Recent News from St. Andrew's, Delavan, WI


TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014


CALL TO ORDER:  Fr. Jim called the meeting to order at 7:35 P.M.

PRESENT: Fr. Jim, Tina Janssen, Lauren Bandler, Tom Bertrand, Patti Wright, Cevin Moses, Fr. Angel, Dan Seuser.

ABSENT: Shari Loback, Enrique Rodriguez, Patti Soukup, Jim Stiles, Paul Schmelzer

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The approval of minutes from the April Parish Council meeting were postponed until the June meeting.

PASTORS REPORT: Fr. Jim stated that a combined confirmation ceremony between St. Andrews, St. Francis and the Deaf Community took place.  Spanish confirmation is May 29th.  First communion ceremonies also took place in May.  8th Grade graduation will be at mass on June 5th.  Fr. Nate was ordained on May 17th at St. Frances Cabrini in West Bend.   Fr. Angel stated the Hispanic community has a folklore dance group name Tonanzin that performed recently.  They have put in much effort over a year of practicing and will continue to do performances for fundraising events and for Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The Hispanic community will also take on this year’s organization of the Parish Fall Harvest dinner.


ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND FINANCE:  Tina reported that the parish received a third bequest.  The outstanding balance on the mortgage has been paid off with the use of some of the bequest funds to eliminate any additional interest expense being incurred.   A portion of the funds will be invested with the Catholic Community Foundation as discernment takes place regarding how the funds will best be utilized.  The generosity of the three donors who have left bequests over the last year are being highlighted at the Memorial Day weekend masses along with a bulletin insert.

The budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 is still being finalized and will likely be approved at the June finance committee meeting.

HUMAN CONCERNS: Fr. Jim reported the homeless shelter is closed for the summer months.  They experienced a much higher number of people this year due to the harsh weather.  Approx. 20 people per night versus past years of 12 – 13.




SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Lauren reported four new people will be need for next year as Jess Wright, Jeff Scherer, Cathy Gengler and Shari Loback will be finishing there terms of service.  The dress code and bylaws are being revised for next school year.  140 students are expected for next year.

HISPANIC LEADERS COMMITTEE: See Fr. Angel’s comments under Pastors Report

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS: The air conditioner is being tested and a second quote is being obtained for a new unit.

PARISH LIFE:  Cevin reported the first Parish Life meeting was May 9th.  Approval of a vision statement was made.  The Parish Directory photos will be taking place June 2nd, 3rd, 16th and 17th.  The Parish Life committee is still in need of both Hispanic and Deaf community representation.  “Dinner for 8” is a new fellowship effort that will be starting soon.  A farewell coffee and donut social will take place to thank Fr. Jim on June 15th after the 9:30 and 11:30 masses.  A parish picnic is being discussed for some time in August.


COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS GATHER SPACE:  Lauren reported the first meeting focused on developing a list of all the needs required by the new gather space.  A meeting will take place with Russ DePietro to investigate structural concerns some have with using the old garage space as a starting point.


BYLAWS:  Parish Council bylaws need to be reviewed and updated.

PARISH LEADERSHIP:  Transition between Fr. Angel and Fr. Jim will take place on June 17th as Fr. Jim becomes full time pastor at St. Francis and Fr. Angel becomes Parish Administrator at St. Andrews.

ADJOURNED:  A motion to adjourn by Cevin Moses, seconded by Patti Wright at 8:50 P.M.



Tina Janssen

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