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.”
Father John has designated Social and Racial Justice as an ongoing priority for this parish. Since Fall 2020, the current Council has largely been focused on creating the Social Justice Initiative with its own webpage and in launching a guest speaker series.
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.
Antoinette Awuakye-Green (OLL School parent and School Administration Council)
Laurens Johansen (Music Ministry)
Nina Pascua (OLL School parent, Liturgical Ministry, Mercy Teams)
Phil Barr (Knights of Columbus)
Neal Corbett (Parent in Religious Education and Youth Ministry)
Anne Goodwin (OLL School parent and Liturgical Ministry)
Melissa Hanifan (Parent in Religious Education and Youth Ministry)
Mary Beth Horton (Music Ministry—and current Chair)
Mike McCallum (Men’s ACTS Core Team and Liturgical Ministry)
Scott Olsen (Men’s ACTS Core Team and Small Groups)
Father John Kerns (Pastor)
Father Suresh Amalraj (Parochial Vicar)
Tom Tomaszek (Pastoral Associate)
Laura Patton (Adult Faith Formation)
The lay members privileged to serve on the Council were elected to represent the voice of all parishioners. You are encouraged to contact us with your input and feedback at email@example.com. We hope to hear from you!
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 the Business Manager 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.