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June 2013 Parish Council Minutes

Parish Council Meeting Minutes for June 18, 2013


Present: Fr. Jim Schuerman, Fr. Angel Anaya, Erick Bourgeois, Theresa Watts, Tina Janssen, Enrique Rodriguez, Cevin Moses, Shari Loback, Tom Benigno.       Excused: Patti Soukup, Tom Bertrand, Dan Guadian

Meeting opened with a reading from the Gospel of Matthew and the Our Father. Minutes Approved: May 2013 minutes were approved by e-mail to members

Pastor’s Report:  New Principal for school has been hired.  John Chovanec, who will start the position on July 1, 2013. Also

hired was Brian Wrightson as the School Music teacher and Parish Director of Music.  Father Jim welcomed Father Angel as our Associate Pastor. Father Angel is assuming Administrative duties at St. Andrews. He is now residing at our parish rectory.  Father Jim has moved to the rectory at St. Frances de Sales in Lake Geneva. Voice of the People: None  COMMITTEE REPORTS         Administrative and Finance: Tina Janssen reported that at 11 months into the parish budget, we have a  short fall of $79,000. Total income is below budget by $104,000, approx. 9% from budgeted amounts. Below budget: $52,000 weekly contributions, $24,000 special donations, $17,000 fundraisers, $7,000 buildings and grounds, $4000 Christian Formation. Expense is under budget by $16,000, the committee members expressed thanks to department heads for keeping expenses below their budgets. The 2013- 2014 budget is still being analyzed and should be approved at a special meeting on July 1. Human Concerns: No report  Prayer and Worship: No report      Communication: Shari Loback reported that there will be a float to promote St. Andrews in the 4th of July parade in the City of Delavan. Shari is seeking volunteers to help with the float. The information about the new principal has been posted on the website and Facebook, and a news release will be going into  the newspapers.      Religious Formation: Cevin Moses reported that Religious Formation committee members did not meet in May. Cevin attended the Visioning & Dreaming meeting; discussion on having the prayer tree this school year, Deacon Phil has contacted the Chaplain at the Wal Cty jail to inquire about parishioners writing letters to prisoners to reach out to them with  faith and inspiration, a date will be chosen to celebrate with the parish at the Fall Harvest Pot Luck Dinner, other discussions were the Pallium Lecture featuring Archbishop Dolan, school grocery bag donations to the Food Pantry, Chris Stefanick DVD presentation to Religious Formation High school students, and a farewell reception for outgoing staff. School Committee: Reported was discussion on the principal search, Farewell to Julie Kadrich and revisions to the school budget.                          Hispanic Leaders Committee: Enrique reported that the Mass leaders will meet with Father Angel in July to review roles and seek leaders. The menu at the Spanish Food booth for the parish festival will be enhanced with favorite food items. Buildings and Grounds:  No report


Parish Life Team  Cevin Moses reported that after his presentation of Stewardship at the Sunday Masses, he is taking time to work with Barb Vite of the Archdiocese to create a plan for moving forward with the Parish Life Committee. Cevin will work with Father Angel to translate his presentation to Spanish for the 11:30 Mass.  Stewardship Presentation – Barb Vite, Stewardship Director, Archdiocese of Milwaukee presented a seminar at St. Francis de Sales in Lake Geneva.  Attendees from St. Andrews were Father Jim, Cevin Moses, Theresa Watts, Patty Kostechka and Al Seemann.


Parish Council Elections: A ballot will be offered at the Masses on June 22-23 for parishioners to vote on the 3 members who have accepted nominations. These members are Lauren Bandler, Brook Heide and Laura Szatkowski.  Their terms will begin on July 1, 2013.  Retiring parish council members are Dan Guadian, David Zampino and Cevin Moses. Archbishop Listecki’s Pastoral Letter: Father Jim presented copies to all parish council members in May. The first step of the Synod timeline is for our parish to hold a reflection session for parish staff and pastoral council members on the Archbishop’s letter. The session is planned for July 7th at 4:00pm.  The Archdiocese of Milwaukee Synod will take place  June 7-8, 2014.*  Parishes and clusters will hold a session based on the Pastoral Letter to give input towards the future of the archdiocese. St. Andrews will need a delegate at the synod session.  Parish Registration – Hispanic Registration forms will be available after 11:30 mass on June 30 to encourage our Spanish community to register as parishioners.   Pallium Lecture: Sept. 5th, 2013. Cardinal Dolan will be the speaker. Joint Parish Council Meeting: St. Andrews and St. Patrick’s council members will meet together at St. Andrews Rectory Patio on Tuesday, July 16, at 6:30pm.

Motion to adjourn the meeting by Erick Bourgeois, seconded by Tom Beningo Respectfully Submitted

Theresa Watts     Trustee Secretary

June 2013 School Committee Minutes



JUNE 5, 2013 – 6:00 p.m.




Members Present:        Jesse Wright                               Jeff Scherer

                                       Dave Malisow                            Julie Kadrich

                                       Shari Loback                              Fr. Jim Schuerman

                                       Cathy Gengler                            Lauren Bandler

                                       Ann Foster


Members Absent:         Patti Soukup           



The meeting was called to order and the minutes of the May 1, 2013 School Committee meeting were unanimous approved.


Discussion of Tuition/Employee Policy – approval?


The Pastor’s Report was then given by Fr. Jim.   Fr. Jim thanked Julie Kadrich for her service as Principal of St. Andrew’s.  Julie will be leaving on July 1, 2013 for her new position in Chicago.


Fr. Jim stated that he will continue as Pastor of St. Andrew’s and St. Francis de Sales in Lake Geneva.  Fr. Jim will be switching his living arrangements and moving into the rectory at St. Francis on June 12, 2013.   Fr. Anaya will be living at the St. Andrew’s Rectory and will share duties with Fr. Jim.  There will not be an associate at St. Francis.


