Parish Organizations

Church of St. Mary
Christian Mothers/Women

St. Mary's Christian Mothers/Women Society brings together women of the parish to share ideas on family life and spirituality and to support one another in prayer. The organization began in 1913 and meets quarterly. The Christian Mothers/Women updates the Hospitality Groups, sponsor the annual St. Patrick's Day supper and social, and prepare receptions for the Confirmation liturgy, sixth-grade graduation and other parish functions.
Caroline Jacobs, President; Karen Weber, Secretary; Diane Budde, Treasurer.


Hospitality Volunteers 

St. Mary's Parish's hospitality volunteers serve funeral luncheons, receptions, and other parish-sponsored dinners and events. Each and every parishioner is given the opportunity to help with hospitality for the parish events. Hospitality is a primary Christian virtue which all are called upon to exercise.
Coordinators are Barb O'Brien and Rita Woeste.


Mission Society

The purpose of the Church of St. Mary’s Mission Society is to provide opportunities for parishioners to fulfill their basic duty as faithful disciples of God to be missionary. All baptized Christians are asked to extend Christ’s body beyond their physical boundaries and to serve those in need with prayer, active work or fostering interest in the work that our foreign and domestic priest and sister missionaries do. We work for propagation of our Catholic faith and support local efforts that work for the betterment of the lives of others.
President: Jane Salzl
Secretary/Treasurer: Denise Kociemba
St. Mary's Mission Society meets the second Tuesday of the month Oct. through May at 10:30 a.m. at the Melrose Senior Center.


Sts. Elizabeth & Bernard Catholic Aid Societies

This is a society of the Catholic Aid Association. CAA is a life insurance program and members raise funds for matching grant programs. Citizens for Educational Freedom, Masses for deceased members, sponsorship of the rosary on a local radio station, and other charitable causes.

Legion of Mary

St. Mary's parish has an active Legion of Mary group, which is an international association of Catholic women and men. Members attend weekly meetings on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. at the Parish Center. Active members make weekly visits to the sick, shut-ins and bereaved. Auxiliary members pray a rosary and other Legion prayers daily.
Margaret Imdieke, Caroline Jacobs, Lorraine Bierschbach.

National Catholic Society of Foresters 

The NCSF is another fraternal organization for Catholics. Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at the Melrose City Center.

Church of St. Andrew
Christian Women

Wanda Ahrens – President

Kris Winter – Vice President

Angie Barten – Secretary

Amy Stueve – Treasurer


Catholic Aid Society

Mike Barten, President

Kenny Kulzer, Vice President

Ann Barten, Secretary

Linda Schmiesing, Fraternal Secretary

Robert Nietfeld, Treasurer



Joyce Welle

Church of St. John
St. John's Society

Jim Leukam 

Dean Meyer

Rita Meyer

Tim Meyer

Geralyn Primus

Abby Zenzen

Poor Souls Society

Ray Schneider


Catholic United Financial

Cindy Schneider, President

Gloria Schneider, Vice President

Linda Schneider, Secretary

Emily Schneider, Fraternal Secretary

Kathy Illies, Treasurer


Auditors for CUF

Ruth Klaphake

Rachel Schneider

Marcy Klaphake

Church of St. Michael
Christian Women

Kim Meyer, President

Lou Kalthoff, Treasurer
Deb Betram, Secretary


St. Joseph's Society

Jim Welle, President
Jim Schoenberg, Treasurer

Catholic United Financial

Diane Welle, President

Tony Gruenes, Vice President

Ruth Heinen, Secretary

John Schulzetenberg, Fraternal Secretary

Melvin Kalthoff, Treasurer

Auditors for CUF

Tom Wuertz

Eldred Klaphake

Kathleen Meyer