Parish Pastoral Plan

We’re sure you will find something in this plan that you are passionate about! Follow the links below, discover what’s waiting for you particularly, and then let us know!

The Plan is administered by the Parish Council. Contact one of them when you discover what you want to get involved with.

Links to the Pastoral Plan and updates:

Links to the Parish Surveys

Clink on the link for each topic below to see the most recent activities / document(s)

Text in bold is a definition;text in italics is our parish’s Outcome Statement – what we hope to achieve from the plan

  • Eucharist: The convergence point of all the vital elements of parish life, the source and summit of the parish’s expression of its life in Christ as the Body of Christ.
    • Sunday Mass and Holy Eucharist are the source and summit of the life of the parish to be celebrated with the full and active participation of our parishioners
  • Evangelization: The element which encompasses any way in which the parish continues to spread the good news of Jesus and to bring others to God.
    • Create a welcoming home where all people share the Good News of Jesus in Words and Deeds through their experiences.
  • Stewardship: The element which encompasses prayer of thanksgiving for the many gifts of God and the sharing of those gifts through acts of service.
    • Support a culture of giving, grounded in thanksgiving for God’s many gifts.
  • Catechesis: The element which teaches, explains and informs parishioners of all ages in the Scripture and Tradition of the Church
    • Nurture a life-long desire to know God more deeply through education and community.
  • Formation: The element which promotes a lived faith that is bold, courageous and effective.
    • Effectively engage catechetical knowledge of the Lord Jesus and move it to the heart where it becomes a lived faith that is bold and courageous.

Saint Margaret Mary Pastoral Prayer for Grace and Guidance
– by Deacon Chuck Adams

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, you provided St. Margaret Mary the grace and the guidance to proclaim the great mercy contained within your Sacred Heart. Just as many were led to restore their relationship with God the Father through the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we petition our patroness, St. Margaret Mary, to renew the Trinitarian call of our Baptism to be beloved Sons and Daughters of the Father and to become the disciples of the Lord by proclaiming his gospel to the world.

Move us to reach out to the lost and inactive members of our community. Free us from the chains of a “faith practice” dominated by the American consumer culture of “what’s in it for me.” Give each of us the grace to change that which is comfortable and secure to embrace a Gospel message that is challenging, demanding and counter – cultural. May we grow deeply in our faith! Open our hearts to on-going conversions which will bring us into a deeper relationship with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Transform this parish to witness the loving presence of the Sacred Heart in this third millennium. Amen

Outcome One (Eucharist)

Our fundamental relationship with each other is through Jesus Christ (the source).

Our principal connection with Jesus Christ is through His gift of the Eucharist which we celebrate together (the summit).

As we each become more aware of this reality, we become more active participants in the Mass.

As we open ourselves up to the grace of the Eucharist, we become more engaged members of the community.

This desire for an active relationship with Jesus  and each other is the inspiration for Outcome One:

Experiencing Sunday Mass and Holy Eucharist as the source and summit of the life of the parish, to be celebrated with the full and active participation of our parishioners.

We have the following four goals to help us to attain Outcome One:

  • GOAL 1
    • Increase the number of parishioners attending Mass from the current 38% to 48% over three years as measured by the annual October census
  • GOAL 2
    • Create an experience of the Mass as the foundation for a spiritual community
  • GOAL 3
    • Continue to grow college student and young adult Mass attendance and participation
  • GOAL 4
    • Evaluate issues identified in the parish survey such as Mass times, sound system, etc.

There are a number of Action Items listed in the Pastoral Plan (see pages 7, 8) that you can join. If any of these items interest you, get involved!

The Parish Council members who are facilitating all efforts for Outcome One are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Outcome Two (Evangelization)

Creating a welcoming home where all people share the Good News of Jesus in words and deeds through their experiences.

“…That they all may be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.” – John 17:20 is Jesus’ fervent prayer just before he died for us.

Each of us has a call to be welcoming to everyone we encounter, especially when we come to Mass.  A simple gesture of acknowledgement and a willingness to be pulled into a conversation are very genuine offers of hospitality.

  1. As a parish it is our privilege to strive to be a community where “all are welcome” and truly feel welcomed.
  2. As a parish it is important to recognize that our individual desire to nurture our faith is expressed in many and varied ways and that opportunities offered through the parish should cover a wide range of spiritual readiness.

These two realizations are the basis for our hope for Outcome Two: Creating a welcoming home where all people share the Good News of Jesus in words and deeds through their experiences.

We have the following goals to help us achieve Outcome Two:

  • GOAL 1
    • Increase the atmosphere of the parish as a “Welcoming Home” for new and existing parishioners.
  • GOAL 2
    • Identify opportunities and develop programs for all parishioners, especially those not active, to increase active participation in parish life.

There are a number of Action Items listed in the Pastoral Plan (see pages 10, 11) that you can join. If any of these items interest you, get involved!

We are especially focused on gathering people who would like to be a host for two new members or families to make sure they are welcomed and aware of what the parish may have to offer them particularly. We are also eager to find people who would like to ensure that everyone who comes to Mass feels welcomed and is also aware of ways the parish may be helpful for them.

