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									St. Ann Catholic Parish
Prairie Village, Kansas

Pastoral Plan

Published May 2007
Table of Contents                               Page

Mission Statement                                 3

Vision Statement                                  3

Executive Summary                                 3

Pastoral Plan with Goals, Objectives, Actions     7

Parish Listening Sessions Feedback
    Music and Liturgy                            21
    Sense of Community                           26
    Adult Faith Formation                        31
    Youth Ministry                               35
    Family Life                                  40
    Facilities                                   43

Parish Surveys—Executive Summary                  48

Key Findings—Resource Document                    51

Resource Document                                 53

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Mission Statement
         Committed to the ministry of Jesus Christ, St. Ann Catholic Parish is a
dynamic community that preaches the Gospel, celebrates the faith and works for

Vision Statement—2012
        St. Ann Catholic Parish will build the kingdom of God on earth as a model parish
with vibrant Eucharistic worship and highly engaged and theologically educated
parishioners of all ages.

Executive Summary
         With a vision to become the model parish of the future, St. Ann Catholic Parish
has developed our Pastoral Plan for 2007-2010. Based on extensive feedback from
parishioners, the Pastoral Plan has seven goals developed around major areas of parish
life. These goals encompass parishioners of all ages with the intention of revitalizing
parish worship and sacramental life, faith formation, ministries, programs and facilities.
         We have committed to the following goals over the course of the next three years.
The goals have accompanying objectives and action steps with designation of responsible
persons and/or committees and timelines. Specific steps of implementation and timing
are contingent upon budget approval by the Finance Council.
         The goals include the following:
1. The celebration of the Eucharist will be central to our prayer and community life.
2. St. Ann Catholic Church will be a hospitable and welcoming community.
3. The parish will foster lifelong faith formation.
4. St. Ann‟s will welcome and nurture youth to be active, participating parishioners.
5. The parish will provide a network of support to minister to the needs of families,
     single persons and persons who are aging.
6. Facilities at St. Ann‟s will provide welcoming, clean and secure environments that
     support parish ministries.
7. St. Ann‟s will have highly qualified lay leadership (paid staff and volunteers), the
     organizational infrastructure and the funding to support a dynamic, thriving parish.

Goals and Objectives Summarized
1. Eucharist and sacramental life
        Recognizing that the Eucharist is central to our parish life, we will take the
following steps to affirm this as a parish community:
 Modify liturgical music and worship practices in response to feedback from the
    pastoral planning process while in compliance with Church directives.
 Educate parishioners about the Mass, the sacraments and liturgical changes.
 Engage lay leadership in helping plan and assist with liturgical celebrations.
 Develop a Ministry of Music that complements the celebration of the Eucharist and
    engages the congregation.
 Develop programs that support sacramental renewal.

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   Offer other prayer and liturgical opportunities.
        In support of these objectives, the Pastoral Plan recommends the use of familiar,
uplifting and liturgically appropriate music; the establishment of a Parish Liturgy
Committee; evaluation of the need for a full-time liturgical music director; involvement
of youth in liturgical celebrations; and evaluation of the Mass schedule for possible
inclusion of a Sunday evening liturgy.

2. Hospitable and welcoming community
        The Pastoral Plan identifies multiple opportunities to foster a sense of community
that permeates all dimensions of parish life to be carried out by the newly established
Welcome Committee, Hospitality Committee and Communications Committee.
        This goal and its objectives focus on events, activities and communications that
support a hospitable and welcoming environment.
 Formalize and personalize the welcome process for new parishioners with the
    establishment of a Welcome Committee responsible for this outreach.
 Foster an ongoing sense of community through hospitality events, expanded roles for
    greeters and evaluation of re-instituting parish circles.
 Provide additional opportunities for parishioner volunteer involvement.
 Name a Communications Committee to re-establish the parish newsletter and to
    advise on using the website more effectively.

3. Lifelong faith formation
         The pastoral planning survey responses and parish listening sessions repeatedly
emphasized that St. Ann parishioners want to learn more about our faith. To accomplish
this, the Pastoral Plan includes the following objectives:
 Offer more programs to help adult Catholics understand our faith to include
    theologically based programs with practical applications and Bible studies.
 Offer diverse opportunities to encourage and foster spirituality including the
    evaluation of re-instituting the parish circles.
 Offer programs (discussion groups, presentations and homilies) that help people
    understand the Church‟s stance on issues that have ethical and/or moral implications.
 Educate parishioners about the Mass, the sacraments and liturgical changes.
 Educate parishioners about evangelization and then develop outreach to attract new
    and returning Catholics.
 Enhance the St. Ann School of Religion programs, inform parents about the
    curriculum and explore an after school option.
 Ensure that all religion faculty in the parish are catechetically certified.

4. Youth as active parishioners
        Youth ministry ranked high among opportunities listed by St. Ann parishioners
for pastoral improvement. Even as the planning process was being completed, the parish
had recruited a full-time youth minister to supplement the current staff. Over the next
three years, Youth Ministry staff, our pastor and other parish staff will work to:
 Expand Youth Ministry with staff support and programs; strengthen the Youth
    Ministry Committee; involve youth from the elementary school and the School of
    Religion; and collaborate with neighboring parishes.

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   Strengthen educational programs in St. Ann Catholic School, the School of Religion
    and for youth in general with catechetically certified teachers and relevant and youth-
    friendly programs.
   Offer many opportunities for youth faith formation and involvement in liturgies, such
    as retreats and a youth choir.
   Engage youth through diverse social activities with a strong summer program
   Involve youth in the parish and the greater community with expanded service projects
    and possible mission trips.

5. Network of support—families, single persons, persons who are aging
        With the desire to reach a broad range of parishioners, the pastoral planning
process focused in particular on family life as an area of opportunity for expanded
programs and ministry. For families and other identified groups, the plan commits the
parish to:
 Educate parishioners about regional and archdiocesan family life programs that
    already exist.
 Develop programs and services for young marrieds, singles, senior adults and other
    groups and explore the recruitment of part-time staff responsible for family life
    enrichment and counseling.
 Develop and offer programs specific to strengthening family life.
 Provide ongoing opportunities for parishioners‟ support of other parishioners.

6. Facilities
       The planning process pointed to the need to develop an ongoing maintenance plan
and a master site plan with options for renovating, modernizing and making the facilities
more accessible. This will be a detailed undertaking of the Building and Grounds
Committee that will require prioritization of projects, identification of budgets and
timelines, and sharing options with parishioners.
       Toward that end, this goal includes objectives to:
 Develop a master facility maintenance plan.
 Develop a master facility site plan with design options and budget implications.
 Ensure a clean and welcoming environment with the possible addition of more
    maintenance and cleaning staff.

7. Infrastructure to support a dynamic, thriving parish
         Becoming the parish of the 21st century will require that St. Ann have staff
support and strong lay leadership. Overall, the plan identifies the following objectives:
 Reorganize and revitalize the Pastoral Council.
 Evaluate, communicate and update the Pastoral Plan.
 Prioritize staffing needs and identify funding sources for new positions identified in
    the plan.
 Evaluate the need for a part-time volunteer coordinator in addition to those positions
    listed under other goals.

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   Prioritize budget needs resulting from planning related to programs, events and
    facilities and identify funding sources.

Steps in the Pastoral Planning Process
August 2006                 Pastoral Planning Committee named.
August 2006                 Resource document developed as background for planning.
September 2006              Pastoral Planning Committee retreat held.
September-October 2006      Vision of 21st century parish described by Msgr. Krische
                            in homily series.
October-November 2006       Pastoral Planning surveys completed (526 returned).
February-March 2007         Parish Listening sessions held.
April 2007                  Pastoral Plan drafted, recommended for approval by
                            Pastoral Planning Committee.
May 2007                    Pastoral Plan communicated, dedicated.

Members of the Pastoral Planning Committee
Special thanks go out to members of the Pastoral Planning Committee who devoted
considerable time and energy to making the process engaging for as many parishioners
as possible.
Steve Bahr                      Msgr. Vince Krische           Don Palmer
Diane Gallagher                 John Latenser                 Rich Poskin
Bob Graham                      Diane O‟Byrne                 Bill Schafer
Lauren Heyen                    Mimi O‟Laughlin

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April 17, 2007                                                                                                                 Final pending budget

GOAL:            The celebration of the Eucharist will be central to our prayer and community life at St. Ann’s.
St. Ann parishioners value the Eucharist as central to their faith.                   appropriate; and homilies that speak to their lives. They consider
Through the planning process, parishioners expressed their interest                   the celebration of Mass as an ideal opportunity to create and
in participating fully in the celebration of the Mass with music that                 support the sense of community as people gathered around the
is familiar and uplifting; rituals that are simple while liturgically                 Eucharistic table.

Objective                       Actions                                      Responsible          By when        Desired outcomes
1. Modify liturgical music         Re-introduce music into parish           Msgr. Krische, Joe   Spring 2007    Parishioners are actively engaged in the
and worship practices in            liturgies that is more familiar and      Gehrer, Organist                    celebration of liturgies.
response to feedback from           uplifting.
the pastoral planning process      Evaluate the liturgical aids
while in compliance with            (missalettes, song sheets) to ensure
Church directives.                  they are user-friendly.
2. Educate parishioners to         Explain changes as they occur            Msgr. Krische        Ongoing        St. Ann parishioners understand the theological
the meaning of the Mass and         through the bulletin and/or homilies.                                        significance of the Eucharistic celebration as the
to liturgical changes that         Explain rituals in a bulletin series;    Msgr. Krische        Ongoing        basis of their Catholic faith.
occur in the Mass.                  post to the parish website.
                                   Offer periodic programs/an ongoing       Msgr. Krische
                                    series of lectures/programs on the                            Ongoing
3. Engage lay leadership in        Establish a Parish Liturgy Committee     Msgr. Krische,       Fall 2007      Parishioners are actively engaged in the planning
helping plan and assist with        to plan and serve as the sounding        Pastoral Council                    and the celebration of liturgies.
liturgical celebrations.            board for music selections, liturgical
                                    aids (e.g., missalettes, song sheets),
                                    seasonal observances, the Mass
                                    schedule and the pulse on how to
                                    engage parishioners more actively.
                                   Offer training and formation for         Liturgy Committee/   Ongoing
                                    Communion ministers and lectors.         Staff
                                   Evaluate the Mass schedule, possibly     Liturgy Committee    1st qtr 2008
                                    to include a Sunday evening Mass.        Msgr. Krische
                                   Involve youth in liturgical
                                    celebrations as cantors, lectors, etc.   Liturgy Committee    Ongoing

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Objective                      Actions                                        Responsible            By when        Desired outcomes
3. Develop a Ministry of          Consider the recruitment of a full-        Msgr. Krische,         Fall 2007      Parishioners actively participate in the liturgical
Music that complements the         time liturgical music director.            Pastoral Council                      celebrations.
celebration of the Eucharist      Consider opportunities to introduce        Msgr. Krische, Joe     Fall 2007
and engages the congregation       varied music options at different          Gehrer, Cantors,
in the celebration.                Masses.                                    Organists
                                  Organize a youth choir.                    Music Director         1st qtr 2008
4. Develop programs that          Explore and implement opportunities        Msgr. Krische          Ongoing
support sacramental renewal.       and programs for sacramental
5. Offer other prayer and         Consider and implement programs            Msgr. Krische, Staff   Ongoing
liturgical opportunities.          such as a parish mission on the
                                   liturgy; the liturgy of hours; others to
                                   be determined.

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GOAL:           St. Ann Catholic Church will be a hospitable and welcoming community.

As a parish community of 1,500 households, St. Ann Catholic                           sense of community to permeate all dimensions of parish life—
Church faces the challenges of creating a welcoming environment                       from liturgies to social events; for families with children in the
for new parishioners, opportunities to be involved and activities                     grade school and in the School of Religion; and for families,
that engage parishioners of all ages. St. Ann parishioners want a                     couples, individuals, persons who divorced, single and widowed.

Objective                       Actions                                      Responsible            By when        Desired outcomes
1. Formalize and personalize       Form a committee to be responsible       Pastoral Council       Fall 2007      New parishioners feel welcomed and become
the welcome process for new         for welcoming new parishioners.                                                active members of the parish.
parishioners.                      Create a welcome packet.                 Welcome Committee      1st qtr 2008
                                   Establish a host family/sponsor for       “       “             1st qtr 2008
                                    new parishioners.
                                   Host a regular welcome event, e.g., a        “         “
                                    monthly/quarterly dinner to welcome                             Ongoing
                                    new parishioners.
                                   Inform the parish of new
                                    parishioners.                                “         “        Ongoing
2. Foster an ongoing sense of      Establish a parish Hospitality           Pastoral Council       Fall 2007      A sense of community permeates parish life at St.
community in the parish.            Committee.                                                                     Ann Catholic Church.
                                   Host regular hospitality get-togethers   Hospitality            Ongoing
                                    in the parish hall after weekend         Committee engaging
                                    Masses.                                  other parish groups
                                   Use these hospitality events to          “          “
                                    highlight parish and regional                                   Ongoing
                                    programs and services.
                                   Strengthen and expand the role of the    “         “            1st qtr 2008
                                    greeters at weekend Masses.
                                   Evaluate the parish circles concept as
                                    a means of community building.           Pastoral Council       1st qtr 2008
                                   Offer social events that are
                                    reasonably priced and directed           Parish Organizations   Ongoing
                                    toward community building.

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Objective                       Actions                                     Responsible         By when         Desired outcomes
3. Provide ongoing                 Recruit volunteers for new              Pastoral Planning   Spring/Summer   The enthusiasm and commitment of volunteers
opportunities for parishioner       committees through follow-up letter     Committee, Staff    2007            result in successful programs and a sense of
volunteer involvement.              to announce Pastoral Plan.                                                  community.
                                   Expand upon the stewardship survey      Stewardship         Spring 2008
                                    to obtain indication of parishioners‟   Committee, Staff
                                    talents and interests.
                                   Develop a database to connect           Stewardship         Summer 2008
                                    interests and talents with parish       Committee, Staff
                                   Promote volunteer opportunities at      Hospitality         Ongoing
                                    regular hospitality events after        Committee,
                                    weekend Masses.                         Stewardship
                                   Acknowledge parishioner volunteer       Committee and
                                    service with thank you notes.           Activity Chairs     Ongoing
4. Maximize communication          Develop interim newsletter to report    Staff, Consultant   Spring/Summer   Parishioners are aware of programs, volunteer
opportunities.                      Pastoral Plan.                                              2007            opportunities and events, and their engagement
                                   Recruit volunteer webmaster.            Staff               Spring 2007     and involvement increases.
                                   Establish Communications                Pastoral Council    Fall 2007
                                   Re-institute the parish newsletter.     Communications      Fall 2007
                                   Develop an email directory and use
                                    email to communicate regularly with     Staff               Fall 2007
                                   Create an actual bulletin board and a
                                    website bulletin board to recognize     Communications      2nd qtr 2008
                                    new parishioners, parishioner           Committee
                                    milestones and/or accomplishments
                                    and upcoming events.
                                   Drive parishioners to the St. Ann
                                                                            Staff               Ongoing
                                    website through bulletin and pulpit
                                   Publicize the prayer chain, faith
                                                                            Staff               Ongoing
                                    formation opportunities, family life
                                    and other programs.
                                                                            Msgr. Krische       Ongoing
                                   Continue pulpit announcements.

