Councils & Committees


Finance Council

Carlo Gozzi

Carlo is the current chairman of the IJP Finance council. He is a lifelong parishioner as well as a 1996 graduate. Carlo and his wife Cheryl were married at IJP in 2012 and their daughter Madelyn was baptized here in 2014. He is a 13 year banking veteran that spans the disciplines of branch management, commercial lending and wealth management. Carlo has a bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MBA with a finance concentration from St. Xavier University.

Joseph Tapajna

Joe and his wife Marilyn and daughters Elizabeth and Rachel have been IJP parishioners since 1977. Joe retired from a 38 year career in public accounting in 2014. Since 1991 and continuing today Joe serves as an adjunct faculty member in the graduate program in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

John Yast
Parish Finance Council Member

John has been an IJP parishioner for about 20 years and have two children at IJP School this year. John recently celebrated my fifth anniversary as a Vice President at BMO Harris Bank,. His position is in Risk Management, engaging and reviewing appraisals of commercial real estate before we make the loans. He has over 30 years of experience appraising commercial property and reviewing commercial property appraisals, and received an MBA from the Kelley Graduate School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington with dual degrees in Real Estate and Finance.

Luke Larocca

Luke is a practicing CPA and Certified Financial Planner. As owner of Larocca & Company, Ltd. in Homewood, he works in the areas of tax, accounting and investment planning. Luke and his wife Katie have 4 children – Riley, Laura, Luke and Caroline. They have lived in the Flossmoor Community for most of their lives, living in the same Flossmoor home for the last 16 years. He has been active in the community coaching softball and soccer for several years and has been a parishioner since 1972. Luke has served on the IJP Finance Board since 2015.




Parish Pastoral Councils grew out of Vatican II. The council exercises shared responsibility for the pastoral life of the parish, with an emphasis on its primary role of carrying out the parish’s spiritual mission, under the leadership of the pastor.

Some ways for the council to do its work include:

  • Helping to identify the present needs of the parish
  • Suggesting practical ways to address those needs
  • Inviting and supporting new initiatives
  • Recommending new programs that will fulfill the Church’s mission and address local needs

Current PPC members are Karyn Lewis (president), Peggy Dull, John Abbeyea, Alexandria Anaya, Leslie Newhuis, Terrence Smith, and Diane Klupchak.




The overall purpose of the Liturgical Commission is to assist the pastor in preparing and providing for the spiritual development of the members of the parish through liturgical celebrations, significant prayer experiences and spiritual growth programs.

The Liturgical Commission is a standing committee of the Parish Pastoral Council. The committee works with the pastor for the spiritual development of the members of the parish. The Worship Committee assists the pastor in the planning of Worship, liturgical celebrations, devotions, significant prayer experiences and programs of spiritual growth.

One of the most important qualities of a committee member is to recognize oneself as a servant of the community.  God sets the banquet table, inviting one and all.  In this context, the role of the Committee is to serve the needs of the Body of Christ, not their own.

The most desired qualities of Committee members include:

  • A willingness to be open to the guidance of the Leadership of the Parish
  • A desire to foster, call forth and appreciate the gifts of others
  • Knowledge and experience of church, sacraments, church documents, ritual and mission
  • An openness to diversity
  • A willingness to work collaboratively
  • Specific skills and talents that would be beneficial for the Liturgy Committee