Long Range Plan Results (updated 11 16 2018)

Long Range Plan Results (updated 11 16 2018)


In February 2017, we began a parish planning process as part of a 3-year plan to maintain and enhance the vibrancy of our St. Michael community. Nearly 1,100 people participated in a parish online survey with an additional 200+ participating in a series of 23 listening sessions. Some 50 volunteers helped collect the data from these sessions, and subsequently write the goals and objectives for the parish Long Range Plan derived from the seven most frequently mentioned topics listed here.

  1. Parish Unity
  2. Faith Formation
  3. Making Faith Relevant
  4. Stewardship
  5. Communications
  6. Facilities
  7. Parking

In September 2017, the plan was approved by Monsignor Doug, printed and distributed to interested parishioners both in print and online via our parish website in 4Q 2017. Sixteen months after initiating our parish Long Range Planning process, there are some exciting results to share and with several more on the horizon.  All these developments are in direct response to our parishioners input and requests from the planning process.

Parish Unity: The Parish Unity group has established a new Social Committee to plan and conduct events intended to foster a greater sense of community at St. Michael and create more opportunities for relationship building among our diverse population. Working with our Pastoral Council’s Diversity Committee will enable them to create more diverse social opportunities that celebrate the vast number of nationalities represented in our parish community.

Faith Formation and Making Faith Relevant: In a collaborative effort, the Faith Formation department delivered our first Apologetics class which helps our parishioners who want to know more about their faith and become more evangelical in their day to day lives. Our central belief is that a strong family unit is essential to create strong communities and a meaningful society. 

Additions to the fall 2018 schedule include:

Walking with Purpose:
Opening Your Heart... The Starting Point
Enabling women to know Christ through scripture

Two Sessions Available!
Tuesdays 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Tuesdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Beginning Sept 18   |   22 sessions    |   Materials Cost $40 per person 

Opening Your Heart explores the fundamental questions of our Catholic faith and our relationship with Jesus Christ.  We’ll dig into topics like prayer, reading the Bible, the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and how to deal with suffering that feels senseless. As questions arise in our selves during the study, we’ll be challenged to open our hearts to the only One who can bring the healing and transformation that we so desire.  Supplemental talks focused on setting priorities and living purposefully accompany this study guide.  This Bible study is an incredibly effective guide to deep, lasting transformation of the heart. Join us as we explore the core questions that we need to wrestle with if we want to experience all that God has for us.

For more info: https://walkingwithpurpose.com/bible_studies/opening-your-heart-101/


Beginning Apologetics:
How to Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith

Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Sept 11 – Dec 4
13 sessions   |   Materials Cost $10.00 per person

Learn to explain your faith clearly, defend it charitably, and share it confidently. DVD, workbook and discussion based.  Topics include the Bible, Apostolic Authority, Marian Doctrines, Confession, Saints and more.


Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12 noon, Sept 13 – Nov 15
8 sessions   |  Materials cost $20 per person

Following Christ takes more than simply believing in him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer — He wants you to be his disciple and friend. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is your guide to a personal encounter with Christ. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus seeks after us. He comes to meet us and beckons us to follow him. He calls us to be his disciples, to trust him, to open ourselves to his merciful love, and to love others as he has loved us. Follow Me invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ.

Ascension Press - DVD presentations by Edward Sri


Seven Myths about the Catholic Church and Science

Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Sept 13 – Nov 15
8 sessions    |    Materials Cost $10 per person

In this DVD based program, Dr. Benjamin Wiker dispels the most common and persistent confusions about the relationship between the Faith and scientific inquiry. All too often, this relationship is presented - in the popular media and even in history books - as if it is a war, an endless battle between superstition and the forces of light and reason.


That Man is You! - The Battle Over the Bride

Semester 1
Thursdays, 6:30 am - 7:45 am, Sept 20 - Dec 20
13 sessions    |    Free program; donations as desired for available reference materials

Semester 2
Thursdays, 6:30 am - 7:45 am, Feb 7 - May 2
13 sessions    |    Free program; donations as desired for available reference materials

Each session consists of a 30-minute video featuring Steve Bollman, founder of TMIY, and 30 minutes of small group discussion. The videos are superbly done and with compelling content. The small group discussion leads to new and lasting relationships with other participants.