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GOAL:           St. Ann Catholic Church will foster lifelong faith formation.

In addition to being nourished at the Eucharistic banquet table, St.                  parish to become knowledgeable about Catholicism and to
Ann parishioners want to learn more about their faith. They                           understand practical applications of their faith to daily living.
expressed the desire for opportunities for them and the youth of the

Objective                       Actions                                      Responsible          By when        Desired outcomes
1. Creed—Offer more                Offer theologically based programs       Staff                Ongoing        Parishioners are knowledgeable about their faith
programs to help adult              with practical implications.                                                 and better equipped to articulate and live their
Catholics understand their         Build on RCIA foundation with                                                faith.
faith.                              strong programming that engages          Staff
                                    new Catholics.
                                   Continue to use homilies to reinforce    Msgr. Krische,
                                    faith formation.                         Father Pflumm
                                   Continue Bible study opportunities.      Staff
2. Prayer—Offer diverse            Evaluate re-institution of parish        Pastoral Council     1st qtr 2008   Parishioners have many opportunities for
opportunities to encourage          circles as a means of community                                              spirituality and expression of their faith in prayer.
and foster spirituality.            building and adult faith formation.                           Ongoing
                                   Offer diverse opportunities for prayer   Staff
                                    (e.g., a mission, program like Men at
                                    Nativity, retreats, days of
                                    recollection, etc.).
3. Morality—Offer programs         Offer discussion groups and/or           Staff                Ongoing        Parishioners are knowledgeable about the
that help people understand         programs on living your faith in the                                         Church‟s stance on issues of relevance and better
the Church’s stance on issues       21st century.                                                                equipped to respond to these issues.
with ethical and/or moral          Address bioethical issues through        Msgr. Krische,       Ongoing
implications.                       programs and homilies.                   Father Pflumm
4. Sacraments/liturgy--            Explain changes as they occur            Msgr. Krische        Ongoing        St. Ann parishioners understand the theological
Educate parishioners to the         through the bulletin and/or homilies.                                        significance of the Eucharistic celebration as the
meaning of the Mass, the           Explain rituals in a bulletin series;                                        basis of their Catholic faith.
liturgical changes that occur       post to the parish website.
in the Mass and the meaning        Offer periodic programs/an ongoing
of the sacraments.                  series of lectures/programs on the
                                    Mass and the sacraments.

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Objective                     Actions                                      Responsible            By when     Desired outcomes
5. Develop opportunities to      Educate parishioners about the           Pastoral Council,      Ongoing     An increased number of persons return to the
evangelize.                       meaning of evangelization.               Staff, Msgr. Krische               active practice of Catholicism and become
                                 Develop evangelization outreach to       Parish Circle                      Catholics for the first time.
                                  attract and engage returning Catholics   Committee (or          Fall 2008
                                  and new Catholics.                       counterpart, once
6. Enhance the programming       Inform parents about curriculum at       Staff, School of       Annually    Catechetically certified teachers and informed
and communication relevant        each grade level; provide reference      Religion Council                   parents actively support the School of Religion.
to the St. Ann School of          lists.
Religion.                        Explore after school option for          “          “
                                  School of Religion.
                                 Ensure that faculty is catechetically
                                  certified (St. Ann School and School     Msgr. Krische, Staff
                                  of Religion).

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GOAL:           St. Ann Catholic Church will welcome and nurture youth to be active, participating parishioners.

Youth ministry ranked very high among opportunities listed for                       includes education, spirituality, a social dimension and service.
pastoral improvement by St. Ann Catholic Parish. Through the                         The Ministry to Youth should encompass 6th-8th graders in both the
parish survey and listening sessions, parishioners and youth                         grade school and School of Religion and high school students.
themselves identified the need for an expanded youth ministry that

Objective                      Actions                                     Responsible            By when        Desired outcomes
1. Expand the Ministry to         Add staff, including full-time.         Youth Ministry         Accomplished   An increased number of youth are engaged in St.
Youth with staff support and      Study parishes and models of            Staff, Msgr. Krische   Fall 2007      Ann Catholic Parish worship and ministries.
programs.                          successful, vibrant youth ministries.
                                  Identify needs and opportunities for
                                   outreach to 6th-8th graders and for                            Fall 2007
                                   high school students.
                                  Continue to enhance a representative                           Fall 2007,
                                   Youth Ministry Advisory                                        Ongoing
                                  Develop programs (see below).                                  Ongoing
                                  Identify a youth-friendly location in                          Summer 2008
                                   the parish for youth ministry
                                  Involve youth in developing the plan
                                   to promote the program.
                                  Determine opportunities to
                                   collaborate with neighboring
                                  Integrate the program to include both
                                   St. Ann School and School of
                                   Religion youth.
2. Education—Strengthen           Ensure that persons teaching religion   Pastor, Staff          By Fall 2009   Youth are knowledgeable about their Catholic
educational programs in St.        are catechetically certified.                                                 faith and its application to their lives.
Ann Catholic School, the          Develop and offer programs that are                            Ongoing
School of Religion and for         youth-friendly, relevant to issues
youth in general.                  facing youth today and provide sound
                                   instruction in the Catholic faith.

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Objective                       Actions                                       Responsible         By when        Desired outcomes
3. Spirituality—Offer many         Establish the youth choir that is         Music Director      1st qtr 2008   Youth are active and participating members in St.
opportunities for youth faith       active throughout the year.               Liturgy Committee                  Ann Catholic Parish.
formation and involvement in       Evaluate the Mass schedule possibly       Msgr. Krische       1st qtr 2008
liturgies.                          to include a Sunday evening Mass.
                                   Involve youth as ministers in parish      Liturgy Committee   Ongoing
                                    liturgical celebrations.
                                   Explore and develop other faith           Youth Minister      Ongoing
                                    formation opportunities targeted to
                                    youth: breakfast prayer group, Bible
                                    studies, retreats, etc.
4. Social—Engage youth             Survey youth as to what social            Youth Minister      Fall 2007      Youth feel at home as parishioners of St. Ann‟s.
through diverse social              functions appeal to them.
activities.                        Involve youth in planning and                                 Ongoing
                                    coordinating the events and activities.
                                   Develop a strong summer component                             2nd qtr 2008
                                    to the program.
                                   Identify opportunities to collaborate
                                    with neighboring parishes.                                    Ongoing
5. Service—Involve youth in        Expand the number and kind of             Youth Minister      2nd qtr 2008   Youth have multiple opportunities to serve
service to the parish and the       service projects available to youth of                        and ongoing    through their involvement as St. Ann
greater community.                  the parish.                                                                  parishioners.
                                   Explore and develop mission trip
                                    opportunities that involve youth,                             2009
                                    possibly in collaboration with
                                    neighboring parishes.

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GOAL:      St. Ann Catholic Parish will provide a network of support to minister to the needs of families, single
persons and persons who are aging.

A Ministry of Family Life ranked high among pastoral planning                          (e.g., financial, emotional, etc.). An important component of this
survey responses. St. Ann parishioners identified the need to                          ministry is helping educate parishioners about programs that
develop a network of support for families and also for persons who                     already exist in the Johnson County Pastoral Region and the
are single, who are aging and who may have other special concerns                      Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Objective                        Actions                                      Responsible         By when        Desired outcomes
1. Educate parishioners             Develop a resource directory of          Staff               2nd qtr 2008   St. Ann parishioners are aware and take
about regional and                   existing programs.                                                          advantage of resources in the parish, pastoral
archdiocesan programs that          Publicize programs in the bulletin and                       Ongoing        region and archdiocese.
already exist.                       on the website with links.
                                    Invite regional and archdiocesan
                                     program representatives to weekend                           Ongoing
                                     hospitality events after Masses to
                                     highlight their services.
                                    Publicize the parish office as a                             Ongoing
                                     referral and information resource.
                                    Bring in speakers periodically who
                                     represent these programs and address                         Ongoing
                                     topics of interest to parishioners.
2. Develop programs and             Explore recruitment of part-time staff   Msgr. Krische       3rd qtr 2008   Parishioners with special needs find St. Ann
services for individuals and         person responsible for family life                                          responsive and supportive.
families with special needs or       enrichment and counseling.
at special life stages.             Explore opportunities and interest in    Staff               Ongoing
                                     the following:
                                     --Young marrieds group
                                     --Widow/widowers group
                                     --Divorced support group
                                     --Singles group
                                     --Bereavement support group
                                     --Senior adults
                                    Develop a program/plan to respond to     Finance Council     Fall 2008
                                     parishioners in financial crises.

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Objective                    Actions                                       Responsible            By when       Desired outcomes
3. Develop and offer            Educate parishioners about existing       Staff,                 Ongoing       St. Ann parishioners have a network and are
programs specific to             marriage enrichment programs.             Communications                       aware of resources to support family life.
strengthening family life.                                                 Committee
                                Explore development of marriage           Msgr. Krische, Staff   Ongoing
                                 enrichment opportunities.
                                Bring in subject matter experts for
                                 presentations.                            Staff                  Ongoing
                                Use parish circles, if reinstituted, to   Parish Circle
                                 connect couples of like ages.             Committee              Ongoing
                                Provide social opportunities that are
                                 not fund-raisers and that are             Various parish         Ongoing
                                 moderately priced.                        organizations
4. Provide ongoing              Expand upon the stewardship survey        Staff                  Spring 2008   St. Ann parishioners are supportive of one
opportunities for                to obtain indication of parishioners‟                                          another.
parishioners’ support of         talents and interests.
other parishioners.             Develop a database to connect                                    Spring 2008
                                 interests and talents with parish
                                Connect persons with lived                                       Ongoing
                                 experiences with other parishioners
                                 as mentors.
                                Bring in subject matter experts for                              Ongoing

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GOAL:      Facilities at St. Ann Catholic Parish will provide welcoming, clean and secure environments that
support parish ministries.
The parish plant at St. Ann‟s has facilities that have been                           Develop a master facility maintenance plan to prioritize needs.
retrofitted for other purposes and are in need of renovation and                      Overall, the need exists for a master site plan to identify
modernization. Similarly, the configuration of the current church                     opportunities to enhance facilities at St. Ann Catholic Parish.
and parking presents limitations in terms of gathering space,
parking and accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Objective                       Actions                                       Responsible         By when         Desired outcomes
1. Develop a master facility       Develop plan with budget and              Building and        Fall 2007       St. Ann Catholic Parish has facilities that are well
maintenance plan with               timeline to encompass:                    Grounds Committee                   maintained and withstand the test of time.
budget.                              School                                                       Actual
                                    --Remodel bathrooms                                           renovations,
                                    --Update cafeteria                                            updates to be
                                    --Redesign main entrance (based on                            identified in
                                    donor support)                                                timeline
                                     Parish Center (gym)                                          developed in
                                    --Provide accessibility for persons                           plan
                                    with disabilities
                                    --Enhance sound system
                                   Address other facilities in master site
                                    plan and develop schedule for
                                    ongoing maintenance needs.
2. Develop a master facility       Secure services of an architect to        Building and        4th qtr 2007    St. Ann Catholic Parish has a plan to develop
site plan with design options       develop options for master site plan      Grounds Committee                   facilities that accommodate and serve parish
and budget implications.            improvements to the church, parish                                            ministries well now and into the future.
                                    offices, meeting rooms, Young Child
                                    Center and parking.
                                   Develop timeline and budget for the                           2nd qtr 2008
                                   Present the options to parishioners.                          2nd qtr 2008
                                   Based on prioritized needs, identify
                                    fund development plan to support                              TBD
                                    facility enhancements.
                                   Implement as appropriate.                                     TBD

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Objective                Actions                                   Responsible          By when      Desired outcomes
3. Ensure a clean and       Assess the need for additional        Building and         Summer       St. Ann Catholic Parish has facilities that are well
welcoming environment.       maintenance and cleaning staff for    Grounds Committee,   2007         maintained and withstand the test of time.
                             the entire parish plant.              Staff
                            Identify and implement low-cost,
                             interim physical plant improvements                        Fall 2007,
                             while master facility plan is under                        Ongoing

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GOAL:       St. Ann Catholic Parish will have highly qualified lay leadership (paid staff and volunteers), the
organizational infrastructure and the funding to support a dynamic, thriving parish.

Becoming the parish of the 21st century will require that St. Ann                  represented on the Council. Updated bylaws should serve to
have staff support for a number of additional ministries along with                clarify roles, responsibilities and expectations, among them the
the continuing dedication of volunteers. The Pastoral Plan has                     ongoing evaluation and updating of the Pastoral Plan. The Pastoral
pointed to opportunities to reorganize the Pastoral Council and the                Council in concert with the Finance Council will determine the
development of a number of committees whose leadership will be                     budget to support the plan and the funding of initiatives identified.

