"He shepherded them with a pure heart; with skilled hands he guided them." Psalm 79:72
Pastoral Council is a group of parishioners chosen from and by the parish community, who together with the parish priests guide and oversee parish affairs as the community attempts to fulfill the mission of the Church. The trustees of the parish corporation also serve on the pastoral council by virtue of their office.
The pastoral council has three principal purposes:
- To serve as a vehicle for fulfilling the pastoral mission of Jesus and the Church in a specific part of the Archdiocese;
- To strive to build a community of disciples who recognize their baptismal calls to lives of holiness, witness, and service; and
- To engage in a continuous process of pastoral planning which takes into account the needs and priorities of its parishioners, the Archdiocese, the broader community, and the world.
A pastoral council is...prayerful, pastoral, representative, discerning, prophetic, empowering, and collaborative.
~Taken from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Pastoral Council Manual.
Pastoral Council Members
Mario Montalbo - Chair (2020)
Megan Anderson - Vice-Chair (2019)
Cherie Eckmann - Secretary (2021)
Bart Bohne (2021)
Matt Bruce (2020)
Dan Jungen (2021)
Dave Marcello (2021)
Chris Norton (2020)
Andy Orgovan (2021)
Mark Otten (2021)
Jeff Sladky (2021)
Jodee Tlachac (2019)
Joel Vandendriessche (2019)
Jerry Buting - Trustee
Kathy Hoffman - Trustee
pastoral council meetings
The St. Dominic Pastoral Council meets the second Thursday of each month, August through June in the Parish Center at 7:00 PM. Please consult the parish calendar for the latest dates. All are welcome to attend.
The Finance Council is a group of people, some appointed by the pastor and others chosen from and by the Pastoral Council because of their financial expertise, which consults with the pastor(s) in regards to the administration of parish assets. One or both trustees may serve on the Finance Council.
The Finance Council has five main purposes:
- to provide advice and guidance to the pastor in the administration of parish assets;
- to prepare the budget and review financial statements;
- to monitor the financial condition of the parish, including regular audits/reviews and internal financial controls;
- to review any indebtedness of the parish and assist the pastor in taking care of interest and capital payments; and
- to provide an annual financial report to the parish.
Finance Council Members
Nick Kummer, Chair
Gary Gawryleski, Vice Chair
Mark Maciejewski, Secretary
Bart Bohne, Pastoral Council Representative
Matt Bruce, Pastoral Council Representative
Advisor: Karen Chaffee, Advisor
Advisor: Michael Ricci, Director of Operations
Ex-officio: Jerry Buting, Trustee
Ex-officio: Kathy Hoffman, Trustee
Ex-officio: Fr. Dennis Saran, Pastor
Parish Leadership Teams
Building and Grounds Committee
The Building and Grounds Committee oversees the maintenance and strategic planning of all parish facilities.
The Building and Grounds Committee is seeking people with expertise in the following areas: interior architecture, building management, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing. We would like to add these areas of expertise to our committee. If committee membership is impossible, we would appreciate your time and expertise as a consultant. If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Michael Ricci in the Parish Center: 262.781.3480, Ext. 253.
The Cemetery Committee works in partnership with parish staff to oversee the ongoing care of our parish cemetery at the intersection of Lisbon and Marcy Roads. The cemetery is closed to new interments. For more information, contact Michael Ricci in the Parish Center: 262.781.3480, Ext. 253.
The St. Dominic Endowment Fund traces its beginnings to our founding pastor, Father Grohall, who was an ardent supporter of Catholic education. A residuary bequest from Father Grohall's estate provided for the creation of our endowment fund.
The fund is dedicated solely towards the furtherance of Catholic education and formation at St. Dominic Catholic Parish, including both our day school and formation programs.
As of the end of the 2017 fiscal year, the Fund balance totaled $582,287.
Board members of the fund:
President: Fr. Dennis Saran, Pastor
Vice President: Jerry Buting, Trustee
Secretary: Kathy Hoffman, Trustee
Treasurer: Nick Kummer
Director at Large: Joe King
Director at Large: Pat Mattern
Director at Large: Ann Rieger
Tax deductible gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, or mutual funds can be made directly to the St. Dominic Catholic Parish Endowment Fund at any time. Please remember the Endowment Fund when making your year-end charitable donations and when preparing your estate planning documents. The Endowment Fund can also be named as a designee for funeral memorials.
