Parish Mission Planning

FACILITIES UPDATE - August 2, 2020
(for reference, see Parish Mission Plan, Priorities A & D and the 5 year implementation plan)
 
Quality Restoration continues tuckpointing on the elementary school. This particular project is scheduled for completion by August 4, depending on the weather. Next possible project on the school, although obviously a lower priority than the tuckpointing was, is to do some repair work on window "mullions." We are checking into costs and where this should rank compared to other St. Francis of Assisi projects.
 
Speaking of other projects. For some time, the middle school has had, during a driving rain, an issue with water leakage from the "window & panel" system along a portion of the north wall. This has been a particularly difficult issue as there have been many ideas about the causes as well as the fact that the firm which originally installed the panel system is out of business. We will keep you posted as we find out more on possible solutions.
 
A quick update on the Waldo and Grand choir lofts. At Waldo we are awaiting a commitment for the painting which will finish that project and as for Grand, we are on the project list for ACE and anticipate work being started soon.
 
Thanks again to all of the parishioners who have contributed to any of the above projects.
 
RespectfullySubmitted,
Pat Brandel
 
 

 
An article from Deacon Mark Knipp - July 26, 2020
(For reference, see Parish Mission Plan, Priority C & 5 year implementation plan.)
 
RADICAL HOSPITALITYAll of us, at some point in our lives, have had to move and try to become part of a new church community or other group. As this transition is already difficult, it is made even more so if the people in that new church community are not very friendly or just indifferent or just don’t know how to welcome newcomers.
 
While we are NOT “new” to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, we have returned to a place that many of us have been separated from for 4 months or more. It is a homecoming, a return to our shared house of faith, and a reuniting with our faith family and friends.
 
You may have noticed a difference when arriving to one of our church sites. Beyond the temperature taking and the offering of masks, you may have noticed an increase in the number of hospitality ministers. We are embarking on a new approach to hospitality. One of welcome and of love for any and all who walk through our church doors.
 
I appreciate the work that many of our ministers have undertaken in this new approach to hospitality. I appreciate those ministers who have moved into the hospitality ministry from another ministry that is not currently utilized. The work has not gone unnoticed. I have received several comments about how welcome people have been made to feel.
 
Last weekend, we hosted Salvatorian Missionaries during our Diocesan Missionary outreach Appeal. Again, the hospitality that they received from the parish was remarkable. They commented on the level of “welcome” they felt during their visit. If you wish to support their ministry and mission, envelopes are available at each of the collection baskets at the sites. Thank you for your generous support.
 
Our efforts are all good things and this effort cannot die once this COVID pandemic has passed. We will only expand and increase our hospitality efforts in the coming months and years so we can be truly a “radical hospitality” parish.
 
So for all the efforts of the people working to make St. Francis of Assisi a more welcoming place, I say “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
 
Deacon Mark Knipp
 
 

 
FACILITIES UPDATE - July 12, 2020
(For reference, see Pastoral Plan, Priority D and the 5 year implementation plan.)
 
The east entrance project at the Marshall worship site is now complete. We had earlier done some needed tuckpointing and roof repairs at this entrance. Recently, our maintenance team completed the interior work. A big thank you to the parishioners who contributed to this project.
 
Progress on the Waldo choir loft repairs are proceeding nicely with Grand site choir loft repairs starting soon. These repairs are being covered by the very generouscontributions to the tuckpointing project. Thank you.
 
In the June 14th bulletin we had shown photos of the worship site tuckpointing "in-process." Those tuckpointing needs have now been completed. While the Waldo and Grand sites needed more extensive work there was a relatively small amount of tuckpointing needed at the Marshall site by the East entrance. (See update on that project on this page.) THANK YOU again for the contributions to the tuckpointing project!
 
