Parish Life & Stewardship

Parish Life & Stewardship

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”  1 Peter 4:10

Parish Life Commission

PARISH LIFE commission responsibilities lie in building community among parish members and neighbors through small social groups, communications, social activities, welcoming, and hospitality functions. 

Date: As needed 
Time: Each subcommittee Chairperson(s) schedule their own meetings 
Location: Sippel Hall or Seton Hall 
Contact: Deb Gonyo 262.616.1780 

The following subcommittees fall under the Parish Life Commission, but are run independently.

Auction2018 Auction

The Auction is a festive occasion including dinner, and voice and silent auctions held in the spring of the year. It combines fun, community building, hard work, and fund raising. Time commitment varies according to degree of involvement.

Date: Spring of Year
Time: To be determined
Location: To be determined
Contact Kurt Osterkorn

Volunteers needed for:

  • Games: coordinating and conducting games the night of the auction
  • Silent Auction- obtaining items, describing them for the booklet, packaging, transporting and setup day of the auction, assisting purchasers with their items,
  • Voice Auction-obtaining items, describing them for the booklet
  • Finance-checking out purchases with their items, handling bids for the voice auction
  • Registration-assisting guests with check in, selling Seton Bucks, handling coat check
  • Entertainment-planning and coordinating
  • Banquet arrangements-planning and coordinating

 Baking Hospitality Committee

The Baking Hospitality Committee calls parish volunteers to bake for a variety of events at Seton. Baking is usually requested for 1 batch of cookies or bars, coffee cakes, etc.

This is a small and infrequent time commitment that is fun, easy, and very much appreciated by event coordinators and parish members.

Date: Called 1-2 weeks before bakery is needed
Time: Varies
Location: Baked in homes – bring to Seton kitchen per date/time requested
Contact: Karen Berther

Blood Drive

Blood Drives Are held in cooperation with the Blood Center of Wisconsin. The committee facilitates the drives by handling pre-drive announcements, registrations, and preparing baked goods. On the day of the drive, the committee members help with set-up, welcoming the donors, serving food, and clean up after the drive.

Date: 5 times per year on a Wednesdayor Thursday and early evening
Time: 1-2 hours up to 5-6 hours on the day of blood drive drive
Location: Sippel Hall (upper level)
Contact Mary Kettlewell

Coffee & Donut Fellowship

The Coffee & Donut Fellowshipis a time to meet and greet new parishioners and help them get to know our faith community. It is a time to chat with fellow parishioners about our faith life, parish life, and community issues. It is a time to share “The Spirit of Seton. we are a welcoming church. Committee members purchase donuts, free trade coffee, and milk from the donations given as well as from the parish budget. Set-up and clean-up are performed by committee members.

Date: 3rd Sunday of each month from September through May
Time: On Sunday after 8:30 AM and 10:45 AM Mass
Location: Sippel HallContact Sharon or Loren Frye

Cookie Walk

The Cookie Walk invites volunteers to bring their favorite homemade cookies one weekend in December. Parishioners slip on a plastic glove and walk along both sides of the tables self-filling ready to give clear plastic containers with assorted homemade Christmas cookies baked by fellow parishioners. On Sunday, the cookies are sold for $8.00 a pound – a wonderful way to have a tasty assortment for the holidays. All proceeds are donated to SHARE’s Seeds of Hope Initiative and used to purchase packages of native seeds and fertilizer for farmers in El Salvador.

Date: Sunday before Christmas
Time: After 8:30 AM & 10:45 AM Masses
Location: Sippel Hall in conjunction with Coffee/Donut Sunday
Contact Deb Gonyo

Needs of ministry: Volunteer to be the Cookie Walk Chairperson once a year in November and December to plan and promote this event through weekly bulletin announcements, recruit cookie bakers through weekly bulletin announcements, shop for clear cookie containers and plastic gloves and pickup quarters and singles from the bank to make change. Volunteer to arrange donated Christmas cookies and decorate the tables on the day prior to the event, setup one table with postage scale(s) and cash box for check-out. Volunteer to weigh donated Christmas cookies at the Cookie Walk, reference price list, and collect money. Volunteer to bake homemade Christmas cookies and deliver them on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.


Funfest sponsors fun, community and fundraising through family activities for all ages.