Objective                      Actions                                    Responsible            By when        Desired outcomes
1. Reorganize and revitalize      Establish new committees as            Msgr. Krische,         Spring,        St. Ann Catholic Parish has an active, engaged
the Pastoral Council.              identified through planning process.   existing Pastoral      Summer         Pastoral Council to oversee the implementation of
                                  Update bylaws.                         Council members        2007           the Pastoral Plan and advise on other dimensions
                                  Define and clarify roles,              “          “           Summer         of parish life and ministries.
                                   responsibilities and expectations.     “          “           2007
                                  Re-institute the Council.
                                  Provide leadership development.        Outside consultation   Fall 2007
2. Evaluate, communicate          Evaluate parish progress relevant to   Pastoral Council       Quarterly      St. Ann Catholic Parish uses the Pastoral Plan as
progress and update the            the Pastoral Plan.                                                           the framework and roadmap for becoming the
Pastoral Plan.                    Communicate progress to the parish.    Pastoral Council       Ongoing        parish of the 21st century.
                                  Review and update the Pastoral Plan.   Pastoral Council       Annually
                                                                                                 with full
                                                                                                 update every
                                                                                                 three years

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Objective                       Actions                                       Responsible         By when         Desired outcomes
3. Prioritize staffing needs       Survey parishioners to determine          Staff               Spring/Summer   St. Ann Catholic Parish has a complement of
and identify funding sources.       talents and opportunities for further                         2007            staff and volunteers to support parish ministries.
                                    volunteer support.
                                   Develop and recruit a volunteer           Staff               Summer 2007
                                    coordinator position for the parish
                                   Prioritize staffing needs and identify    Pastoral Council,   Spring/Summer
                                    budget associated with the positions      Msgr. Krische,      2007
                                    identified for consideration in the       Finance Council,
                                    Pastoral Plan:                            Staff
                                    --Liturgical music director (full-time)
                                    --Youth minister (full-time)
                                    --Additional staff for maintenance,
                                    --Family life enrichment and
                                    counseling position (part-time)
4. Prioritize budget needs         Staffing (see above).                     Finance Council,    Ongoing         St. Ann Catholic Parish has funding support to
resulting from planning            Master Facility Maintenance Plan.         Staff, Pastoral                     implement the prioritized actions of this Pastoral
process and identify funding       Master Facility Plan.                     Council                             Plan.
sources.                           Hospitality events.
                                   Programmatic:
                                    --Faith formation
                                    --Evangelization outreach
                                    --Catechetically certified staff
                                    --Appropriate space for youth
                                    --Youth programming activities
                                    --Speakers (family life, faith
                                   --Reserve funds for parishioners
                                    facing financial crises

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February 28, 2007

Music and Liturgy
Feedback—Parish Listening Session
General notes
    Need to implement changes immediately
    Mass should be a celebration; impression is that it is not; can be sacred if it is not
    Can we reach a middle ground between pastor‟s style and what parishioners

1. Suggestions to make worship at St. Ann’s more conducive to

Prayer and worship
     Sense of sacred
           o Participate, not chat
           o Enter quietly; focus on Jesus, our host; pray
           o Prepare before coming to church be mindful of what we are wearing
           o More appropriate dress (unsettling to some parishioners)
           o Suggest that if children get restless, families take them to cry room
     Mass has become too formalized and over-produced
           o Many people on altar
           o More and more rituals
           o Emphasis on details
           o Speak other parts of the Mass
           o Style of worship needs to be more simple
           o Pick up tempo of Mass and songs
           o Fill in something during the cleaning of the vessels
           o Song (final) prior to end of Mass—confusing
           o Purification takes too long
     Mass aids
           o Prefer old missalette to see the order of Mass and responses
           o Confused about handout and how to use it, especially if we bring friends
              and visitors
                   Do away with sheets (8 out of 12 people in one group suggested
                   Announce, invite people to join or post songs
                   Eliminate song sheets
     Music--songs that are relevant with an upbeat and joyful tempo
           o Some music 10 or 15 minutes before Mass might calm and focus people
           o Too much changing of songs
           o Rehearse songs before Mass
           o Pick songs people will sing
                   Learn songs we are all familiar with

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           o Repeat songs so parish can learn
           o People like the hymn that we sing when we walk out
           o Three verses vs. six verses
           o Not have everything sung
           o Offer variety of music styles: contemporary music appeal to youth
           o Offer choices
           o Words of music need to be understood
           o Familiar melody and easy to sing
           o Needs to be uplifting
           o Impacts children singing
           o Survey 10 favorite songs of parishioners
       Variety of Masses and liturgy is a good thing
           o Offer at least one Mass per week with more contemporary music—
               mention made of LifeTeen at Nativity.
           o Youth Mass
           o At least one Mass with modern music; a piano, guitar, musicians, singers,
               etc., and not the traditional organ; the musicians leading/performing most
               of the songs and the more traditional prayers (like Holy Holy Holy, Our
               Father, etc.) could be spoken/recited by the congregation.
           o One Mass with a real children's choir, complete with a choir teacher that
               teaches three part harmonies, etc.
           o Perhaps Taize or guest choirs from other churches could come one
               Sunday per month, perhaps even a Blues or Gospel or Celtic musical
               group or the choir from Guardian Angels Parish. There are so many
               different kinds of musical worship out there.
           o A Sunday evening Mass (4, 5 or 6 p.m.). Perhaps this could have the
               "modern" or alternate musical theme to it.
       Acoustics problem in church
       No need for Latin, but some want Latin
       Explain any and all changes

Celebrating Eucharist as a parish community
     Sense of community vs. reverence—the pendulum is swinging back to reverence
        at the expense of sense of celebration
     Respond more enthusiastically.
     Music
             o Power of music vs. liturgically correct
             o Music to create atmosphere, to be transcending
             o Easier songs for the masses to sing
             o We used to go over new songs before Mass.
             o How can you sing all the verses if you can‟t follow the first.
             o Familiar songs will make us feel part of the service
                    Contemporary
                    Old spirituals
             o Two to three unfamiliar songs at once; maybe fewer new songs
             o Banned music—why? Gospel/Protestant tradition

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            o Practice songs just before Mass or have choir/cantor sing it through once
            o Post song numbers where everyone can see them or announce them
                before singing
            o Invite kids to join in singing last song
            o Ask people what they want to hear
            o Organ be softer; too loud
            o Invite kids to join in singing last song
            o Restore processional song
            o 12-week lapse without notice of any changes in music
            o Get kids involved in song choices
            o Want closing song back
            o Tempo of music
            o Change in instrumentation (not just organ), not just piano, organ; how
                about guitar, flute, piano
                     Variety of music and instruments
       Talk to us, recognize us as a congregation: “We are going to sing now…please
        join us in singing number ____” rather than just picking it off a sheet.
            o Cantor can play a bigger role in inviting us to sing; we push back on
                those who believe that talking to us is interrupting the flow of Mass
       Community, youth Masses
       Why are things not allowed?
       Too many changes
       Speak other parts of the Mass
       Variety of Mass and liturgy is a good thing; have different dynamics at Mass;
        offer alternatives
            o Youth Mass
            o Guitar Mass
            o High Mass
            o No music
            o Have a contemporary worship service
            o Formal/classic
       Area to gather could help this
       Visiting in the church distracting
       Everything too drawn out, somber
       Communion minister up middle aisle
       Greeters are good
       Hold hands during “Our Father”
       More specific prayers from community addressed in Prayers of the Faithful

Enriching our spiritual lives
     Opportunity to do rosary together
     Prayers are too formulated; we‟re not praying well (those who are sick, elderly);
        prayers out of prayer book
     Father is doing much good, but unacceptance seen

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2. How educate parishioners about Church’s view on music and liturgy?
     Msgr. did a good job on the Mass; could do it again
     Small, periodic piece in the bulletin
     Leaven could do a big piece to overcome inconsistency in parishes
     Most important for the liturgy to bring people back
     Inclusion of different age levels
     Information in bulletins; bulletin insert
     Homily (some say yes to using this to teach about music and liturgy); some say
     Explain rituals in a bulletin series
     Man-made not God-made
     From the pulpit
     Circle meetings
     Direct mail/newsletter
     Website
     Question: how reach non-active members?
     Teen Mass—what has happened with this?
     Consistency, variety and predictability
          o Music style, pastor and priests
          o Guitar Mass, low Mass, type of choir
     Distractions
          o Song sheets
          o Missalettes
          o Noise before and after church
     Need music that we can sing
          o Songs that we know
          o Mass with songs

3. Suggestions for engaging youth more actively in Mass as part of our parish
    Be less judgmental
    More participation from youth (lectors, servers)
    Pick up the pace
    Contemporary, upbeat music (Canticle of the Sun)
    Invite them to participate in various ways
    Don‟t let them fall away in first place
    Mission programs inspire youth, and we don‟t have any; we need to act
    Education of why we do what we do geared specifically to youth to feel a part of
      the church (not a separate youth Mass)
    Don‟t coddle/set aside youth
    More contemporary
    Specific youth Mass
    Youth cantors
    Youth lectors

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      Sunday evening Mass might help
      Families scheduled for Sunday morning.

4. Physical structure of St. Ann’s be more conducive to worship
    Close off the Mission Road seating; have Y shaped seating
    Circular church
    Accessibility for elderly
    HVAC
    Handicap accessibility a must
    Rebuild it
    Change pulpit position
    Perhaps move altar
    Common entrance/exit
    Tabernacle position
    Analyze acoustics; consider headset transmitters

5. Other comments
    Take time with announcements; allow us to sit; this is where we connect to the
    One Mass doesn‟t fit all; need diversity
          o Different style Mass at each time slot
          o Different musical instruments
    Stick to basics; come away feeling good
    If music changes, other things will follow; people will feel pleased, fulfilled and
      other things might not be as much of a concern. People would contribute more.
    How will [listening] sessions be documented and archived?

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March 1, 2007

Sense of Community
Feedback—Parish Listening Session

Current status of sense of community in the parish:
   New parishioners have to “get” included vs. inviting them to be included; hard for
      them to get involved
   A passive parish; if don‟t make it easy for people to show up, it won‟t happen
   Several different groups exist: school parents; established parishioners
   Lack of communication
   Lack of inclusion; falls upon parishioners to connect once kids are out of school
          o Women‟s Guild
          o School of Religion
   We don‟t know each other, cliques exist
          o Beyond the school bonding, we are weak; don‟t have anything like school
             for bonding for those not in the school or with kids outside the school;
             need something like the school to bond us, to form parish community
   Sense of community via school not necessarily created a robust parish community
          o School bond severed, nothing replaced it
          o Emphasis on Catholic Schools Week is an area of sensitivity for non-
             school parishioners (one person noted)
   Parish-wide youth divided, need inclusion
   School of Religion a stepchild, lacking communication
   Parish has greeters but no one spots a newcomer and welcomes people
   Facilities
          o Physical building not conducive to gathering and welcoming
          o Access to the building is a barrier for the elderly, persons with disabilities
          o Mothers‟ Room is small, hot, sound a problem; parents need to keep it
   Hard for single person; Catholic [Church] is essentially family-oriented
   No programs for single/divorced/widowed
   Sacramental preparation—Msgr. has a good program in place
   Oktoberfest more of a fund-raiser than a community-building experience
          o Popular with young people who have kids in school
          o Need something smaller to build community
   Outward community beyond walls limited to food kitchen
          o Charity decent, but works weak
          o People get involved with charitable events (e.g., clothing drive)

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    Understand demographics of parish and cater to them
    Create a database of parishioners‟ talents and interests; expand the stewardship
          o Database to connect interests, abilities with other parishioners or parish
    Bridge school and non-school families
    Need for a clearly defined ownership of hospitality and welcoming, etc.
          o Want to get everyone to be overt in welcoming
    New parishioners
          o When people move into parish, a personal invitation and follow-up are
          o Need something more intimate to introduce new parishioners from the
             outset to the welcoming spirit of the parish
                  Host welcoming coffee or wine and cheese (quarterly); include
                  Re-institute the new parishioners‟ dinner
          o Develop the mechanism to establish an ongoing relationships
          o Provide names of new parishioners to the circles
          o Establish a host family/sponsor for each new parishioner family—
             someone to answer questions
          o Reach out to new parishioners
          o Welcome new parishioners at Mass
          o Have a “welcome board” with photos of new parishioners, new babies,
             newly married couples
                  Post on actual bulletin board and on website
          o Give new parishioners yard signs that welcome them as new parishioners
          o Important that people be connected with the community not just with the
          o Formalize the welcome process for new parishioners
                  Need a committee to welcome people and follow up consistently
                  Create a welcome packet
                  Add a homemade loaf of bread
                  Inform of programs, provide gifts
                  Extend a personal invitation to become involved
                  Need feedback to renew contacts/make contacts with new people
          o If people are new parishioners, they currently have to take responsibility to
             “get included” vs. parish bringing/inviting them to be involved
                  Need for consistent and planned follow-up
                  Need to identify who is responsible for doing this
    Coffee and donuts—Hospitality Room/Hospitality Sunday/Fellowship Sunday
      after weekend Masses
          o Greeters tell people about this
          o Have many greeters for this; different ages
          o Advertise the event

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           o Have it be at a predictable time and date (some suggested weekly; others
              twice a month; others monthly)
           o Suggest a free will offering or have a group host it
           o Promote the different committees/opportunities to get involved at the
              event; stewardship tables during this time
           o Have a different parish organization sponsor the coffee and donuts each
           o Provide name tags—color-coded as to how long been in parish
      Follow through—parish needs leaders
           o Invite people to volunteer
           o Thank them when they volunteer (call them, send notes)
           o Follow up calls related to stewardship
           o Make sure new families are asked, not always the same families
      Mass as an opportunity to build sense of community
           o Involve more people in planning of Mass to make it more participant-
                    Be accessible to people
                    Practice songs before Mass
           o Have a time for greeting before Mass; opportunity to introduce self to
              others around in the pews; encourage people to be proactive in welcoming
              people around them
           o Encourage young Communion ministers
           o Encourage volunteers to be servers
           o Take an older person to church program
           o Bring back the Sunday youth Mass to involve young people
           o Announce song numbers
           o Nametags for greeters
           o Assign families to bring up Offertory gifts; be recognized by priests
           o Announce special moments in people‟s lives: significant anniversaries,
              newly baptized, etc.
           o You can see people, not their backs; lots of front pews
           o Activities outside Mass to connect so within Mass you are connected
      Sacramental preparation
           o Bring in members—2 years, 5 years, 10 years, etc., to meet parishioners
              and provide exposure to different ages/phases of marriage and mixed
           o Ask people what their interests might be, what they are looking for in their
              parish; list some opportunities to get involved in parish
      Prayer groups
           o Forming some new groups
           o Renewal groups
      Other spiritual opportunities
           o Marriage encounters
           o Retreats
      Women‟s Guild meetings with formatted programs
      Routine small group gatherings