Please know that tuckpointing will be a continuing need at our parish. It is simply the nature for maintenance of this type of construction. Each year, at a minimum, we will have the buildings inspected to identify any critical needs.Speaking of other needs. Besides our worship sites the Waldo school has tuckpointing needs. While Roncalli Catholic Schools is paying a facility usage fee to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, we continue to own the school buildings and care for them. You will soon start seeing tuckpointing activity around the school building with completion before the scheduled start of school.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
Pat Brandel
 
 

 
A note from Fr. Doug - January 19, 2020:

Dear Parishioners, 

Thank you to all who attended the January 14th Parish Annual Meeting.  Thanks also to those who presented and made all of the preparations for the meeting and the social.  Our meeting was done in two parts, first was the year in review, and second was our parish and regional school planning. It was capped off by a social hosted by the Knights of Columbus.  Details can be found on our website or come to the office and ask for a copy of the presentation. 

Here's my summary of the main points I would like you to know:

On July 1, 2020, SFA School will no longer exist and Roncalli Catholic Schools will begin as a 3K through Grade 12 School.  Yes, the middle school and elementary school will still be in our buildings, and most of the day to day operations will look the same, but all administrative work will flow through Roncalli Catholic Schools with John Stelzer as the president.

Yes, we are working to build a new regional school. Emphasis on regional school, meaning that we are working with the neighboring parishes and Roncalli to build a new elementary, 3k -8 grade school campus out on the Michigan property.  This is priority A of our parish mission planning.

For our parish mission planning, we followed a long process to arrive at the plan that was laid out.  The work started some years ago with the Building and Grounds committee, which included our Facility Analysis and much more.  Lots of hours have been put into this project and many people have been consulted.  Details can be found on our website.

The parish is fiscally responsible. This past year we had income over expenses of $14,583. This is in a $4.7 million operating budget.  We still have much needed maintenance, but for operating budget purposes we balanced!

First three priorities of our parish mission plan, A - Regional School, B- Leadership & Missionary Discipleship, and C - Welcoming Environment lead into priority D - Buildings & Capital.  In other words, our ministry needs determine what our buildings need to look like. 

 

Now for some Questions about our sites: 

What about the St. Boniface property?  The cornerstone on the St. Boniface church reads 1885. Do you realize the challenge to maintain a building built in 1885?  Needless to say there is much repair work to be done if we were to use the church, over $2 million plus operating costs.  (See parish website for details.)   Bishop Ricken, Very Rev. John Girotti Vicar for Canonical Services, and others have shared with our committees some further insight:  

~ It is sometimes better to tear down an old church than leave it deteriorate and be a poor reminder to the parishioners that have a great love for the site.

~ The challenge in selling it, is that it may be used for a purpose that would be in conflict with those who hold the site near and dear to them.

~ It is important to respect the historical significance  of the building to the people (especially to those who have had their sacraments there).

~ Buildings are in some ways like people, they are born, they live, and they die. When they die it becomes time to respectfully bury them. 

As we look at priorities A, B and C in our parish mission plan, there is not a need for the Boniface site yet I know there is great history that connects us to this site. So what are we to do?  The plan is to retain the corner of the property that now contains the sign and the Saint Boniface statue, and add a piece of the steeple to that area making a park and perhaps a few benches. This way we can always remember what this site meant to our Catholic faithful. Then respectfully repurpose or sell the furnishings and furniture and sacred items inside. It will take time to do an inventory and look at other possible uses in the parish, diocese, or other places for the sacred items and other furnishings.  Then, we would raze the church and sell the house and the school. It is fiscally responsible in reducing our footprint of space we no longer need, and yet through the idea of a Boniface Park, leave a lasting memory of the site.

What about the central office property, our office on 8th Street?  The plan is to stay there until it is functionally and financially feasible to move.

What about the Marshall site property?  The plan is to keep it as it is until the new school is completed and the middle school moves. The church would then move to limited use (weddings and funerals) and then determine the long-term use of the site. The sad reality is that we really do not need three sites.

In the future will we update and use 2 of our existing church sites, OR will we build 1 new church?   Ask me again in 2025!  There are lots of pros and cons here. A good decision needs more information and time to see how our 4 priorities come to fruition.   We will be in a much better position to make a good decision in 2025.  

