Parish Pastoral Council
Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is a consultative body that represents the parish community with a role to make recommendations to the Pastor of the parish.
A pastoral council has its basis in Canon Law (Canon 536). The bishop of a diocese can establish a pastoral council in each parish that is presided over by the pastor. A parish council is engaged in pastoral care of a parish and is regulated by the norms laid down by the Bishop. The principal role of a pastoral council is pastoral planning into the future by adhering to the mission and vision of both the diocese and the parish; which involves a three-fold approach: one, to conduct needs analysis and prioritize pastoral requirements; two, to set and develop goals and objectives; and three, to recommend a set of intended actions to achieve those goals and objectives. A pastoral council has a three-year term, which can be extended to another term.
I am grateful that the following individuals have discerned a call to serve our parish in this capacity for the next three years.
Along with the Pastor, they will be setting strategic directions for the Pastoral Team and for the Finance Committee.
May God who has begun the good work in us, bring it to completion.
Michael Bechard (Rev.)
Parish Pastoral Council Members
Julia Das completed her degree in Catholic Studies and Disability Studies at King’s University College in 2019. After finishing her B.Ed. in 2021, she became a special education teacher in the London District Catholic School Board. Julia and her husband James currently live in London, Ontario and are expecting their first baby in April of 2022. She is excited to see how her knowledge and experience with ecumenism and inclusion will lead to building a more well-rounded parish community.
I have been married to Mary Lou for a half century and counting. We have two sons and two granddaughters. I retired after spending almost forty years in the financial service industry on the insurance and investment side of things. Some would describe what I did as an advisor’s advisor. I believe one of my strengths is being able to look at circumstances from all points of view and offer advice and solutions based on what works best for everyone.
Donna Kwan MacDonald grew up in Brant County. As a first generation kid, I worked at the family restaurants and some of my favourite memories are when either first responders or those in less fortunate circumstances came in, their meals were on the house. I asked once why we did this. My parents response: we all serve; some serve in the line of duty, and others do what they can: prepare a hot meal, help someone move, or make someone smile.
It is my honour to serve you as a member of the Parish Pastoral Council.
Grew up in Woodbridge, a small town outside Toronto with small town values, attended Huron College, completed my Law Studies at Western University, returned to practicing my faith at Holy Spirit University Parish where I met my wife Lisa, resided in London since 1979, raised four children: Alex, Rachelle, Jason, and Peter, and three dogs (so I get a walk now and again), practicing criminal law with a focus on therapeutic justice, assisting clients with challenges of homelessness, addiction, mental health, and trauma (which is how I met Father Michael Bechard). Interests include writing poetry, painting, singing (sometimes off key), Spiritual Direction, and retreats, twice a year if I am lucky.
Mark Kok is a lawyer and former police officer, who moved with his family to London from Waterloo Region in the summer of 2021. He is married to Jessica, a firefighter, and together they are raising their seven school-aged children. Mark attends Mass at both parishes of Springbank Catholic.
My name is Andre Iarusso and I am born and raised in London. I have been attending St. George since September 2020 after moving from St. Andrew the Apostle Parish. My wife April and I are raising 4 children who all attend St. Nicholas.
I have three beautiful daughters, two grandsons and one granddaughter. I have been coming to St. George Parish since 1976 but officially registered in 1997 when I settled in London. I am passionate about community and service by attempting to get involved in most ministries big or small.