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           o Renew gatherings: “Generations of Faith”
      Host more speakers, programs
      Parish circles resurrected
           o Circles could be a start to get young adults together; wine and cheese
           o Include persons outside physical boundaries of parish
           o Previously raised funds; met new neighbors; cared for one another; were
               geographic by neighborhoods
           o Did outreach to other people
      Provide young child care during Mass
           o Example: St. Michael‟s has programs during all Masses; teaches children
               while parents attend Mass
           o Children learn and celebrate in age appropriate fashion; in for part of
               Mass, then in class
      Communication
           o Website—drive people to the website with announcements, bulletin
           o Use email to communicate with parishioners
           o Newsletter
                    Announce names of new parishioners
           o Use volunteer help or pay for this service
           o Publicize the prayer chain
           o Provide a business card/magnet with important information
           o Directory with kids‟ names (question: does this present security issues?)
           o Publicize groups that currently exist
           o Pulpit announcements are important; people need to hear announcements,
               read them—multiple times
           o Make it easy for people to volunteer and be informed, e.g., Village
               Presbyterian has sign-up sheets everywhere
                    Communicate that “we need you”—strive to have single adults on
                       every committee
           o Have a “bulletin board”—both a manual one and one that is Internet-based
                    Announce various groups, needs, daily announcements
      Tie into existing programs (i.e., Parents as Teachers) to link with young mothers
       (time between Baptism and school age)
           o Determine if there are parishioners who are Parents As Teachers and ask
               them to provide the link
           o Remind of St. Ann activities
      Outreach who the elderly are, connect them to community resources
           o Connect elderly to parish family
      Social events, opportunities
           o Parish picnics, fish fries, more social events
                    Not always to raise money
                    Build community
           o Form an over 50s group
           o Offer “fun” things that aren‟t expensive or overtly religious
           o Include kids outside of school and their families

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            o   Sports activities, leagues (volleyball, etc.) for adults
            o   Involve people who are outside of parish boundaries
            o   Offer smaller group activities, e.g., gourmet groups, etc.
            o   Socials for younger couples
            o   Form YAPS (Young Adult Parishioners Group)
            o   Group doing service projects
                    Set up age groups
                    Do this once a month

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March 4, 2007

Faith Formation
Feedback—Parish Listening Session

School of Religion
 Vacation Bible School (Wichita version, Totus tuus)
 Msgr. visiting with kids

 Great job with baptismal preparation, with other sacramental preparation

 None listed

 More published schedule of what is to be covered
 Get parents more active
 Published reference list for parents to research
 Better communication so parents will participate in the lesson
 After school option
 Parents and teachers need to know what they should know at each grade level—what
   they are going to learn
 Continuity of teachers and staff
 Find a way to expose more middle school and high school kids to School of Religion

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Adult Faith Formation
Programs currently offered in parish:
 For one group, Betty Rushton had the list of the 2006 and 2007 classes or
 Most had heard about the classes but didn‟t seem to know any detail and only a
   couple had attended any
 Keep all that we are doing.

 One person attended Sacred Scripture; covered three chapters of Genesis in three
   weeks; interesting but not much progress
 Appreciate that they are being offered; so many opportunities (different) and well
 Bible studies
 RCIA—extensive program
 Early Church fathers sessions
 One [participant] said that he wanted programs that some action tied to it like Habitat
   for Humanity.
 Things that are very basic to our faith versus complex theology programs.

 Men‟s Night of Reflection (monthly)
 Divine rosary
 Stations of the Cross, Benediction
 Eucharistic adoration
 One [participant] pointed out that there several instructional programs but not
   anything spiritual like retreats of days of recollection. She thought that groups of the
   same age or interest would get to know each other and form better community.
 More events like retreats and days of recollection or other spiritual activities. Get
   ideas from parishioners

 One attended Business Ethics—very good and practical
 Eldercare
 One business ethics disappointed with low attendance
 Teaching from the pulpit
 Work of the Respect Life Committee

 Program on the Mass
 Mass twice daily

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 Renew was an opportunity to reach out; missionary; gain confidence

 None indicated by any group

 Offerings in theology and philosophy—adult level but practical; how that applies to
   what we actually believe and what that is based on
 Vatican II changes—what those changes were; suggested speaker: a priest in town
   who attended and gives talks
 Confusion re what Vatican II was, its interpretation and its misinterpretation; who is
   doing this interpretation; radical change happened fast; now trying to change back
 Examining the encyclicals, if they are being applied, how they are being applied
 Interfaith—training about faith makes us stronger
 You can‟t love what you don‟t know; if you have needs you can‟t learn;
   missionaries—meet needs and then teach; may need to meet people‟s needs to bring
   them in to educate
 Msgr.‟s perspective good that he wants to bring in people who are educated and love
   the faith to present
 Offering childcare/generations of faith
 Build on RCIA foundation to continue to offer strong programming about the
   Catholic faith

 Resume Renew groups
 Start something like the “Men of Nativity” program in the morning
 Host a mission
 The circle concept came up and many thought that sounded very good but there was
   concern that it might not work as well as in former years because so many women
   work outside the home.

 More education on practical faith to handle diversity
 Helping people in daily life, practical applications to avoid crises
 Discussions or smaller group discussions with leaders offerings teachings with
  guidance for daily applications
 Discussion groups on living your faith in the 21st century
 Bioethics issues—end of life; research
 Father John Wisner could intelligently present
 Help people understand church‟s perspective on difficult issues
 Offer homilies on basic human dignity
 Occasionally host speakers on issues including abortion, stem cell research, birth
  control, cohabitation

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Morality (cont’d)
 How is the Church responding to the needs of persons who are gay
 Session on the writings of C.S. Lewis

 Changes in the Mass be explained; build this teaching into the homily
 Get parents of young kids involved
 Offer more opportunities for confession during the week

Promoting adult faith formation; other comments
 Need to personally invite people to attend
 Announce at pulpit and people at each door to invite
 More of a community offering—sharing a meal, break out into small groups,
   discussion compared to alpha
 Msgr. Krische is a tremendous resource; use weekend homilies as educational
 Put extra bulletins in the church lobbies
 All programs or events need lots of publicity. Group would like to see staff org
   charts with pictures to better know who does what and to whom they report. These
   could be posted on bulletin boards.
 For scheduling, marketing—know our “client/parishioner” base
       o Give advance notice
       o Publicize well
       o Be mindful of lifestyles and schedules of all parishioners; don‟t just gear to
           times convenient for persons who are retired or stay at home
       o Change how things are presented in the bulletin
 Facilitator asked what level of volunteer help we might expect to provide new
   programs. The response was not very positive.

 Need another word to describe this or help people understand it
 Postcards sent out several years ago to invite people to consider Catholic Church
 Develop evangelization outreach—returning Catholics; persons who are divorced

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March 7, 2007

Youth Ministry
Feedback—Parish Listening Session
General notes
 High schoolers have so much going on at their schools
 Want to be with own friends
 Hopefully start something with 7-8th graders
 Consider a 6th-7th grade group; 8th grade separate; high school separate
 Start with a social focus—goal is to keep kids in the Church as adults
 Kids who attend Catholic school get the “religion” aspect already; how much
   education we include needs to be balanced
 Things we do at church are adult focus; let kids participate, too
 Competition with scouts, sports, etc., requires that this program be unique, value
 Use other churches [that have successful youth programs] as a benchmark (Village
   Presbyterian, Miege)
 Is the current right wing movement disenfranchising our youth? (e.g., Regnum
 Location is important for youth ministry; be a kid-friendly environment
 Paid staff to coordinate the program with parent volunteers to help; have a committee
   to advise/support
       o Size of St. Ann‟s requires a full-time youth minister
       o Need a full-time youth minister, catechetically trained working with parent
 Host events to raise money and seek contributions to support youth ministry
 Need to audit successful parishes with youth ministries (can we copy them?) Nativity
   and Ascension are potential models (maybe we combine with area parishes to pool
 Like the fact that Katie‟s initiatives have blended youth from both the School and
   School of Religion
 Probably need to focus on junior high group; we‟ve probably lost older youth; build
   our foundation

 School counselor offering discussion groups
 Good for SOR to offer youth group
 Matt, MaryAnn and Katie (staff who resonate with kids)
 Motivate youth to talk more
 Reconsider “Glued”—had a strong following

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 Guest speakers
 Programs on the Mass
 Encourage kids to bring a friend no matter what faith
 Combined choir at Christmas

 6th through 8th grade Youth Group
 Youth group helps bridge SOR and School
 CYO (open to all kids)
 Youth mixers four times a year (at different parishes)

 No program mentioned

 Previous youth group had too much of an education factor
 St. Ann SOR classes (8th grade) offended kids from divorced families
 Separatism for SOR and School
 SOR lacks scope/breadth of what School offers in terms of religion


 Stop segregating SOR and Catholic school for dances; combine schools at dances
 Maybe not have 6th graders in Youth Group
 School vs. SOR distinction among the kids
 Can‟t be “dorky” but needs to be true to our beliefs

 No program mentioned

 Bible study before school (7:15 or 7:30 a.m.)
 Bible study at night
 Issues facing kids, e.g., divorce; give them coping skills
 Theology of body—would be geared to high schoolers; maybe introduced in 7th-8th
   grades (morality issues, premarital sex, etc.)
 Instill our beliefs of tolerance and understanding of other faiths; teaching the
   distinctions and fostering pride in who we are
 Address key issues head on: premarital sex, abortion, peer pressure, prayer, drugs
 Trigger parent/child discussions (i.e., PowerOn)
 Not just learn history; learn what it means

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   Have guest speakers periodically

 Youth Mass, youth led—readers, Communion ministers, upbeat music
       o Multi-generational, family-oriented
       o Make this their parish
       o Good sermons
       o Kids sitting together
       o Sunday night is great time for youth (youth group meet on Sunday nights)
       o One or two times a month; upbeat music, guitars, instruments, strong youth-
            oriented celebrant; kids do readings, music, etc., participate where appropriate
            in liturgy
       o Kids want Youth Mass
       o Do we need to “trade” one of the Sunday morning Masses for a Sunday
       o Follow the Youth Mass with pizza, meetings, etc.
       o “Build it and they (and financial support) will come”
 Youth choir: 30 kids at Christmas Eve Mass—fast-paced music—extend this to other
   times of the year; kids get service hours by participating
 Adoration with praise music
 Involve kids in parts of Mass on weekends
 Offer activities that allow youth to participate, e.g., Stations of the Cross
 Breakfast prayer group
 Teach kids how to plan the Mass
 Should we move Confirmation to older ages; keeps them hooked longer (Does
   Missouri have better youth involvement?)

 Youth group to meet on Sundays (7:30 to 8:30 p.m. good time) after Sunday evening
 Games, food
 More activities: sports, games, service, mission retreats, retreat, dance-off to
   Christian music
       o Sporting games one time a month
       o Different themes
       o Board games
       o Poker tournament
       o Jeopardy around the Bible
 SOR and St. Ann‟s School—parent group volunteer Advisory Board—youth involved
   in this council
 Lock-ins
 Baseball—diocese night
 Theatre in park
 Night at movies
 Movie/popcorn in youth room

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   YMCA pool night/movies night/games night
   Partner with another church
   Two parishes come together for events
   Donuts and juice, breakfast after 9:30 or 11 a.m. Masses
   Something once a quarter for 6th graders
   Male adult volunteers
   Socializing in the parish hall
   Mother/Daughter and Father/Son events
   Summer get-togethers (there aren‟t as many sports activities during this season)
   Food is always a good incentive and treat

 Have kids plan service projects
 Cross parish involvement
 High school involvement
 Trick or treat for food
 Helping elderly in community, i.e., rake leaves
 Joint community service projects
 Fall Festival
 Mission trips (U.S. and Central America)
 Fund raising by youth family
 Reach out to community not just parish for service projects
 Field trips
 Open up scout service activities to all youth
 Use attendance at youth ministry as counting toward service hours
 Find more service projects that are “deeper;” more options; be able to do these with
        o Youth in Action—Halloween costumes
        o Christmas in October
        o Food kitchen
        o Forums—Mardi Gras party
        o Harvesters
        o Operation Breakthrough
               Play with kids
               Made cookies

Promoting youth ministry opportunities; other comments
 Publicize events and create awareness at Mass; need to inform parents and youth
 Use kids to get other kids involved (word of mouth)
 Explain programs better so kids understand what they are
 Express appreciation
 Communicate that these are open to any kids, not just parishioners

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   Recognize our parishioners and their high school accomplishments in the bulletin,
   Parents need to get involved
         o They can run small groups
         o Provide panel discussions
         o Let kids ask parents questions

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March 8, 2007

Family Life Ministry
Feedback—Parish Listening Session
Services not on list
 People in need of basics—financial crisis, food kitchen
 Priest had funds available in past
 Johnson County has growing poverty rate
 Education as to what‟s available, parish level, etc.
 How do you let people know what‟s going on; we rely on posters, bulletins, etc., but
   that might not be enough
 Francee is good contact for information
 Make info part of parish directory; recirculate it periodically; make it known this
   information/services are available
 Food kitchen
 Financial aid for people in crisis
 Some form of outreach
 Communication on available services
 Unplanned pregnancy

What St. Ann’s should offer
 Singles groups
 Need for social; Sunday socials, not focus for this parish—the parish and pastor need
  to support
 Not a good attendance at events; space is not the only reason
 Family prayer (question: does St. Ann‟s offer this currently?)
 Divorced support (question: does St. Ann‟s offer this currently?)
 Single/divorced persons
 Widow/widowers group
 A network of support
 Publicize what is available
 Emotional support for families/individuals who have lost employment
 Bereavement
 Crisis pregnancy (question: does St. Ann‟s offer this currently?)
 List of services closer to home
 Availability of funds for parishioners in need
 Parent support
 Marriage encounters, marriage enrichment
 Counselor on site (a “circuit rider” who comes to St. Ann regularly during the week;
  one day or more, evening hours available)
 Monthly dinners to build community; potluck after Mass
 Fund raisers to benefit programs other than the school

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   Young Marrieds Group
   Activities to help people meet other parishioners across generations
        o Multigenerational catechesis
   Help parishioners understand Church‟s perspectives of challenging issues:
    homosexuality; contraception
   Positive points to acknowledge good works of parishioners; something to call
    attention to the good things people are doing and to crowd out all the negative
        o Website
        o Word of mouth
        o Bulletin board
        o Quarterly newsletter
   Young adult programs—Mass on Thursday, rosary and social
        o Kansas City Young Adult Group

