Pastoral Council Members


This is your parish, and we, your pastoral council representatives. We hope that this directory helps put names to faces and also facilitates communication between you and the parish.

 

Fr. Brian Mason
Ex Officio Member

Fr. Brian grew up in Menomonee Falls. He graduated from Pius XI High School in Milwaukee and from Marquette University with a double major in history and philosophy. He attended St. Francis Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on May 22, 1993. Since ordination, Fr. Brian has served at a number of parishes in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine. He served the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from 2005-2008 as the Associate Vicar for Clergy overseeing the work of the Priest Personnel Office and the Priest Placement Board. 

He has also served on the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission, the Archdiocesan Planning Commission, the Archdiocesan Building Commission and the Archdiocesan Council of Priests. 

As a parish priest, Fr. Brian enjoys presiding at Eucharist and other sacramental celebrations, preaching and teaching. Two strong interests are Church history and the Christian spiritual tradition. Fr. Brian is also passionate about applying the 12 Steps of Recovery to his own life and to helping others to do the same. When not doing ministerial work, Fr. Brian enjoys cooking, gardening, getting together with family and friends and playing with his Black Labrador, Molly.

Email: masonb@stmaryhc.org

 

Clem Budney
Trustee

Clem has been a member of the parish since 1975. He is married and the father of 3 children, all of whom attended and graduated from St. Mary's grade school. Clem is a Lector, member of the Finance Committee, participant in the Renew program, and, along with wife Joyce, has facilitated pre-marital reviews for engaged couples. With a background of being a corporate lawyer for 35 years, he now serves as a Trustee for the parish.

E-Mail: cbudny@synap-sys.com

 

Jim Schubilske
Trustee

Jim and his family have been members since 2006 but their roots with St. Mary go deeper as Jim and his wife Paula were married at St. Mary in 1989. Jim and Paula have three children, all of whom are attending or have attended the parish school. Before moving closer to St. Mary, Jim was active at Gesu and St. Martin of Tour. Prior to becoming trustee in 2012, Jim was a member of the Pastoral Council. Being a part of St. Mary is truly a blessing.  Jim and his family enjoy being a part of this wonderful Catholic faith community.

 

Tim Reidy
Chair

Tim has had a long and varied spiritual journey. Though born and raised Catholic, Tim rejected the faith in his late teens and early twenties and became an argumentative and outspoken atheist. However, Jesus, who leaves the ninety-nine and seeks the lost sheep, had other plans. This led to a spiritual
journey that explored most of the major religions of the world including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islamand Christianity. At one point he was initiated into yogic meditation by Sri Swami Rama of India. However, during this period of searching, he was time and again drawn to the person of Christ. So
eventually, through the personal reading of Scripture and the persistent encouragement of some evangelical Christians, Tim came to put his trust in Christ Jesus. Since that time he has experienced many facets of Christianity, mostly in Protestant and evangelical churches. But in recent years, having
been influenced by the writings of Thomas Merton, Tim felt compelled to re-explore his Catholic roots. So at the invitation of a friend, he came to St. Mary in February of 2014 and, after visiting for a while, became a member of the parish.

Tim serves as a lector at the 7:30 a.m. Mass, has sung in the Christmas choir, has volunteered at the festival, and has been part of Father Chuck's Scripture study on Tuesday evenings. He looks forward to the opportunity to serve as the Chairperson of the Pastoral Council.

Tim has a deep interest in Scripture, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies, and has studied the Biblical languages of Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. He and his wife, Judith, have been married for over 43 years and have 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren. He has played guitar for many years, enjoys reading and woodworking, and is also an avid runner and bicyclist.

