Parish of St. Thomas More Manalapan, New Jersey

Parish Governance

Finance Council
In accord with Statute #356 of the Fourth Diocesan Synod, St. Thomas More/Our Lady of Mercy has a working Finance Council. The Council is composed of 10 members. The Pastor, Parochial Vicar, Administrator, Accountant, 3 Lay persons from St. Thomas More Parish and 3 lay persons from Our Lady of Mercy Church. The Council meets monthly and has several extraordinary meetings each year to discuss such things as Budget, Salaries, extraordinary expenses or repairs.

A detailed financial report, reviewed by the Finance Council, is submitted to the Diocese of Trenton each September which is also reviewed by the parish trustees and signed by them attesting to its accuracy. A summary financial report is prepared, reviewed and authorized by Council which is given to the parish in the month of November by the pastor. Additionally the parish is regularly audited by the Diocesan Office of Finance. The parish utilizes a "financial year" that begins July 1 and ends on June 30th. All financial matters are subject to review by the Parish Finance Council.

The parish is in compliance with the Internal Controls of the Diocese and all Finance Council members have attended update workshops offered by the Diocese and are in possession copies of the Internal controls procedures. Any extraordinary repairs or expenditures are voted on and attested to by signature of all members. Minutes of all meetings are kept and presented for yearly review by the Bishop.

Parish Trustees
Every Parish in the Diocese has two elected Lay Trustees. The duties of the Lay Trustees lie in the Temporal Goods of the Church Corporation. They have the responsibility to review the annual financial report before it is submitted to the Diocese. After their thorough review they are required to sign the statement indicating they have reviewed it and found no irregularities. Each year they also take part in the signing of the corporate records. They also have some regular financial duties.

The Trustees of St. Thomas More Parish, Corporate establishment 7-1-07, (comprising of Our Lady of Mercy and St. Thomas More Churches) are:

Mr. Wendelin Becker, St. Thomas More Church
Mr. Lawrence Filachek, Our Lady of Mercy Church

The Corporate President is The Most Reverend David M. O'Connell, Bishop of Trenton
The Corporate Vice President is Msgr. Gregory Vaughan, Vicar General of Trenton
The Corporate Secretary/Treasurer is Rev. Mark W. Crane, Pastor Parish of St. Thomas More

Pastoral Council
The Pastoral Council is composed of 12 lay members of the parish who give advice to the pastor. They are men and women, married and single, young and old and represent a cross section of the parish. They are chosen by the pastor and work in collaboration with him to build up the life of the parish. They meet every 6 weeks to discuss areas of interest or concern.

Diocesan Pastoral Council
The Diocesan Pastoral Council is a consultative body to the Bishop of Trenton composed of 2 lay members from every parish in the Diocese. These individuals are chosen by their pastor to represent the parish at the bi-annual meetings of the Diocesan Pastoral Council.

Those serving on this body are:

Margaret Scuteri, Our Lady of Mercy Church      James Brady, St. Thomas More Church
Terry Csurback, Our Lady of Mercy Church        Robert Cutchins, St. Thomas More Church

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