The Pastoral Council serves as the primary representative and consultative voice of the parishioners of St. Mary Parish in dialogue and cooperation with the pastor and staff of the parish to promote a vibrant and faith-filled parish life. St. Mary parishioners elect members to serve on the council for a three-year term. There will be monthly meetings and council members are expected to serve on another committee as the council liaison.
St. Mary, Briggsville Pastoral Council Members
St. Mary, Portage Pastoral Council Members
Dennis Harkins- [email protected] or 608-742-7979
Natalie James, Council Chair- [email protected] or 608-742-8054
Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl- 608-742-6998
Anastasia Kinney- [email protected] or 608-697-8217
Ryan McReath - [email protected]@yahoo.com or 852-6288Sue Riley- [email protected] or 608-742-2439
Robin Ruhland- [email protected] or 608-742-6658
Connie Shlimovitz- [email protected] or 608-742-8470
Greg Strickland - [email protected] or 765-412-1597Dennis Sutter- [email protected] or 608-742-2647
Kristin Vorpahl - [email protected] or 617-7644
To view the Constitution and Bylaws of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Pastoral Council click on the link below.
Pastoral Council Umbrella Committees
The following committees operate under the umbrella of the Parish Council. If you have an interest in serving on any of these committees please call the St. Mary, Portage Parish Center at 608-742-6998.
Building and Grounds Committee
The "Building & Grounds Committee" guides the development and maintenance of parish property. Our facilities at St. Mary's are aging along with the rest of us. With proper care and maintenance, we and our parish facilities will be around for a long time. By joining this committee, you will help to demonstrate that a little timely work can go a long way. You may also find that you gain more that you give.
The "Lifelong Faith Enrichment Committee" is a standing committee of the Pastoral Council that oversees all spiritual formation and catechetical opportunities provided to all parish members. It includes Adult Formation, RCIA, Faith Formation for school-age children, St. Mary School, Liturgy of the Word for Children, parish missions, and retreat opportunities.
The mission of the Hospitality and Stewardship Committee will welcome new members to our faith community while enhancing the socialization of all members through organized activities, as well as promoting and providing the opportunity for all parish members to share their time, talent and treasure with our parish family.
The mission of the Liturgy Committee is to create meaningful worship to meet the spiritual needs of our parishioners within the Catholic Tradition.
Pastoral Ministry Committee
The "Pastoral Ministry Committee" is a standing committee of the Pastoral Council that assures the pastoral spiritual needs of parish members, particularly in ministry to the sick and elderly, those in car facilities or confined to their homes, the needs of the disabled or unable to participate in normal parish activities.