I know there are many more questions, we will continue to update you as we go along. 

 


 

Update January 14, 2020

The following is a summary of the information that was provided at our January 14, 2020, Parish Annual Meeting. A video recording of the meeting, as well as the slide presentation, is available on our website. If you prefer, you may stop in the parish central office for a paper copy of the slide presentation.

 

Parish Mission Planning ~ Priorities & Goals

Priority A: Regional School: Growth, Engagement, Mission

Goal: Parish student enrollment goals, school families to Mass goals, missionary discipleship goals, etc. (Include consideration of Hispanic ministry in all facets.)

Goal Owner: John Stelzer

 

Priority B: Leadership & Missionary Discipleship: Growth, Engagement, Participation

Goal: By 2021, identify and develop 20 individuals to be formed as missionary discipleship leaders who will each invite two others to be formed as missionary disciples by 2023; grow the group of missionary discipleship leaders to 50 by 2024 who will invite two others. (Include consideration of Hispanic ministry in all facets.)

Goal Owner: Michelle Bishop

 

Priority C: Welcoming Environment: Invitation, Engagement, Participation

Goal: Create a welcoming environment where weekly parish community connection activities can occur by 2022. (Include consideration of Hispanic ministry in all facets.)

Goal Owner: Deacon Mark Knipp

 

--------------------——---------------Priorities A, B & C Drive Priority D--------------------------------------

Priority D: Buildings and Capital Needs: Growth, Engagement, Participation, Community Impact

Goal: Determine necessary space for our parish spiritual and practical needs; which may include worship sites and gathering spaces, faith formation space, and office space as soon as practicable. (Include consideration of Hispanic ministry in all facets.)

Goal Owner: Pat Brandel

 

 

Five-Year Parish Mission Plan ~ Implementation Steps

2020-2024 Goals/Actions:

  • Assist in Organizing Two Schools Into One Regional School (Priority A)
  • Assist in Campaign for New School (Priority A)
  • Focus on Priorities B, C
  • Resolution of St. Boniface Site (Priority D)
  • Resolve Marshall Site Post-School (Priority D)
  • Do Required Maintenance of Current Buildings (Priority D)
  • Parish Campaign $2.5 million
  • Initiate Planning Process Regarding “2025+ Resolution of Worship Site Structures and Possible Future Capital Campaign”

 

 

~ Submitted By:  Pat Brandel

 

 


 

Update 10/19/19

SFA Parish Mission Planning

The “What, Why, & Who”

Submitted by: Pat Brandel

 

This is number seven in a series of articles published in our bulletin related to Parish Mission Planning.

You can find the six prior articles posted on our parish website under “Parish Mission Planning”,

or obtain a hard copy from the front desk at the parish office.

 

SFA PARISH MISSION PLANNING - NEXT STEPS

  •  Pastoral, Finance Council and SFA Board of Education
    • Progress Update
    • Feedback
    • Participation
  •  Finalize Parish Mission Planning
    • Action Steps, People, Resources, $$$
  •  Regional School
    • Meeting with Pastors & Parish Administrators
  •  Parish-Wide Meetings Moving Vision 2020 to Mission
    • Parish Mission Planning Progress Update
    • Campaign Update
    • Regional School Update
    • Feedback 
  • Diocese/Parish
    • Communication
    • Alignment of Parish Mission Planning, Regional School, Combined Campaign
  •  Leadership Summit
    • Final Parish Mission Planning Agreement & Recommendation
    • Launch Parish Mission Planning
  •  Future Goals

 


Update 10/12/19

SFA Parish Mission Planning - The “What, Why, & Who”

Submitted by: Pat Brandel

 

St. Francis of Assisi Parish - Goal & Project Worksheet Summary

 

Priority A:       Regional School: Growth, Engagement, Mission

Goal:                   Ideas include: parish student enrollment goals, school families to Mass goals, missionary                                    discipleship goals, etc.