Should we create a more expanded Family Life Ministry?
 Introduction [to programs available] during homily or appropriate time
       o Research and communicate offerings/programs/how they work/who offers
       o Publicize in the bulletin; be proactive so that people are aware of services
           before a crisis
 Since we pay subsidy [for regional program], we should make parishioners aware
 Have a group to find out exactly what services are available; have representatives of
   the services come speak so they can make a connection to our parish
       o There‟s a lack of awareness at the current time; have someone speak at Mass
 Have fund to pay or help people pay for services
 Create a database
       o So we know how best to meet people‟s specific needs
       o Know who our “customers” are
       o Direct services to specific people
       o Capture information and stay on top of it
       o Know who‟s in our parish
                Possibly a counselor who could provide pro bono services
                A lawyer for persons who are divorced, widowed
                Look for volunteers (professionals) first
                Make this ministry close to our parish
                Offer a counseling “hotline”
 Make people aware of programs for crisis pregnancy
 Make people aware that they can contact parish to be referred to other services
 Faith-based approach to counseling
       o Parish should augment service with faith-based approach if counseling is not
 Bring in subject matter experts on a particular subject, then have occasional sessions
   at parish to promote awareness of resolving issues or develop local support groups or
   couple with St. Ann based resources/ministries/parishioners with similar life

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   Transportation of parishioners that need rides
        o Younger members of parish can do it
        o Liability concern from Archdiocese (adopt a grandparent)
   Parish connecting parishioners in similar stages to share life experiences (e.g., mother
    of toddlers getting advice from someone who raised five children); mentoring
        o Young mothers
        o Bereaved
        o Singles
   Sunday donuts sessions good forum for specific group promotion/education
   As a faith-based community, we need to be ready to channel resources and support
    that back our beliefs; counseling to lend support
        o Marriage
        o Grief
        o Community needs
   Sometimes the best support comes from people that have lived the experience;
    develop outlets for this
   Community is key to developing and embracing family life issues, comfortably
    dealing with them, approaching them, absorbing them locally: discipleship
   Community life: shallow spirituality/robust social/entertainment expected of Mass

Other notes
 Fees scare people away; request a free will offering

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March 14, 2007

Feedback—Parish Listening Session

   Hire an architect to review our layout and develop creative plans to improve handicap
    access and parking, gathering area, improve office and YCC
   Need an overall master facility maintenance plan for the entire campus
   Also need a strategic capitalization plan
   Two men can‟t keep the school and the church maintained
   Boy Scouts (Eagle Scouts) need community projects—Facilities Committee should
    consider projects for them

 Needs to be cleaner; good maintenance cleaning
 Improve quality of cleaning crew/add to cleaning crew/deep clean day crew once per
 Church is very dirty—need somebody/equipment to clean the windows; hard to find
   women volunteers to clean

Church building
 Surprised that so many people [in the survey] felt that church was overall acceptable
      o Most people don‟t like the configuration—too many entrances/exits
      o Still, the church is what it is: fear that we are going to incur a major expense
         to do major changes: what will this change about our community? The
         beauty is in the people
      o Don‟t change the configuration of the church
      o Don‟t think that we have to create a narthex gathering space just because
         everyone else is doing this—do something social to drive parishioners to the
         parish hall
 Lighting
 Wood, more the same
 Move the altar to the east, expensive
 Lack gathering space (2)
      o Small gathering space, stairs straight down in back of church
      o Need gathering space in main entrance area to promote community and keep
         the church area sacred
      o #1 priority
 Like current configuration

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        o Four side entrances to sanctuary
   Redecorate
        o Paint ceiling and beams (2)
        o Oil paneling
        o Fix water spots on ceiling
   Access for persons with disabilities
        o Handicapped entry, slope
        o Handicapped access—limited parking (3)
        o Handrail system for handicapped in handicapped parking area
        o Ramps from south parking lot (canopy)
        o Is handicapped parking adequate?
        o Is the elevator adequate?
        o Make the handicapped area in the church less prominent (not the front row)
                 Several churches have cut-out pews
   Elevator, problems with it; lowest bid; many older people stuck on it
        o Need better elevator(s)
        o Signage for elevator and drop-off spot
   Choir
        o Move choir downstairs—takes up spacing
        o Behind altar; able to hear better
   Acoustics
        o Good job of it
        o Dead spots with acoustics
        o Improve acoustics
        o Better than they were; still are some dead spots
   Improve audiovisual equipment
   Cry room too small (2); poor soundproofing
   Better room for reconciliation
   Nice to have adoration chapel with outside access
        o Keylock
        o Security
   Big box above altar: what is it? Is it needed?
   Poor light controls
   Windows in work sacristy and bathrooms
   Entrance, driveway in front—city turned down
        o Drop off zone (may be a problem with Prairie Village)
        o Circle drive on Mission Road, drop-off area
        o Circle drive in front to drop off people who can‟t take steps
   Baldcrin (?) is ugly
   Speed bumps too big
   For safety reasons, put slanted parking spots on Windsor Road side by taking part of
    field and creating spaces, possibly make it one way; carry over to gym side

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Parish Hall
 Consider more dividers in parish halls—meeting rooms
 Fine, love the kitchen
 Storage closets, just housekeeping
 Good facility
 Need more meeting space for adults
 Floor tile has bulging/stains
 Touch up paint
 General maintenance
 Everything is great
 Water fountains
 It‟s nice; people who use it should clean up

Parish Offices
   #2 priority after church gathering space
   Designed as house not office building
   Poorly insulated, windows
   Windows need replacement with energy-efficient (2)
   Lighting in living room is poor
   Rooms in classrooms—convert classrooms into meeting rooms
   Consider tearing down old rectory and turn into classroom/offices
   Be careful when bidding out remodeling of rectory—bid out as tear down-rebuild
   Parish offices look shabby, threadbare
   Space okay, office space adequate
   No room for weddings
   Could use paint (exterior)
   Total remodel—gut it; put in offices, carpet
   Consolidate parish offices with YCC—new building
   Start over—too small, too old
        o Raze the building, start over from one end to the other
        o It‟s in a time warp; like a maze
   First impressions matter for new parishioners
   Architect could fix the problem
   Use the youth room as a meeting room
   More space for meeting rooms (3)
        o Do space planning; could we use school cafeteria, library, music room?
        o Is everything in use? Or is it that people don‟t like some of the meeting space
            because it is grungy?

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   Any talk of increasing to meet expanding enrollment? Older people remember 800 to
    1,000 in school
   Security system
        o Need comprehensive report on security system (communications)
   Bathrooms need remodeling (5)
        o Are old, give appearance of dirty; “prison bathrooms”
   Kindergarten disconnected from rest of school
   Kitchen efficient
   Update cafeteria; maintenance room disgusting, unsanitary
        o Cafeteria old, not properly cleaned
        o Kitchen is a problem
   Need more maintenance people
   Better library
   Bulletproof—industrial facility
   Entrance—gift to school
        o Need identifiable main entrance
        o Upgrade entrance, foyer--security
   Roof
   Could modernize plumbing
   Classrooms seem okay

Young Child Care Center
   Off campus
   Better security (2)
   Thorny locust trees are dangerous (one needs to be removed; others trimmed)
   Change out pea gravel
   Put in bigger/wider door
        o Front door not utilized; we force people to use the back door
        o Redesign the main entrance
        o Identifiable entrance
   Awkward space—a maze
        o Office at front; entrance at back
        o Narrow halls

Parish Center (Gym)
   Best facility
   Very nice
   Utilized very well
   Poor sound system
   Bathrooms (2)
   Kitchen small

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   Better accessibility
   Not handicapped accessible (2); put ramps over stairs
   Finish off stage with wood or drapery
   No water outside—needs repairs

   Homes—Monsignor‟s—room for another priest; living closer
   Memory garden with grotto

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January 2007

Executive Summary—Pastoral Planning Survey
St. Ann Catholic Parish
        Several key themes emerged in feedback from the October/November 2006 St.
Ann Pastoral Planning Survey. The survey represented responses from 526 parishioners,
some of whom may have contributed comments jointly as spouses.
        From the survey responses, parishioners indicated that the following dimensions
of parish life are critically important:
     First and foremost, the celebration of the Mass. This is a community that values
        gathering around the Eucharistic table as symbolic of the parish community.
        Parishioners want this to be a meaningful, prayerful and celebratory experience
        with homilies that speak to their lives and strengthen their personal faith and their
        understanding of Catholicism.
     Parishioners also value a sense of community. The greatest number of survey
        respondents were persons who have been parishioners for 30 plus years. People
        stated that they belong to the parish because of a sense of community and friends.
        They want St. Ann to be inclusive of all ages, families and singles.
     Parishioners support lifelong faith education—starting with young children
        through older adults. The Young Child Center, School of Religion, Elementary
        School, adult faith formation and weekend homilies are all part of this mix—
        integrated around a worshipping community.
     The role of youth as the future of the Church is recognized as critically important.
     St. Ann parishioners want the best for all parishioners—families, older persons,
        children and youth: sound theological religious education and faith formation;
        facilities that are appropriate and well maintained; connectivity with other
        parishioners and a strong parish spirit; strong academic education for school-aged
        children; and ministries that meet diverse needs.
     Respondents also expressed that they would like more opportunities for St. Ann to
        be engaged with outreach to the larger community.
     Parishioners are generous in terms of their willingness to volunteer and also to
        offer financial support.

    Accompanying and directly related to these emerging themes are a number of
challenges and/or opportunities expressed by survey respondents. People most frequently
stated the following observations/opinions/concerns:
     Current style of worship (music selection, approach to liturgy) compared to
        previous experience at St. Ann‟s and other Catholic parishes; to the extent, that
        survey respondents believe and/or stated that this stylistic difference is causing
        people to attend Mass at other parishes and/or to leave the parish.

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      Perception that the parish is not as welcoming or as inclusive as it could/should be
       (newcomers vs. long-timers; school vs. SOR; cliques, etc.).
      Sense that the parish could be doing more with faith formation for persons of all
       ages—strong catechetical backgrounds of religion teachers in SOR and
       Elementary School; more Bible studies; programs that are convenient for working
       persons, etc.
      Need to engage youth through programs, liturgies, activities, outreach—as
       important members of the St. Ann community.
      Opportunity to welcome back parishioners who have left the parish as well as
       reach out to lapsed Catholics and also understand and encourage evangelization.
      Outdated facilities:
           o The design and layout of the church are not conducive to fostering
               community or the sense of the sacred; multiple entrances present a
               challenge; there are concerns about accessibility for persons who are
               disabled; lighting is a problem; and acoustics may also be a concern.
           o The Young Child Center is in retrofitted space and has security concerns.
           o The Parish Offices are in retrofitted space, and the parish lacks needed
               meeting space.
           o Restrooms were cited as the main concern in the school with some
               comments about the need for larger classrooms and whether or not the
               school needs to grow to accommodate increased enrollment or remain the
               size that it is.
      Lack of parishioner awareness of ministries, state of facilities, what is going on
       within School unless they are directly involved. Communication and information
       sharing could be improved upon and contribute to community building.
      Financial support to the extent possible and within the means of parishioners who
       face other obligations/life situations. Some concerns about funding new
       ministries and whether or not some of these services are available through the

Parish of the future
        One survey respondent noted that the pastoral planning process should help define
what it means to be the parish of the future for St. Ann Catholic Church. Survey
respondents pointed to the need to address and resolve concerns internal to the parish
community as St. Ann Catholic Church looks toward the development of newer
ministries and outward to Prairie Village and the larger community.
        From the ranking of possible ministries to be further explored or developed
(Question #18) to the priorities identified as significant during this planning process
(Question #26), the following areas emerged as requiring attention for addressing these
concerns and positioning St. Ann as the parish of the future:
     Liturgical celebrations and music
     Youth ministry
     Faith formation and religious education of persons of all ages—based on solid
        tenets of Catholicism and by trained persons

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      Cultivating a sense of community that is welcoming and inclusive; to encompass
       an overall welcoming environment and specific focus on the elderly, persons with
       disabilities, singles, couples without children, and persons who are divorced
       and/or widowed.
      Development of a master facilities plan and subsequent capital campaign
      Family life ministry

        The above conclusions and others drawn by members of the Pastoral Planning
Committee will be foundational to further engagement of parishioners in discussion,
listening sessions and the eventual development of the Pastoral Plan. A number of
survey respondents indicated their willingness to continue the discussions.
        In addition to the themes identified and highlighted above, it is clear from survey
responses that parishioners are passionate about St. Ann Catholic Church. They have
experienced change, significant challenges and several pastoral transitions in recent
years. Their Catholic faith and pride in the parish have sustained them through these
times and will be foundational for becoming the parish of the future.

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St. Ann Catholic Parish                                                            October 2006
Key Findings, Implications—Resource Document
                Key Findings                            Implications for St. Ann Parish
   U.S. Catholics ranked knowledge of their          The parish should develop ongoing
    faith as the greatest opportunity for              opportunities for faith formation among all
    improvement within their parishes.                 age groups.
   The quality of weekend liturgies and an           St. Ann should work to enhance the
    overall sense of community also are                celebration of weekend liturgies.
    important dimensions of parish life.              The parish should provide ways for people
                                                       to get to know one another and foster
   Pastoral planning currently underway in           St. Ann Catholic Parish wants to ensure
    regions of the Archdiocese has identified          that it remains vital and has a vision of
    signs of vitality for Catholic parishes and        Church that is relevant for the 21st century.
   The population of Prairie Village will            St. Ann will need to develop programs
    remain relatively stable with declines in          responsive to Catholics of all ages and
    numbers of school-aged children and                focus increasingly on persons who are
    increases in persons 60+.                          aging.
   The population of Prairie Village has a           Adult faith formation and homilies should
    high percentage (64.3 percent) of persons          be appropriate to the makeup of this
    who have college and advanced degrees;             population.
    who are white collar (84.4 percent); and an
    average household income of $97,000.
   The city of Prairie Village is engaged in a       St. Ann is situated in a prime location to
    planning initiative to offer quality housing       influence and be influenced by positive
    options, preserves the community                   developments for the surrounding
    character, and promotes a strong economy.          community.
   St. Ann Parish currently has 1,520                The Pastoral Planning process should
    registered households; 447 of these are            probe why parishioners are active but not
    outside the parish boundaries.                     attending Mass and why other parishioners
                                                       are inactive.
   Enrollment in St. Ann Grade School and in         The planning process should explore
    the Young Child Center has been stable.            whether the need exists to expand
                                                       capacities of the school and Young Child
                                                       Center and what this would require.
   Enrollment in the School of Religion has          The planning process should explore
    vacillated over the past five years.               opportunities and the need to expand and
                                                       enhance the School of Religion.
   St. Ann offers many opportunities for             The planning process should explore
    parishioners to be involved and to be              opportunities and the need to refine,
    served through committees, volunteerism            expand and/or enhance current offerings.
    and projects.
   The Strategic Plan published in 1999              St. Ann has the opportunity to build upon
    produced positive results and outcomes for         past success and further enhance the parish,
    the parish.                                        school and other ministries.

