for First Night Chatham and with the Eldredge Public Library. She was also past President of the Boston University Cape Cod Network and Sargent College Alumni Association. Lorraine and her husband Peter have two children and four grandchildren.
Amanda (Faucher) Constant—Amanda is a native of Chatham and Holy Redeemer Church and spent a lot of time participating in church activities as a child. She credits that for shaping her into who she is today. Amanda and her husband have two young boys, Jacob and Zachary, who are involved in the parish’s Faith Formation Program. As a mom of two young boys, she would love to see more young families back at Holy Redeemer. Professionally, Amanda has been a Banking Center Manager at Cape Cod Five for 15 years.
Janet Holden—Having vacationed for over 40 years in Chatham, Janet and her husband, David, bought a home in 2006 and moved to Chatham permanently in 2011. They were in Simsbury, CT for 30 years where they raised their family of 3 children, which now includes 7 grandchildren. Janet was very active in church from decorating for Christmas & Easter, to coordinating the Religious Education Program (600 children), to retiring in 2010 as Business Manager of St. Mary’s. Janet and David covered both Church & State as he was the Business Manager for the Board of Education for 30 years! They are honored to be a part of Holy Redeemer where they are volunteering and sharing their experiences. Janet is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, member of the Altar Linen Ministry and Chair of the newly formed Hospitality Ministry. Also, Janet, who was President of Holy Redeemer’s Women’s Club, is Treasurer of the Women’s Club of Chatham as well as a recipient of the Diocesan Marian Award.
George Lane (Council Chairperson)—George is a retired Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources. During a career spanning 38 years in human resources, he directed HR operations in both the private and public sectors. Also, he served in the U.S. Air Force. At Holy Redeemer, George is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and Lector at weekday & Sunday Masses. He is chair of the Organ Committee, served on the parish’s recent Capital Campaign and is on the Communications Committee. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus’ Council 7312 and Assembly 401 (Fourth Degree). He enjoys a passion for photography, which he shares with our parish, and is a member of the Cape Cod View Finders Camera Club. He is a member of the Chatham Men’s Club and served as its Moderator. George and his wife Thea, who moved to Chatham six years ago, have four children and six grandchildren.
Rita Shields—Rita is best known as the Cantor at the Sunday Vigil 4 pm Mass at Holy Redeemer, which she has done for eight years. Previously she sang in the choir for 15 years. A long-time parishioner, she and her husband of over fifty years, James, have two daughters. Rita recently retired after 17 years with Cape Cod 5 Bank. Previous to that, Rita operated a salon for over twenty-five years. Rita, a long-time active member of the Business & Professional Women’s Club, served as State President in 2001.
Ron Weishaar (Council Secretary)—Ron and his wife, Mary, have been members of the Holy Redeemer Parish since moving to Chatham in 2007. Ron spent 35 years involved with academic and applied medical research. Upon Ron’s leaving medical research, he and Mary spent six years running a business, “A Great Yarn,” which sold knitting products and used books before they both officially retired. Ron has recently served as a parish ambassador for the first phase of Pope Francis’ Synod. He also helped build the new parish library, is the editor of the parish’s newsletter, “Holy Redeemer Grace Notes,” is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and is on the parish’s Communications Committee.
Dianne Connelly (alternate)—Dianne’s connection to Holy Redeemer parish goes back to her childhood summers in Chatham. She became a permanent resident after she and her late husband, Fred, married in 1969. Dianne and Fred raised their three daughters at Holy Redeemer. Dianne retired from a career in geriatric nursing.
Linore Dudik Jones (alternate)—Linore was born in New Jersey and raised on Staten Island, NY until age 12 when she moved to Kentucky, where she resided until moving to Chatham in 2013, where she lives with and cares for her mother. Having regularly visited Chatham since 1960 when her aunt and commercial fisherman uncles moved here, she always planned to retire to Chatham. Linore is widowed and has one son who lives with his wife in Kentucky, where she was active in her former parish as a Eucharistic Minister, Catholic Action Center volunteer and in Bible Study. She is a retired hospital social work supervisor who most recently worked at Cape Cod Hospital. Linore is baptized and confirmed as an Eastern Rite Byzantine Catholic, as her paternal grandparents immigrated from Ukraine. She currently serves Holy Redeemer as a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and is active in the St Joseph House Sandwich Ministry.
Liz McCarte (alternate)—Liz is a long-time parishioner, first as a “back and forth” and now as a full-time Chatham resident. She is best known as a greeter at the 10AM Sunday Mass. She is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and coordinates the Home Visit Eucharistic Ministers. Her professional career in business process operations was with the Travelers Insurance Company, Inc. as Assistant Vice President, Claim Legal Operations. Liz recently served as a parish ambassador for the first phase of Pope Francis’ Synod. She is active at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center and the Chatham Railroad Museum and is Co-Director and Treasurer of the Cape Cod Kennel Club.