Pastoral Council

“If the diocesan bishop judges it opportune after he has heard the presbyteral (Priests’) council, a pastoral council is to be established in each parish, over which the pastor* presides and in which the Christian faithful, together with those who share in pastoral care by virtue of their office in the parish, assist in fostering pastoral activity (Code of Canon Law1, c. 536.1). A pastoral council possesses a consultative vote only and is governed by the norms established by the diocesan bishop (c. 536.2).” This consultative body is called a Parish Pastoral Council. *Wherever the word “pastor” appears, read also “administrator” or “parish director.”
Purpose and Responsibility


1.1 The Council is a vehicle for the parish members to share in the pastoral mission of Jesus Christ and the Church in a specific location in the Archdiocese. It does this by developing Catholic identity, promoting evangelization, and fostering stewardship.

1.2 The Council strives to build a community of disciples who recognize their baptismal calls to lives of holiness, witness and service.

1.3 The Council engages in a continual process of pastoral planning, which takes into account the needs and priorities of its parishioners, the Archdiocese, the broader community, and the world.


2.1 The Council shall be the consultative and planning body in regards to pastoral activity except to the extent limited by faith and morals, church or civil law or archdiocesan policy. The Council possesses a consultative vote only.

Meeting Schedule

The Council meetings are open to members of the parish who are welcome to attend as observers. Advance notice of the time and place of the meetings is published in the parish bulletin or posted on the website. The Council may invite observers to participate in the discussion of certain agenda items. If an item on the agenda requires it, the Council may move into executive session and observers are asked to leave.


The Good Shepherd Pastoral Council typically meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 pm, in the Mary of Magdala Chapel.

2024 Town Hall Zoom Meeting

Thank you to all who attended our Town Hall meetings. The Feb 7 Zoom meeting was recorded and can be viewed by clicking the button below. When the recording does open, a passcode will be requested. The passcode is: +ye07ci8

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Town Hall Questions & Answers

The 2024 Town Hall Meetings generated a number of questions from parishioners. Pastoral Council has provided answers to as many of the questions as possible. Click the button below to access the summary of the questions and answers.

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Lisa Nimmer

Pastoral Council Chairperson / Stewardship Commission

Steven Grieb

Pastoral Council / Human Concerns Commission

Bill Gaynor

Pastoral Council Member

Ryan J. Goss

Pastoral Council Member

Tammy Hernke

Pastoral Council

Joan Plumley

Pastoral Council / Formation Commission

Craig Tautges

Pastoral Council / Pastoral Care Commission

Patrick Young

Pastoral Council / Prayer and Worship Commission

Sheri Youngs

Pastoral Council Recording Secretary / Stewardship Commission

Ron Leonhardt


Nick Zepnick

Trustee - Secretary

Deacon Sandy Sites

Parish Director

Upcoming Meetings and Events