Pastoral Council

Ministry Lead/Facilitator: Fred McNamee

Scheduled Meetings: 4th Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted.



Use your time and talents to serve on the St. Francis Parish Pastoral Council (PPC)

The role and purpose of the PPC is to be a consultative body the pastor to "help in fostering pastoral activities".

Pastoral Parish Council Welcomes Two New Members and Two Continuing Members

The PPC supports all ministries and organizations as we collectively build a Catholic Community that share the Gospel of Christ through worship, formation, and service.

Two new members join the parish council at the July meeting and two current members have agreed to serve a second three-year term. These member's terms will run from July, 2021 to June, 2024. Appointed to new 3-year terms are Ron Zmuda and Bob Hand.  Continuing with a second 3-year term are Ron Angner and Katie Bolchoz.

Ron Zmuda has been a member of St. Francis by the Sea for the past four years.  He and his wife relocated from Countryside, Ilinois where he was an active member in St. Cletus Parish of LaGrange, IL.  They moved to Hilton Head in April, 2017 and immediately joined the parish and became Eucharistic Ministers here.  Ron joined the Knights of Columbus and was recently Knighted to the 4th Degree.  As a Knight he has overseen the October Fest that they hold.  He volunteers twice a week at the St. Francis Thrift Shop.  Ron also was a participant in the second Christ Renews His Parish retreat held in 2019.  His work experience was in the United States Postal Service for 38 years with 35 of those years being in management.  He worked at a large sorting facility and oversaw up to 200 employees at a time.

Bob Hand joined St. Francis by the Sea when he relocated from New Jersey in 2005.  His initial work experience was in the field of accounting, working for a law firm and an oil company.  He moved into sales and marketing and found his true calling.  He progressed, at several firms, from a sales representative, regional sales manager, vie president of sales and marketing and , finally as a "rainmaker."  His service for the ministries of St. Francis include serving as a Lector at Sunday Mass and working with Backpack Buddies.  He was a participant in the first men's Christ Renews His Parish Retreat and continues that service including serving as Lay Leader for the second CRHP Men's Retreat.  He and his wife have also volunteered with Family Promise for many years.

Fred McNamee serves as a facilitator for the Pastoral Parish Council.  Including Fred McNamee and Father Michael Oenbrink, the Parish Pastoral Council has a total of 13 members.

Parish Pastoral Council Members – 2021-2022

Father Michael Oenbrink

Ron Angner

Eleanor Bell

Katie Bolchoz

Bob Hand

Thom Hill

Kenneth James

Connie Killeen

Christina Kohmescher

Fred McNamee

Sandy Merritt

Lisa Sisko

Ron Zmuda


Mission Statement:

Role of the Council

The Parish Pastoral Council (“PPC”, “Pastoral Council” or “Council”) is a consultative body to the Pastor through which the Christian faithful can offer their gifts and “their help in fostering pastoral activity”. This is both the role and purpose of the parish pastoral council.

Pastoral activity is constituted by the following:

  • Proclamation of the Word of God and Catechetical Formations.
  • Celebration of the Eucharist and the other Sacraments as well as the fostering of family and individual prayer.
  • Service of those in spiritual and bodily need.
  • The fostering of this pastoral activity within the parish should be the primary function of the Parish Pastoral Council before any other activity.

Pastoral Council Membership

  • Members of the Parish Pastoral Council are to be the pastor, members of the staff designated by the Pastor, and members of the parish who are in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church and who are registered members of St. Francis by the Sea Roman Catholic Church.
  • Council membership should reflect the different facets of parish life and is to number 10 members, not including the Pastor or his staff, but can function with nine, without replacements. One of the selected members should represent the Hispanic community, if no Hispanic is selected, the Pastor, at his discretion, can appoint one to serve a one-year term, with the option for reappointment each year for a maximum of three years of service. This action may result in increasing Council to 11 members, which is permissible.
  • Council members are to serve a three-year term (July-June) with vacancies to be filled as soon as possible. After serving three years, an individual will rotate off Council however; that individual may apply for another three-year term. For stability, member terms will be on a staggered basis, with the number of members selected each year being dependent upon the number of open positions to be filled.
  • Members are expected to attend all meetings. Failure to attend four meetings without an excused absence will be considered a resignation.
  • At the beginning of the new Council year, the names of the members of Parish Pastoral Council are to be made known promptly to the parishioners.

Current Activities:

  • Review new ministry applications.
  • Assist the pastor in evaluations at his requests.
  • Review parishioner input on the parish activities and strategic planning reviews and recommendations to the pastor.
  • Assist with effective communications within the parish

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

ELECTION PROCEDURES - Pastoral Council is currently seeking Candidates for open positions created by retiring members.  If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Fred McNamee.

  • At the regular council meeting in January of each year, the chair shall appoint a Nominating Committee. This committee will be made up of three council members, one acting as the chair, and up to five members of the parish.
  • The Nominating Committee will advertise for new candidates for the Council by announcements from the pulpit and in the weekly Bulletin. The Nominating Committee members are also charged with soliciting candidates. Parish members will be requested to submit recommendations to the committee no later than the last Sunday in March, using a form provided to parishioners by the committee.
  • The Nominating Committee will develop a candidate list from members of the parish to serve on the Council for three-year terms, to replace those members with expiring terms. It is important that the prospective candidates be willing to serve a full three-year term.
  • The Nominating Committee shall consider all relevant factors on prospective candidates, i.e., experience, talents, and any other attributes beneficial to the Council. A balance of sex, age and ethnic background should be represented on the Council whenever possible. All candidates must have the approval of the pastor to serve on the council if elected.
  • The Nominating Committee will submit the Bios of all candidates, including its recommendations for filling Board vacancies, to the PPC. The Council will make the final selection of candidates to fill all vacancies.
  • Names of those selected to serve on the Council, with their Bios, will be communicated to the Parish via the Parish Bulletin on the first Sunday in June.


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