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Groups & Committees

We welcome, invite, and encourage your involvement in our parish groups, organizations, and committees. For more information, please contact the Parish Office at or 608-271-7421.

Groups & Organizations

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Carefree Years

Carefree Years is a social group for men and women who are 55-years-old and older. We host multiple social events every year, including potlucks and game days, and attend various plays throughout the year. Learn more

Catholic Mindset Coaching

In our parish, Catholic Mindset Coaching provides opportunities for individual coaching, in person or via Zoom, as well as group human formation workshops throughout the year.

A Catholic Mindset Coach is a valuable resource to help you become aware of your interior life and your thoughts. A coach has the skills to identify limiting beliefs, thought errors, identity lies, and to help you grow in integrity. Coaching will also help you grow in problem solving and remove or bypass obstacles that keep you from choosing God’s plan for your life.

As a Certified Catholic Coach, Teresa Whipple can assist you in understanding, discerning your thoughts, and using reason to help you maximize your God-given gifts and potential. Contact Teresa at

Dogma & Donuts

All are invited to join SMG's Dogma & Donuts group. We meet in the Bride's Room every Thursday from 7-8 a.m. where we study the Catholic faith and revealed truth. Currently, we are studying the classic four volume set of City of God. For more information, contact Pat Bushek at 608-444-9777.

Families with Young Children

Join other families with young children for faith and fellowship. This is a great way to meet other parents to form friendships, prayer groups, or play groups. Learn more

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus Council at St. Maria Goretti is a group of Catholic men focused on serving our parish and community. Learn more

Rangers Club - Fathers and Sons

Rangers Club is a Catholic based group for fathers and sons (grades K-5) which strives to develop moral virtues in young boys through simple talks and fun activities. Fathers will receive practical advice on developing character in their sons. Events include a virtue talk, competitive activity, snacks, and socializing. For more information and upcoming events, contact Brian at

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Our mission is to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Our primary outreach is to visit with families newly transitioning out of homelessness, providing blankets, furniture, groceries and other necessities. Learn more

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Join fellow school parents and parishioners on Thursdays, after the 8 a.m. school Mass, in prayer and fellowship to study the upcoming Sunday Mass readings. Young children are welcome to tag along. We'll meet in the back area of the Parish Hall. For more information, contact Katie Christensen at or 630-776-3092.

Young Adults

Join other young adults in their 20s and 30s, whether single or married, for faith formation, social events, and volunteering opportunities. Learn more

Youth Ministry

Our Youth Ministry program offers opportunities for middle and high school students to encounter Christ through prayer, sacrament, and service. Learn more

Prayer Groups

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Divine Mercy Prayer Cenacle

“Cenacle” is a word for the upper room where Jesus’ apostles gathered together in prayer with His Mother Mary, and the Holy Spirit powerfully descended upon them. We gather together to read St. Faustina’s Diary and to learn more about her work informing people of Christ’s Mercy, to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and to say the rosary and prayers of the Marian Movement of Priests Prayer Cenacle.

At SMG, we have two Divine Mercy Prayer Cenacle groups that meet on Wednesdays:

  • Morning Group - 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. - Meets in the Church
  • Afternoon Group - 2 - 3 p.m. - Meets in the Bride's Room

For more information, please contact Ela Murzynski at (Morning Group) or Mary Graper at (Afternoon Group).

Eucharistic Adoration

We are blessed at SMG to have Eucharistic Adoration offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the church. This is a beautiful ministry of adoration and prayer before the Real Presence of Christ, which forms a continuous devotion on behalf of the whole parish.

We are looking for several more people to make a weekly Adoration commitment. Our goal is to have at least two adorers for every hour of Eucharistic Adoration. This will help ensure that we will have someone present each hour if a schedule conflict arises for the other adorer that hour.

For more information or to sign up, please see Eucharistic Adoration.

Rosary Rose Groups

Rosary Roses, also called Roses of The Living Rosary, is the community of people who support the life of the whole Church through their daily prayers of the Rosary. Each Rose has 20 people, each of whom recites one specific decade of a rosary daily. In this way the whole Rosary is recited every day.

At SMG, we currently have six Rosary Rose groups:

  • Our Lady of Fatima Rose (Women’s Group)
  • St. Joseph Rose (Father’s Group)
  • Our Lady of Cana Rose (Mother’s Group)
  • Our Lady of Good Help (Mixed Group)
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe Rose (Mixed Group)
  • St. Maria Goretti Rose (Young Adult’s Group)

If you are interested in joining a Rosary Rose group, please contact Ela Murzynski at

Seven Sisters Apostolate

The Seven Sisters Apostolate is a call to strengthen the Church by ensuring that a Holy Hour is prayed each day of the week for the sole intention of our priests. Each woman commits to a specific priest and a Holy Hour on a specific day of the week, thus covering a complete week. At SMG, two woman can also divide the Holy Hour.

If you are interested in praying for our priests at SMG through this Apostolate, please contact Teresa Whipple at New members are always welcomed.

Outreach Ministries

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Luke House Meal

On the second Thursday of the month, St. Maria Goretti provides, prepares, and serves the meal at Luke House. Volunteers are needed to help serve the meal or to donate and prepare the food for the meal. Learn more

Mazzuchelli Care Team

The Mazzuchelli Care Team reaches out to parishioners who are in nursing homes, assisted care facilities, or homebound. We make intentional efforts, through ongoing visits, to maintain their association with SMG, and, more importantly, to provide fellowship. Learn more

Parish Committees

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Evangelization Core Team

More information coming soon

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. For more information, contact Josh Bruecken at

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. For more information, contact Jim Lins 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.