The parish master plan guides our long term building and grounds planning and expenditures. Our goal is to make the most of the facilities we already have, support the Diocese’s three goals for parishes (providing amazing worship experiences, forming missionary disciples, and increasing our acts of charity, mercy, and justice), and prudently plan for our future needs.
The parish master plan was updated in 2022. It has six priorities:
Renovating the main church is our highest priority. It will be fully funded before we move on to other master plan elements. We expect to begin the church renovation before the end of 2023.
Click on the following links to learn more about each element of of parish master plan:
Changes to the Parish Master Plan
The parish master plan is not “cast in concrete” – it changes as parish realities, needs, and goals change. For example, in 2013 we added the kindergarten building which wasn’t part of the 1999 master plan.
The parish has changed since 1999. Average Sunday Mass attendance was 3,000 (and parishioners had to stand in the back of the church at some Masses); our average Sunday Mass attendance in 2022 is 1,000. In 1999, our school was full; today the school is under capacity. The new church and the school expansion envisioned in our 1999 plan are no longer necessary.
Some things haven’t changed. In 1999 we did not have enough office or meeting spaces, and we were renting office space across Mission Blvd for some ministries. Today we still need more ministry and meeting space.
New realities and needs have arisen. The Carriage House and Ministry House 1 are no longer occupied because of their poor condition. Ministry House 2 was renovated in 2021 to serve as a temporary parish office, and the faith formation staff was moved to the rectory when Ministry House 1 was closed. Our master plan has been updated to reflect the reality of their condition and the need to repair these buildings.
We also know more about what can be accomplished than when the original 1999 master plan was created. Construction cost increases, Tribal Cultural Resources and other permitting requirements have made constructing new buildings unrealistic. The city’s designation of the Carriage House as a “primary historic resource” makes its demolition difficult. It will be easier to renovate and reuse it.
Expanding the parish hall is no longer part of our master plan, but a renovated Carriage House will provide us with a second large gathering area and additional meeting spaces. And when we need a larger space for a parish event we can arrange to use the next-door Dominican Center, which didn’t exist when the 1999 master plan was created.