Parish Organizations


For all of these below, to get involved or to learn more, contact the Rectory at 773.764.3621.

Parish Council

The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) serves as one of the Advisory Boards to the Pastor.  It is composed of parishioners from all areas of parish life and all demographics within the parish.  It helps present the concerns of the parishioners and help set the direction of the parish. It serves as a listening board for all concerns parishioners may have and helps suggest ways of meeting new or ongoing needs of parishioners.  The PPC meets throughout the year, usually monthly, but not as often in the summer. 

Minutes from the September 27 meeting. 

Group members include:

  • Carlos Barragan
  • Norm Bowers
  • Colleen Fulkerson
  • Denise Goodman
  • Karen Griebel
  • Forest Ingram
  • Steve Matre
  • Marty McDermott
  • Sarah Millar
  • Debra Novak
  • Ruth Ott
  • Gail Smith
  • Allen Stryczek
  • Matt Swentkofske
  • Mike Tobin
  • Ginger Williams
  • Michael Winters

Parish Finance Committee

The St. Gertrude Finance Council serves as one of the Advisory Boards to the Pastor.  The Finance Council helps in the exercise of stewardship for all parish resources.  Members review monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual financial reports.   They help review the overall condition of parish finances, offering counsel on the Sunday Offertory, capital campaigns, extraordinary expenses (e.g. new boilers or major repairs) and any other concerns that may arise.  They review and approve the Annual Parish Budget and the Annual Financial Report.  The Finance Council meets throughout the year, about every other month, but more often when certain deadlines need to be considered. Members include:

  • Marty McDermott, Chairperson
  • Paul Elue
  • Kelly Drinkwine Hixenbaugh
  • Madaline Kiedysz

Contact Art Blumberg at or call the Rectory for more information.

Building and Grounds Committee

The committee oversees the proper preventive maintenance and repair of the parish’s buildings and grounds. The primary focus of this committee is to develop and review ongoing maintenance/improvement projects that serve to preserve and enhance the church campus. The group meets as necessary.

Contact Art Blumberg at or call the Rectory for more information. 

St. Gertrude Parish
1420 West Granville Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: (773) 764-3621