Your gift to Catholic education today will help ensure the success of tomorrow's leaders. For more information, contact Karen Chaffee in the Parish Center: 262.781.3780, Ext. 223,
Evangelization and Formation Commission
The purpose of the evangelization and formation commission is to support ministries and programs which evangelize and catechize as a part of the mission of the Church. Evangelization and formation is a lifelong process aimed at personal conversion, growth in faith, and transformation of society. This commission collaborates and consults with members of the pastoral staff on the design, implementation, and evaluation of all the formation programs in the parish. These programs can include: evangelization efforts, sacramental preparation, child ministry, Catholic school ministry, student ministry, young adult ministry, adult and family ministry, and vocations.
Because the mission of formation in discipleship is so extensive, the commission may form committees or ministry teams to work directly with specific ministries. The commission’s role is to monitor, evaluate, and collaborate with any committees or teams to minister more effectively. Any committees or ministry teams should report their activity regularly to the Commission. Commissions should meet with these groups periodically to discuss the current state of the ministerial activity and to exchange new ideas for growth.
The Dominic Days Committee oversees the planning and operation of the annual festival, including the Golf Outing, Steeplechase Run/Walk, and Car Show. Offering 4 days of fun, food, games and entertainment, this event allows us the opportunity to welcome our local community to our campus.
The Gala Committee plans and coordinates a biennial dinner auction held on even years usually in February. It is a night of magic and memories for the benefit of St. Dominic Catholic Parish. Various sub-committees lead efforts, such as gift acquisition, sponsorships, class packages, class parties, decor, flocking, student art projects, and more. Please consider attending, donating, and offering your time and talent!
Human concerns Commission
The Human Concerns Commission seeks to support our parish mission to seek, know and become Christ by focusing on the implementation of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy within our parish and in the greater community. The commission meets bi-monthly.
Gerry Monday (Chair), Edell Schaefer (Vice Chair), Trish Hozhauer (Secretary), Bob Boehler, Eileen Jarosz, Nancy Jurss, Emily Koenig, Kathy Sawaski, Ted Schmidt, Gerri Schultz, Stacey Seim, Mary Lestina (Ex-officio), Andy Orgovan (Pastoral Council Liaison)
Corporal Works of Mercy
Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the prisoners, bury the dead, give alms to the poor.
Spiritual Works of Mercy
Counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant admonish the sinner, comfort the sorrowful, forgive injuries, bear wrongs patiently, pray for the living and the dead.
Human Resources Committee
The Human Resources Committee provides policy guidance and assistance to the pastor and administrative management of the parish.
The areas and issues of primary focus and activity for the committee have included employee handbook development and review, employee search and selection process, employee compensation and benefits, organization design and communications, and performance management and employee development.
The objective of the committee is to attract and retain high quality employees through effective human resource policies and procedures. For more information, contact Michael Ricci in the Parish Center: 262.781.3480, Ext. 253.
The Marketing Committee assists the parish in providing effective internal and external communications to share the mission and ministry of the parish. The committee assists in publicity, promotions, print and digital communications including social media and the website. The committee is responsible for developing a strategic communication plan. Members with gifts and skills in writing, graphic design, video, photography, social media, and marketing are encouraged to offer their time and talents. For more information, contact Meg Picciolo in the Parish Center: 262.781.3480, Ext. 248.
School Advisory Committee
The School Advisory Committee assists in the development and definition of the policies that govern the grade school. Educational innovations are areas of responsibility assumed by the committee. Meetings are open to the St. Dominic parish community.
Welcoming. Communications. Parish Life. Time & Talent
The responsibilities of the Stewardship Committee are to oversee the ongoing Stewardship efforts of the parish: develop ways to assure each person feels welcomed and valued, develop plans for educating the community about stewardship as a way of life and harvesting the gifts of its parishioners, collaborate with committees of the parish to incorporate Stewardship throughout all areas of ministry. For more information, contact Meg Picciolo in the Parish Center: 262.781.3480, Ext. 248.
The mission of the Vocations Committee is to help create a culture for vocations and provide awareness and enrichment opportunities related to ordained ministry, lay ministry, religious life, married and singe life. Parish Contact: Mary Lestina, 262.781.3480.
The Prayer & Worship Commission coordinates the practice of and activities related to celebrating the mysteries of our faith in the communal worship. It also provides overall direction of the spiritual and liturgical life of the parish and oversees the liturgical ministries and coordinates the celebration of the liturgical calendar. For more information, contact Paul Burzynski in the Parish Center: 262.781.3480, Ext. 240.