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               Key Findings                        Implications for St. Ann Parish
   St. Ann is financially stable.               St. Ann parishioners support the parish.
   St. Ann has facility improvement needs       The planning process should identify long-
    and the need to ensure future financial       term facility enhancement needs and
    stability.                                    opportunities to ensure future financial
                                                  stability (i.e., capital campaign, growth of
                                                  the Endowment Fund).

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Resource Document
Background for Pastoral Planning Process

St. Ann Catholic Parish
Becoming the parish of the 21st century

August 2006

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Table of contents                                                          Page

I. The context of our Pastoral Planning                                     55
       A. The scope of our planning                                         55
       B. The plan to plan                                                  55

II. The parish as a community of faith                                      57
        A. Survey of U.S. Catholics                                         58
        B. What the survey said                                             58
        C. Theological/pastoral reflection offered on the survey            58
        D. Follow-up to the survey                                          59
        E. Pastoral planning in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas    60
        F. Dynamics of nearby parishes                                      61

III. The community of Prairie Village, Kan.                                 61
        A. Demographic overview (within area of St. Ann‟s boundaries)       61
        B. Local planning efforts—Village Vision                            63
        C. Population segments of geographic area                           64

IV. The faith community of St. Ann Catholic Parish                          68
       A. Boundaries, background                                            68
       B. Zip codes of parishioners                                         68
       C. Pastoral/strategic planning in recent years                       68
       D. St. Ann‟s Mission Statement                                       69
       E. Parish Vision                                                     69
       F. Demographics and financial data                                   69
       G. Professional staff (paid)                                         69
       H. School Mission Statement                                          70
       I. Programs for youth                                                70
               Young Child Center
               Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
               School of Religion
               Youth groups
       J. Parishioner/non-parishioner enrollment                            71
       K. Parish organizations, ministries                                  71

      A. Population segment characteristics                                 74
      B. Sources, references                                                76

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I. The context for our Pastoral Planning
A. The scope of Pastoral Planning
         As we begin the Pastoral Planning Process for St. Ann Catholic Parish, we will
help set the context for our prayerful analysis and discussion with an overview of three
primary areas:
          St. Ann Catholic Parish as part of the universal and Archdiocesan Church.
          St. Ann Catholic Parish as part of the community of Prairie Village, Kan.,
            Johnson County, Kan., and the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
          St. Ann Catholic Parish as a faith community.
         Our goal in this overview is the identification of relationships and opportunities
that support and strengthen our Mission and through which we can actualize our Mission.
We will use this document to help inform our pastoral planning. We will enhance it with
the collective wisdom of our parish family as we gather to discuss our understanding of
what Church and St. Ann‟s, in particular, should be for the 21st century.
         We call this process “pastoral planning” in that it will provide the roadmap for our
journey as the community of faith of St. Ann Catholic Parish. This will encompasses
elements of strategic planning and use the tools of that discipline, e.g., identification of
our strengths, weaknesses, challenges and threats; setting goals, objectives and timelines.
         However, the scope of the Pastoral Plan is more than strategic—it is pastoral in
that it encompasses our spiritual lives. As Church—parish, worship, school, early
childhood center, organizations, events, outreach—we share our baptismal call to
transform ourselves in Christ and to transform the world in which we live.
         This is an exciting time and an exciting process as we literally count our blessings
and determine how we can multiply them for the future of our parish, the community in
which we are located and for the universal Church.

B. The plan to plan
        The intention is that the planning process at St. Ann‟s will be an educational,
prayerful and engaging process. The Pastoral Planning Committee will oversee and
coordinate the process with facilitation by a consultant.
        The process has begun with the development of this document and orientation of
the Planning Committee. The Committee will have its first meeting in the form of a
planning retreat on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006.
        The process will begin formally for the entire parish with a series of homilies by
Msgr. Krische that will be foundational to the planning. Starting Sept. 10 and continuing
through early October, Msgr. Krische will discuss what it means to be Church; what it
means to be Catholic; and what this means to the St. Ann Catholic Parish community.
        On the basis of the concept of Church shared and discussed during these homilies,
the planning process will proceed on the following schedule, supported by ongoing

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Timeline            Planning Initiative         Explanation                             Responsible/
Sept. 10-Oct. 15,   Lay the foundation for         Liturgical celebration to launch     Msgr.
2006                the planning process            the process                         Krische, Liturgy
                                                   Series from the pulpit to lay the   Committee
                                                    foundation for planning process
                                                    --What does it mean to be
                                                    --What does it mean to be
                                                    --What does all of this mean for
                                                    us to be the St. Ann Catholic
                                                    Parish community?
                                                   Continued discussion of these        Msgr.
                                                    themes in informal settings,        Krische
October 2006                                       Written (mail-out and/or email)      Therese,
                                                    survey of parishioners to obtain    Planning
October-                                            wide input into planning process    Committee
November                                           Parish listening sessions (engage
                                                    all parishioners including
Ongoing                                            Monthly meetings                     Planning
                                                   Feedback to and from                Committee
                                                    Parish/Pastoral Council
January 2007        Build the foundation           Planning retreat to receive          Therese,
                    for the plan                    reports from survey, listening      Planning
                                                    sessions                            Committee
                                                   Begin to formulate goal
                                                    statements, objectives
                                                   Determine plan to engage parish
                                                    organizations, others in next
                                                    stages of plan development
February 2007       Engagement of other            Planning template to all parish      Therese,
                    parish organizations,           organizations to contribute to      Planning
                    ministries                      plan                                Committee
Ongoing                                            Review and updates to Parish/        Planning
                                                    Pastoral Council and to parish      Committee
March 2007          Compilation, finalization      Development of plan with Goals,      Therese,
                    of plan                         Objectives, Actions, Responsible    Planning
                                                    Persons, Timeline, Budget , etc.    Committee
Easter/Pentecost    Celebration and                Publish and distribute the plan      Planning
2007                dissemination of the plan      Liturgical celebration to           Committee
                                                    celebrate the process and the        Msgr.
                                                    spirit of the document              Krische, Liturgy
                    Implementation                 Plan set in motion throughout        Parish
                                                    parish and its ministries           Leadership
Ongoing             Evaluation, review             Process established for ongoing      Parish/
                                                    review                              Pastoral Council
Annual              Evaluation, update             Process established for annual       Parish/
                                                    update                              Pastoral Council

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II. The parish as a community of faith
       “The parish is not principally a structure, a territory, or a building, but rather „the
family of God‟, „a fellowship afire with a unifying spirit‟, „a familial and welcoming
home‟, [and] the „community the faithful‟.”
                       Pope John Paul II
                       Christifideles Laici

        “To foster this living climate of faith, pastors and those with whom they
collaborate in pastoral leadership will want to assess and intentionally shape the culture
and procedures of the parish, using questions such as: How are people encouraged to
examine their basic assumptions about life and its ultimate meaning? How do they
acquire the perspective and skills for an intelligent appropriation of Catholic Christian
tradition and an honest, informed assessment of contemporary culture? How is the
Christian message lived, communicated, and explored? How do people experience
Christian community in family, parish, small groups, and ecumenical encounters? How
do they actively participate in liturgical, small group, family, and personal prayer? How
are they involved in assessing local needs and discerning pastoral priorities? How is
Christian stewardship in parish and society called forth and welcomed? How do they
personally serve the „least ones‟ (Mt 25:45)? How are they involved in shaping public
policy and making society more just? In short, how is learning in faith already happening
through the ordinary experience of parish life and mission?”
                        --Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us
                        United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 1999

A. Survey of U.S. Catholics
        In 2001, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) conducted
an online survey to understand national trends in parish life and how parish life and
ministries can better help lay Catholics fulfill their mission in the world. The survey of
laity invited respondents to identify what was important for their parishes to improve to
help Catholics integrate their faith with their daily lives.
        The survey sought suggestions in 32 areas of parish life, grouped into six
         knowledge of faith;
         liturgical life;
         moral formation;
         prayer;
         communal life; and
         missionary spirit.
The survey asked respondents to indicate only those important items that needed
improvement, not to evaluate parish life in general.
        The U.S. Bishops invited all laity to participate in the survey. A total of 59,208
persons responded. Respondents had a high percentage of weekly Mass attendance (89
percent compared with general U.S. Catholic population in the range of 35 to 40 percent);
another high percentage (83 percent) volunteered in their parishes in some form; 32

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percent were involved in parish leadership. The respondents were people motivated to
complete the survey. Of the respondents,
        66 percent were 35 to 64 years;
        21 percent were 18 to 34 years;
        11 percent were 65 and older;
        2 percent were under 18.
           Of the respondents, 53 percent filled out the survey as individuals; 47 percent
completed the survey within groups. The groups had the benefit of a forum for
discussion of the questions before finalizing answers through group consensus. Some
groups represented the feedback of an entire parish.

B. What the survey said
       The top 15 topics (and categories into which they clustered) that Catholics said
represented the greatest opportunities for improvements were the following:
       Knowledge of the faith
       1. 69.5 percent—Adult faith formation/adult education.
       2. 66.4 percent—Support of parents passing on their faith to their children.
       3. 65.9 percent—Help for laity to understand more about Catholic teaching,
           including teaching about social justice.
       4. 61.8 percent—Help for laity to deepen understanding of the Bible.

       Liturgical life of parish
       5. 56.0 percent—Celebration of Sunday liturgy.
       6. 54.4 percent—Preaching at Sunday liturgy.
       7. 53.0 percent—Opportunities for active participation of the community in

       Communal life
       8. 50.8 percent—Building community within the parish by providing ways for
          people to get to know others who share their beliefs and values.

       Prayer and moral formation
       9. 49.6 percent—Help for laity to deepen relationship with God.
       10. 49.3 percent—Help for me to discern my vocation or profession in life.
       11. 47.2 percent—Help for me to pray as an individual.
       12. 46.9 percent—Help for me to connect faith with daily life.
       13. 45.5 percent—Promotion of learning various ways of praying.
       14. 45.3 percent—Help for me to pray as part of a community.

       Missionary spirit
       15. 44.8 percent—Outreach to inactive Catholics.

C. Theological/pastoral reflection offered on the survey
       In response to the feedback, the USCCB Committee on the Laity prepared a
theological/pastoral reflection on the survey. The reflection covered three broad areas:
Church, liturgy and formation of lay ecclesial ministers.

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        Church: “The fact that all the respondents see themselves as Catholic, though
their responses cover such a broad range, demonstrates the remarkable ability of the
Church to hold together the variety of theological and pastoral approaches within the
unity of the essentials of the Catholic tradition.”
         There is celebration of debate within the Church as well as a call to patience
            and understanding.
         Catholics are looking for knowledge of faith and formation.
         Parishes need to continue developing programs of ongoing education and
            formation and be “schools of prayer.”

       Liturgy: “It is obvious that people want good liturgy, especially Eucharist.”
        Preaching merits special attention because of its linkage with the thirst for
           formation and knowledge of the Catholic tradition in its fullness.
        Sunday homilies should appeal to the imagination, be formative and also be
        Catholics have high expectations of bishops and priests when it comes to
           Eucharist, homily and formation.
        Many Catholics want to be able to participate more actively in the Eucharist,
           although some prefer to be more passive.
        Many expressed a desire for a greater sense of the sacred in liturgical

       Formation of lay ecclesial ministers: “There is also great need for further
development of the formation of lay ecclesial ministers (lay people serving in a formal
leadership role in the name of the Church).
        The need exists for a holistic and professional formation of lay people for
           service on the diocesan, inter-parochial and parochial level. Holistic means
           that this formation is human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral. Professional
           means that the formation leads to an academic degree.
        Lay ecclesial ministers of the future will be competent to teach and also assist
           with spiritual formation of other laity.
        Respondents asked that parishes help couples grow in their commitment to
           married life.
        Others look to their parishes for guidance to help live out the Gospel in the
           context of their professions and work.

       Conclusion to reflection: “The Church lives in parish communities and its vitality
is enhanced by the vitality of parishes, which is made possible by their becoming schools
of prayer with a spirituality of communion, strengthened by prayerful liturgy and superior
preaching, and served by well-formed clergy and lay ecclesial ministers.”

D. Follow-up to the survey
       While many of the suggestions for improvement have likely filtered through
multiple committees of the bishops and into the life of parishes, the USCCB took two
immediate actions:

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        made the survey instrument available to any parishes who wish to use it for
         discussion or planning (www.usccb.org/laity/laysurvey/summary.shtml);
      posted a list of accredited Catholic colleges, universities, seminaries and
         theologates that currently offer classes or programs in theology, ministry or
         religion via distance learning (www.usccb.org/laity/laysurvey/schools.shtml).
     More in-depth information about the survey and results can be found at

E. Pastoral Planning in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
        Under the leadership of Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, pastoral regions of the
Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas are currently engaged in processes of Pastoral
Planning. This has occurred in the Topeka Pastoral Region. It is underway in the
Leavenworth Pastoral Region, the St. Mary‟s Pastoral Region and the Wyandotte County
Pastoral Region. Archbishop Naumann has indicated that all pastoral regions will
participate in a similar process.
        Working through task forces that coordinate each region‟s specific planning
process, the respective groups have developed “Signs of Parish and School Vitality.”
With the facilitation of consultants, these “signs” are personalized and individualized to
each pastoral region as that region‟s vision of what a vital parish and school should be.
        Signs of parish vitality encompass:
         mission;
         community life;
         evangelization and catechesis;
         liturgy and prayer;
         service/stewardship;
         financial condition; and
         collaboration.
        Signs of Catholic school vitality include:
         Catholic character;
         academic program;
         physical condition;
         enrollment and growth;
         financial condition;
         service; and
         leadership.
        The “Signs of Parish and School Vitality” document provides elaboration on each
of the above characteristics.
        Throughout these planning processes, there is recognition of declining numbers of
priests; the need for adult faith formation and leadership; the desire to have vibrant and
supportive communities of faith; challenges of engaging youth; and opportunities
associated with expanded parish staff to assist with ministries.

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F. Dynamics of nearby parishes
        As part of the Archdiocesan Church of Northeast Kansas, dynamics occurring in
adjacent and surrounding parishes have the potential to impact St. Ann‟s.
        St. Ann‟s is bounded by:
         Cure of Ars to the south;
         St. Agnes to the north;
         Queen of the Holy Rosary to the west;
         the state line to the east.
        Population trends in northern Johnson County led to the recent consolidation of
elementary schools serving St. Pius X Parish, Mission, and Queen of the Holy Rosary
Parish, Overland Park.