   

Colleen Czajka
Vice Chair

Colleen has been a member of the St. Mary Faith Community for 24 years. She and her husband, Bruce, currently reside in Muskego. They are the parents of three adult daughters who attended and graduated from St. Mary Parish School. A state certified teacher since 1977, Colleen has devoted the entirety of her professional career in service to Catholic Education within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

While at St. Mary, she has volunteered at and participated in numerous parish and school workshops, events, and functions. Colleen has always been captivated with the ritual, prayer, and music of our Catholic liturgy. A deep and profound love for Scripture and the Celebration of the Mass has been the catalyst for her ongoing participation in music ministry for many years. She presently serves the parish as a cantor and member of the Celebration Choir.

Colleen is energized by her appointment to the Pastoral Council. She welcomes this awesome opportunity to be of further service to the faith community of St. Mary Parish.

 

Tom Fredrickson
Secretary

Tom and his family became members of St. Mary when they moved back to the area in 2013. Tom and Dana live in Franklin and have two children, Megan and Nathan. Prior to moving back to Franklin, they were stationed in Panama City Florida, as Tom served in the Air Force.

Over the last four years, Tom’s involvement in the parish includes being a confirmation small group leader, RCIA sponsor, parish festival volunteer, and a Good News People small group leader. 

Tom works for the Wisconsin Air National Guard and is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree from University of Upper Iowa. In their free time, Tom and Dana enjoy traveling and being outdoors with family and friends.

 

Julie Behrman

Julie has been a member of St. Mary Parish for more than 16 years. She and her wife, Tracy, live in Greenfield. Their son, Michael, an alum of St. Mary's Parish School, now lives and works in New York City.

Julie has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Theology and a Master’s of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology, both from Marquette University. She has worked as a pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist for the past 18 years. She is co-owner of Purple Cow Therapy, LLC, a provider of Speech/Language and Occupational therapy services.

Over the years, Julie has been blessed to serve the Parish as Youth and Young Adult Minister (1985-86), a member of the RCIA Team, Parish Festival volunteer, and a Good News People small group leader. Currently, she serves as a liturgical musician (guitar) for the 4:00 p.m. Mass, as well as for many of the sacraments and prayer services celebrated in the Parish. Julie also actively participates in the Gay and Straight in Christ (GASIC) group held at St. Mary.

 

Aaron Bieniek
Finance Liaison

Aaron, his wife Stacy, and son James live in Hales Corners where James attends St. Mary. They have been Parish members as a family for 17 years. Prior to then, Aaron grew up in the faith at St. Mary, attending and graduating from the grade school, and being Confirmed while attending Pius XI High School. St. Mary has always been the place that he has called home. For the past 28 years, Aaron has served St. Mary by playing piano as a liturgical musician.

Aaron has been a math teacher in the Whitnall School District for 19 years and currently serves as a Math Coach and K-12 Content Specialist. In his free time, Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, reading, growing orchids, and playing board games.

St. Pauls message of freedom, love, and being “all things to all people” resonates with Aaron and his call to Pastoral Council.

 

Matt Cool
Finance Liaison

Matt Cool was born and raised in Piqua, OH. He attended the University of Cincinnati where he received a BS degree in Construction Management. After college, he and his wife, Christy, decided to move to her hometown of Franklin, WI. They began growing their family in 2001 with the birth of their first son.

Today, they have 5 children attending St. Mary school. The St. Mary experience has been an incredible addition to their faith, family, and friendships. Matt felt that it was time to give-back to the parish and serving on Pastoral Council would be a way to assist with the direction and success of our great parish.

Matt is the Director of Milwaukee Operations for Stevens Construction. In this capacity, he leads the Milwaukee team.

 

Robert Gabor

   

Eric Karakis
Finance Liaison

Eric is married to Kristin and they have a daughter, Addison. Eric and Kristin have been members of St. Mary since 2004. They were married in 2005, and live in Franklin. There are 4 Catholic churches closer to their home but they chose to belong to St. Mary and feel very blessed to be part of the St. Mary community. 

Eric has served as a Eucharist Minister and volunteered at the festival. Kristin participated in First Thursdays, volunteered at the festival, and helps with baptism hospitality. Kristin went through the RCIA program and was baptized/confirmed at St. Mary. Eric was a sponsor in the 2015 RCIA program.