The Parish Council members who are facilitating all efforts for Outcome Two are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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“Evangelization also involves a sincere dialogue that seeks to understand the reasons and feelings of others. Indeed, the heart of another person can only be approached in freedom, in love and in dialogue, in such a manner that the word which is spoken is not simply offered, but also truly witnessed in the hearts of those to whom it is addressed. This requires taking into account the hopes, sufferings and concrete situations of those with whom one is in dialogue. Precisely in this way, people of good will open their hearts more freely and share their spiritual and religious experiences in all sincerity. This experience of sharing, a characteristic of true friendship, is a valuable occasion for witnessing and for Christian proclamation.”

-Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Doctrinal Note on Some Aspects of Evangelization” [Vatican City, December 3, 2007, Section 8]

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Outcome Three (Stewardship)

We, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them. — Romans 12:5-8

Stewardship involves recognizing the gifts we have been given and sharing them. We have amazing and wonderful people in our parish who simply need to be invited to share their talents with others. Reach out to them. Ask yourself first, and then ask them:

  • How closely do you feel connected to other members of our parish?
  • How aware are you of the variety of activities and projects our parish undertakes each week?
  • Do you think you have something to offer that no one else can? If so, what is it? If not, why not?
  • Would you agree that being involved in any parish activity provides opportunities for new friendships and new insights?

The objectives we have to build a culture of gratitude are simple.

  1. Increase the number of parishioners actively participating in parish activities
  2. Develop a training component for each ministry’s volunteers
  3. Invite parishioners to participate in parish ministries – even those limited by time, health or availability
  4. Create a plan to achieve parish financial goals and objectives

There are a number of Action Items listed in the Pastoral Plan (see pages 13, 14) that you can join. If any of these items interest you, get involved!

The Parish Council members who are facilitating all efforts for Outcome Three are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Send one of us an e-mail saying you’re interested and let’s talk!

Outcome Four (Catechesis)

God, who “dwells in unapproachable light”, wants to communicate his own divine life to the men he freely created, in order to adopt them as his sons in his only-begotten Son. (1Tim 6:16) By revealing himself God wishes to make them capable of responding to him, and of knowing him and of loving him far beyond their own natural capacity. [CCC 52]

God prepares us to welcome by stages the supernatural Revelation that is to culminate in the person and mission of the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. [CCC 53]

So, to “nurture a life-long desire to know God more deeply through education and community” is both relevant and essential to meet the needs of our parishioners. Our parishioners want to continue to learn more about our Catholic Faith, Scripture, Social Justice and the Catholic Social Teachings on current moral and social issues.

The following two goals will help us reach Outcome Four:

  • GOAL 1
    • Provide life-long education curriculum for parishioners of all ages in the Scriptures and Tradition of the Church.
  • GOAL 2
    • Encourage dialogue and critical thought which places people in communion with Jesus Christ, which leads to communion with each other.

There are a number of Action Items listed in the Pastoral Plan (see pages 16, 17, 18) that you can join. If any of these items interest you, get involved!

The Parish Council members who are facilitating all efforts for Outcome Four are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Outcome Five (Formation)

Society is essential to the fulfillment of the human vocation. To attain this aim, respect must be accorded to the just hierarchy of values, which “subordinates physical and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones:”(CA 36#2)

Human society must primarily be considered something pertaining to the spiritual. Through it, in the bright light of truth, men should share their knowledge, be able to exercise their rights and fulfill their obligations, be inspired to seek spiritual values; mutually derive genuine pleasure from the beautiful, of whatever order it be; always be readily disposed to pass on to others the best of their own cultural heritage; and eagerly strive to make their own the spiritual achievements of others. These benefits not only influence, but at the same time give aim and scope to all that has bearing on cultural expressions, economic, and social institutions, political movements and forms, laws, and all other structures by which society is outwardly established and constantly developed.(PC 36) [CCC1886]

Social justice can be obtained only in respecting the transcendent dignity of man. The person represents the ultimate end of society, which is ordered to him:

What is at stake is the dignity of the human person, whose defense and promotion have been entrusted to us by the Creator, and to whom the men and women at every moment of history are strictly and responsibly in debt.(SRS 47) [CCC 1929]

Respect for the human person proceeds by way of respect for the principle that “everyone should look upon his neighbor (without any exception) as ‘another self,’ above all bearing in mind his life and the means necessary for living it with dignity.” (GS 27#1) No legislation could by itself do away with the fears, prejudices, and attitudes of pride and selfishness which obstruct the establishment of truly fraternal societies. Such behavior will cease only through the charity that finds in every man a “neighbor,” a brother. [CCC 1931]

The duty of making oneself a neighbor to others and actively serving them becomes even more urgent when it involves the disadvantaged, in whatever area this may be. “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.”(Mt 25:40) [CCC 1932]

Outcome Five (Formation) will be accomplished primarily through these two goals:

  • GOAL 1
    • The Catechesis and Faith Formation Board will develop and communicate annual themes/topics reflective of the liturgical seasons.
  • GOAL 2
    • We will establish a Social Justice Outreach Program and explore collaborative opportunities with neighboring parishes.

There are a number of Action Items listed in the Pastoral Plan (see pages 20, 21) that you can join. If any of these items interest you, get involved!

The Parish Council members who are facilitating all efforts for Outcome Five are This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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