March 2017 Meeting Minutes


  • Fr. Jerry Herda, Pastor
  • Fr. Andrew Linn, Associate Pastor
  • Emily Naczek, Vice Chairperson, Selection Committee Chair
  • James Wawrzyn, Chairperson and Parish Representative to the Achdiocesan Pastoral Council
  • Marc Melloch, Secretary
  • Kate Gould, Human Concerns Committee Liaison
  • Peggy Oberhofer, School Committee Liaison
  • Mike Drehobl, Finance Committee Liaison
  • Eileen Placek, Trustee Secretary
  • Nicole Carpenter, Stewardship Committee Liaison
  • Jim Zausch, Worship Committee Liaison
  • Matt Kirchner, Formation Committee Liaison

Absent: None

Excused: Bob Stoffel

Guests: Connor Schlaak, Rebecca Jones, Kristen Bremenkamp


Finance Report

The budget is expected to be complete in early April. The east parking lot will be repaved in June after school is out for the summer.


Pastor’s Report

Fr. Jerry began his Pastor’s report with a thank you to the parishioners of St Eugene.  He was very proud of the past week’s activities.

With the help of our contributions the church roof in Uganda is being completely rebuilt.  The parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Apostles also raised enough money to replace the windows of the church as well.

Fr. Jerry has met with a number of priests who have shown an interest in the opening at St. Eugene and St. Monica. The priest recommendation board is expected to make their recommendation by the end of April.


School Committee Report

The budgeted enrollment for 2016-2017 school year was 160 students.  Actual student numbers have been 168-170.  For the 2017-2018 school year enrollment is projected to be flat.  There have been 19 new families registered, and the K5 class is already full.

The annual fund has raised more than $90,000 with $13,000 of this as matching contributions.

Rebecca Jones spoke about the 3 Archdiocesan Exemplary Awards earned by the school and how the school has been recognizing alumni who have made the honor rolls at the various schools they attend.

The question was posed what is the capacity of the school, 250.  It was also stated that at current trend levels enrollment could reach 200 in the coming years.


Capital Campaign

Father Jerry has been asked to speak to the plans to redo the east parking lot.  

Fr. Jerry and Eileen Placek need to review the proxy to ensure the east parking lot improvements will be covered.


Pastor Appointment Process

Fr. Jerry reminds the council members to think about a transition plan for the new pastor.  Fr. Jerry states the small gatherings (max of 30 people) at a parishioner’s home were helpful when he began his time.  Reminder there is only 3 months to go.


60th Anniversary Celebration

Eileen Placek is still working on ideas for the picnic this coming June.  


Committee Liaisons


Update on the search for a new director of Music and Liturgy. The search committee is working to have the position filled for a July 1 start date.

Fr. Jerry’s last weekend mass at St Eugene will be June 10 & 11.

This summer St. Eugene will be celebrating its 60th anniversary.  Additionally there will be a celebration for 2 sisters who will also be celebrating a 60th anniversary.

There was discussion about some new hospitality initiatives the worship committee is considering.


For the 3 days of the Parish mission there were approximately 1600 people to attend, 300 on Monday, 900 on Tuesday and 400 on Wednesday.

There were 108 confirmations took place with more than 640 people witnessing the ceremony.

There is a stated desire to have 4 members of the formation committee from each parish.


Teacher appreciation will be the first week of May, and a new parent survey will be coming out later in the year.

Additional discussion on the Dunwood development was held.

Human Concerns

The baby bottle campaign raised $4,000.

The grants received are being reviewed.

Sandwich Saturday is looking for a new coordinator.

This year’s service Saturday will be June 3.


Auction recap, 2 attendees for dinner and cocktails. The auction raised $45,000 and $14,000 for tuition assistance. There has been a stated desire to attempt to have a downtown venue for the next auction.

The 60th anniversary planning is continuing.

Plans are underway for a founder’s brunch.

Discussion on how to keep the Committed to Christ program relevant past lent.

Next Meeting: May 16, 2017

Respectfully submitted – Marc Melloch