Acting in faithful witness to the Gospel, the Pastoral Council provides the pastor with recommendations and insight into the spiritual and corporal needs of the parish. Living in faithful witness to the Gospel, members of the Pastoral Council labor collaboratively to support Mission areas that are channels of the Holy Spirit working in our midst.

Additionally, the Council:

  • Helps develop the strategic direction of the parish
  • Advises the pastor on ways to achieve the goals of the parish
  • Supports parish staff and council committees

Pastoral Council Charter



The council membership consists of voting and non-voting members. Voting members are made up of the following:

  • Up to 12 members who are elected by the parish or appointed by the pastor. Terms run for three years every year,
  • 4 members leave and 4 new ones are elected or appointed
  • the permanent deacon(s)

Non-Voting members include the following:

  • the pastor
  • all professional staff members, such as the business manager, director of religious education, administrator of religious education, the coordinator for youth and young adult ministry, and the director of music and liturgy.



Mission Area Leadership

Liturgy Committee
Alyssa Smith, Pastoral Council Leader
Dr. Allan Laino, Key Support

Evangelization Committee
David James, Pastoral Council Leader
Ted Burkhardt Staff Leader
Rev. Mr. Harbey Santiago, Deacon, Key Support

Education Committee
Tricia Buckman, Pastoral Council Lead
Joann Wozniak, Staff Leader (pre-K to 5th Grade)
Ted Burkhardt, Staff Leader (Youth & Young Adult)
Rebecca Steppling, Pastoral Council, Key Support

Service / Justice Committee
Angela Calamari, Pastoral Council Lead
Joann Wozniak, Staff Leader
Laura Heck, Pastoral Council, Key Support
Melissa Gallagher, Pastoral Council, Key Support

Stewardship Committee
Open Position, Pastoral Council Lead
Donna Binney, Staff Leader
Open Position, Pastoral Council, Key Support

Council Members
Chuck Young, Presider, Appointed, voting
Alyssa Smith, Appointed, voting
Melissa Gallagher, Elected, voting
Laura Heck, Elected, voting
David James, Elected, voting
Carolyn Pasquino, Elected, voting
Angela Calamari, Appointed, voting
Rebecca Steppling, Elected, voting
Rev. Mr. Harbey Santiago, Automatic, Deacon, voting
Rev. Mr. Cliff Britton, Automatic, Deacon, voting
Rev. Mike Ruane, Automatic, Pastor, non-voting
Donna Binney, Automatic, Staff, non-voting
Ted Burkhardt, Automatic, Staff, non-voting
Joann Wozniak, Automatic, Staff, non-voting



The standing committees of the council are Liturgy, Evangelization, Education, Service/Justice, Respect Life, Social/Hospitality, Finance, Maintenance, Parish Development, and Technology. Current ad hoc committees consist of the Building Committee.



Any person, who will have attained the age of 16 by the date of election and is a registered member of the parish, is eligible to run for election to council membership. Elections are held annually on the third weekend of September.

Meetings are held eleven times a year — the first Wednesday of each month except July — in the church hall at 7:00 PM. Meetings are open and all parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend. At the October meeting, council members elect (for a one-year term) the following officers: President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Corresponding Secretary.