Parish Pastoral Council
PPC Vision Statement - Joyfully serving God and our neighbor with open hearts and helping hands.
The St. Patrick Parish Pastoral Council is committed to helping live out the mission statement of our parish. Our purpose and objectives as stated in our constitution are
- To call forth a vision of the church - the people of God.
- To develop a spirit of prayer among the council members and to model Christian leadership.
- To listen and respond to the needs of the people.
- To serve as a major instrument of planning, evaluation, and pastoral renewal of the parish.
- To gather the necessary data before making recommendations for the administration of the parish.
- To develop and maintain a mission statement which embraces the total life and mission of the parish.
- To work jointly with the parish staff and committees to make the parish truly a community of faith.
- To fulfill the directives of the Norms for Parish Pastoral Councils of the Diocese of Green Bay.
Parish Pastoral Council Members: Fr. Jude Egbuna, Wayne Humski, Kathy Mitchell, Katy Shaffer, Joel Schroth, and Trustee Deb Galeazzi.
The Finance Council meets to review and oversee the finances of the parish and fundraising. They also prepare and monitor the annual budget. Members of this committee include: Fr. Jude Egbuna, Chairman Judy Piel, Marge Page, Jon Zeininger, and Trustee Kristen Bergstrom.
The Liturgy Committee serves to assist and enhance St. Patrick's liturgical celebrations throughout the Church year according to the scripture of each particular Sunday, the liturgical seasons, and our own parish customs. This includes preparing and beautifying the sanctuary for worship, tending sacramental vessels, altar hangings and linens, preparing for special worship and prayer opportunities and music selection. The committee coordinates the ministries of the sacristans, hospitality ministers, extraordinary ministers of Communion, lectors, environment and music. The Liturgy Commitee meets at 6:00 pm on the first Thursday of every month. Current members are Fr. Jude Egbuna, Deacon Kurt Grube, Judy Piel, Noelle Hoehne, Seth DuPrey, Sue Sokolowski, and Amy Panzer.
Faith Formation Committee
Our Faith Formation committee is the driving force behind Faith Formation programming. Committee members are involved in all aspects of Children's Faith Formation - Children's Liturgy of the Word, Children's Religious Education Classes, Youth Faith Formation Classes. Members of the Faith Formation Committee are: Sarah Derouin, Wendy Hansen, Pam Hartl, Marge Page, Amy Panzer, and Katy Shaffer.
Respect Life Committee
The Respect Life Ministry exists to educate and raise awareness in our parishes (and beyond) of the dignity and sacredness of every human being from comception to natural death. This is a collaborative effort of all five Neenah-Menasha parishes. Prior to each monthly meeting, we pray the Rosary for Life in St. Gabriel's Chapel at 6:00 pm.
The Respect Life Committee has sponsored an annual Change for Life baby bottle campaign and an annual Mother's Day Rose Sale. Proceeds are given to Wisconsin Right to Life for women in crisis pregnancies and for needed supplies for babies and their moms. We also write and distrbute a quarterly newsletter entitled Life Matters!
We seek to inform and educate on such life issues as abortion, stem cell research, euthanasia, capital punishment, and chastity before marriage. If you have a passion for defending all human life, we invite you to come and join us. Please call Paul & Harriet Zuiker at 920-722-1095 for more information.
Parish Events Committee
The Parish Events Commitee plans and implements all our parish events including parish Fish Fry's, Fall Heritage Festival, Halloween Party for children, our annual Christmas Tree Sale, Christmas Sweet Cookie/Candy Walk the first weekend of December, and CelO'Bration week in March. Members of the Parish Events Committee are: Joe DesJarlais, Cliff Herzog, Deanna Krueger, Stephanie Padilla-Hernandez, Judy Piel, and Katy Shaffer. Erin Goyette serves as staff liaison.
Social Justice Committee
The Social Justice Committee promotes social and economic justice through the church, and serves the parish as a catalyst for the work of Social Justice. Social Justice is the work of every baptized person and is the means by which we change policies, structures, and institutions so they work on behalf of the common good. The committee seeks to identify, formulate and implement Catholic social principles in areas of public policy and conflict involving the poor and powerless and lends support to persons or groups that work for the achievement of a more just and compassionate society. Please consider joining our Social Justice Committee and being a member of this vital ministry!
St. Patrick, St. Margaret Mary, and St. Gabriel parishes collectively maintain our two Catholic cemeteries located in Neenah: St. Patrick Cemetery and St. Margaret Cemetery. The cemetery board oversees all cemetery decisions, finances, maintanence, and right of burials while putting great care in preserving our cemeteries so our community members are able to comfortably and respectfully remember our deceased brothers and sisters in Christ. Members of the Cemetery Board are: Fr. Dennis Bergsbaken, Dave Brotski, Fr. Jude Egbuna, Terry Gant, Mame Haney, Jeanie Klinker, Fr. Robert Kollath, and Gerry VanHandel. Erin Goyette serves as Cemetery Coordinator.