Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council is discerned from the Parish At Large and from the Leadership Communities.  The Council is charged with the responsibility of researching the needs, cares and concerns of the parish community, keeping constant the Mission and Vision for the parish and strategic planning for the community as a whole, assuring collaboration, communication, and synergy among the many ministries and small groups within the parish.

The Pastoral Council consists of 17 members – 2 permanent members being the Pastor and a Staff Representative discerned from the Directors and appointed by the Pastor. There are 15 discerned members – 1 from each of the eight Leadership Communities, 2 students from the Teen Faith Ministry, 2 persons recommended by Council from the Parish At Large discerned by the Pastor, 1 person recommended by the Pastor from the Parish At Large and discerned by the Council, an Archdiocesan Representative and a Knights of Columbus Representative.

The Council meets on the third (3rd) Tuesday evening of each month throughout the year.  Officers and new members are discerned at the October Council meeting each year.  All are welcome to attend the meetings.


2016-2017 Pastoral Council Leadership

Jack Shedd Chairperson (At Large/Pastor)
Chad Archer Vice-Chair (Deanery Rep)
Fr. Terry Keehan Pastor (Staff)
Robin Schreiner (Adult Faith)
Tracey Cantarutti  (Operations)
Brooke Held (At Large/Pastor)
Barb Knuth (At Large/ Council)
Andrew Konopka (At Large/Council)
Tony Mathias (Family Faith)
Cattie Scharm (Holy Family Academy Staff)
Karina Chavez (Academy Parent Rep)
Joe Ferlita (Knights of Columbus)
Mike Myers (Human Concerns)
Bernie Schaeffer (Staff)
Pauline Carlson Teen Faith (Adult Rep)
Thomas Morel Teen Faith (Teen Rep)
Alexandra Posey Teen Faith (Teen Rep)
Heidi Trocha (Liturgical Life/ Recording Secretary)

Jack Shedd At Large (Council)

Jack Shedd
At Large (Pastor)

Jack and his wife RaeAnn have been members of the parish for over 14 years. Their children Charlie & Matthew have received their sacraments at Holy Family and they are active in the Family Faith Ministry. Jack and RaeAnn served as co-chairs for our 2015 Holy Family Gala. They both have numerous years of industry experience in the plastics manufacturing and distribution arena. Besides his current role as Vice President of Hoffer Plastics Jack also serves on the Board of Directors of The Intec Group (Global insert molding) and the Board of Directors of Sanwa / Intec an international plastics producer.

Chad Archer
Vice Chair (Deanery Rep)

Holy Family has been the foundation of Chad and his wife Roshny’s relationship for nearly as long as they’ve known each other. She invited him to Mass on Easter Sunday 2010, he later joined the choir, and upon getting married at Holy family in 2011 started RCIA and was confirmed at Easter Vigil 2012. They now have two children that have been baptized at Holy Family, one of which has started school at the Academy and enjoys Kid Church. Originally from Clyde, OH, Chad has a degree in Finance from Florida State and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Today he resides in Palatine and works for Illinois Tool Works as a Global Division Controller. Chad is looking forward to representing the parish as the Deanery Representative and learning more about the broader Vicariate and Archdiocese of Chicago.

Fr. Terry Keehan
Pastor (Staff)

Father Terry became the third pastor of Holy Family Parish in 2009.  He spent most of his childhood in Arlington Heights and attended St. Viator High School.  He went to the University of Nebraska, Omaha on a basketball scholarship and played in the NCAA Div. II Tournament three of his four years.  Before entering the seminary in 1982, Father Terry earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication.  He was employed in pharmaceutical sales and became very involved in the young adult programs at Old St. Pat’s Parish.  He was also instrumental in forming the popular Theology on Tap.  After ordination, Father Terry worked in the Vocation Office, Chicago Archdiocese from 1986 to 1994.  Then he became Associate Pastor, Queen of Angels Parish in Lincoln Square.  In 1999, Fr. Terry was the Pastor of St. Matthias and also became Pastor of nearby Transfiguration Parish where he served until coming to Holy Family.

Robin Schreiner(Adult Faith)

Robin Schreiner
(Adult Faith)

Robin has been a member of Holy Family for 15 years. Over the years she has been involved in many ministries including SCC groups, Bible journey, Liturgy Prep and serves as a Mass Coordinator and Eucharistic Minister. Primarily she is involved on the leadership team of RCIA Footsteps. Robin serves as the Adult Faith representative and looks forward to serving and contributing to the parish community in this capacity.