Goal Owner: John Stelzer

Projects: In-process. Priority A goals and projects to be designed by regional school. Obtain acceptance via Diocese and regional school board thereby creating a mission-based partnership among area parishes and regional school.

 

Priority B: Leadership & Missionary Discipleship: Growth, Engagement, Participation

Goal: By 2021, identify and develop 20 individuals be formed as missionary discipleship leaders who will each invite two others to be formed as missionary disciples by 2023; grow the group of missionary discipleship leaders to 50 by 2024 who will invite two others.

Goal Owner: Michelle Peters

Project 1: Drawing upon Diocesan established best practices, establish an Evangelization/Missionary Discipleship Process by January 2020.

Project 2: Drawing upon Diocesan established best practices, establish a Missionary Discipleship Leader Training/Into Formation Curriculum by January 2020.

Project 3: Identify target group, based upon desired discipleship characteristics, and develop a Communication and Invitation Plan by January 2020.

 

Priority C: Welcoming Environment: Invitation, Engagement, Participation

Goal: Create a welcoming environment where weekly parish community connection activities can occur by 2022.

Goal Owner: Deacon Mark Knipp

Project 1: Create a comprehensive plan on how to develop gathering spaces to promote and facilitate a welcoming environment.

Project 2: Create worship sites that practice radical hospitality.

Project 3: Create a system that engages & nurtures new members to be missionary disciples.

-------------———————----- Priorities A, B & C Drive Priority D----------------------------------------

 

Priority D: Buildings and Capital Needs: Growth, Engagement, Participation, Community Impact

Goal: Create/establish necessary space for our parish’s spiritual and practical needs; to include worship sites and gathering spaces, faith formation space, and office space by 2022.

Goal Owner: Pat Brandel

Project 1: Identify impact on facilities of parish spiritual and practical needs by January 2020.

Project 2:  Identify renovation & operating cost for facilities identified in project 1.

Project 3: Create Construction Plan

 


 

Update 10/06/19

SFA Parish Mission Planning - The Process Steps

Step 1             Assessment – Health of Leadership Survey

All ministry area leaders, parish and school staff, board members, council/committee members, catechists, teachers and the parish mission planning (PMP) team members complete the Leadership Survey regarding their perception of the parish’s, the school’s, and their own efforts in reference to evangelization, discipleship, leadership, and community impact.

 

Step 2             Assessment – Operational and Ministry Checklists

Appropriate personnel/school personnel are assigned the duty of filling out various checklists associated with parish and school operations and ministry areas.

 

Step 3             Assessment – Parish and Community Data Sheets

The PMP team will review their community and parish demographics, school and religious education enrollment. The team will identify observations in areas of youth, faith, contributions, and activity.

 

Step 4             Assessment – School and Parish Planning: Key Recommendations

The PMP team will review the School and Parish Planning: Key Recommendations document and determine which goals in this plan will be a focus in the development of the Parish Mission Plan.

 

Step 5             Observations/Analysis

The PMP team compiles the lists developed in steps 1 through 4. This list should be no longer than twenty items.

 

Step 6             Prioritization, Classification, Alignment and Mobilization to Mission

The items listed in Step 5 are prioritized. The top three to five priority items are assigned under the following categories by the planning team: Enabling Evangelization, Empowering Collaborative Leadership, Expressing Abundant Sundays, and Equipping Spiritual Maturity.

 

Step 7             Set Goals

The PMP team takes the list developed in Step 6 and transforms the three to five priority items into goal statements. The goals are concise statements of what the parish and/or school will do over the next one to three years to accomplish evangelizing, forming disciples, and impacting the community in which the parish and school are located. The goals and corresponding action steps are to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time Bound. The goals are put into the appropriate categories of GROWTH, ENGAGEMENT, and COMMUNITY IMPACT. It is recommended that no more than three to five goals be identified.

