Pastoral Council

About the Council

Fr. Larry established the current Pastoral Council on October 24, 2016. 

The members of the Pastoral Council are as follows:

Gus and Claudia Mungaray, Chair; Carol Garcia, Wayne Grant, Carlos and Maricela Funes.


  • Parish Pastoral Councils help in fostering pastoral activity (Canon 536), distinct from parish Finance Councils, which aid the Pastor in the administration of parish goods. (Canon 537)


  • Pastors establish Pastoral Councils because they seek practical advice on pastoral matters.  They believe that God’s Spirit speaks through their people.  They consult their Councils because they want to know what is wise and prudent.  Outside experts cannot judge what is best for a particular parish, because they are not part of it. Councils offer what no expert can offer: a judgment about what is right for a particular parish.  That is the Pastor’s primary motive for having a Council.


  • Parishioners want to serve on Councils, we believe, in order to advise the pastor wisely and prudently.  Every leader needs good counsel.  Recommendations developed by the Pastoral Council will be good to the degree that the council reaches its goal.  That goal is to investigate pastoral matters and to reflect on them thoroughly, so as to draw sound conclusions.  Council members believe that God’s Spirit is present in their community.  They study the pastoral situation so as to help the parish see it more clearly.  They have the satisfaction of doing an important task, which contributes to the well-being of the Church.


  • The Pastoral Council meets quarterly.