As a “cradle” Catholic with 16 years of Catholic education (1st grade through college), being an active member of the church has always been a part of his life, and he feels completely honored to serve on the Council. Eric sees this opportunity to both further his family's involvement at St. Mary and enrich his faith.

 

Fred Matestic
Pastoral Care Liaison

Fred and his wife, Mary, have been members of St. Mary Catholic Faith Community for more that 35 years. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

Fred received a BA in Education from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Law from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He served as an assistant district attorney for Milwaukee County for 30 years, specializing in white collar crime, consumer fraud, domestic violence and child abuse. After retiring, Fred returned to study early childhood education at Alverno College, focusing on children with learning disabilities. Today Fred tutors young children with learning disabilities, as well as young adults that are working toward their GED.

Over the years, Fred has served the parish as a Eucharistic minister and lector. He has lead several Just Faith sessions, including a session on Spirituality and Nonviolence. Fred has been a member of St. Mary St. Vincent de Paul for many years and has served as president for 8 years. He currently facilitates a men’s book discussion group at St. Mary’s, which studies topics focusing upon spiritual life in a new millennium, social justice, papal encyclicals, and other current topics.

 

Jess Petre
Spiritual Life and Worship Liaison

Jess grew up in Franklin. He graduated Oak Creek High School in 2001 and earned a Bachelor in Science, majoring in Communication from UW-Parkside. Jess was Baptized and made First Communion at Saint James in Franklin. After that, he only ever attended church when he had to.

While planning their outdoor park wedding, his fiancée Angela told Jess she instead wanted to be married in a Catholic church. In September 2016, they met Fr. Brian and asked for his and the church's blessing to be married. The church granted their request with open arms and they started on their faith journey together. Jess is now a proud revert and has completed his First Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Confirmation during the 2017 Easter Vigil. He was then married to his wife, Angela, on July 1st, 2017.

Jess and Angela now attend weekly Mass, Tuesday Night Scripture Study with Fr. Chuck, and they help clean up after St Mary's Fish Fry Dinner. Jess also volunteers once a month with the Mineral Street Project - Morning Glory.

Jess has said St. Mary Catholic Faith Community has been one of the most recent and profound discoveries of his life. Building a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, scripture, church, and Mass has weakened his heart and helps him treat others with more patience and empathy.

 

Carol Stachowiak
Deanery APC

Carol and her family have been members of St. Mary since 2003. She is married to Timothy. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Prior to joining St. Mary, Carol's family were members of St. Roman, where both Carol and Timothy were Eucharistic Ministers. In, addition Carol served on the Home and School Board, and for many years was a Confirmation group leader.

Carol has a passion for listening, caring, and resolving/solving problems. She has been employed with US Bank since 1989. Over the years, she has experienced lots of change, which she has learned to embrace with an open mind, allowing her to be a voice and advocate for many of her customers.

Carol is very excited to start her role as a Pastoral Council Member, and is inspired everyday by the lyrics from Live Like That by Sidewalk Prophets: I want to live like that, and give it all I have, so that everything I say and do points to You.

 

Gina Styer
Spiritual Life and Worship Liaison

Gina and her husband, Chris, have been members of St. Mary for 13 years. Gina is a graduate of St. Mary school and she says the parish truly feels like home to her. Gina and Chris currently reside in Wauwatosa and they have two children. They make the journey from Wauwatosa every Sunday for Mass because they want their children to experience the vibrant parish life here at St. Mary.

Gina and her husband currently serve the parish through the marriage ministry. Together they meet and facilitate discussions with engaged couples. Gina’s family also enjoys volunteering at the parish festival in July. It has become a family tradition, and a way for them to teach their children about the importance of giving back.

Gina is honored to serve on the pastoral council and hopes that her background in communication can lend itself to serving the parish.