III. The community of Prairie Village, Kan.

A. Demographic overview of Prairie Village, Kan.
geography encompassed by St. Ann Catholic Parish boundaries
        Data reflected in the following section of this Resource Document came from
Percept. a national company, based in California. Percept supplies churches and
denominational agencies with demographic resources based on the U.S. Census and other
reliable sources.
 Prairie Village is a city of 6.7 square miles with a population of 21,830 people (U.S.
    Census); the area bounded by St. Ann‟s boundaries has 18,905 people (Percept
 Average household size: 2.27 (Percept)
 Average family size: 2.87 (U.S. Census)
 Population has decreased by 575 persons or 3.0 percent since 2000.*
 Population projected to decrease by 576 persons (another 3 percent) between 2005-
 Number of households has decreased 49 (.6 percent); projected to decrease by 60
    between 2005-2010 (.7 percent).*
 Racial/ethnic makeup* 2000                  2005           2010
        o White                 95.6%         94.4%          93.1%
        o Black                  0.5%           0.8%           1.0%
        o Hispanic/Latino        2.2%           2.5%           2.9%
        o Asian/other            1.7%           2.4%           3.0%
   Age*                     2000           2005           2010
       o Average             41.0           41.9           43.0
       o Median              41.0           42.3           43.7

*Ministry Area Profile, Percept, Summer 2006

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                               Population by Age*
Age                  2000 census         2005 update          2010 projection
Under 5 years        1,253     6.4%      1,056    5.6%          958    5.2%
5 to 9 years         1,238     6.4%      1,081    5.7%          990    5.4%
10 to 14 years       1,381     7.1%      1,233    6.5%        1,103    6.0%
15 to 17 years         753     3.9%        806    4.3%          811    4.4%
18 to 20 years         321     1.6%        404    2.1%          412    2.2%
21 to 24 years         467     2.4%        647    3.4%          683    3.7%
25 to 29 years       1,309     6.7%        674    3.6%        1,323    7.2%
30 to 34 years       1,364     7.0%      1,658    8.8%          786    4.3%
35 to 39 years       1,482     7.6%      1,306    6.9%        1,166    6.4%
40 to 44 years       1,613     8.3%      1,435    7.6%        1,295    7.1%
45 to 49 years       1,574     8.1%      1,498    7.9%        1,460    8.0%
50 to 54 years       1,329     6.8%      1,428    7.6%        1,450    7.9%
55 to 59 years       1,001     5.1%      1,096    5.8%        1,178    6.4%
60 to 64 years         706     3.6%        846    4.5%          916    5.0%
65 to 69 years         756     3.9%        783    4.1%          839    4.6%
70 to 74 years         892     4.6%        785    4.2%          683    3.7%
75 to 84 years       1,603     8.2%      1,619    8.6%        1,640    8.9%
85 or more years       439     2.3%        548    2.9%          637    3.5%

   Population by school enrollment*       Number   Percent        U.S. average
    (age 3 and older)
        o Pre-primary (public)               249     1.3%            2.3%
        o Pre-primary (private)              448     2.4%            1.1%
        o Elementary/high school (public) 2,332     12.5%           16.6%
        o Elementary/high school (private) 762       4.1%            1.9%
        o Enrolled in college              1,078     5.8%            6.5%
        o Not enrolled in school          13,857    74.0%           71.6%
   Population by education completed*    Number    Percent        U.S. average
    (age 25 and older)
        o Elementary (< 9 years)             61      0.4%            7.5%
        o Some high school (9 to 11 years) 199       1.4%           12.1%
        o High school grad (12 years)     1,496     10.6%           28.6%
        o Some college (13 to 15 years)   2,823     20.1%           21.0%
        o Associate degree                  597      4.2%            6.3%
        o Bachelor‟s degree               5,480     39.0%           15.5%
        o Graduate degree                 3,412     24.3%            8.9%

*Ministry Area Profile, Percept, Summer 2006

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   Population by occupation type*           Number         Percent        U.S. average
    (age 15 and older)
        o TOTAL WHITE COLLAR                 8,314          84.4%          60.3%
        o Executive and managerial           2,184          22.2%          13.5%
        o Professional specialty             1,667          16.9%          10.7%
        o Technical support                  1,457          14.8%           9.5%
        o Sales                              1,778          18.0%          11.2%
        o Admin support and clerical         1,228          12.5%          15.4%
        o TOTAL BLUE COLLAR                  1,540          15.6%          39.7%
   Income*                   2000           2005           2010
       o Avg household        $93,438        $97,134        $101,870
       o Med household        $74,056        $79,104        $ 82,637
       o Per cap inc          $40,675        $43,318        $ 46,525

*Ministry Area Profile, Percept, Summer 2006

B. Local planning efforts—Village Vision
       In 2005, the city of Prairie Village participated in a strategic planning process to
develop a long-term vision for the community. The process included community
workshops and open houses to engage residents and business representatives in planning.
Observations shared during these sessions included that:
 Prairie Village has a central location, easily accessible to highways and few traffic
 Since 1970, the city has consistently lost population.
 It has an aging housing stock and limited ability to capture higher income households,
   constraining the city‟s ability to provide residents with quality services.
 Population                   Prairie Village         Johnson County
       o 2000                     22,156                 431,044
       o 2005                     21,887                 529,018
 Projections:
       o Overland Park will grow significantly.
       o Leawood slightly.
       o Merriam even more slightly.
       o Prairie Village will stay the same.
 In recent years, Prairie Village has had difficulty attracting families with children and
   those in their prime earning years. This has resulted in a widening income gap
   compared to surrounding Johnson County cities.
 Relatively higher number of empty nesters moved in before 1970:
       o Johnson County                         6%
       o Prairie Village                       15%
       o Overland Park, Leawood                 6%
 Future fiscal health tied to stabilizing and growing population and recapturing retail
       Village Vision goals that evolved from this planning process included eight broad

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   Community character: Provide an attractive, friendly and safe community with a
    unique village identity appealing to people of all ages.
 Community facilities, activities and services: Provide diverse community recreation
    areas, cultural programs and expanded parks and green space, including a new or
    renovated community center, complemented by well-maintained public utility
    infrastructure and excellent city services.
 Housing: Encourage neighborhoods with unique character, strong property values
    and quality housing options for families and individuals of a variety of ages and
 Land resources: Encourage a high quality natural and man-made environment that
    preserves community character, creates identity and sense of place, and provides
    opportunities for renewal and redevelopment, including vibrant mixed use centers.
 Leadership and governance: Provide a city government that communicates
    effectively with the public and works cooperatively with other communities to
    promote projects and programs that maintain a strong Prairie Village.
 Learning: Support the provision of high quality educational environments for
    residents at all stages of their lives, including strong public K-12 institutions.
 Prosperity: Promote a strong economy where a diverse mix of quality businesses
    contribute to a stable tax base, provide opportunities for redevelopment, meet the
    needs of residents, and attract visitors.
 Transportation: Encourage a variety of transportation choices including safe,
    interconnected and well-maintained roadways, sidewalks, biking trails and public
    transportation systems that support the community‟s needs.
        Out of the planning process, specific plans evolved to address the 75th Street
corridor and Corinth Square.

C. Population segments of geographic area
        A “Ministry Area Profile” of the geographic area in which St. Ann‟s is located
identifies characteristics of the 8,429 households in the parish boundaries. Percept is the
national consulting company that provided these characteristics based on data from
Claritas and the U.S. Census Bureau.
        To supplement the demographic studies, Percept collects and distributes
information about beliefs, attitudes, concerns and religious behavior of the American
people. Percept regularly surveys extensive cross-sections of the American public.
Percept links the survey with a geo-demographic segmentation system.
        The following are the top 10 segments for all households (parishioners and non-
parishioners) within the St. Ann Parish boundaries:

Population segment*                           Households     Percent         U.S. average
 Rising potential professionals                3,315         39.3%              2.3%
 Traditional affluent families                 1,486         17.6%              3.5%
 Suburban mid-life families                    1,251         14.8%              5.5%
 Mid-life prosperity                             810          9.6%              1.5%
 Educated mid-life families                      430          5.1%              3.4%
 Cautious and mature                             316          3.7%              2.6%
 Prosperous and mature                           219          2.6%              0.5%

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   Educated new starters                       136                       1.6%                2.9%
   Working country consumers                   123                       1.5%                4.1%
   Mature and stable                           113                       1.3%                0.6%
   Remaining categories had less than 100 households
*See Appendix for description of the characteristics of each of these segments of the population

        Characteristics of these population segments that are prominent in the study area
and relevant to St. Ann‟s Pastoral Planning process include:

Faith involvement                                    Study area        U.S. average
 Strongly involved with their faith                    36.0%             35.4%
 Somewhat involved with their faith                    31.4%             29.9%
 Not involved with their faith                         31.7%             34.7%

Religious preference                                 Study area        U.S. average
 Catholic                                              27.6%             23.7%
 Lutheran                                              18.4%               7.2%
 Methodist                                             11.4%             10.1%
 Not interested and no preference                       9.4%             11.1%
 Baptist                                                6.5%             16.1%
 Non-denominational/independent                         5.8%               6.9%
 Presbyterian/Reformed                                  5.3%               4.6%
 Interested but no preference                           3.2%               3.9%
 Congregational                                         2.6%               2.0%
 Episcopal                                              1.8%               2.9%
 Judaism                                                1.7%               3.2%
 Pentecostal                                            1.6%               2.4%
 Unitarian/Universalist                                 1.2%               0.7%
 Others less than 0.8%

Prefer a leader who                                  Study area        U.S. average
 Tells them what to do                                  3.8%                4.0%
 Lets them do what they want,                          11.4%              11.7%
    is supportive
 Lets them do what they want and                         5.0%                4.8%
    stays out of the way
 Works with them on deciding what                       79.8%              79.6%
    to do and helps them do it

This population is concerned with        Study area                    U.S. average
 Achieving long-term financial security    58.5%                         50.6%
 Maintaining their personal health         49.8%                         43.5%
 Finding time for recreation, leisure      31.9%                         25.3%
 Dealing with stress                       30.1%                         29.8%
 Finding/providing health insurance        27.2%                         29.0%
 Finding a satisfying job/career           26.7%                         19.3%

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This population is concerned with         Study area   U.S. average
 Finding retirement opportunities          24.8%         18.9%
 Achieving a fulfilling marriage           24.7%         22.3%
 Finding better quality health care        23.9%          23.9%
 Day-to-day financial worries              22.4%         31.6%
 Neighborhood crime and safety             22.3%          27.0%
 Finding/providing good schools            21.6%         23.5%
 Finding companionship                     19.0%          17.3%
 Dealing with teen/child problems          18.3%         20.7%
 Finding/providing aging parent care       17.2%         15.5%
 Finding life direction                    15.3 %        14.0%
 Finding a good church                     12.5%         15.2%

Household church contribution indicator   Study area   U.S. average
 More than $100 per year                    62.9%         59.8%
 More than $500 per year                    36.5%         31.2%
 More than $1,000 per year                  22.2%         17.4%

Church program preference indicator       Study area   U.S. average
(if looking for a new church)
 Active retirement programs                 34.5%         26.8%
 Family activities and outings              31.9%         32.8%
 Bible study discussion and prayer groups 30.2%           41.1%
 Cultural programs (music, drama, art)      27.6%        18.9%
 Adult theological discussion groups        26.8%         22.5%
 Youth social programs                      26.3%         29.7%
 Personal or family counseling              18.1%         22.5%
 Marriage enrichment opportunities          17.4%         15.2%
 Care for the terminally ill                13.4%         15.7%
 Spiritual retreats                         11.5%        11.6%

Worship style indicator                     Study area U.S. average
 Prefer worship that is
  A. Emotionally uplifting                  23.4%          26.4%
  B. Intellectually challenging             15.1%          11.1%
  C. Both A and B                           42.1%          39.2%
  D. No preference or not interested        19.5%          23.4%
 Style of worship
  A. Traditional/formal/ceremonial           25.8%          20.2%
  B. Contemporary/informal                   26.5%          26.3%
  C. Both A and B                            28.7%          26.5%
  D. No preference or not interested         19.5%          26.9%

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Music style indicators
 Style of music
  A. Traditional                           29.8%   24.4%
  B. Contemporary                          22.4%   19.7%
  C. Both A and B                          30.0%   31.1%
  D. No preference or not interested       18.1%   24.8%
 Participation in music
  A. Performed by others                   22.3%     18.7%
  B. Participatory                         26.2%     22.9%
  C. Both A and B                          32.8%     32.2%
  D. No preference or not interested       19.2%     26.2%

Mission emphasis
 Church emphasis
   A. Community                            27.0%     22.0%
   B. Personal and spiritual development   14.5%     14.3%
   C. Both A and B                         38.8%     37.4 %
   D. No preference or not interested      20.1%     26.3%
 Mission emphasis
   A. Global mission                        6.4%      6.2%
   B. Local mission                        38.8%     33.3%
   C. Both A and B                         32.2%     30.1%
   D. No preference or not interested      23.3%     30.4%

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IV. The faith community of St. Ann Catholic Parish

A. Boundaries, background
        Founded in 1949, St. Ann Catholic Parish has grown from a community of 80
families to its current 1,527 households. The parish campus at 72nd and Mission Road
includes the church with parish hall; offices (former rectory); school (with auditorium
and gymnasium); and young child center (former convent).
        Parish boundaries are:
         63rd Street to the north;
         83rd Street to the south;
         State Line Road to the east; and
         Nall Avenue to the west.
The boundaries of the parish are inside Prairie Village, Kan. (66208 zip code) and extend
into Mission Hills. Parishioners reside in surrounding Johnson County zip codes and also
in Kansas City, Mo. Of the 1,521 families currently registered, 447 reside outside the
parish boundaries.

                              B. Zip codes of parishioners
Zip code              City, state                     Number of households   % of total
66208                 Prairie Village, Mission Hills                  1,074   70.6%
66202                 Merriam/Mission                                     32   2.1%
66204                 Overland Park                                       34   2.2%
66205                 Fairway/Roeland Park                                57   3.8%
66206                 Leawood                                           105    6.9%
66207                 Prairie Village                                     85   5.6%
66211                 Overland Park                                        7   0.5%
66212                 Overland Park                                       14   0.9%
Kansas City, Mo.      KCMO                                                50   3.3%
Other                                                                     63   4.1%

C. Pastoral and strategic planning in recent years
        As recorded in the 1999 Strategic Plan and other documents provided, St. Ann has
had a steady history of pastoral planning in the past 20 years:
         1986—survey and planning process facilitated by Rev. Finian Meis,
            Archdiocesan Office of Ministry.
         1992—planning process coordinated by Parish Council and an Ad Hoc
            Planning Committee under leadership of Msgr. (then Rev.) Tom Culhane.
         1998-1999—planning process facilitated by Jean Svadlenak and a Strategic
            Planning Committee.
         2004—publication of Reformed in Renewal Pastoral Plan document by Rev.
            Steven Beseau.
        Msgr. Vince Krische, who became pastor in 2005, has requested a planning
process to position St. Ann‟s to be a Catholic parish of the 21st century, responsive to
needs of the parishioners of all ages and to the needs of the surrounding community and
the larger Church.

