2023-2024 Parish Council

MISSION STATEMENT:  The mission of the Pastoral Council is to advise and support the work of the Pastor, the shepherd of our community.  The Pastoral Council will help the Pastor identify, implement and evaluate those pastoral initiatives best suited to spread the Gospel in our community.

Minutes of our Meetings


Joseph Gagnon <joegagnon45@gmail.com>
315 224-4592
St. Patrick/Moravia

Tom Steger <thomassteger2774@gmail.com>
315 497-0340(H)
315 730-2521(M)
St. Patrick/Moravia

Lori Kupiec  <lbkupiec@gmail.com>
607 760-6387
St. Michael/SPA

Cathy Shields <cathleenmsheils89@gmail.com>
315 406-2161
Our Lady of the Lake

Paul Nelson <moraviaspyder@gmail.com>
315 497-1174(H) 
315 283-2952(M)
St. Patrick/Moravia

Jim Orman <fargomoose@hotmail.com>
315 730-0449
St. Patrick/Aurora

We, the GSCC Pastoral Council, agree to work by the following Covenant:
Guided by the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, the Good Shepherd Catholic Community Pastoral Council (GSCCPC), an advisory group to the Pastor, shares with our Pastor and staff a primary ministry of leadership and service in the GSCC.
The Pastoral Council will be the pastoral planning body – discerning parish direction and planning for the future.  The council will develop, implement and periodically assess and update the parish Pastoral Plan.  If problems are identified, they will be studied, solutions explored, and recommendations made back to the Pastor.  The Pastoral Council will encourage and work with the parish committees to seek ways in which to meet the pastoral needs of our entire parish community. 

Council Members Profiles

Hi all!  I’m Tom Steger, a life long member of St. Patrick’s Church in Moravia, and the GSCC parish council acting chairman.  I received all of my lifetime sacraments at St. Pats, was a Parish Council member in the late 70s and early 80s, was part of the transition planning team when we went from 6 to 4 active units, and have been a lector at Moravia for over 50 years.  My wife and I are retired elementary teachers from MCS, and have a daughter, Kari, and a son, Sean.  

The parish council represents all of you, and if at any time you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our members with your input.  We’re looking for new ideas to make our parish a more vital and productive community.

**Meet Paul Nelson**
**Council Member – St. Patrick’s, Moravia**

Welcome to our Parish Council’s corner! We’re blessed to have a diverse group of dedicated members who contribute their time and talents to the spiritual and communal life of the Good Shepherd Catholic Community. Among our esteemed members is Paul Nelson, serving his second term on the Parish Council.

Paul has been a dedicated member of St. Patrick’s in Moravia for 20+ years. Married to his beloved wife Janet for 54 years, Paul is a proud father of 12, and his family’s faith and dedication are a beacon of light in our parish community.

As a seasoned lector, Paul brings the Word of God to life during our services. His commitment to the ministry of the Word has enriched our liturgies and deepened our faith experiences.

In the digital realm, Paul has been the mastermind behind our parish website since 2004, serving as the webmaster with diligence and innovation as well as the administrator of the parish’s Facebook page and the new Facebook discussion group. His efforts have ensured that our parish has a welcoming and informative online presence, one that reflects the vibrancy and warmth of our community. Paul also designed the layout of the 2016 Parish Directory

Paul’s experience and profound commitment to our parish are invaluable. His wisdom, gained from many years of faithful service, helps guide our council in making decisions that enhance our community’s spiritual journey. His leadership on the council helps to ensure that GSCC remains a welcoming home for all who seek fellowship and faith. His particular goal is to encourage greater participation in the retreats at Notre Dame Retreat House.

Paul looks forward to offering continued guidance and wisdom on our Parish Council.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23

My name is Joe Gagnon, member of the GSCC Pastoral Council.  My wife and I have been members of GSCC since 2008.  We are the proud parents of a daughter (Olivia, age 13) and a Son (Logan, age 9).  I am also an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (AKA Eucharistic Minister) at St. Patricks in Moravia.  It has been a blessing to have the opportunity to serve our parish and I look forward to another year helping my “church family” in any way I can.