St. John Neumann Parish

Pastoral Council

The Diocese calls each parish to create a Parish Pastoral Council, which redefines the role of the previous parish councils. Rather than focusing on specific program planning and implementation, the Pastoral Council is to lead the parish community in the discernment and expression of mission. The role of the Parish Pastoral Council is, through ongoing pastoral planning, to maintain the integrity of the parish mission and the goals and objectives related to it. Within this new model, programs and events continue to take place in the parish through the efforts of many dedicated parishioners, always in the context of the parish mission and its pastoral plan. St. John Neumann's Pastoral Council was established in April 2010.

With input from many parishioners who participated in roundtable discussions, individual interviews and a parish-wide survey, the Pastoral Council was able to define three key areas of focus for the initial pastoral plan. At a high level, our pastoral plan though 2014 is to become a community of welcoming individuals who know and appreciate new and existing members; to implement an engaging communication plan that encourages broad parishioner participation, dialogue and feedback; and to promote a vibrant and growing youth ministry program that fully integrates youth into the parish community. The Pastoral Planning cycle is an ongoing, iterative process of prayer and reflection, gathering and analyzing data, communicating and consulting, and monitoring and adjusting to insure the changing needs of the parish are met.

For more details on our three goals and the specific objectives and actions that will help us achieve these goals, as well as to see the results of the parish survey, please take a moment and click on the links below.

Feel free to contact any council member in person or email the council at to share your ideas or see how you can support our parish.

Pastoral Council Members
  • Clare Browne
    Kevin Foody
    Erik Heinnickel
    John Kohler
    Rosemary McLaughlin
    Carole Shepard
    Victoria Sheridan
    Phil Timcheck
    Jeremy Urban
    Rick Caruso, Deacon

    Fr. Al McGinnis, Pastor