Meet Our Staff
Fr. Tom Cavera
Having grown up in nearby Rockford, Fr. Tom is delighted to be assigned to this beautiful parish community. He is beginning his third year as the Canonical Administrator and hopes to continue to bring the gospel message to the people of Parnell for many years to come. Fr. Tom loves hiking and climbing mountains.
| Tel: Ext 11
Darci graduated from St Patrick’s school in 1981. She later joined St Jude Parish, she’s been back to St Patrick’s for over 20 years. She joined the staff in July of 2016. Her responsibilities include administrative assistance to the parish staff, the editor of the parish bulletin, and much more. She enjoys walking, traveling and spending time with her family.
| Tel: Ext 10
Cheryl has been a parishioner since 2004 and joined the parish staff in 2008. She oversees the areas of pastoral care, christian outreach and adult faith formation. She also provides counseling and support to our school children during the school year. She and her husband adopted their daughter Josie in 2016 and she continues to fill their life with joy and activity.
| Tel: Ext 14
Director of Religious Education
Lindsey joined the St. Patrick Parnell staff in 2018. She coordinates religious education for St. Patrick’s parish children and leads Christian Initiation for Adults. She studied theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and is now pursuing a Master’s from Franciscan University of Steubenville.
| Tel: Ext 41
Director or Youth Ministry & Communication Coordinator
Cassie attended St. Patrick School from 2003-2008 and is excited to be back as a part of the St. Patrick Parnell staff. She seeks to walk with young people on their journey toward Christ through a Eucharist-centered ministry. When away from work Cassie enjoys drinking iced coffee, playing tennis, and doing mission work in the Dominican Republic.
| Tel: Ext 10
Simon, a graduate of Aquinas college, is the Director of Music Ministry and Liturgy. He joined the staff in 2019. Simon is passionate about music and its vital role in our faith. Simon loves working with all members of St. Patrick Parish and is inspired by their passion and love for music.
| Tel: Ext 13
Gene is the head of maintenance and custodial work at St. Patrick Parnell. He joined the parish in 2014 and has been in his current position since July 2019. Gene also serves as a member of the Buildings and Ground Committee. He is eager to work wherever his services are needed around the parish as we are all called to serve.
Brian has been a member here since 1981. He joined the staff as bookkeeper in 2013. He is responsible for all of the parish and school accounting. All four of his children attended and graduated from St. Patrick School and he currently has several grandchildren enrolled here. He enjoys boating with his wife Deb, children and grandchildren.
| Tel: Ext 39
Jay has been a parishioner at St. Patrick Parish since 2005. He acts as a financial advisor to Fr Tom and the parish Finance Council. He also works with Brian Happie who prepares the parish financial statements. He coordinates the annual budgeting process with staff and the Finance Council