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
Open Position, Key Support

Liturgy Committee Report January 2018
Liturgy Committee Report February 2018
Liturgy Committee Report September 2018
Liturgy Committee Minutes December 2,2018
Liturgy Committee Report May 5, 2019 
Liturgy Committee Report June 2019
Liturgy Committee Report September 2019 
Liturgy Committee Report November 2019 
Liturgy Committee Report December 2019

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

Evangelization Committee Report August 2019
Evangelization_Committee_Report September 2019 
Evangelization Committee Report October 2019
Evangelization Committee Report November 2019


Education Committee
OPEN, Pastoral Council Lead
Joann Wozniak, Staff Leader (pre-K to 5th Grade)
Ted Burkhardt, Staff Leader (Pastoral Assistant)

Education Committee Minutes May 2018
Education Committee Minutes June 2018
Education Committee Minutes July 2018
Education Committee Minutes August 2018
Education Committee Minutes February 2019  
Education Committee Minutes March 2019 
Education Committee Minutes April 2019
Education Committee Minutes May 2019  
Ed Comm Minutes October 2019 



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

Service Justice Report June 2018
Service Justice Report April 2019
Service Justice Minutes June 2019


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
Tricia Buckman, Elected, voting
Laura Heck, Elected, voting
David James, Elected, voting
Carolyn Pasquino, Elected, 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.

2018 Meeting Minutes

Pastoral Council Minutes January 3 2018

Pastoral Council Meeting for February 2018 was cancelled due to inclement weather

Pastoral Council Minutes March 7 2018
Pastoral Council Minutes April 4, 2018
Pastoral Council Minutes August 1, 2018
Pastoral Council Minutes November 7, 2018
Pastoral Council Minutes December 5, 2018
Pastoral Council Minutes January 2, 2019 
Pastoral Council Minutes March 7, 2019 
Pastoral Council Minutes April 3, 2019 
Pastoral Council Minutes May 1, 2019
Pastoral Council Minutes August 7, 2019
Pastoral Council Minutes September 4, 2019
Evangelization Committee Report November 2019