Parish Organizations at Seven Dolors Parish
Trustees: Darlene Felling & Jim Sand
Parish Pastoral Council
Members are nominated by personal and peer recognition. They are selected by a "lot draw" during a liturgy service after they have agreed to proceed with their nomination. The council provide goals, vision and objectives for the parish to work toward. There are members on the council, two are trustees, two are chosen by the parishioners, one chairperson, one secretary, and 4 are representatives of various groups of the parish. The council works with the Finance Council, Faith Formation and various groups of the parish to oversee the activities of the parish and to provide consultation to the pastor.
Parish Pastoral Counci Members: Rod Gerads-chair,
William Scepaniak Jr, Monetta Watry, Matt Zierden, Harvey Beutz, Ryan Scherping, Marion Gondringer, Sheela Arceneau;
Darlene Felling-Trustee, Jim Sand-Trustee, Fr. Edward, Fr. Julius
The Finance Council oversees parish finances by creating the annual parish budget, monitoring the parish income and expenses and reviewing all major expenditures of the church and cemetery.
Finance/Endowment Committee: Dave Braegelmann-chair, Melissa Gerads, Derrick Meyer, James Kastanek, Jim Sand-Trustee, Nancy Schultzetenburg, Victor Kotten, Rod Gerads, Fr. Edward, Fr. Julius, Darlene Felling-Trustee
Liturgy Committee: Edna Goebel, Sharon Weyer, Joan Sand, Rosie Zimmerman, Toni Hudock, Karen Heitzman, Tillie Gilk, Marie Schleppenbach, Anna Dingmann, Fr. Edward & Fr. Julius
Activities of the Christian women include coordinating events in the parish, such as cleaning of the church, help with decorating the church, hosting card parties for senior citizens, collect items for Birthline, . They also sponsor the rosary on KASM radio, keep the video library at church up-to-date, provide flowers for Mother’s day, root beer floats for Father’s day, a breakfast for our graduating seniors, and a gift for newborn babies of our parish. The Christian Women’s group will provide new parishioners with information about our parish functions. The group also helps with coordinating the funeral groups which work for the funeral lunches for deceased members of the parish. The group may be called upon to sponsor other events as the need arises throughout the year.
Christian Mothers / Women Society: Carol Wenning-president, Teresa Scepaniak-secretary, Melissa Gerads-Treasurer
Catholic United Financial #400
This organization exists as a not-for-profit fraternal benefit society to promote fraternalism and charity among members through a local council system. Goals of the group include providing members with life insurance, annuities and other products and services. Benefits of their services help to contribute to the financial well-being of the members and their families and they encourage faith-fueled community engagement. The Seven Dolors Catholic United Financial Council#400 sponsors various events throughout the year and they help support the Faith Formation program for the youth of the parish. A matching grant breakfast is held which provides a time for fellowship with parishioners and their families. All parishioners are asked to help with this event as the proceeds are used to help with financial support for Faith Formation and other financial support for events within the parish. Catholic United Financial (was St. Joseph’s Society Secretary St. Ann’s Society)
Knights of Columbus
From the moment of our founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus. We are Catholic men of faith and men of charitable action. Through our Building the Domestic Church initiative, Knights and their families have greater opportunities to participate in a variety of activities that deepen their faith, promote the New Evangelization, and strengthen our parishes. The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. All the good works we do are informed by our four core principles:
Charity – Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another.
Fraternity – Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely.
Patriotism –We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are among the greatest citizen
Christian Societies & Other Parish Groups
Cemetery Board: Ron Kalthoff-chair, Duane Kleve, Jim Sand, Lois Reber, Dennis Mareck, George Reber, Pat Timp, Fr. Edward & Fr. Julius
Building Maintenance Committee: Ron Kalthoff, George Reber , Ron Koopmeiners, Terry Oehrlein, Leo Sand, Rollie Gilk, Gary Winkels, Darryl Eiynck, John Krebs, Joe Gilk, Kevin Shay, Fr. Edward, Darlene Felling-Trustee, Jim Sand-Trustee
Planning & Development Committee: Dave Braegelmann-chair, Darlene Felling, Earl Felling, Rod Gerads, Dennis Knapp, Victor Kotten, Jim Sand, Dan Weber, Joyce Winter, Roger Wolf, Terry Oehrlein, Roger Gertken, Fr. Julius & Fr. Edward
Holy Family Board of Education: Angie Rushmeyer, Paul Schiffler, Janel Eibensteiner, Gary Geise, Jason Spychala, Karla Zierden, Priya Felling, Maria Heymans-Becker, Toni Hudock, Fr. Edward
Faith Formation: Nicole Schneider, Anne Gourde, Priya Felling, Lauren Mareck, Toni Hudock—Faith Formation Director, Fr. Edward & Fr. Julius
Mission Group: St. Peregrine
Mission Groups (not active) St. Jude, St. Francis Cabrini, St. Mathilda
Sesquicentennial: (Sept 23, 1868—150 years): Shirley Bauer—chair, Sr. Alice, Larry Mareck, Arnie & Ginny Meier, Richard Mareck, Rita Gasperlin and Lois Reber
Funeral Lunch Group Coordinators: Joyce Winter, Sally Bueckers, Georgine Andersen & Geri Lenneman
Mother of Mercy Nursing Home Auxiliary
Military Advocate: Terry Schwab
Mother Seton Store: Shirley Bauer - manager
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