The Pastoral Council is the principal planning body for St. John Neumann. Its 12 members, who serve three-year terms, function as advisers to our pastor on all aspects of parish life. The Council meets monthly to develop long-range goals, to monitor progress in meeting the parish’s mission and to seek ways to deepen the faith life of the parish community. All registered adult parishioners are encouraged to consider serving as a Pastoral Council member.

We are currently looking for candidates for the Parish Pastoral Council. If you are interested in participating, please speak with Fr. Joe. If you have any questions about Council activities or this year’s process, please contact Catherine Crawford, Council Vice-Chair at

Pastoral Council Members:

Carol Raphael

Catherine Crawford (Vice-Chair)

Chris Schroeder (Chair)

Christopher Booker

Giuseppe Rossi


Jim Gilstrap

Jim Schopper

Kirsten Hope

Lourdes Sandoval (Secretary)

Margaret Emerson

Mary Townsend

Peter Flynn

Gerard Eldering (ex-officio—Parish Finance Council Representative)

Mickie Abatemarco (ex-officio—Staff Representative)

Joe Brennan, OSFS (Pastor)



The Finance Council provides advice and counsel to our pastor about the financial aspects of the operation of the parish in keeping with the church’s code of Canon Law.  It develops an annual budget and insures that the parish exercises good stewardship in the use of its material gifts.  Members are appointed by the pastor. Parishioners with financial, legal, construction, general business, or fundraising experience are encouraged to make their interests known to our pastor.

Finance Council Members:

Amy Persil

Dean Guerro (Chair)

Frank Francois

Greg Corliss

Gerard Eldering

John McCarthy

Nelson Alvarado

Paula Kramp


Patty Kwapniewski (ex-officio)

Dave Anderson (ex-officio)

Joe Brennan, OSFS (Pastor)