Leadership Councils





Leadership Councils

at St. Thomas








Pastoral Council:

Many Gifts, One Spirit: Church Governance through Consultative Leadership 

III. Participants in Parish Governance 

PURPOSE The parish pastoral council is a consultative body to the pastor. The purpose of the pastoral council is to examine, consider, and draw conclusions concerning matters under discussion in order to recommend a course of action to the pastor. Through pastoral planning, the pastoral council assists the pastor in 

• Developing and living out of the mission of the parish; 

• Forming community as a sign and witness of unity for the larger parish community; 

• Providing recommendations for parish priorities, directions, and policies; 

• Promoting communication and understanding among parish organizations and between the parish, the Archdiocese, and the universal Church (CIC, c. 536 §1). In forming community, council members are challenged to undertake ongoing renewal through prayer, study, listening, and dialogue. In developing priorities and directions for the parish, the council is to become the means of achieving full participation by the whole parish in its mission by giving all a voice in guiding and directing parish life. In fostering communication, the council encourages and initiates dialogue among parish leadership and organizations and brings to them the concerns of the universal Church.

2022 - 2023  members:

John Connell - chair
James Wurzer
Jake DePew
Jane Fielding
Maria Ritter
Francis Cohen
Kerin Motsinger

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Finance Council 

Many Gifts, One Spirit: Finance Council Purpose

The finance council is a consultative body that provides the pastor with advice concerning the stewardship of the parish’s fiscal resources. It assists the pastor by:

  • Conducting long-range financial planning with regard to funding operational and capital needs in the parish;

  • Developing and overseeing a parish budget process which results in an annual parish budget. This process should involve the participation of those responsible for parish programs. It should be so designed that it addresses the parish’s priorities and goals as determined by the pastor and parish pastoral council;

  • Providing financial analysis of current fiscal status reports;

  • Providing fiscal analysis of proposed goals, strategies, programs and administrative aspects of parish life.

While the finance council has significant responsibility for the stewardship of parish financial resources, it is not the role of the finance council to recommend directions, priorities, or programs other than those related to its delegation: namely, fiscal stewardship. For this reason, the other consultative structures must be in place for the finance council to fulfill its role responsibly and effectively.

2022-2023 members:

Erin Boundy
Lori Lendvoyi
Robert Rusk
Carolyn Simms


Building & Grounds Committe 

2022-2023 members:


Denise Myers, Scott Parker, Mike Lomax, Andrew Twyman
Staff: Ryan LaFave, Joe Myers


There are different gifts but the same Spirit; there are different ministries but the same lord.
                     1 Corinthians 12:4

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