Step 8             Action Steps

The PMP team defines a set of action steps for each of the goals identified by: clearly stating each step, identifying the metric or evidence that will be used to show completion of the step, identifying the person(s) responsible for carrying out the step, identifying the human and financial resources necessary to complete each step, and defining the start and completion date for each step.

 

Step 9             Implementation and Periodic Evaluation

First, set the date to implement the plan according to the plan’s action steps. Make sure those responsible for the steps actually start work implementing the steps when they are scheduled. Communicate the start of the actions step(s) to the appropriate oversight body and/or constituents. Second, establish a plan evaluation process and schedule. Third, report the progress made toward the plan’s implementation to the appropriate oversight body and/or constituents according to the agreed upon schedule.

 

SFA Parish Mission Planning - Data Considered 

  • Data Compiled by SFA Parish and Roncalli Regional School:
  • Information and observations from our Vision 2020 planning process.
  • Any applicable information gathered during the regional school feasibility study.
  • The Facilities Repair/Renovation study which was presented at our 2018 parish annual meeting and in the bulletin.
  • The Facilities Operating Costs study which was presented at our 2019 parish annual meeting and in the bulletin.

 

  • Health of Leadership Survey (see Process Step 1)

 

  • Operational and Ministry Checklists (see Process Step 2)

 

  • Parish and Community Data Sheets (see Process Step 3)

 

  • School and Parish Planning: Key Recommendations (see Process Step 4)

 


Update 9/29/19

SFA Parish Mission Planning - The “What, Why, & Who”

Submitted by: Pat Brandel

This is number four in a series of articles published in our bulletin related to Parish Mission Planning. You can find the three prior articles posted on our parish website under “Parish Mission Planning”, or obtain a hard copy from the front desk at the parish office.

 

Introduction:

What is Parish Mission Planning?

Innovative and enduring planning process designed to continuously improve our ability:

To be missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God.

Driven by living out our common mission:

To foster households and communities of discipleship through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church.

Begins by asking:

“How do we impact the communities in which we dwell?”

 

Why are we doing this?

As a continuation of Bishop Ricken’s Disciples on the Way, Parish Mission Planning is designed:

To align and mobilize our parishes, schools, and ministry efforts with our diocesan vision, mission, and cultural values.

Parish Mission Planning begins a new era of planning designed:

To inspire cultural change at the parish and school level in how we fundamentally approach “planning.”

At the end of the day it is about:

Changing minds and hearts in how we think about planning and our mission!

 

With Jesus Christ and through the mission of the Church, we move:

  • From scarcity to abundance
  • From maintenance to mission
  • From programs to people
  • From inward to outward focus

 

Who:  The following parishioners assisted in this process:

SFA Parish Mission Planning Team

Michelle Peters, Jerilyn Gill, Randy Miller, Pat Brandel, Connie Heinzen, Joe Pozorski III, Bill Censky, Rita Knowles, John Stelzer, Brian Cvetezar, Sue Krueger, Steve Thiele, Judy Denor,  Fr. Doug LeCaptain, Mike Townsend, Taylor Geiger, Barry Metzentine (GB Diocese), Kevin Wilke

Thank you!


Update Aug. 11, 2019

Submitted by Pat Brandel 

At our January 2019 parish annual meeting, we had provided an update on the process for a regional school. Also stated was that the parish mission planning process would be relaunched at the conclusion of the regional school feasibility study stage. As you have probably seen in the bulletin during the past few weeks, the feasibility study concluded so we are now able to go back into our parish planning. This article is intended to give you a flavor of the process that the planning team will follow over approximately 90 days. It is adapted from a typical mission planning process recommended and supported by the Diocese of Green Bay. 

We have started the planning with gathering of data using two tools: 

  • One is a survey distributed electronically July 24th to Pastoral Councils, Finance Council, Board of Education, Commissions, Deacons, teachers and various other ministry leaders. 
  • The other tool is called a ministry checklist. Each one of these 12 checklists deals with a different facet of parish life or operations. Examples being Worship, Social Justice, Education, Parish Financial & Management Services, etc. These were completed by the lead person in each of the areas. 

