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Pastoral Council

Pastoral Council is a consultative body that assists the pastor in promoting the parish mission of worship, education and service.  The Council now works closely with our cluster partner of Saint Paschal Baylon Parish to enhance the Catholic presence in greater Hillcrest.  The lay members are discerned for four-year terms and meet ten months of the year.

Please e-mail SaintClareParishCouncil@gmail.com for inquiries or suggestions.

Pastoral Council Members


Nick Ambrogio

Council Term: 2020 - 2024 (Vice Chair)

Nick and his wife, Amanda, and have been married since graduating from Purdue University in 2001, and are proud parents of Domenic and Ava. They reside in Highland Heights and have been parishioners at St. Clare since 2013. They were familiar with the parish as Nick’s grandparents, Bill and Eldina Ambrogio, had been members since moving to Mayfield Heights in the 1950’s. Nick and his family initially became involved by volunteering at the parish festival which led to further opportunities to set down their roots. Nick has served as a lector at 8am mass since 2017 and taught 5th Grade PSR from 2018 to 2021. Amanda also lectors, serves on the RCIA team, and has volunteered in the PSR office. Domenic and Ava have faithfully served as altar servers since fifth grade and have served as aids in the PSR program.


Barb Dew

Council Term: 2019 - 2023

Barb and her husband Robert have been parishoners of St. Clare parish since 2017.  They both love to travel and have a "bucket list" of shrines they want to visit.  Barb is a life long crafter.  Just hand her a pari of scissors, fabric, paper, glue or some paint and she will create some thing unique for you!  Barb is involved in several ministries at St. Clare including RCIA, Eucharistic Minister and Tuesday Rosary Cenacle.


Dennis Gibbons

Council Term: 2020 - 2024 (Chair)

Dennis is married to his wife Carla of 23 years.  They joined the parish in 1998 and have 3 children, Alexandra, Annalise, and Denny.  Dennis has been very active in the church for many years serving as a Eucharistic Minister and part of the Men of Prayer group.  Most recently, Dennis serves as Parish Council Chair.  Dennis enjoys being a part of the church community beause of the amazing family that St. Clare is.  Outside of church Dennis and Carla can be found supporting their children in the various activities they are involved in.  In his spare time, Dennis referees for OHSAA football.


Emily Hoffmann

Council Term: 2021 - 2025

Emily is married to Kraig and they have been parishoners of St. Clare since 2002.  They have 2 sons, Drew and Matthew, who are graduates of St. Clare School and Corpus Christi Academy.  Emily works as a Physical Therapist and in her spare time enjoys running, reading and being out in nature.


Sam Mercurio

Council Term: 2020 - 2024

Sam is married to his lovely wife Rose.  They have been parishoners of St. Clare since 1986.  Together they have two children, Carli (husband Eric) and Cayla who are both St. Clare alumnae.  In addition to their two children, they have been blessed with a 19-month old grandson. Rose and Sam volunteer during the parish festival and are also part of the planning  committee.  They also have supported many fundraising events for both the school, parish, and boosters over the years. When they aren't helping out at church, they love to travel, spend time with family and friends, and entertain.


Lauren Petrello

Council Term: 2021 - 2025 (Secretary)

While Lauren was baptised at Holy Rosary parish, her parents joined St. Clare in 1988 and Lauren has been a parishoner ever since.  She is the elder of 5 siblings.  In 2012 she married her husband Carmen at St. Clare church.  They both enjoy working the parish festival every year, and helping out with church decorations for each liturgical seaon.  For fun, Lauren and Carmen enjoy catching baseball games especially in different cities. Their goal is to visit all of the MLB ballparks.


Marianne Schmitt

Council Term: 2018 - 2022

Marianne joined the parish in 1985 when she married her husband, Mark, who belonged to St. Clare since 1979.  She and her husband raised 4 children, all of whom attended St. Clare School between 1985 and 2003.  Marianne is active in several other ministries including Church Linens and Leading a Festival Committee.  She assisted her husband on Parish Council prior to her official term, then joined Council herself.  In her spare time she enjoys training their German Shepherd Abby, being creative with Shutterfly projects, and reading.  For her 60th birthday she obtained her Carry Conceal Permit - very important in a Law Enforcement family.  Her husband served on a Police Department for 38 years, retiring as the Senior Detective 1st Grade.  Their oldest son serves on a Police Department in the area, and their youngest son is a Federal Agent.


Tim Shean

Council Term: 2021 - 2025

Tim has been a St. Clare parishoner his entire life.  He is also a St. Clare alumni.  Throughout the years Tim has been involved in a few different ministries serving as a PSR Catechist, and an alter server.  Tim still helps out maintaining all of the schedules for the alter servers at each mass.  Outside of St. Clare Tim works downtown as  a staff accountant at Barnes Wendling CPAs.


Ewa Sirk

Council Term: 2019 - 2023

Ewa was born in Warsaw, Poland.  She moved to Lyndhurst from Warsaw in 1999.  Shortly thereafter she found St. Clare and became a parishoner in 2000 where she became involved in a variety of ministries including helping with the parish Fest Committe, Sunday School, and Girl Scouts.  Ewa is married to Dan.  Her hobbies include gardening, skiing, and traveling.  


Michael Spolar

Council Term: 2021 - 2025

Mike is married to his lovely wife Maureen and they have been parishoners of St. Clare since 2019.  They have 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls.  As a family they enjoy bike riding, vacationing at the beach, and taking cruises.  Mike is also involved in the Men's Prayer Group at St. Clare.


Sarah Zarcone

Council Term: 2021 - 2025

Sarah has been a parishoner of St. Clare since 2012 and is a lector at daily mass. She, and her husband Nick have been married for 9 years and have 4 beautiful children.  In Sarah's free time she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, reading, and learning about theology and apologetics.


Mark Schmitt

Council Term: 2016 - 2020 (Former Chair)

Mark has been a parishoner since 1979.  He married his wife, Marianne, in 1985 and they raised 4 children, all of whom attended St. Clare School between the years 1985 and 2003.  Mark has been and continues to be very involved in many parish ministries including Church Linens, Sunday Collection Count, Adult Funeral Server, and Festival volunteer.  When his official Parish Council term ended, he elected to stay on and to continue to serve.  In his spare time Mark enjoys maintaining physical fitness at the gym, bicycling, cooking, pairing wines with food, watching old movies, and training his German Shepherd, Abby.  Each day Mark and Abby practice obedience training and Abby responds to an impressive 150 verbal and silent commands in 3 different languages.


Mark DeSilvio

Council Term: 2018 - 2022 (Former Chair)

Mark has been a parishoner since 1985.  He is married to Rosemary Sweeney with a son Thomas.  Mark is very involved in the parish.  A few of his ministries include Eucharistic Minister and Lector.  Outside of the church Mark was a professional photographer.  You can find him with a camera around his neck at most church events.  Some of his most exciting shots were taken during the 3rd launch of the Space Shuttle, and under the Ohio River in the coal mines.  Mark also enjoys pistol shooting and American history.

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