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D. St. Ann’s Mission Statement (from the 1999 Strategic Plan)
       The Church of St. Ann‟s mission is to provide the best available foundation for a
Catholic faith for all those who seek its doorstep. Similarly, the School of St. Ann‟s
mission is to achieve academic excellence while building strong character rooted in
Catholic beliefs.

E. Parish Vision (from the 1999 Strategic Plan)
         The vision of St. Ann‟s Parish is to be a community of concerned, passionate and
faith-filled individuals who strive to live the gospel in our daily lives.

                            F. Demographics and financial data
                          (Provided by Parish Office, summer 2006)
Data                              1990        1995       2000      2005             Change 1990 to
                                                                                   Number   Percent
Parish demographics
Registered households              1,605      1,800        1,550        1,521        - 84      -5%
Number of parishioners*            3,643      4,086        3,517        3,453        -190      -5%
Weekend Mass attendance                        Numbers not available
Number of weekend Masses               6          4            5            4           -2   -33%
Number of infant baptisms             64         75           72           82          18    28%
Number of First Communions            49         74           84           76          27    55%
Number of Confirmations               52         62           64           83          31    60%
Number of RCIA candidates             12         28           30           19            7   58%
Number of weddings                    23         23           17           16           -7    30%
Number of funerals                    24         26           27           37          13    54%
Financial data
Amount of ordinary collections $1,022,934 $1,121,969 $1,402,071 $1,398,729 $375,795              36%
Capital fund/drive contrib.           $49,893    $62,611     $614,491     $162,684 $112,791 226%
Contributions to Call to Share                               $139,530     $117,041
Parish debt                        $1,071,340   $959,286     $349,731           $0 -$1,071,340 N/A
Future Full of Hope (total collected)                            $1,288,045
*registered households x 2.27 (average number of persons per household in the county)

G. Professional staff (paid)                    2000             2005
      Priest(s)                                   1.0              1.0
      Program staff (equivalent heads)            3.5              3.5
      Office staff (equivalent heads)             3.5              2.5
      Maintenance (equivalent heads)              3.0              2.5
      Other, parish                                ---             ---
        Teachers                                33.0             28.0
        Support staff                            4.0              6.0
        Other                                    1.0              1.0
        Young Child Center
        Director                                 1.0               1.0
        Teachers (equivalent heads)              9.0               9.0

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H. School Mission Statement (from 2005-2006 Answer His Call Handbook)
        St. Ann Catholic School strives to guide each student to be a faith-filled, self-
directed, life-long learner.

                               I. Programs for youth --2001-2006
                            (Provided by Parish Office, summer 2006)

Grade level                     2002-      2003-       2004-      2005-     2006-     Change 2002 to
                                2003       2004        2005       2006      2007        2006-2007
                                                                          projected   Number      Percent
Young Child Center
Preschool                       N/A         N/A         114         112     110       N/A          N/A
Mother‟s Day Out                N/A         N/A          40          38      40       N/A          N/A
After school (K-8)              N/A         N/A          16          18      18       N/A          N/A
TOTAL                           N/A*        N/A*        170         168     168       N/A          N/A

Elementary School
Kindergarten                     50         56           57          53      50           0          0%
1st                              53         49           56          52      53           0          0%
2nd                              51         48           47          53      53           2          4%
3rd                              53         49           48          43      51            -2       -4%
4th                              45         50           50          45      45           0          0%
5th                              44         42           48          51      50           6         14%
6th                              48         44           43          39      52           4          3%
7th                              50         49           47          45      41           -9       -18%
8th                              45         50           51          49      45           0          0%
TOTAL                            439        437         447         430     440           -1         0%

Catechesis                       N/A        N/A          35         35       45       N/A          N/A
of the Good Shepherd

School of Religion
Pre-K                            44         39           26          24      26       -18        -40%
Kindergarten                     15         14           15          18      20       5          34%
1st                              20         17           17          19      20       0            0%
2nd                              31         16           23          23      24       -7        -22%
3rd                              24         22           15          21      20       -4        -17%
4th                              35         28           24          19      21       -14       -40%
5th                              27         21           21          24      19       -8        -30%
6th                              25         16           21          23      24       -1         -4%
7th                              30         23           12          25      23       -7        -23%
8th                              30         34           24          15      20       -10       -34%
TOTAL                            281        230         198         211     217       -64       -23%

Youth group members               35         25           6          0       40       5         14%

*Enrollment constant during this year as reflected in succeeding years.

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                 J. Parishioner/non-parishioner enrollment 2005-2006
            Grade level                   Parishioners            Non-parishioners
                                     Number        Percent       Number        Percent
Young Child Center
Preschool                              83           74%            29           26%
Mother‟s Day Out                       15           39%            23           61%
After school (K-8)                     18           100%           0            0%
TOTAL                                  116          69%            52           31%
Elementary school
Kindergarten                           49           92%            4            8%
1st                                    51           98%            1            2%
2nd                                    52           98%            1            2%
3rd                                    42           98%            1            2%
4th                                    43           96%            2            4%
5th                                    47           92%            4            8%
6th                                    39           100%           0            0%
7th                                    40           89%            5            11%
8th                                    44           90%            5            10%
TOTAL                                  407          95%            23           5%

K. Parish organizations, ministries (Source: Bulletin; 2006 Stewardship Campaign—
Time and Talent Opportunities)
        St. Ann‟s offers ample opportunities for parishioners to be involved and to be
served through committees, volunteerism on projects and in an extensive number of
ministries. Descriptions are provided where purpose may not be evident from the name
of the program or ministry.

Adult catechesis
    R.C.I.A. team
    R.C.I.A. sponsors

Adult ministries/organizations
    Condolence Committee—lunch provided for families who have lost a loved one
    Fall Festival—main parish fundraiser and fun-raiser
    Hospitality Committee—coordination of special receptions and parish
    Knights of Columbus
    Men‟s Group—hosts quarterly social functions to offer financial support to parish
       and school
    Men‟s night of recollection
    Ministry of Caring
    M.O.S.A.Y.C.—spiritual connection for Mothers of St. Ann Young Children
    Respite care
    Rides for parishioners in need—to church or medical providers
    Visitors to assisted living/homebound parishioners
    Women‟s Guild—involved with a number of service projects.

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    Catechesis of the Good Shepherd—Montessori based model of religious
       education for children ages 3-12
    Preschool Sunday School
    School of Religion catechists
    Totus Tuus—one-week, summer religious formation program for youth (grades 1-

Committees and Boards
   Buildings and Grounds Committee
   Endowment Board—promotion of endowment fund; establishing investment
   Stewardship Committee—promotion of time, talent and treasure within the parish
     to include special fund campaigns, archdiocesan appeals, etc.

Councils—Parish/School Leadership
    Pastoral Council
    Finance Council
    St. Ann School of Council
    St. Ann School of Religion Council

    Evangelization outreach—outreach to persons interested in becoming Catholic or
      non-practicing Catholics

Liturgical music opportunities
     Cantor team
     Celebration singers—provide music the first Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Mass, Sept.-
     Instrumentalists
     Organists and pianists
     St. Cecilia Choir

Liturgical support opportunities
     Altar linens
     Altar servers
     Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion
     Greeters
     Lectors
     Sacristans
     Ushers
     Worship environment team

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Living in the world
    Blood drive
    Food pantry, emergency assistance
    Kansas City, Kansas hot lunch program
    Thanksgiving and Lenten clothing drives

Parish, rectory and office support
     Church cleaning
     Clerical help
     General maintenance
     Yard Maintenance Committee

        Charismatic prayer
        Divine Mercy chaplet
        Eucharistic adoration
        Perpetual Help devotion
        Pray the Rosary—lead the Rosary monthly at two assisted living facilities
        Prayer chain
        Holy Communion to homebound parishioners
        Holy Communion to Shawnee Mission Medical Center

    Ann‟s Angels—volunteers who read religious stories to grade school children and
       send them holy cards on special occasions.
    P.T.O. fund raising
    P.T.O. program and hospitality
    P.T.O. volunteers
    School Health Office
    School Library
    School Technology Committee

Social justice
    Respect Life
    Sister parishes in Quito, Ecuador

    Marriage preparation
    Serra Club
    Vocation prayer and fasting

Young people
    Confirmation catechists
    C.Y.O. sports
    Scouting (Cub and Boys Scouts; Girl Scouts)

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A. Population segment descriptions (Percept SourceBook)
         The following population segments were the most prevalent (in descending order)
for the geographic area encompassed by St. Ann‟s parish boundaries. The first three
segments listed describe the greatest percentages of the population. Brief descriptions of
characteristics (based on a national survey and local projections) follow each population
lifestyle segment.

Rising potential professionals
 Urban segment highest in total number of two-person households.
 Median household and per capita incomes considerably higher than national average.
 Employment predominantly white collar, especially in area of professional
 Faith involvement close to national average; belief in God noticeably lower.
 Primary concerns: companionship, fulfilling marriage, aging parent care, finding life
    direction, satisfying job/career and social injustice.
 Above average in contributions.
 Prefer a church that offers sports/camping, cultural programs, spiritual retreats, adult
    theological discussion groups, intellectual worship and community-focused mission.

Traditional affluent families
 Represents wealthiest households in America.
 Ranks highest in home ownership, property value, white collar employment,
   undergrad and graduate education levels and number of adults age 40 to 64.
 Faith involvement close to national average; belief in God and that God is actively
   involved in world substantially lower than national average.
 Primary concerns: social injustice, aging parent care, time for recreation/leisure,
   finding life direction, retirement opportunities and long-term financial security.
 Rely more on self than on a leader compared with national average.
 Prefer a church that offers cultural programs, active retirement programs, adult
   theological discussion groups, intellectual worship and emphasis on global mission.

Suburban mid-life families
 Among the highest in the median income; above average numbers age 35 to 69.
 High in the number of households that receive retirement income and above average
   in every white collar occupation category.
 Faith involvement at or below national average.
 Primary concerns: childcare, time for recreation/leisure, retirement opportunities,
   parenting skills and long-term financial security.
 Prefer a church that offers divorce recovery programs, marriage enrichment
   opportunities, parent training programs and participatory music.

Mid-life prosperity
 Well above average in household income, married individuals, multiple-worker
   families, college education and home ownership.

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   Faith involvement close to national average.
   Primary concerns: time for recreation/leisure, parenting skills, educational objectives,
    fulfilling marriage, aging parent care and satisfying job/career.
   Well above average in contributions.
   Prefer a church that offers sports/camping, daycare services, cultural programs,
    intellectual worship, music performed by others and contemporary architecture.

Educated mid-life families
 Above average in median age, household income, college education, married
   individuals and working female adults.
 Slightly less than the national average say they are strongly involved with their faith,.
 Primary concerns: fulfilling marriage, aging parent care, parenting skills, good
   schools, time for recreation/leisure and problems in schools.
 Prefer a church that offers marriage enrichment opportunities, cultural programs,
   sports/camping and traditional/formal worship as well as intellectual worship.

Cautious and mature
 Well above average for population over age 55; households receiving retirement
   income well above the national average and median household income very near
   national average.
 Strong faith involvement above national average, though less than average have
   become more involved with faith in the past 10 years.
 Primary concerns: better health care, finding a good church, personal health, health
   insurance, neighborhood crime and safety.

Prosperous and mature
 Among highest ranking segments with individuals age 50 to 64; high in married
   families with both parents at home, household income, vehicles ownership and adults
   who attended at least some college.
 Faith involvement is strong and significantly higher in most areas than the population
   in general.
 Primary concerns: better health care, aging parent care, social injustice, divorce and
   personal health.
 Strong financial support for religious organizations, charities and educational
 Prefer a church that offers divorce recovery programs, active retirement programs,
   traditional music and worship that is both traditional and contemporary.

Educated new starters
 Among the lowest for children age 0-17; slightly above average in median household
   income and has twice the average number of adults with graduate degrees.
 Half of housing renter occupied.
 Faith involvement dramatically lower than national average as is belief in God.
 Primary concerns: companionship, satisfying job/career, finding life direction, social
   injustice and racial/ethnic prejudice.

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    Strong financial support for charities and educational institutions, but significantly
     less for religious organizations.
    Prefer a church that offers cultural programs, adult theological discussion groups,
     sports/camping, marriage enrichment opportunities and daycare services.

Working country consumers
 Consists of persons of all ages with income and education somewhat below average.
 Blue collar employment is high.
 Strong faith involvement only slightly below the national average; significantly
  higher percentage say they are not involved.
 Primary concerns: adequate food, health insurance, day-to-day financial worries,
  finding spiritual teaching, abusive relationships and stress.
 Prefer a church that offers Bible study and prayer groups, family activities, parent
  training programs, youth social programs, care for the terminally ill and church-
  sponsored day care.

Mature and stable
 Almost a third in this segment are age 55 and older, and about the same percentage of
   households are single individuals.
 Overwhelming majority of adult females in this segment live without children.
 Education, income and home ownership close to national average.
 Strong faith involvement well above national average.
 Primary concerns: health care, adequate food, health insurance, finding spiritual
   teaching and neighborhood crime and safety.
 Prefer a church that offers active retirement programs, spiritual retreats, Bible study
   and prayer groups, adult theological discussion groups, care for the terminally ill and
   cultural programs.

B.   Sources, references
    Answer His Call handbook, School of St. Ann, 2005-2006
    Church of St. Ann Strategic Plan, May 1999
    City of Prairie Village, 2001 Community Profile (most recent available)
    Ministry Area Profile, Percept, Summer 2006
    Reformed in Renewal, 2004 Pastoral Plan, St. Ann Catholic Church
    St. Ann Parish Bulletin
    St. Ann Stewardship Campaign booklet, Time and Talent Opportunities, 2006
    U.S. Census Bureau
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, www.usccb.org
    Village Vision, www.pvkansas.com

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