Parish Councils & Committees
At St. Matthew Catholic Community we are fortunate to have multiple councils and committees to guide and direct our parish. Individuals are elected to a council with term limits. Depending on the committee, individuals may join without a long-term commitment. Below are the committees and councils here at St. Matthew, along with meeting minutes.
Parish Committees and Councils
Buildings & Grounds Committee's mission is to assist the Parish in the management of the physical properties of the church. These include the worship space, school building, Nazareth House, parish center and the rectory. This committee is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of Parish facilities. These tasks include building repairs and maintenance, landscaping, lawn care, snow removal, and other duties when they arise. The duties are performed through a combination of volunteer labor, and contracted services. Members of the committee serve as leaders for recruitment and organization of volunteers. The committee serves as an advisory body to the Parish Council to identify facility issues and opportunities. Committee members include: Mike Ignasiak (chair), Penny Dart (parish office), Dick VanLangendon, Bob Leonowicz, Jim Genrick, Mark Messerschmidt, Orv Konop, Ambrose Kowalczyk, Marty Metzler, and Steve Smet.
Justice & Human Concerns Committee works to bring Catholic Social Teaching alive in our parish. Pope Francis has captivated the attention and imaginations of many of us with his strong words and actions connecting following Christ and how we conduct ourselves in the world. Francis draws from the long tradition of Catholic social teaching to prod us to live and think differently. Leading us by his example and teaching, he urges Catholics worldwide to better imitate Jesus in our daily lives.
The goals of our committee are to help promote Catholic Social Teaching and support parish members in living them out. Our focus is twofold, to bring awareness and knowledge of our traditions rich social teaching to our community and to provide opportunities for people to experience their faith through service and justice work. We are able to do this through: our Justice Herald newsletter, hosting issue forums and educational events, leading collections for the less fortunate, providing opportunities for people to get involved with St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, Love Life, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, along with other groups and agencies. Committee members include Jackie Thiry, Mary & Larry Connors, Rachel Westenberg, Fr. Bob, Mary Vanden Boomen, Jeanne Smits, Kay Schumacher and Mike Westenberg.
If you would like to join us in this work we would love to have you. For more information on the committee, contact Mike Westenberg at email@example.com or Jackie Thiry at firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2018 Meeting Minutes
Evangelization and Catechesis Committee’s goal is to explore ways to deepen people’s relationship with Christ, and to reach out to those who are disconnected from the faith community with the joy of the Gospel. Committee members are Kara Phernetton, Kathy Castelaz, Shirley Fox, Rosie Pavek, Katie Phernetton, John and Amy Weiss, Al Gooding, Fr. Bob and Mike Westenberg.
Finance Council is the consultative body to the pastor in addressing the stewardship of the parish's finances and parish grounds. Members are: Bill Campion, Craig Liegel, Matt Gelb, Penny Dart, Tim Feldhausen, Craig Darling and Arlene Klika.
Parish Pastoral Council is the main consultative body to the pastor in fulfilling the parish's mission. View 2016-2017 Annual Report Summary
Parish Council Members 2018-2019 The Parish Council for the coming year will consist of Wayne Wichlacz (trustee), Dave Dionne, Dick Peters, Clare Schumacher and our new members; Matthew Raymaker, Peter Weiss, Ted Phernetton and Dianna Langner. We thank Ginger Micksch, Bill Stary and Sue Jauquet for their dedicated service on the Parish Council the last six years.