The above tools will be combined with: 

  • A diocesan purchased software titled “Mission Insite” which allows us to dive deeper into the sacramental and demographic make-up of our parish and surrounding community. 
  • Information and observations from our Vision 2020 planning process. 
  • Any applicable information gathered during the regional school feasibility study
  • The Facilities Repair/Renovation study which was presented at our 2018 parish annual meeting and in the bulletin. 
  • The Facilities Operating Costs study which was presented at our 2019 parish annual meeting and in the bulletin. 

The next steps will take the parish mission planning team through analysis and discernment to arrive at the top 10-20 possible areas of needed emphasis and eventually arrive at 2-5 key areas (priorities) we need to concentrate on over the coming 5 years. This will also be the point where we can estimate costs of implementation as well as impact on facilities. This planning process will necessarily, and prayerfully, consider the use of all our buildings. 

During this process we will be communicating with you, our fellow parishioners, as well as multiple other people at the diocesan, regional and local level to obtain opinions and input. We hope to include at least one, hopefully more, town hall style meetings. 

Final recommendations will be made by the Pastoral and Finance Councils to Fr. Doug. He will then carry the recommendations forward to the Diocese, ultimately Bishop Ricken. 

Our aim is to have a comprehensive faith based plan covering the next 2-5 years and to launch a combined campaign to include the regional school, the Diocese and St. Francis of Assisi Parish as we move forward. We anticipate having our planning recommendations available for review and approval by late September or early October 2019. 

We are excited about the opportunity this mission planning process will afford as we look to the current and future needs for our parish, school and community in which we dwell.

Click here to view/print the 8/11/19 Update


SFA Parish Mission Planning February 4, 2018 Bulletin

Pastoral Plan—Vision 2020 Building & Grounds Committee Report

Submitted by Pat Brandel 

Greetings! The following information regarding our Building and Grounds committee presentation on our current facilities was shared at our annual parish meeting.  Our next steps are:

  • to review this information with our Vision 2020 committee.
  • consider it in context with all of the other data we have gathered, including the impact of information from the Diocesan study on catholic schools.
  • obtain estimates on any new construction ideas which have been advanced.
  • finally prepare recommendations for our Councils/Board and Fr. Doug. 

Please remember that this is a significant portion of this particular presentation but it does not contain all information presented. If you wish to see the complete video recording and slideshow of the annual meeting, please go to our website, www.sfamanitowoc.org, and click on the links. Additionally, we do have copies of the slideshow available at the parish office. Thank you.

 Click here to view/print the 2/04/18 Update - Vision 2020 Building & Grounds Committee Report 


SFA Parish Mission Planning January 27, 2019 Bulletin

Facility Operating Costs - FACILITIES COST ANALYSIS

Submitted by Pat Brandel 

At the January 17, 2019, parish annual meeting, a presentation was made by Kevin Wilke as representative of the Facilities Cost Analysis team. The members of the team were: Jerilynn Gill, Kevin Wilke, Deanne Kuenzi, Mike Miller and Pat Brandel. The team’s purpose was to prepare an analysis of annual building operating costs to complement the 2017 Building and Grounds committee report on significant building renovation/improvement costs. 

We have repeated the information from last year’s annual meeting from the 2017 Building & Grounds Report for the Renovation/Improvement Needs column. Included in the Total Annual Costs column are items such as utilities, insurance, maintenance, snow removal, etc.  There are two buildings with brackets ( ) around the number. These show a profit as a result of the rent we receive being higher than the building’s annual cost.   Note: Calvary is not included as its operating costs are tracked in a separate corporation.

Thank you and please feel free to contact me with questions. Pat Brandel at [email protected]

To see the entire presentation with all the slides and to view the video of the meeting, please go to the St. Francis of Assisi Parish website: sfamanitowoc.org and click on the link.

Click here to view/print the 1/27/19 update - Facilities Cost Analysis