Parish Committees

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Education Committee

The Education Committee assists the Parish Coordinator of Religious Education in planning, assessing, and improving the Religious Education program.

For more information, contact Angela Katz, Coordinator of Religious Education at 715-723-7108 or [email protected]

Finance Council

The Finance Committee is made up of five Council Members and one Representative from the Parish Council. Notre Dame’s bookkeeper is also at the meetings to answer any questions the council may have or to hand out reports. The Finance Committee members serve 2-year terms. Often these members represent the Finance Council on other Parish and Community Council Boards (Notre Dame’s Building and Grounds, Parish Council, MACS Finance, MACS Building and Grounds, etc.). Meetings take place every other month and can be more frequent, depending on the current projects undertaken. The Finance Council typically reviews the current financial position and account balances of the Parish, the annual budget and adherence to the budget, the Annual Report, updates to changes in insurance, Capital Campaign progress, and any other matters that involve funding or expenditures within the Parish.

Liturgy Committee

The liturgy committee consists of a group of interested parishioners who meet for approximately one hour meetings bi-monthly. The only requirment is to be willing to participate in discussions and offer your perspective. Members serve for one year.

Duties include: determining the liturgy schedule, planning special liturgies particularly during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons, making recommendations regarding music and liturgical ministries, and assisting with special projects such as hymnal selection and funeral ministry development.

Contact the rectory at 715-723-7108 or email [email protected]

Pastoral Council

The parish council is a representative body of the parish that advises the parish priest on decisions that affect various aspect of parish life. The council is composed of nine members, of which three are appointed by the pastor and the other six are elected by the parish body. Each member serves staggering terms of three years with the potential to serve up to two consecutive terms. Parishioners are advised to get to know the council members and provide them with their opinions and concerns as it relates to various aspects of parish life so the council has an understanding of the parish body’s sentiments. With this input the council can properly relate the parish’s voice to the pastor for proper care of the parish.

The subcommittees that report to the council include; MACS Education Commission, Family Life/ Social Committee, Sacred Worship Committee, Education Committee and Social Justice Committee. In addition to these subcommittees there is cross representation with the Finance Council to be sure both councils reflect the concerns of the other and to be sure our finances meet the objectives of the parish. Parishioners are encouraged to read the minutes from the bi-monthly council meetings which are found at the back center entrance of the church. In these notes you will see items discussed such as the new St. Francesca Food Pantry, scholarships to the MACS system, discussion on a pictorial directory, budget discussions and much more.

Should you wish to learn more about the parish council or are interested in serving your parish in this way please contact one of the current parish council members or our pastor.

Social Life Committee

The Social Life Committee organizes and hosts the social events that take place at The Church of Notre Dame. Our meeting dates are the first Wednesday of the month at the Goldsmith Coffee Shop from September through April. New members are always welcome. We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of individuals who volunteer their assistance to make our events a success and we appreciate all those who attend to support our efforts. We enjoy the camaraderie of our fellow parishioners and community members that the events provide.

Activities include preparation, serving and clean-up for the Soup Suppers held the 1st Wednesday of the month from November through March, the Old Fashioned Chicken Dinner held the last Wednesday of January and the Harvest Dinner in October. We also host a Cookie Walk held on the 1st Saturday of December.

Our proceeds go to funding ongoing projects. With the monies earned, we have added hot water in the bathrooms, additional electrical wiring has been done in the dining room, and the rectangle tables have been replaced with round tables in the dining  room.

Social Justice Committee

Mission Statement: The Social Justice Committee of Notre Dame Parish will promote a greater understanding of the Church’s teaching on social justice through word and deed. We will reach out in our parish and beyond in areas of concern including respect for life, care of the homeless and hungry, and afflicted.

Some Activities –

  • Life Chain on Respect Life Sunday
  • Spring 40 Days for Life
  • Pro-Life flag display
  • Spirit of Christmas
  • Soles 4 Souls
  • Quarterly food drive
  • Aid in the operation of the St. Francesca Resource Center/Food Pantry
  • Meetings are as needed

Contact: Joan Hosley: 715-723-0025 or [email protected]