Staff and parishioners at St. Nicholas express their Baptismal promises by serving and participating in the building of God’s Church through the sharing of their time, talents, and treasure.
One of the many ways this happens concretely is through parish leadership positions such as:
Parish Life Ministry
The Parish Staff serves the parish in consultation and collaboration with the Pastor. They gather for prayer and monthly staff meetings for an assessment of Liturgies and events from the past month, a review of needs for the upcoming month, to provide ministry reports, and plan new events in support of the goals of our five year Pastoral Plan. The Parish Staff serves the pastor by participating in long term planning, visioning and implementation of parish Liturgies, Catechesis, Sacramental Preparation, Evangelization, Social Outreach and Pastoral Care.
Contact our staff members at the parish office 757-340-7231.
Fr. Venancio “Jun” Balarote, Pastor
Lora DiNardo, Pastoral Associate/Business Manager – Ext.16
Receives calls for: Anointing of the Sick, Visitation of the Sick/Homebound, Marriage Prep., Funerals, Annulments, Liturgy, Facilities Usage, Living Our Mission Campaign, ACH Direct Deposit Contributions
Steve Branning , Director of Christian Formation & Evangelization – Ext. 26
Receives calls for: Sacramental Preparation – Baptism, RCIA, First Sacraments; Christian Formation grades K-5; Sunday Children’s Liturgy; Vacation Bible School, Adult Christian Formation; Small Faith Sharing Groups & Book Studies
Ryan Castro, Director of Youth Ministry
Receives calls for: Middle School /Edge, High School / Life Teen, Confirmation, Youth Retreats, Catholic Heart Work Camp
James Gardner, Director of Music Ministry, – Ext. 18
Receives calls for: Adult, Family and Children’s Choirs; Folk Group, Music
Mary Margaret Scott, Social Ministries Coordinator
Receives calls for: Crisis Assistance, Appalachia Ministry, Respect Life, Thanksgiving Baskets, Christmas Boards, Winter Shelter and the Food Pantry
James Throne, Maintenance Manager – Ext. 24
Receives calls for: Facilities Maintenance
Charlene Brehl, Office Assistant – Ext. 27
Receives calls for: Accounts Payable
Denise Foster, Sacramental Records Volunteer – Ext. 13
Receives calls for: Requests for Baptismal, First Communion & Confirmation Certificates, Godparent letters of good standing
Saturday Reconciliation 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Vigil 5:30 p.m.
Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday Adoration 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday Daily Mass 9:00 a.m.
Whatever you do, do it for the love of Jesus.” St. Alphonsa
The Pastoral Council acts on behalf of parishioners by collaborating and serving as an advisory board to the Pastor to provide recommendations about the spiritual well-being of the parish including Word, Worship, Community and Service. As a visionary council, it concerns itself with where the parish wants to be in three to five years.
Specific duties of the Parish Council include:
Identifying, responding to spiritual and temporal needs of the parish as a whole.
Developing leadership within the parish.
Establishing parish vision and setting pastoral priorities.
Implementing approved policy through a committee structure.
Working with other religious and civic groups to identify and respond to the needs of the poor and marginalized.
The Pastoral Council meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. from September through June.
Rev. Fr. Venancio “Jun” Balarote, Pastor
Pastoral Council Leadership:
Ken Inglesby, Chair
Julie Ghassab, Vice Chair
The Finance Council assists, counsels, and advises the Pastor in the overall fiscal operations of Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in its mission to proclaim and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The duties include:
Ensuring that proper financial records are maintained for all parish assets and liabilities, revenues and expenses in accordance with the Chart of Accounts approved by the Diocese of Richmond.
Assisting the Pastor, with the help of the parish administration, to develop a balanced parish budget for each fiscal year according to the priorities and goals set by the Pastoral Council and approved by the Pastor.
Providing assistance to the Pastor in compiling an annual report of the parish’s finances which is to be sent to the Bishop by August 15 of each year.
Exercising oversight over all parish investments and finances.
Members of the Finance Council are parishioners who are appointed by the Pastor for a three year term. Persons are selected for their expertise in economics, general business management, banking law, accounting and financial investment. The Finance Council meets monthly throughout the year.
Finance Council Members:
Paul Battaglia, Chair
Parish Life Ministry
The Parish Life Ministry is a parishioner led group whose mission is to create a dynamic social environment by coordinating and facilitating events, as a way of engaging our faith community fully in the total life of the parish.
Currently, the Parish Life Ministry comprised of a Steering Committee, Men’s Club, Women’s Club, Stewardship Committee, and Hospitality Committee coordinates:
St. Nicholas’s Feast Day – Breakfast With St. Nicholas
Parish Receptions: Lessons and Carols, Easter Vigil and First Communion
Welcoming events for new parishioners