Parish Council

(07-01-2016) New Good Shepherd Catholic Parish Council members: I wish to thank the following for their willingness to serve on the New Good Shepherd Catholic Parish Council. I appreciate their generous gift of time and talent in serving in this very important role of support and discernment for Good Shepherd Catholic Parish, involving the previously announced merger of Good Shepherd and St. Theresa Parishes in Evansville.

The following parishioners have agreed to serve as follows:

(1 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) Ken Schenk
(1 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) Tony Fehrenbacher
(1 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) Judy Miller

(2 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018) Dana Blanke
(2 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018) Donald E Patton
(2 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018) Mary Beth Davis

(3 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019) Chad Schnarr
(3 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019) Shari Hirsch
(3 year term - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019) Brad Will

(3 year term - July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020) Jessica Fehrenbacher
(3 year term - July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020) Chad Groves
(3 year term - July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020) Chris Maynard

(Non-Voting Members)
Sue Ballard, Secretary
Sarah Gahagen, Business Manager

Parish Council Minutes - March 28, 2017

The regular meeting of the Good Shepherd Parish Council was held on Tuesday, March 28th at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting was opened with a prayer.

ROLL CALL:                                                            

Father Zach Etienne                  Dana Blanke                              Shari Hirsch                 Ken Schenk

Sarah Gahagen                           Mary Beth Davis                       Judy Miller                  Chad Schnarr                                                                                       

Sue Ballard                                Tony Fehrenbacher                    Don Patton                   Brad Will                                                                                             

Also present were Brian Lankford, Sam Syroney and Maeson Damin   

GS students, Sam Syroney and Maeson Damin, gave a presentation regarding their participation in a mission trip to Costa Rica explaining the work they will be doing to help people living there.    Maeson advised they need $7,000 to participate in this mission.  The air fare is $1,600.   Maeson and Sam are doing fund raisers to earn the money:  they are taking bread and candy orders, will make door hangers, and will have a garage sale.  They asked for authorization to sell baked goods at the rummage sale for Haiti being held at ST, and to sell baked goods after the Masses. They also requested permission to insert the information regarding their mission trip and the fund raisers in the bulletin, and asked for a monetary contribution from the Parish. The organization sponsoring the mission is Global Life Adventures, and there will be adult chaperones.   The Parish Council agreed to allow the information to be in the bulletin and to have a sale after Masses.   Mary Beth Davis agreed to selling baked goods at the Haiti project sale.

Don Patton motioned to approve the minutes for February 28, 2017.  Chad Schnarr stated a second, a vote was taken and the minutes were approved.                

COMMISSION REPORTS:               

SCHOOL COUNCIL—emailed report from Kristen Girten is attached.

A copy of the minutes from the Good Shepherd School Council meeting on February 9, 2017 is also attached.

HEALTH MINISTRY—emailed report from Sharon Sutton is attached. 

YOUTH MINISTRY—emailed report from Cindy Shoulders is attached.


SPIRITUAL LIFE COMMISSION—emailed report from Robynn Working is attached.

  • Mary Beth reported the GS 7th grade class is going to ST to help set up tables for the rummage sale on Tue., 4/4 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Mary Beth will then have a presentation to the class on Wednesday.


  • Sarah distributed a report for the Bingo.
  • No meeting was held in Feb.  The Bingo Commission is not completely established. 
  • Attendance at the Bingo has been averaging about 180.

FINANCE--- Sarah Gahagen

  • Sarah distributed a summary of finances along with a narrative. 
  • There was a discussion regarding the financial reports.  Sarah explained the details pertaining to the cash balance.

Father Zach advised he will start posting the Commission reports on the web.  The Commissions will not have to send reports to Tony for forwarding to the Parish Council members, all reports will be sent directly to Father Zach.  Parish Council member will need to review the reports on the GS web site before the meeting.