Tracey Cantarutti

Tracey Cantarutti

Tracey Cantarutti, her husband Bob and three children have been Holy Family parishioners since 1988. Tracey was an executive at Motorola until 2005 and now enjoys running her own business and having the flexibility to participate in community and Holy Family life. She has over 20 years of global business experience working with senior executives on leadership development, effective teaming, marketing and global strategy. At Holy Family, Tracey is a bilingual intake coordinator for PHD in Palatine, a hospitality volunteer and a Eucharistic minister. She facilitated team collaboration and strategic planning sessions for the Parish Staff in 2014 and was a presenter for Adult Faith. Tracey brings to the Pastoral council her experiences as both a for-profit and non-profit board member. Tracey and Bob particularly enjoy sharing the Holy Family experience with their 3 grandchildren.


Brooke Held
At Large (Pastor)

My husband and I have been members at Holy Family since 2007, after getting married and moving north from the STL area. We lived in Arlington Heights, Cary, and now in Wauconda with our 2.5 year old triplet girls. Before children, we were actively involved in the Young Adult ministry at Holy Family, and are now ministry leaders for the new Young Family Prayer ministry. I attended college at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where I got my bachelors in Elementary Education and later earned my masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. I’m a 5th grade teacher at Virginia Lake Elementary School in District 15 and am entering my 9th year there. I’m looking forward to learning more about our community and becoming more involved at Holy Family through my position on council.

Barb Knuth
At Large (Council)

Biography to come

Andrew Konopka
At Large (Council)

Biography to come

Tony MathiasEDIT

Tony Mathias, Family Faith

My wife, Mary, and I have been members of Holy Family since 2000. The moment that we walked into the sanctuary we both had this overwhelming since of belonging and home. We have 4 children, 2 of which have been baptized at Holy Family. All of our children have attended FAITH classes from Adam’s Apple to Confirmation. It was a natural progression for me to become a Catechist. I have been a Catechist for 7 years and have been blessed to have been able to teach 3 of my children plus a number of other terrific kids. My background is in the Culinary Arts and Food Manufacturing. It is a special honor to be a part of the Parish Council and represent the amazing Family and Teen Faith Ministry.

Cattie Scharm
Holy Family Catholic Academy

Biography to come

Holy Family Catholic Academy Parent Rep

Karina Chavez
Holy Family Catholic Academy Parent Rep

Biography to come

Mike Myers
Human Concerns

Biography to come.

Joe Ferita Knights of Columbus

Joe Ferlita
Knights of Columbus

Biography to come

Heidi Trocha
Liturgical Life

Biography to come

Bernie Schaeffer Vice-Chair<br />(At Large-Pastor)

Bernie Schaeffer

Bernie and his wife Mary and their 4 children have been members of Holy Family since 1993.  Bernie grew up in Arlington Heights where he attended St. James and St. Viator along with fellow classmate Fr. Terry.  After graduating from Marquette University he worked for 34 years at Motorola, Inc. and Motorola Mobility until his retirement in 2012, the last several as head of their global service organization, where he also served on the advisory boards of several industry associations. Bernie also has an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago.  In addition to Pastoral Council, Bernie recently joined the Holy Family staff as Director of Development.  Bernie has also been a past president of the Willow Walk Homeowners Association, a member of the Fremd High School Booster Board, and a coach for the Palatine Youth Baseball travel baseball program.  Their oldest child Carlie resides in the Milwaukee area and works for Roundy’s, Jamie is a 3rd grade teacher in District 15, Evan is a senior at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and their youngest Eric is a junior at Fremd.  Bernie and his family are proud to be members of this vibrant community.

Pauline Carlson
Teen Faith (Adult Rep)

Pauline joined Holy Family when she got married and moved to Inverness in 1998.  She currently works with her husband George’s real estate firm, where she does the banking for their investor property management.   She has been an active person in community, school, and church, her whole life.  She is a Eucharistic Minister and enjoys being a Catechist and developing her faith along with her daughter and the rest of the teens.  She feels that they learn together.  Pauline looks forward to helping serve and support the parish, and is honored to be part of the pastoral council, as the adult representative for teen faith.

Thomas Morel
Teen Faith (Teen Rep)

Biography to come.

Alexandra Posey
Teen Faith (Teen Rep)

Biography to come.

Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes