April 2016 Meeting Minutes


  • Fr. Jerry Herda - Pastor
  • Fr. Jacob Strand – Associate Pastor
  • Eileen Placek – Trustee Secretary
  • Julie Martinez-Brockhus - Chairperson and Parish Representative to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council
  • Marc Melloch - Secretary
  • Peggy Oberhofer - Human Concerns Committee Liaison
  • Jim Zausch - Formation Committee Liaison
  • James Wawrzyn - School Committee Liaison
  • Emily Naczek - Vice Chairperson, Selection Committee Chair
  • Mike Drehobl - Finance Committee Liaison
  • Mary Ann Barragry - Worship Committee Liaison
  • John Barrett - Stewardship Committee Liaison




  • Bob Stoffel


  • Joe Prisco
  • Rebecca Jones
  • Sara O'Neil

School Committee Report

From Sara O’Neil, the school committee has been working with the home and school committee on activities for teacher appreciation week.

The school enrollment subcommittee is helping to analyze what trends exist in the area.  These trends may act as a launch point for Suzie Nettesheim’s work on increasing school enrollment.

From Rebecca Jones, the school has been awarded full accreditation.  On May 1, the 11:00 mass will be a school thank you mass.  

For next school year, the K4 has full enrollment, and the K5 class has 1 open slot.  The K3 class is half full, but this level of commitment is similar to previous year’s enrollment levels. A new compensation model for teacher salaries is being rolled out.  The new model will give all teachers a base raise, and those on the lower end of the scale will see an increased raise to bring their salaries more in line with teachers in the surrounding schools. 

Rebecca also points out; many companies have matching funds available when donating to a school, and if your company offers this please take advantage of it.

Pastor’s Report

Heather Petrowski will start July 1 as the Pastoral Associate, and Patrick Morris will begin June 1 as the new Business Administrator.  A new associate pastor, Fr. Jacob’s replacement, should be known in the mid May timeframe.

4 members from Our Lady Queen of Apostles parish have been invited to come to the US this fall.  The 4 members are in the process of applying for US visas.  This is a difficult process and there are no guarantees the visas will be granted.  

Financial Report

With the fiscal year 75% complete, $843,000 has been collected of 1.125 budgeted. The auction had 270 attendees and raised ~$55,000.  The Holy Brewers raised $1700.

The Capital Campaign has collected $623,000 to date.

The roof repairs were initially estimated at $350,000, current accepted bid estimates cost to be $297,000.  The roof repairs have been approved by the village of Fox Point, and work was expected to begin at the end of April.

The initial budget for 2016-2017 fiscal year has increased to 2.068 million.  This is an increase of $50,000.

Old Business

Capital Campaign – The hope is to have the parking lots redone in August 2016, prior to the start of the school year, and after the roof repairs are complete.

Father Jerry has asked for the committee to consider allowing some items of lower dollar value, but lower on the list of priorities to be accelerated if there is an immediate need.  This will be an ongoing discussion over the course of the campaign.

Synod Implementation – The worship committee will be reviewing the Vision for the Future document to come up with a plan to incorporate the ideas from the document into St. Eugene’s common practices. 

New Business

Dunwood DevelopmentFather Jerry proposes to have Bob Stoffel be the official St Eugene spokesperson at any future meetings involving the Dunwood development. Please see the Fox Point village website for current proposed development plans. 

Fr. Jerry would like to have the ability to comment on the proposal and how it may affect St. Eugene.

Committed to Christ – This fall’s committed to Christ cards will end at the start of Advent.  It was asked to have some metrics developed to track the effectiveness of the cards.  Mass attendance has been tracked for a number of years, and at the May meeting additional details will be provided to the committee.

Committee Liaisons

Human Concerns – Grants of $1000 dollars were handed out to 17 local groups.  On May 22, 2 of the groups will be at St. Eugene to talk between the masses.

June 4 is Service Saturday.  A discussion has begun on restarting a Habitat for Humanity group from St. Eugene.

The prayer group at Holy family to pray for a resolution to the troubles in the Middle East is still meeting.

Formation – There were 4 people discerning to join the formation committee.  Gary, from the archdiocese, discussed the role of the committee, theory of why the committee exists, and tools the committee can use to fully integrate St. Monica’s and St Eugene’s committees.  Further discussions with Fr. Jerry will be coming.  The question has also been posed, will the formation committee be helping with the vision of Heather’s role as Pastoral Associate.  Fr. Jerry will work with the formation committee on this.

School – Tuition rates for the 2016-2017 school year have been made available as of April 21.  May 1st, the 11:00 mass will be a school thank you mass. Teacher appreciation week will begin on May 2nd.   The most recent parent survey had 76 respondents, and Option C was the most commented on topic.

Stewardship – Planning for the 2017 Auction, the 25th, is underway.  Planning for next fall’s Committed to Christ cards is ongoing.  Fr. Jerryoke made over $4000.

Worship – 1 person was present for discernment to join the committee.  Discussions were held on how to make the Pentecost celebrations more special. Discussions on ways to make the parish more welcoming continue.  There is likely to be additional meetings to further develop ideas.

Next Meeting: May 7, 2016

Respectfully submitted – Marc Melloch

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