Council & Commissions

Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body that works in unity with the parish and pastoral staff. The council assists the pastor in identifying parish needs and helps to plan and implement parish programs and services. Participants at council meetings include the parish priests and pastoral staff, the school principal, the religious education director, nine members elected at large, committee chairpersons and representatives from other parish organizations.

Council and Commissions Meetings (2018-2019)

Parish Council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Meetings are preceded by the Parish Commission meetings held at 6 p.m.

Meeting Dates: September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18, January 15, February 19, March 19, May 21

Parish Commissions

The six Parish Commissions are extensions of the work of the Parish Pastoral Council.

Education and Faith Formation Commission - As education and faith formation are life-long processes, the vision of the Education and 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 the chairperson: Patricia Frazak, 273-2628,

Volunteer Opportunities can be found in the school (Athletics Board, Home and School Board, room parent, classroom or office helper, rummage sale, scrip team and MUCH more!), in Religious Education and Youth Ministry (catechist, aide), and with Adult Formation programs such as RCIA.

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 the chairperson: Mike Mach, 271-6553,

Volunteer Opportunities include our Sunday Coffee and Donuts and our many SMG events. One of the blessings of belonging to such a large and active parish is the opportunity to participate in a variety of events designed to bring us together in faith, fun and the spirit of togetherness! Most of these events include opportunities to volunteer to help out in the planning stage or at the event; many events have online volunteer signup!


Funeral lunches - volunteers needed to set tables in gathering space, set up food, help serve and welcome guests, clean up.
Contact: Mary Schuman (serving): 608-271-5385,
Contact: Peggy Wirtzfeld (donating salads/desserts): 848-5180

Social Concerns and Outreach Commission

The purpose of the Social Concerns and Outreach Commission is to create aplan 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 the chairperson: Peter Worman,

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Blood Drive - SMG sponsors a blood drive twice a year. 
    Contact Bill Bremer, 273-1731

  • Community Meal at Luke House. SMG volunteers prepare and serve meals to those in need. 
    Contact: Barb Tereba: 608-277-0961 and Maggie Bernard: 608-274-6033

  • Knights of Columbus - Catholic men's organization, KC supports the pope. Four principles: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, Patriotism. Activities include golf, Sunday breakfast four times a year, tootsie roll sale to benefit people with intellectual disabilities. 
    Contact: Mike Mach: 608-271-6553;

  • Military Service CommitteeOur mission is to show our unwavering support for our military men and women through the generosity of our parishioners. We collect donations of cash and supplies along with cards and notes and send them to our men and women in harm's way. 
    Contact: Tracey Pajewski: 608-334-6708;

  • ProLife - Our ministry connects SMG parishioners to pro-life acitivites in the parish, diocese and community. We support local pro-life efforts of other organizations. 
    Contact: Alissa Hirscher: 608-441-9575;

  • St. Vincent de Paul -  The St. Maria Goretti chapter of St. Vincent de Paul provides person-to-person service to our neighbors in need. Activities include food drives, blanket drives, weekly food collection, home visits (provide vouchers to families for furniture and clothing), school supply drive, toy drive, occasional meals/visits at Port St. Vincent, provide items to Port St. Vincent and Seton House. Read more.
    Contact: Marianne Adamczyk,  608-298-3370

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 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 the chairperson: Jeff Peterson, 608-663-9193,

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 the chairperson Jim Flad at If you would like to meet with Fr. Tony, please contact him at 608-271-7421 or

Vocations Commission Members: Jen Bartell, Bill Bullock, Jim Flad, Joe Schaeve, Kevin Streetar, and Fr. Tony

From the SMG Vocations Commission: Fostering Vocations is Everyone's Vocation

May 12, 2019

World Day of Prayer for Vocations is May 12. It’s also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. We encourage you to encourage the young people in your life to consider a vocation to religious life. Pray a rosary or spend time before the Blessed Sacrament for young people in our diocese to hear and answer God’s call. Also, pray for all our Good Shepherds, especially Fr. Scott, Father Tony and our new Bishop Hying. For more information, visit, or

Vocations Commission Flyer (PDF)

Worship and Prayer is responsible for assessing needs and making recommendations for the liturgical life of the parish to the pastor and parish council. Our mission is to help insure that our parish does what it can to help parishioners connect faith and worship with everyday living. New members are needed to serve on the Commission.

To join this commission, contact the chairperson: Ron Riese,

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
Volunteer ministry opportunities include:

  • Altar servers
  • Commentators and Lectors
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
  • Ministers of Hospitality including greeters and ushers
  • Ministry of Liturgical Environment, which is responsible to design and install the décor of the liturgical environment for each of the liturgical seasons.
  • Ministry of Sunday Sacristan, which sees to the preparation and set-up of all liturgical items needed for Mass and to their proper care after the Mass.

  • Music ministries include instrumentalists and cantors, as well as four organized choirs:
    • Adult Choir that sings at the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass and for other special occasions
    • Contemporary Choir that sings at the 11:00 a.m. Mass
    • Resurrection choir that sings for funerals
    • SpiritSong Choir usually sings two Saturdays a month at 5:15 p.m. Mass.

For more information, contact Sr. Denise Herrmann:, 268-2960.