Date: Meet 1 time per month from Feb.-July for an hour
Time: Evenings – see bulletin for times
Location: Sippel Hall
Contact Dan or Jorie Maring, Joe or Bonnie Knott

Many volunteers are needed: committee chairs and co-chairs, games, food booths, inflatables, as well as for preparation beforehand. Time commitment depends on degree of involvement.

Golf Ministry – Men Of Seton/Holy Apostles

The Men’s Golf Ministry Of Seton/Holy Apostlesis a fun league of about 40 men who enjoy the camaraderie of fellow retirees and the challenge of nine holes of Monday morning golf.

Date: Early May through Mid-September
Time: Monday mornings at 8:30 AM
Location: New Berlin Hills Golf CourseContact Church office for current contact information 262.782.6760

Ministry Development

New Member (Welcoming Committees):

The New Member Parishioner Welcoming Committees welcome new parishioners and engage them in “The Spirit of Seton”.

New Member Follow-Up Phone Contact

The New Member Follow-Up Phone Contactministry continues “The Spirit of Seton” family by giving volunteers the opportunity to contact new members by phone to welcome new member/s again, answer questions, explain parish organizations, and invite the new member/s to parish functions.

Date: Call parish office for monthly list of new members
Time: Calls are usually made in the evening
Location: From homeContact Maggie Pogodozinski or Sharon Janowak

New Member Parishioner Breakfast

This ministry is for welcoming new parish members and to let them know how great our Seton community is. The Pastoral Minister will have a small presentation to make newcomers aware and educate them about the various committees within the parish and to encourage them to join parish activities by volunteering. Volunteers are needed to shop for groceries, solicit door prizes, cook, set-up, serve, and clean-up for the new members’ breakfast. This is a good opportunity to meet new members as you serve them. We need new ideas to boost attendance (wine and cheese social or pizza party after 5:00 PM Mass, mailing a welcome package, etc.) Preparation and serving take a couple of hours each. Time commitment varies according to degree of involvement.

Date: Usually in the Fall
Time: To be determined
Location: Seton
Contact Deb Gonyo

New Member /Registration Committee

The New Member Registration Committee assists new members to register after Masses during Registration Weekend (3rd weekend of every months) in Sippel Hall. Pictures may be taken at this time for the “Welcome” board. Committee members choose a Mass time and serve alternate months. This occurs concurrently with Coffee & Donut Fellowship Sunday.

Date: 3rd weekend of the month
Time: After all Masses
Location: Sippel Hall
Contact Jeanne Zeske

Seton Seniors

The Seton Seniors ministry is intended to provide a venue for charitable and religious endeavors as well as social events and/or activities for parish members age 50 years and older. An annual calendar of upcoming monthly events is approved by the officiating body and presented at the Kick-Off meeting in November. These events/activities vary in cost and interest and are intended to appeal to senior persons. Members are encouraged to chair some of these event/activities and to let their creativity flow. Also, members are involved in many various parish projects. The Seton Seniors are an active group – where care, concern, and camaraderie are genuine. All newcomers are always welcome!

Annual dues are $15.00 per person.

Date: Meetings, events &/or activities usually held on 3rd Thursday of the month
Time: Varies and will be announced
Location: Seton or other specified location as indicated in bulletin/announcements
Contact Rita Sutton


Rebuilding Disciples

The Rebuilding Disciples team’s purpose is to carry out the mission of the book “Rebuilt” by White and Corcoran, as it applies to our St. Elizabeth Ann Seton faith community. The focus of our group mirrors that of the book: awakening the faithful, reaching the lost, and making church matter to those both within the church walls and beyond. This ministry works to continually develop a warm, evangelical, energized and welcoming parish which permeates through the spirit of individuals who are connected to our faith community. This ministry, for us as Seton parishioners, is about becoming better disciples. We keep spiritually growing in what we are doing for the Lord, but while we are doing this, we INVITE others to join us and we SHARE what we have with them.

Date: About 6 times a year
Time: Usually7:00 PM on a week night – Monday - Thursday
Location: Parish Office
Contact Bob Ziegler

Stewardship Committee

The Stewardship Committee promotes, through witness and education, a scripturally focused spirit of sharing that encourages parishioners to give generously of their time, talent and treasure in support of the community. The committee plans, presents, and implements an annual fall Stewardship Program.

Date: 1 time per month – 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 7 PM
Location: Parish Office (lower level)Contact Mike Fruin

Parish members with the time and talent to present the appeal during Masses, one weekend a year, are encouraged to contact Mike.