Reverend Father Gregory Michaud, Pastor

Pastoral and Finance Councils

Current Pastoral 
Council Members:

    Fr. Michaud

    Rob Giese

    Kent Lepak

    Dennis McNamara

    Betty Ostrowski

    Louann Schulfer

    Ed Shamrowicz

The Sacred Heart Pastoral Council meets on the 1st Thursday during the months of January, April, September and October at 7:00 pm in the church basement.

Next Meeting: 

  January 4, 2018

  7:00 pm

  Sacred Heart Basement

Meeting Minutes:


Current Finance

Council Members:

Fr. Michaud

Arleen Gross - Chairperson

Mark Peskie

Kate Snow

Mark Strojny

Next Meeting:

   January 9, 2018

   3:00 pm

   Parish Office


What is a Parish Pastoral Council?

Our experience in a democracy and its politics sometimes poorly prepares us to understand the nature of a “parish pastoral council”.  At times some falsely see it as a “mini-House of Representatives”; some see council members as “little pastors”, “in charge” or “staff members”.  Or the impression is that the Council Members are the ones who “make decisions”.  

However their function, as established by the Church is a consultative body whose purpose is to assist the Pastor in matters concerning the spiritual life of the Parish.  Because of council members relational ties to the other parishioners, they are often the most aware of the spiritual needs, challenges, and opportunities of the parish.  

This  consultative structure of the Pastoral Council assists the Pastor in identifying and understanding important matters that affect the life of the Parish, gathering the thoughts and ideas of the community and discussing them with the Pastor as together they seek the good of the Parish.

The pastoral activity of the parish in which the Council assists the Pastor includes but is not limited to the following areas:

  • Encouraging active participation in parish prayer and liturgies;
  • Promoting catechesis and evangelization for parishioners of all ages;
  • Fostering Catholic family life;
  • Encouraging community outreach;
  • Encouraging the performance of spiritual and corporal works of mercy;
  • Strengthening relationships with the diocesan Bishop and Church.

Under the direction of the pastor and in cooperation with the parish staff, the Council assists in:
  • Discerning the strengths and needs of the parish community;
  • Developing and maintaining a parish mission statement;
  • Engaging in ongoing strategic planning;
  • Assisting in the establishment of pastoral goals, priorities and action plans for the parish;
  • Assisting in the formation of parish policies concerning pastoral matters;
  • Fostering communication among different parish entities;
  • Evaluating programs and processes.

Pastoral Council members are elected by fellow parishioners and serve three year terms. 


What is a Finance Council?

The Parish Finance Council is a consultative body of lay persons, mandated by canon law, whose purpose is to advise the pastor in matters pertaining to the financial affairs of the parish.

The pastor has authority from the Bishop and the universal law of the Church to decide and act on behalf of the parish (Canon 532). The Parish Finance Council is strictly advisory to the pastor.

Nevertheless, the expertise of the laity is essential to the parish in order to most effectively guide the decisions of the pastor. Together they work, then, to make wise financial decisions, so as to be good stewards of all that God has entrusted to the parish. 

Finance Council members are appointed by the pastor.