  • Capital Campaign
  • Father Zach and Brian Lankford went to the Planning Commission for the approval meeting for the variance. Brian contacted Morley & Associates--he was advised the Area Planning Commission will review on 4/3 for approval.  Work can start after the bid is approved on 5/1 on the area east of the school.  Brian has met with Mrs. Girten, a representative for the Bingo, Mark Schuler, the Social chairman and the GS staff to coordinate dates and discuss the effect of the project.  The soccer field can’t be used during the work.  Brian is working on power for the Social.  He has spoken with contractors about the stakes for tents.  The anchors can’t be moved once put in place.  Lori Tenbarge, Social Chair is checking on using water barrels.  There is a concern about using the garage and being able to get out social items during the project.  The east parking lot may not be ready for the RV’s for the rides; they may have to be parked off site. 
  • The sidewalk in front of the rectory will be extended so people parking in the back will not have to walk to the other sidewalk.
  • There is an ordinance against using gravel for the Scout trailers. Another space will have to be found for the Scout and Fall Festival trailers.
  • Holly bushes were suggested for the landscaping for the edge of the east parking lot.
  • Brian said the parking lot is lower than Theater Drive, so there should not be an issue of water flowing onto Theater Drive.
  • Brian advised the light poles can be moved, and it has been suggested placing them into landscaping areas. George is pricing new light fixtures.  It must be decided if 4 poles should be moved.  New lights will cost between $7,000 and $9,000.
  • The issue of parking during the project was discussed. Parking for the social will be in the soccer field.  There should be enough space for Bingo attendees to park. There should not be a problem with parking for people having pictures taken for the Parish directory during the months of June, July and August.   The new lot at the corner of Theater and Stockwell Road should be finished for this purpose.
  • Tony asked if the Diocese must review the plans. Brian said it is not required as this is not a building project.  Brian has discussed the project with Tim McGuire and has received a form to be completed if there is a need for a short-term loan.  Father Zach stated the Diocese is working with the Parish.  Tony suggested asking the Diocese if they have their own contractors. Brian confirmed with Tim that the Diocese has a standard contract.  He will advise Morley & Associates they will not have to meet with the Diocese.
  • The issue of alcohol with fundraisers at GS was tabled until the next meeting.
  • “Active Parishioner” definition:
  • This issue will be a goal for next year—to define what constitutes an active parishioner. The discussion was tabled until July.
  • Shari asked about requiring the parents of school children to complete a form and having the Parish Priest review and sign the form. Father Zach suggested waiting a year before implementing this policy.
  • Replacing outgoing Parish Council members:
    • Three new members have been selected:  Jessica Fehrenbacher, Chad Groves and Chris Maynard.
    • The discussion regarding having a retreat in July for Parish Council members was tabled until next month.
  • School Board/problem students policy--discussion of this issue was put on hold.


  • The members discussed contributing to the mission fundraiser for Sam Syroney and Maeson Damin.  Don Patton stated a motion to contribute $500 to each of them, Tony voiced a second.  The motion was approved. 


  • Father Zach requested all Parish Council members read the Diocese booklet he distributed.
  • A discussion was held regarding costs and other issues if the Diocese should ever place an Associate Pastor at GS.
  • Two part-time employees have been hired to for the position left vacant when Molly Flowers resigns.
  • The Diocese is planning the Ordinations of Jerry Pratt in June and Rocky Mattingly in August.
  • Father Zach reported the Sunday reconciliations were very busy with many people participating.  The one held at St. John’s in Daylight had 5 Priests in attendance.


  • Discussion regarding fundraisers and allowing alcohol.
  • Retreat for Parish Council members.
  • Discuss the Diocese booklet and suggestions for implementation.

The meeting ended with a prayer. 

ADJOURNMENT – Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

NEXT MEETING –April 25, 2017


Respectfully submitted, Sue Ballard

Principal Report - April 23, 2017

We did not have a meeting this month.  Our next meeting is May 11.

Respectfully submitted by:  Kristen Girten, Principal

 Youth Ministry Report - April 24, 2017

  • Recent Junior High and High School Activities & Events  
    • Mission Evansville team meetings
    • March 27-31 - SPRING BREAK(Cindy in Indy for dad's cancer surgery.)
    • April 2, 9, & 23 - CONFIRMATION FORMATION
    • April 2 - Diocesan Youth Leadership Team (DYLT) 2-4 pm meets with Cindy at St. Theresa to tour facility and plans for ECHO.  
    • April 13 - FINDING JESUS CLUB - Reschedule from Holy Thursday to April 27
    • April 14 - GOOD FRIDAY DYE DAY- includes Way of the Cross, color & stuff eggs, egg delivery to Untied Caring Shelter, and Good Friday 7pm service. 
    • April 16 - EASTER MORNING EGG HANDOUTafter all Masses.   

