Pastoral Council

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. Contact the council at

Pastoral Council Members:

Margaret Emerson (Secretary)

Peter Flynn (Vice-Chair)

Jim Gilstrap

Kirsten Hope

Celeste Jaramillo

Mark Mechler

Carol Raphael

Tim Robinson

Lourdes Sandoval (Chair)

Jim Schopper

Ellen Sheets

Mary Townsend

Gerard Eldering (Ex-Officio—Parish Finance Council Representative)

Mickie Abatemarco (Ex-Officio—Staff Representative)

Joe Brennan, OSFS (Pastor)

Finance Council

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. Contact the Finance Council at

Finance Council Members:

Nelson Alvarado

Joe Burke

Dean Guerro (Chair)

John McCarthy

Paula Kramp

Amy Persil

Dave Anderson (ex-officio)

Joe Brennan, OSFS (Pastor)

Patty Kwapniewski (ex-officio)