Janel Karsten submitted the Teacher’s Report.  Our music teacher, Georgia Ramthun, will be leaving and she made her announcement to her students.  Our interim gym teacher, Ryan Fritz, will be offered the gym teacher position. We will share Mr. Fritz with St. Francis. He will work 50% for St. Andrews and 50% for St. Francis.



Under Old Business, the Committee will go into a closed session regarding the principal search.  Thereafter, new school committee member, Ann Foster, was introduced and welcomed.  Ann has a 4th grader and 7th grader attending St. Andrew’s, and is a teacher with the Lake Geneva public schools.  It was noted that the St. Nick’s Breakfast is in need of a chairperson. 


Under New Business, the Committee will go into a closed session regarding finance matters.


Becki Brusa submitted a report to Julie Kadrich on Home and School and advised that a social for incoming St. Pat’s students and St. Andrew’s mentors has been set up for June 24, 2013. A Fall family barbecue was discussed.  All families’ transition.   The Committee was advised that Tim Ruesch will continue in his role as athletic director.


Sean McKean submitted a report to Julie Kadrich on the Buildings & Grounds and advised the Committee that all locks for the school have been re-keyed.   A window between the church and school has been fixed and the boiler issue was also discussed.  Parishioners have been asked to consider donating for the boiler.   It was suggested that a “progress board” be erected to show updates on the boiler fund.   


It was noted that the Tour de Tech will be held on June 22, 2013 with a 50/50 raffle and bike t-shirts.


Susan O’Grady of the Tech Committee submitted a report advising of a $5,000.00 grant from Pentair.   Five (5) wireless routers will be installed in June.  The remainder of the funds will be used for Ipad Carts and smart projectors.   A color printer was donated by Tom at Cartridge World. 


The Committee was advised that Ryan Fritz, our interim gym teacher, will be offered the part-time gym teacher position this coming year.  He will also be the part time gym teacher for St. Francis.    Brian Wrightson will be the new music teacher and will also be the Director of Liturgical Music, a shared position with St. Pat’s.   We will be posting a position for a Spanish teacher.


There will be meetings of the School Committee throughout the summer months given the issues at hand regarding the Principal and accreditation issues.  


It was suggested that a “School Recruiting Booth” be set up at the Festival where information and questions could be answered about St. Andrew’s.    Shari Loback will be coordinating a float for the 4th of July parade on which it will be stated that more information about St. Andrew’s Parish School will be available at the Festival. 


The Committee members reviewed the survey results and Lauren Bandler will email out an interpretation of the data. 


The principal search is down to two (2) candidates, John and William.  It has been more than 30 years since St. Andrew’s has had a male figure as principal.  John resigned his position as he had concerns over teaching positions.  He has extensive reference.   A possible decision could be made this week and a possible introduction at Mass.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:33 p.m.

August 2013 Newsletter

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Back to School?! Supplies.

Time to start looking for deals. Prices can range dramatically throughout the next few weeks. You can sit down and eye flyers or just go to one store’s sale. St. Andrew Parish School has a webpage setup so parents can share deals they come across with other parents, so you know if you are really getting a good price or not. Listed are the most common items on the back to school list and a link to supplies needed by grade is there also. Take a look and happy shopping! 44 days until the first day of school as of today…


Father Chris Talks to National Catholic Register

Father Chris Talks to National Catholic Register

Get to know our own Father Chris (when he was a seminarian) through this article in the National Catholic Register.

Parish Festival & Auction, July 12-13, 2013

The St. Andrew Parish Festival and Auction is just around the corner and once again, we’re looking forward to a great community get together with food, fun, and music. Our live auction promises once again to have so many fantastic items, many which will be continually updated on the St. Andrew Facebook Page or on the St. Andrew Website.

It is worth mentioning a few here, however. Auction lovers will have many chances to bid on approximately 350 items in silent auctions on Friday and Saturday, both 5PM-9PM. The big ticket item in the live auction on Saturday, July 13 at 6:00PM, is the opportunity to rent a 3 bedroom and 3 bath oceanfront home on the Gulf of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula for one week.  The home has a full kitchen, living room and an infinity pool on the ocean side.  It is close to the Mayan Ruins; the city of Merida and the Port of Progresso.


Bid to stay at this house for one week on the Gulf of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Just a few other examples during live bidding is Green Bay Packers and Badger Football tickets, a Backyard Chicken Package, a County Stadium Sports History Collector’s Package, Lake Geneva Getaway for 2, plus over 70 more items.

The St. Andrew Parish Council would like to extend a special thank you to all individuals and businesses who have donated this year and in the past. This auction and festival is a great community event and we appreciate all who attend and are so generous—St. Andrew Parish and School members are proud to be a part of Delavan.

Below is a schedule of events for July 12-13 at the St. Andrew Parish & School grounds in Delavan:

Festival Schedule of Events

 Friday, July 12, 2013

5:00 – Festival Opens

  • FISH FRY $10.00


    The Summer Festival’s Delicious Friday Fish Fry by Scott Wolfer!

  • Authentic Mexican Food
  • Silent Auction
  • Games Tent/Inflatables
  • Beer Tent
  • Book and Plant Sale


11:00 – Festival Closes


Delanie Thone at the Summer Festival

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Noon – Festival Opens

  • American and Mexican Food
  • Silent Auction
  • Games Tent/Inflatables
  • Book and Plant Sale
  • Beer Tent


2:00-6:00 – Bake Sale

3:00 – PIG ROAST $9.00




11:00 – Festival Closes

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