    Scheduled Junior High and High School Activities

    • April 27 - FINDING JESUS CLUB
    • May 6 - SENIOR MASS & DINNER
    • May 9 - 6th GR TRIP TO ST. MEINRAD
    • May 12 - 8th GR TRIP TO ST. LOUIS
    • May 13, 2017, DYLT's ECHO, 9:30 am-4pm, St. Theresa Campus. The Diocesan Youth Leadership Team will be sponsoring ECHO, the Evansville Catholic Holy Oasis day for all High School youth. It will be focused on being a day away for our High School youth from their constant and non-stop schedules. Katie Prejean will bring her Cajun spirituality and humor to keynote this day. 
    • May 25 - SHANTYTOWN- Considered but not confirmed due to so many end-of-school-year activities.  
    • June 1, 6, or 7(tba) - HOLIDAY WORLD
    • June 11-17 - MISSION EVANSVILLE. Team planning continues through April & May. 
    • June 19-21 - TEENPOWER Camp
    • June 22-24 - Summer Social Tic-Tac-Toe Booth

Respectfully submitted by:  Cindy Shoulders, Youth Minister

Fellowship Ministry - April 11, 2017

Since our normal meeting date is Holy Thursday, we will not be having our Monthly Fellowship Meeting.  Instead of rescheduling it, I decided to just have a "virtual" meeting this month.

Thank you so much to all who helped with the Soup Suppers.  I feel we had a fantastic variety of soups and a pretty good turn out.

The next item on our agenda is the RCIA Reception.  This will be held after the 8:00 pm Easter Vigil Mass.  I believe someone had volunteered to order cupcakes and cookies (I just can't remember who) so if you can please get with me so I know we have done that, I would appreciate it.

We will be setting up the cafeteria for the reception at 10:30 this Saturday morning.  It shouldn't be too difficult we just need to stir up a few drinks and get the tables ready for the food.


The next item on our agenda is Mother's Day.  We need to figure out what we want to do and get some volunteers to help distribute the gift.  Mother's Day is May 14th.  Mark your calendar's now.

Our next meeting will be on May 11th.

Just wanted to share a couple of other items that will be on our radar in the not so distant future.  
  • Mother's Day gift (05/14/17)
  • Reception for Jerry Pratt who will be ordained a priest on June 3rd
  • Father's Day gift (06/18/17)
As always, thank you for all you do and please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to help.
Respectfully submitted by:  Mary Payne, Commission Chair

Health Ministry - March, 2017

Our Health Ministry did not meet this month but we have partnered with Hospitality to hold a Lenten Rosary Walk to run from Feb. 27th thru April 17th. We are also attempting to recruit new members to the Team based on the responses we received from health professionals and interested parties to our Skills and Talents Survey last Fall. Our Hospital Visitors, and Volunteers Drivers are dwindling, also, so we need new volunteers in both areas. Appeals for volunteers will appear in the bulletin shortly.

Respectfully submitted by:  Sharon Sutton, Parish Nurse

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Spiritual Life and Christian Service Commission - March 15, 2017

Members present: Bill Noll, Luan Greubel, Sue Baehl, Kim Merkel, Sharon Sutton, Jean Dollison, Mary Beth Davis and Robynn Working

I. Prayer

II. New Business

  1. Rummage Sale- Saturday, April 8, 2017 – Updates
  • Yard Signs & Good Shepherd & St. Theresa Signs-Luan
  • Flier for the Bulletin- Robynn
  • Newspaper ad & Volunteer help with pricing-Louise
    Good Shepherd 8th grade students will help with pricing & sorting on April 4th from 1-4.
  • Craigslist – Luan ( For Angie Fore)
  • St. Vincent De Paul Pick Up- Sharon
  • Memorial H.S. Volunteers- Kim
  • Donation Pick Up- Sue
  • Food Donations- April 8
  • Other???

III.  Old Business

  1. Rice & Bean Dinner – Mary Beth
    It was well attend & good information was shared.
  2. Report on Haiti Trip- Mary Beth
    There are 950 students that are in need of help. We are still brainstorming ways to further help them.

Respectfully submitted by:  Robynn Working