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Pastoral Council:

The Pastoral Council is an advisory group of registered lay parishioners created to assist the Pastor with parish and pastoral issues. The Council is a representative body of the entire faith community, as expressed in the Diocese of Austin's guidelines for Pastoral Councils.

The role of the council is to understand parish issues and concerns, and prayerfully reflect upon them seeking consensus for the good of the parish. The Council meets once per month (excluding December) with the Pastor to consider parish needs. The meetings are open to all members of the parish, and parishioners may contact any member of the council to have their issues addressed or to be added to the agenda.

Council members serve a term of four years and are selected through a discernment process conducted every two years in the month of October. Any registered member of the parish who wishes to serve on the Pastoral Advisory Council is welcome to participate in the discernment process.

Discernment for New Pastoral Council Members

This committee provides counsel to the pastor through prayer, reflection, dialogue, study, research and consultation with parishioners. Candidate qualifications includes the following:

  • must be adults (21 years or older)
  • registered members of the parish for at least 2 years
  • must be in full communion with the church with the sacraments of baptism, first communion and confirmation
  • only one member of a family can serve on the council at a time
  • employees of St. Margaret Mary are exempt from serving

We hope that qualified parishioners will prayerfully consider serving. 

Please contact the pastoral council president for more information.


The current pastoral council includes the following members:

  • Antonio Becerra, President
  • Jose Arguelles
  • Phyllis Crider
  • Kimberly Lindsey
  • Joel Montes
  • Rogelia Viramontes
  • Jim Wielenga
  • Alejandra Worthington

Mission Statement


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Essential Characteristics of a
Pastoral Council


Characteristics of a Council Candidate


Consensus Decision-Making in the Pastoral Council