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Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council is the coordinating and unifying body of the parish community. It is a consultative group which fosters pastoral activity by assisting the pastor in identifying parish needs and planning and implementing parish programs and services.

Participants at council meetings include the pastor, a number of at large and appointed council members, commission representatives, some parish staff, and occasional representatives from other parish organizations. Meetings are typically held monthly.

Contact Mark Shapleigh at

Parish Commissions

The six Parish Commissions are extensions of the work of the Parish Council. Meetings are typically held monthly, immediately prior to the Parish Pastoral Council meetings.

Faith Formation Commission

As faith formation and education are life-long processes, the vision of the Faith Formation Commission is to create and implement a plan that inspires ongoing formation and life-long learning for all parishioners in the Catholic faith by identifying key programs and resources to enhance the spiritual stewardship of all and to promote a life of discipleship. In addition, it is the desire of this commission to effectively communicate with all and to reach out to inactive Catholics and non-Catholics with love, understanding and witness.


To join this commission, contact Gina Neuville at

To volunteer to serve our Religious Education programs or become a Catechist, see Catechist & Volunteer Opportunities.

To participate in adult education opportunities and studies, see Adult Faith Formation.

Parish Life Commission

Parish Life Commission creates a plan that will welcome, invite, and encourage involvement of our parish family in parish activities, promoting a Catholic environment and enhancing and cultivating a sense of belonging – fostering relationships by building community among all age groups.


To join this commission, contact Mike Mach at

Outreach Commission

The purpose of the Outreach Commission is to create a plan that will bring forth God’s Kingdom by demonstrating a visible witness of Christ’s love for others by being Christ in the bigger community. The plan seeks to call parishioners to trust and serve God, to serve community by ministering to the poor and suffering, bringing hope and Christ to the world. We further strive to demonstrate and teach social justice issues, allowing parishioners to live their baptismal call to holiness.


To join this commission, contact Deacon Dick Martin at

Stewardship and Development Commission

Stewardship and Development Commission creates a plan that will proactively promote and increase the meaningful involvement of people in the mission and vision of the parish. This will be accomplished by articulating the needs, expanding giving of all types, providing ongoing communication, and cultivating true discipleship through commitments of time, talent and treasure.


To join this commission, contact Jeff Peterson at

Vocation Commission

Vocation Commission creates a plan that will define, support, promote and foster vocations of all types in the parish. The intention of the plan is to expand the understanding of vocations, while cultivating the importance of education, prayer and discernment, and showcasing the empowering role of parents and other role models in the discernment process.


To join this commission, contact Jim Flad at

Worship and Prayer Commission

Worship and Prayer Commission gives support to the Liturgy Committee by providing to the parishioners information about the various liturgical ministries and assisting with the recruiting of liturgical ministers. The Commission aids in providing liturgical seasonal resources for home use, connecting liturgy with daily life.


To join this commission, contact Ron Riese at

To volunteer for a specific ministry, see Liturgical Ministries.

Other Parish Committees

Parish committees support our parish departments and ministries.

Parish Finance Council

The Parish Finance Council assists the pastor in the administration of the parish’s financial resources and assets, so as to ensure the ability to provide for the pastoral needs and priorities of the parish. Members are appointed by the pastor, often for their expertise and integrity in the areas of finance, law, human resources, insurance, building construction, or maintenance. Meetings are typically held quarterly.

Contact Jim Lins at

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee is responsible for the daily, weekly, and seasonal implementation of official guidelines for the celebration of liturgy, including the liturgical environment and music.

Contact Sr. Denise Herrmann at

Facilities and Grounds Committee

The Facilities and Grounds Committee works to develop, manage, maintain, repair, and remodel St. Maria Goretti Parish in a manner that glorifies Jesus Christ in service to the community. This group primarily consists of individuals that have expertise in the area of electrical, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, construction, horticulture, landscaping, and other areas of maintenance. Meetings are held quarterly.

Contact Josh Bruecken at

Support Our Parish

In gratitude for God’s generosity, we dedicate a sacrificial portion of our gifts of time, talent, and treasure to serve Christ and His Church by supporting the needs of our parish.