To seek Christ, Know Christ and Become Christ, each one for the sake of all
In 2006 Pastoral Council
commissioned a Parish Planning Project called Vision 2012 to develop the
principles to guide us into the future. Based on feedback from our
parishioners and thanks to the help of dedicated Staff members and many
volunteers, 12 Vision Statements and corresponding Action plans were
presented and subsequently approved by the Pastoral
This acronym has evolved from the work done as a result of the
consultation and visioning efforts of our parishioners. The twelve vision statements that surfaced and were approved
by Parish Council are now being worked with by
VAITS that will be responsible for the implementation of the
data/feedback, ideas and concerns that surfaced in each Vision
Statement. Each VAIT is made up of staff representation, a Pastoral
Council liaison, representation from standing committees in the
different areas of ministry and representation from the parish.
Strategic Area: Prayer & Worship
Vision: Weekly Mass attendance will increase because parishioners are
invited to better understand the theology and obligation of worship of God.
Good planning of weekly worship will reflect solid Catholic liturgical
principles and reach out to parishioners who manifest a variety of
liturgical styles and preferences.
As an initial step, the Prayer and Worship Committee
will be reactivated, revitalized, and educated in liturgical norms.
Next the musical styles and selections that we currently
utilize will be reviewed and adjusted as appropriate.
Concurrently, we will improve our level of catechesis so
our members better understand the significance and importance of the
Our welcoming efforts for both new and current
parishioners will be strengthened through focused programs and family
We will strive to develop a profound culture of prayer
among the parishioners and expand the prayer chain through the use of
e-mail and our web site.
Necessary improvements to our worship space will be
identified and prioritized in concert with the work of the ongoing
Building & Grounds Committee efforts.
Finally, we will review our current Mass and prayer
service offerings and determine if changes are necessary, in both type
and frequency, to best support the spiritual and educational needs of
our growing parish.
Strategic Area: Parish-wide Faith Formation
Vision: Life long faith formation will be achieved by strengthening
and integrating all educational programs and offerings to provide a strong,
energetic, and inspiring growth in faith.
Begin by performing a gap analysis between our current
religious curriculum and the Archdiocesan guidelines, and moving to
narrow any gaps in our programs.
Continue by developing surveys to determine what types
of in-service opportunities would be helpful and of interest to
catechists and parish leadership.
Develop annual parish-wide themes that tie to our
Catholic identity and develop offerings across all of our programs that
place emphasis on that theme. Within these themes, develop new and
non-traditional ways to involve parishioners of all ages in faith and
community building events.
Initiate a new series of seasonal events, possibly
featuring guest speakers and/or performances, or emphasizing parish
spirit of community.
Review current small group offerings and identify ways
to improve these programs; with emphasis on using technology to make
more information available to more parishioners.
Strategic Area: Young Adult Ministry
Vision: Our Young Adult Ministry Program will be recognized as a
leader in attracting and retaining active participation with vibrant
ministry and faith sharing programs and opportunities.
Begin by creating a Young Adult advisory team to help
identify and develop programs of interest to this age group. Renew this
team annually to insure current relevance of the programs.
Develop a directory of young adults and utilize things
like e-mail and Facebook to communicate among the group- promoting
programs and activities.
Initiate programs during the summer months, such as
in-service projects and an end-of-summer liturgy and BBQ to promote
community during the time when college students would more likely be
Over the 5-year period, survey the young adults to
continually identify spiritual and social needs and interests for the
group. Tailor programs to address these needs.
Strategic Area: Formation Programs
Vision: Our educational programs, from pre-school through high school,
will impart a solid foundation in our Catholic faith and include creative
worship, service, and social opportunities to make them attractive to the
children, youth, and their families.
To focus the attention on formation being a life long
effort, begin to address our programs as LFF (Lifelong Faith Formation)
rather than CFC.
Review all of our programs in relation to the
Archdiocesan guidelines for the curriculums of children from
kindergarten through Confirmation, with the goal being to close the gap
Develop and implement surveys of current teachers and
instructors to generate ideas and suggestions for improving the quality
and consistency of our teaching. Use this information to develop job
descriptions and expectations as well as to develop catechist training
programs for all grades.
Develop specific class outlines to insure consistency of
Strategic Area: St. Dominic Grade School
Vision: St. Dominic Catholic School will be the leader in providing
excellent academic, spiritual, and personal development formation to its
students in a faith-based environment supported by the Catholic parish
community of St. Dominic. By accomplishing such, the parish school will have
established a steady growth pattern in enrollment.
To support the academic vision, establish a Curriculum
Support Committee to review the current 7-year curriculum review process
with an eye towards annual enhancements.
Identify areas for improvement in the current curriculum
and develop plans to address any issues (e.g., enrichment programs).
To enhance the spiritual programs within the school,
identify a liaison between school staff and parish staff to identify
guidelines for additional worship opportunities.
Actively inform the parish community about school
programs to promote an appreciation for the role of our Catholic school.
To increase the awareness of enriching the personal
development of students, define characteristics important for students�
personal development and create a program to nurture students in a
consistent manner in all grades.
In order to assess the school's strengths, weaknesses,
and areas for improvement, conduct annual surveys to obtain feedback.
