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Parish Commissions


St. Vincent de Paul Parish Commissions

We invite you to explore and learn more about the various commissions of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. These, along with our organizations and ministries, are the cornerstone and fabric of the vibrant parish life of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and how we can best serve our parish community and the community around us.



Educate/form parishioners in a deeper understanding and experience of various liturgies, especially the celebration of the Eucharist.

Focus upon liturgical preparation, art, and environment, ongoing formation of liturgical ministers: musicians, ushers, greeters, lectors, and servers.
Members:  S. Cornell, Dea. Bob, D. Hausknecht, J.Ramos, E. Dies, J. Ballard, N. Daley
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Develop among parishioners a desire to deepen their understanding and commitment to our Catholic Christian faith as a set of beliefs and a way of life,
 fostering a recognition that lifelong spiritual growth is the foundation of our entire lives and parish community.

Foster the development and oversight of parish renewals, missions, retreats, prayer experiences, devotions, and spiritual direction opportunities. Create ways to integrate spiritual growth experiences into various parish organizations, meetings, and events. Within this component are the PSR program, RCIA, family religious formation, adult faith opportunities (including work-life), and youth ministry. Encourage people to consider the priesthood, the diaconate, religious life, and lay leadership.
Members: Pierre Ferrer, Tina Jastrzemski, Selena Holmes, Ulius Benson, Bill Marshall, Paul Jerdonek, and Bob Clark
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Form active Catholics to better live and share their faith in daily life. Outreach to inactive Catholics – especially youth and young adults, parents of the school and PSR students, former parishioners, and unchurched, people in the surrounding neighborhood. Involvement in area ecumenical and interfaith endeavors.

Members: Suzann Mernagh, Phil Schuchter, Dan Mernagh, Tom Walter, Hank Inman, Terry Henretty, Rita Kingsbury, Tom Walter

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Deepen within parishioners the desire and ability to reach out to people hurting in their daily lives.

Foster outreach to hospitalized, homebound, nursing home residents, lonely, caregivers, grieving, divorced or separated, addicted, those with physical or mental disabilities, immigrants, poor/hungry, and others who feel marginalized, such as gays and lesbians.

Members: Donna Warner, John Bryan, Martie Bender, Bob Clark, Rachelle Ede, Betsy Busch, Kathie Shoenfelt, Aaron Tripp.

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Educate parishioners on social justice issues and ways they can advocate and act on specific peace and justice concerns within their daily relationships, work, and community involvement.

Emphasize the Consistent Ethic of Life from conception to natural death. Includes current concerns such as abortion, euthanasia, healthcare, immigrants, violence and war, care for the environment, growing income inequality, un/under-employment, death penalty, global solidarity, local housing, and neighborhood development.

Members: Rita Rochford, Bernie Rockford, Anne Burris, Harry Skeen, Linda Skeen, Carolyn Varner, Mary Yanko, Mary Benzie, Mary Tschantz, Dave Tschantz, Greg Sain

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Assist parishioners to develop a sense of stewardship – sharing their time, talent, and treasure as a way of life in the parish and in their overall life.

Develop ways to involve people in various parish ministries, organizations, and short-term projects based on their specific gifts Provide opportunities for formation, support, and evaluation. Strengthen a sense of community among parishioners.

Members: J. Ballard, J. Kelly, K. Klee P. McCluskey, T. Pastor, B. Walsh, B. Warner

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Enhance various means of parish communication

Further develop parish website, newsletter/email newsletter, and other forms of communication, including social media to communicate within the parish and beyond our worship experiences, faith formation opportunities, and parish activities.

Members: John Kassell, Hank Inman, Dale Cook, Doug Hausknecht and Ellen Dies

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Bring together and enrich families, including youth and young adults, in ways that foster vital, and faith-based family life.

Learn and respond to various needs of families and youth within the parish and school. Increase their sense of belonging and involvement in the parish. Provide various programs, fun activities, workshops, and retreats that families would be interested in.

Members: Christian and Maddie Sokoloswki, Carrie and Anthony Worner, Winnie Neugebauer, Allen Dies, Alyssa and Mike Bauman 

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Under the guidance of our pastor and inspired by the Gospel, the Community Outreach Commission will continue the mission of Jesus Christ by recognizing and responding to the needs of the diverse communities within our parish and throughout our parish boundaries. This will be accomplished through an integrated system of strategic priorities designed to respect the dignity of every person and to build a just and compassionate society.

Goal (A) – Carry out the mission of our parish which states, “We are a welcoming Catholic community called together by Jesus Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit to live and share the love of God in our parish and in our daily lives.”

Goal (B) – Assist in the improvement of communication between all commissions related to current and future outreach plans and endeavors in our parish and within our mission territory.

Goal (C) – Continue the development of our community outreach conversations related to the following:

Black and White Conversation
Catholic & LGBTQ+ Community Talk
West Hill Neighborhood Organization

Robin and Paula Adair, Ulius Benson, Father Norm Douglas, Pat Elliot-Baker, Selena Holmes, Hank Inman, Tina Jactrzemski, Jerry Kelly, Jeffrey Lindholm, Patty McCluskey, Rita Rochford, Kathie and Dave Shoenfelt,  Larry Vuillemin, Jim Zwisler

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