Love God. Love Others. Make Disciples of Jesus Christ.
Fr. John Kerns
Fr. Suresh Amalraj
Deacon Kevin Welch
Faith Formation, Music & Liturgy
Director of Faith Formation
Coordinator of Faith Formation
Coordinator of Music and Liturgy
Administrative Assistant, Media Specialist
Administrative Assistant, Records Keeper
Administrative Assistant for Pastoral Services
What is the Pastoral Council?
We are an advisory body that, as stated in the Council Bylaws “[helps] the Pastor identify pastoral needs in the parish, plan pastoral programs, improve pastoral services, evaluate their effectiveness and review existing programs and services.”
Last year, the Council focused on Young Families—the future of our parish and our Church. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic interrupted planning activities in March, this year begins with a revisit to that pastoral priority. We will determine how best to proceed. As important, we will also consider imperatives for this parish community to respond to the new COVID realities.
Who is on Pastoral Council?
Ten lay parishioners and four staff members comprise the Council. Lay parishioners can serve up to two consecutive two-year terms, for a total of four years. Below are current council members (as of July 2020) and the ministries they represent.
Current Pastoral Council Members
New in 2020: Anne Goodwin (OLL School & Liturgical Ministry), Mike McCallum (ACTS Core Team & Liturgial Ministry), and Scott Olsen (Small Groups).
Returning Members: Michael Backus (Mercy Teams), Phil Barr (Knights of Columbus), Neal Corbett (Life Kids and Youth Ministry, Vice Chair), Melissa Hanifan (Life Kids and Youth Ministry, Secretary), Mary Beth Horton (Adult Faith Formation & Choir, Chair), Dan Molyneux (OLL School), and Mariamma Mundaden (Funeral).
Staff Members: Father John Kerns (Pastor), Father Suresh Amalraj (Parochial Vicar), Tom Tomaszek (Pastoral Associate) and Laura Patton (Adult Faith Formation).
If you’d like to contact the Pastoral Council, fill out the contact form on our Contact Us page.
The Administrative and Finance Council is the consultative group which assists the Pastor in carrying out the material administration of the parish. It has the obligation of planning, and supervising the financial affairs and physical properties of the parish.
The Finance Council is concerned with parish resources, the budget, church support, and the effective utilization and maintenance of the parish plant. In addition to its consultative role, the Bishop requires the approval of a Parish Finance Council for construction, major expenditures, etc.
Please contact Sharon Burk in the Parish Office if you have any questions or suggestions.
School Advisory Council
The Our Lady of The Lake School Advisory Council provides general direction for the school through carefully deliberated policies and provides advice to the Pastor and Principal on school-related matters. Council members are able to have an impact through direct involvement in improving and guiding school programs.
The Council consists of elected members as well as the Principal and the Pastor. Members serve three-year terms, and up to three of the nine are elected each spring by the Parish as a whole. Members serve on several subcommittees, including Finance, Technology, Marketing, Fundraising, Alumni Communication, Grants/Scholarships and Long Range Planning.
Those interested in serving are invited to attend and observe monthly meetings during the school year. Candidates need not have children in Our Lady of The Lake School, but they must be registered parishioners or parents of a student here and have a working knowledge of the school's activities, mission and structure.