St. Monica Catholic Community is a large and diverse community and is governed by the pastor, staff, and various councils made up of parishioners.We engage as many parishioners and school families as possible. For more information on what follows below, feel free to contact us! We mean it.
Parish Council Updates:
The Parish Council wrapped up our 2019-2020 year with a virtual potluck in late July. Taking our cues from the recent SMASH auction, we celebrated with food and wine the nominal end of a very challenging twelve months. Our council said farewell to Luke Tabit, former Chairman. We also welcomed a new leadership team: Peter Heller, Chairman, and Cheryl Thode, Vice-Chairperson. We are most grateful to those members that will be leaving our council due to term limits or relocations: thank you for your service, Paul Aglione, Kelli Mutchler, and Marguerite Rangel.
As a result, we have identified new vacancies for the 2020-2021 year.
During our most recent meeting, conducted via zoom, we had a robust discussion on the critical issues facing both the Parish and the Parish Council in the upcoming year: operating effectively during a COVID-19 Environment, the prevalance of racial inequality, delving further into the idea of what exactly is a Parish, heightened concerns regarding individuals experiencing homelessness, the poor and marginalized in our community – No easy litany of needs!
Four new memebers of the Parish Council will be announced in Early September, followed by our annual training sessions and retreat taking place in October, which will officially kick-off our coming year. Our sessions will continue to meet every other month thereafter, on the second Wednesday.
If you would like to reach out to us, contact: or call (310) 566-1522.
Chairman, Parish Council.
St. Monica Catholic Community is one of 287 parishes of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, under the leadership of Archbishop Jose Gomez. The Archdiocese covers three counties - Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara and consists of five pastoral regions. St. Monica is one of 81 parishes in the Our Lady of the Angel Pastoral Region under the leadership of Auxiliary Bishop Edward Clarke. Go to www.la-archdiocese.org for more information.
Canon Law mandates a parish finance council in each parish. The role of the parish finance council is to assist the pastor and parish staff in planning the budget and in overseeing and controlling the financial affairs of the parish including the schools. The parish finance council is accountable to the pastor who has the responsibility for final decisions. The pastor will give serious consideration to the recommendations of the finance council, especially if they are unanimous regarding a given matter.
St. Monica Parish Council is organized according to a document called a Covenant Book (similar to by-laws), which includes the mission and leadership structure of the parish council. The role of a parish council by Canon Law is to investigate (research), ponder (reflect on), and make recommendations about pastoral matters, as well as propose solutions to pastoral problems (one or two topics at a time so council remains focused).
“The Parish Council is an advisory leadership body, guided by the Holy Spirit and the Gospel, that assists the Pastor and the Parish Staff in discerning the needs of the Parish and, by recommending strategic goals and priorities, guides the Parish in fulfilling its mission as a Christian community.”
The Parish Council coordinates six working ministry councils whose functions are outlined in the Covenant Book. All parish organizations and activities are within one of the following six councils:
Each ministry council has a structure and mission statement; generally, the purpose of the ministry councils is to:
Two people discerned from each of the ministry councils, along with the pastor, the parish administrator, the executive advisor (the immediate past chairperson), the chairperson, the vice chairperson, and 4 at-large members appointed by the pastor, make up the parish council for a total of 21 members. The four members appointed by the pastor should be people from groups that might not be represented or people who will provide a gender, age, or cultural balance.
The term of office for the parish and ministry councils is two years. A parish council chairperson is elected by the council, and that chairperson appoints a vice chairperson among council membership.