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Parish Pastoral Council

Chairperson: Trevor Cooper

Deputy Chairperson:  Greg Ryan

Secretary: Leanne Gennat

The PPC will meet  on the 2nd Wednesday each month.

An agenda setting meeting will be held by the executive of the PPC during the week prior to the PPC meeting. Any parishioners wishing to raise a matter with the PPC are asked to speak with a member of the PPC , place a written submission/ request in the communication box in the church , or contact the Parish office by phone or email before this agenda setting meeting.

Meet the members of the current pastoral council

Fr Joe D’Souza    (Parish Administrator)

Trevor Cooper (Chair)

I am new to the Parish and have a passion for Evangelism, Understanding the Word of God, and Building Community. I often say “It is crucial that we as Catholics know what we believe and why.” I am currently undertaking Post Graduate work at UNSW, looking at the Use of Evidence in Medicine, Psychology and Ministry and I’m a strong advocate for Parish Development.


Greg Ryan  (Deputy Chair)

I have worked for the St Vincent de Paul Society for the past ten years and am currently a member of the State Mission and Formation Team assisting members and volunteers in the Dioceses of Lismore, Maitland Newcastle and Armidale. I joined the Society ten years ago after a 30 year career in Catholic Education. I usually attend the 6.00pm Vigil Mass and assist there as a coordinator and Extra ordinary Minister. My wife Margaret and I have been members of this Parish since 2013 and we feel very much a part of a welcoming and friendly worshipping community.


Leanne Gennat  (Secretary)

My name is Leanne Gennat and I am a country girl at heart, having grown up on a farm in the Nambucca Valley. After 10 years working in Sydney my husband and I moved ‘home’ when I took up a teaching position at St John Paul College in 2003. Since then I have worked in various leadership  roles and currently serve the College Community as Assistant Principal Mission. I am passionate about developing strong links between Parish and Schools and finding ways to bring our community closer together. I feel very humbled and honoured to be a member of the PPC and look forward to serving our community through this ministry.

Louise Thompson  

My name is Louise Thompson, mother of three and now grandmother for the first time. I am a pharmacist by profession and have been in the parish for about six years after moving to the area in 2013. Having looked around at others I chose this parish because I felt the parishioners had a sense of ownership that appealed to me. I am honoured to be able to serve on the council and look forward to the journey.


Graeme Clark

Cate and first moved to Sawtell in 1978. Our 3 children were born in Coffs Harbour and attended MHOC until we moved to Albury in 1996.   With a strong commitment to social inclusion, I worked for 47 years in disability services before retiring in 2015.  We then returned to Sawtell and re-engaged with the MHOC parish.

Michelle Harrison

Hi all , My name is Michelle Harrison, Mother of 4 children, and grandmother to nine wonderful grandchildren. I have worked as a Paediatric Nurse in rural and remote areas of Australia last being Mt Isa. Moved to the Sawtell area 5 years ago. And was made very welcome at Mary Help Of Christians and am looking forward to being on the Parish Council and seeing where God leads me.


Matt Currie

Hi, my name is Matt Currie. My wife and I, along with our two children have been part of the Sawtell Parish since 2017.  I have always admired the sense of community within our Parish. This is what drew us here. I look forward to the opportunities to further strengthen this into the future. As a Parish we have an amazing opportunity to share the Gospel and I am honoured to further this ministry as part of the PPC as we continue to grow our amazing Parish.


Sarah deByl

I have been lucky enough to be part of the Sawtell Parish since I was 11 years old. During my time as part of the Parish I have served as an Altar Server, Reader, in Music Minisry, Childrens Liturgy and now proudly as part of the Parish Pastoral Council.

After finishing school at JPC, I went to Toowoomba, studied, traveled and fell in love. I moved home with my husband Chris in 2018 and we have been blessed with two beautiful children Henry and Daisy. I have always worked for the Church in some way starting out my career as a primary school teacher in Catholic Education and finding my passion for youth ministry working as the Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Toowoomba Diocese, I then worked for the Catholic Schools Office, Lismore and am now the Leader of Catechesis at St John Paul College.


Matt de Dassel

Together with my wife Sharon and four children, we have called Sawtell Parish home for the last 20 years. I taught at St John Paul College as a Science teacher and then Ministry Coordinator before taking a position with the Catholic Schools Office as School Evangelisation Consultant. Our family loves and cares for our Parish and I have enjoyed being involved in the strategic planning around our building program, aged care and service to the poor priorities. I have a growing desire to see our Parish move from its strong position into a truly Missionary Parish, reaching out to those in our community and making Missionary Disciples. As Chair of the Parish Finance Council, I am an ex-officio participant in the Parish Pastoral Council.



Matt Digges  (Director of Mission)

I am  based at Sawtell Catholic Care and am an ex-officio member of the Parish Pastoral Council.

Carolyn Tumminello (Pastoral Associate)

Bruce and I moved to Sawtell in 1993 and with our three children, have been a part of this parish ever since. I spent many years teaching at MHOC school, including three years as coordinator of additional support needs and two years as Assistant Principal (Mission).  I have completed some post- graduate studies in theology and have been involved with many aspects of parish life, including the Sacramental program for children, PPC and DPC (Diocesan Pastoral Council). In 2018, I made the big move away from teaching to take up the position of Pastoral Associate for our parish. I always feel blessed and grateful to be part of such a wonderful faith community and pray we can continue to grow as a welcoming and  faith-filled community. I am a back-up ex-officio participant in the Parish Pastoral Council.

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