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 Councils

Finance Council is the consultative body to the pastor in addressing the stewardship of the parish's finances and parish grounds.

Finance Council Members 2023/2024:
Bill Campion, Craig Darling, Tim Feldhausen, Matt Gelb, Fr. Bob Kabat, Arlene Klika, Craig Leigel - Trustee, Stacy Smits

2023/2024 Meeting Minutes
     April 2024
     January 2024
2022/2023 Meeting Minutes 
     May 2023    
     Feb 2023
     Dec 2022
     Sept 2022

2021/2022 Meeting Minutes
     May 2022
     February 2022
     November 2021 

Parish Pastoral Council is the main consultative body to the pastor in fulfilling the parish's mission.

Parish Council Members 2023/2024
Kelly Fitzgerald, Fr. Bob Kabat, Brenda Luedeman, Matthew Raymaker, Andy Schumacher, T.J. Sorensen, Mike Van Handel, Ann Weiss - Trustee

       2023/2024 Meeting Minutes
       March 2024
       January 2024

2022/2023 Meeting Minutes NOTE: Parich Council meets every other month.

September 2023

2021/2022 Meeting Minutes NOTE: Parish Council meets every other month.

January 2022

2020/2021 Meeting Minutes 
NOTE: Parish Council meets every other month.

September 2021

2019/2020 Meeting Minutes NOTE: Parish Council meets every other month.

January 2020
November 2019
September 2019

August 2019

2018/2019 Meeting Minutes
August 2018
September 2018
November 2018
January 2019
March 2019


Parish Committees

Buildings & Grounds Committee The mission is to assist the Parish in the management of the physical properties of the church. These include the worship space, school building,  Holy Name of Jesus Discernment 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), Stacy Smits (parish office) The Apostle Volunteer Group help with some duties as described above.

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. 

Evangelization and Catechesis Committee The 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 Heidi Klessig, Annie Stewart, Jeanne Agneessens, Wayne and Jolene Wichlacz, Fr. Bob and Mike Westenberg.


Worship Committee Our faith community welcomes all to join us at the table of the Lord to celebrate the Eucharist so that we may be fed by the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. At our Eucharistic celebrations one is nourished in Word and in Sacrament so that one can live out the missions of Jesus Christ in their daily living. It is our belief that “we are one body, one body in Christ and we do not stand alone”.