Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes

St. Joseph Parish Pastoral Council



The Pastoral Council is concerned, in general, with implementing, at the parish level, the mission of the Diocese of Harrisburg: To share the experience of salvation received from Jesus Christ in the living Catholic tradition of Word and Sacrament, drawing all persons into a believing, hoping, loving, and serving community, which, empowered by the Spirit, gives glory to the Father through Jesus, Lord and Savior.


The Pastoral Council serves in a consultative role to the Pastor, and provides the framework through which clergy, religious, and laity can share responsibility. A council is more than an advisory board; it is a leadership community in which the Pastor and the people share in the decision making of the parish.  And it is a community of service that assumes a special accountability for the life of the parish. The council embodies the belief that we are the church, all of us together, clergy, religious, and laity.  


Council meetings are generally held monthly. Parishioners are encouraged to submit questions, concerns, and ideas to the Council. Current members are listed below. Concerns and ideas may also be submitted through the box in the back of the Church or by sending an email to the Council:


2020-21 Pastoral Council Members:


Jeff Topper (Council Chair)

Annette Dubas (Vice Chair)

Kelly Lynch (Recording Secretary)

Cindy Bischoff

Dustin Auffarth, Sr.

Denise Ei

Lura Kearns

Cathy Loss

Sandra Pultro

Paul Prodoehl

Betty Svirsko

Luis Zepeda 

Jack Cassidy



  • Lura Kerns
  • Kelly Lynch