Stewardship: We are in the early stages of creating an annual Stewardship process to help make everyday stewardship a way of life at St. Michael.  This will involve education to help all parishioners understand what real stewardship is and an annual Stewardship process to help create everyday stewards within our parish community. The intent is to get more involvement from all parishioners as an integral part of our parish "family" and help transform our megachurch into a large neighborhood of involved and caring parishioners.

  • The 2018 Stewardship Report is now available. Click on the image to view and/or download a copy.


Communications: Our parishioners asked us to work harder to communicate better, and we have. By adding a Communications Manager to our staff, we now have the bandwidth to enhance and develop our parish communications and branding even further. We’ve added a “Resources” section to our parish website — a “one-stop shop” for important and useful resources to complement our focus on community, family life and social action. Check out the new Pinterest boards in the Resources section as well as the myriad of online Faith Formation videos, books, recordings and more on FORMED — a FREE online library available to our parish family from anywhere in the world!

We have expanded our Livestream programming to enable parishioners to share in the activities of our parish even when schedule conflicts keep them from attending in person. We’ve incorporated lots of multi-media on our parish website and Social Media channels for more interesting and comprehensive communications. We have also conducted more online surveys to make sure we understand what you want to see in your parish! There is also a new feature under Contact Us where parishioners can suggest improvements to our website. Your opinions matter, so let us hear your thoughts on how we can continue to improve our website.  

Click here or on the image above to review the results of the recent Parish Communications Survey conducted during the summer of 2018. This includes the recommendations to our parish staff on how to enhance their individual and collective service to our parish community.

Facilities: The Facilities implementation team has worked to develop a process to make scheduling easier for our staff and better for our parishioners.  Online room reservation forms can now be used for private event requests.   We have worked to revise the Facility policies and the new policies will be released by the end of 2018.  Staff can now reserve rooms for ministry use.  After analyzing the current facilities, plans to develop appropriate meeting space is currently underway.  These changes are planned for 2019.trying to make our facilities scheduling system more accessible to parishioners and to improve the overall effectiveness of our scheduling of meeting rooms and other facilities on our campus. 

In addition to the facilities scheduling enhancements, there are lots of facilities-related plans in place. During the Christmas break, there will be some much needed HVAC enhancements as we continue to act as good stewards and keep our campus in good repair. We will soon expand our columbarium and install a new sound system in the Parish Center.  All of these enhancements and repairs are possible as a result of your generosity.  

Parking: Through an initiative from our Finance Council, a parking implementation committee met with a traffic engineering company in 2017. The firm analyzed our existing campus layout and proposed a plan to address parking and traffic flow on our campus. Taking into consideration the shifting local parish population due to the opening of the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, the new church at St. Mary Magdalene and the ongoing development of the Mother Teresa Mission, as well as city regulations regarding expanding parking spaces, the firm determined that our current focus should be primarily on traffic flow.  The parking changes will be part of a larger long-term plan which will include completion of the appropriate meeting space referenced in the Facilities section above.

Separately, parishioner-owned Giant Development has offered to help St. Michael connect our two properties - the main campus with the Conference Center next door.  This generous offer is being actively considered in conjunction with planned renovations for the Conference Center.  Once final plans are made, we will provide a more comprehensive update. Our sincere gratitude goes out to Giant Development for this generous offer as well as the growing number of projects they have completed on our campus over the last 18 months!

There is lots more to come as we continue to implement our Long Range Plan, so stay tuned. Better yet, call the Stewardship Hotline (919-468-6180) or email lmcanallen@stmcary.org to learn how you can help!

Related Long Range Plan Updates

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A Broader Parish Perspective

Chart 1 below shows many of the accomplishment and enhancements we have made within our parish community over the last 3 years.  This focus on continuous improvement includes the Long Range Plan but also includes investments we have made as good stewards of your generous contributions. Although our Long Range Plan will guide many of our efforts over the next 2+ years, there will always be other new and related initiatives designed to help keep our parish campus lovely and our community strong.

Chart 1