St. Mel Parish

The Pastoral Council is an Advisory Body to the Pastor on issues relating to the Parish Community, the Archdiocese and the Universal Church.  The Pastor, in consultation with the Pastoral Council, develops the vision for the Parish Community.  Parishioners who are interested in serving as at-large members participate in an application and discernment process, prior to appointment by the Pastor.
2016-2017 Members
Frank Donner - Chairperson
Amanda Kopang - Vice Chairperson
Telma Dorcey - Secretary
Don Almario
Michelle Kelly
Marla Lloyd 
Tito Montero
Mary Stefanec
Kerry Edwards, Liturgy Coordinator
Stephen Gruenfelder, Life, Justice and Peace Council Chairperson
James Hallissy, Finance Council Chairperson
Fr. Vivian Ben Lima, ex officio
Mary Beth Lutz, ex officio
Rosemary McLarty, ex officio
Dr. Ross Porter, ex officio 
To contact the Pastoral Council via email click here.  Or call Frank Donner at 818.340.6020 x3022.

St. Mel Parish Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council is looking for new members!  Read about us below.

To apply, please return a completed application to the Parish Office by Tuesday, May 31 at 5:00 p.m.  You may print out the application below or complete it online HERE 
Candidate interviews will be on Monday, June 6, 2016 with times to be assigned.  If you have any questions or want to apply but cannot be available to interview on this date, please contact Amanda Kopang via email 

Basic Information about the Council

The Pastoral Council’s Purpose and Authority:

The Pastoral Council is an advisory body for the Pastor on issues related to the Parish community, the Archdiocese and Universal Church. It acts under the authority and leadership of the Pastor, advising him on issues that affect St Mel Parish.  The Pastor is the final decision maker.  He leads in formulating the Council agenda and oversees the implementation of recommendations formulated jointly with the Council.

The Pastoral Council’s Function:

The Pastor, in collaboration with the Pastoral Council, develops the vision and direction for the parish community. Actively assessing needs, developing priorities and planning, the Pastoral Council unifies the parish community by promoting communication and understanding. The Pastoral Council connects the parish to the Archdiocese and Universal Church, and the people of the parish to one another, by articulating the common mission and developing awareness and dialogue.   The Pastoral Council energizes the parish community by exerting leadership, inviting broad participation in ministry, involving the laity more intimately in parish life, and witnessing their faith in all circumstances and situations.

Criteria for Membership on the Council:

Pastoral Council members must be St. Mel parishioners who are faithful Catholics. Each should have the ability to listen openly, to present a point of view and to engage in constructive discussion. Pastoral Council members must be committed to the work of the Council, be present at Council meetings and Council retreats, and be able to serve on committees as needed to carry out the work of the Council.

Pastoral Council Meeting Commitments:

Typically, meetings are on the fourth Monday of the month, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Additional meetings for various committees are scheduled among the members.  Council members are also expected to attend the annual parish Leadership Retreat in the Fall.