Review our use of technology in light of other schools and improve as
Develop a focus on the financial aspects of the school;
working closely with the Finance and Human Resources Committees, and
undertaking new fund raising efforts to supplement the school budget.
Finally, to review and improve the communication between
the school and the larger parish community, continue actively promoting
the school and finding additional ways to leverage our cooperation with
the Quad parishes.
Strategic Area: Building & Grounds
Vision: Our parish campus will be appealing and inviting,
well-maintained, and updated to meet the needs of our mission and programs.
A review of the current campus (Church, Parish Center,
Rectory, School, and grounds) will determine the long-term maintenance
needs of our facilities. The team will gain an understanding of the
current and anticipated needs for space.
Project teams will develop options that best utilize and
enhance the current space, investigate potential major remodeling
projects, and analyze potential building projects.
All projects will be evaluated and prioritized based on
their costs, available funds, and their ability to enhance the worship
experience and faith education of all parishioners as well as attracting
new members to our Faith community.
Strategic Area: Financial Strength
Vision: Our parish's annual operation and expanded spiritual,
educational, and formation programs will be supported by a strong financial
commitment of our parishioners.
Current financial responsibilities are spread among a
variety of committees and staff. These roles will be reviewed to
determine the best organizational structure to meet future needs. Of
particular importance is the need for closer relationship between
Finance, Stewardship and Endowment Marketing.
Evaluate the potential for improved effort among the
Quad parishes for leveraging developmental activities.
Improve the communication of financial information to
the parish members. Give particular emphasis to identifying and
communicating parishioner giving trends, and reacting proactively to
early identification of possible demographic changes which could impact
our financial picture
Place emphasis on learning best practices for
Stewardship programs and incorporate these to improve our parishioners
understanding of the Stewardship model and responsibility for parish
Re-energize the Endowment Marketing Committee with
emphasis on more closely integrating the Endowment Fund growth into
overall financial plans of the parish. Identify new and unique ways to
grow the Endowment Fund
Strategic Area: Time & Talent
Vision: The great majority of our parishioners will embrace the
concept of Stewardship by sharing their time and talent on a regular basis
so that we can continue to offer enriching programs and effectively manage
and administer our parish.
Organize a Service Fair in conjunction with the Time &
Talent solicitation drive so that parishioners can understand the
various opportunities for service. To further support this education,
offer short term "try it on" opportunities so parishioners can be
exposed to what is involved in those programs that might be of interest
Identify a way to survey the parish and to capture
appropriate information on family make-up, parish involvement, career
specialties, special skills, hobbies, and interests, so we might better
identify and leverage these many skills.
Utilizing weekly/monthly bulletin features, participant
testimonials, and mentoring, develop a strong culture of service in the
Strategic Area: Human Concerns
Vision: There will be opportunities for all parishioner age groups to
be involved in Human Concerns and Outreach programs.
Develop a master list that defines all programs and
opportunities that exist throughout the year for parishioners to
participate in Human Concerns and Outreach programs. Indicate ages and
time commitments for each. Communicate opportunities through a
comprehensive list and/or conduct a �Volunteer fair� to inform
volunteers of opportunities.
Revitalize and strengthen the Human Concerns Commission.
Modify programs to allow for programs appropriate for
all age groups and interests. Include whole family events /
opportunities. Establish programs that provide for interaction of our
school, LFF, and Young Adults to work together toward a common goal.
Determine a methodology for tracking participation in
the programs and coordinate with Time & Talent team.
Investigate the possibility for a Quad Parish Human
Concern project that would promote interaction among the parishes and
the opportunity for a project of significant impact.
Strategic Area: Lay Leadership
Vision: A vibrant Parish community will include lay leadership (both
staff and volunteer parishioners) that is faith filled, energized, and
well-educated in the faith.
Begin by assessing the current scope of lay leadership,
evaluating the needs, and the possible shortfalls against those needs.
Extend personal invitation to potential lay leaders.
Develop methods to actively promote the available lay
leadership training programs within the Archdiocese.
Encourage all key parish committees to define specific
leadership development sequences and term limits to diffuse the concern
of too lengthy commitment.
Invite all ministry areas to incorporate a training component to their
programs for both current and new members.
Borrow best practice ideas on ways to teach people
about the call to serve and develop a parish wide plan to encourage
parishioners to "answer the call".
Strategic Area: Communication & Marketing
Vision: Parishioners will be fully informed about Archdiocesan, Quad
Parish, and St. Dominic events, programs, news, schedules, and educational
opportunities through effective utilization of technology.
A Parish Marketing committee will be created to develop
programs to enhance communication to current parishioners, broaden our
presence in the Brookfield community, promote the many services offered
at St. Dominic, promote opportunities for members to answer the call to
serve, and encourage people to join our faith community.
Multiple communication vehicles will be analyzed
including the parish bulletin, website, newsletters, e-mail, direct
mail, blogs, community publications and boards, etc. to determine
effective communication methods.
The committee will develop programs to engage inactive
members with the goal of increasing Mass attendance, formational
programs, stewardship participation, and social activities.
A workflow solution and approval process to ensure a
consistent communication plan will be explored.
Strategic Area: Vocations
Vision: St. Dominic Parish will have active programs in place to
encourage and support religious, church related, marriage, and single-life
Begin by increasing catechetical awareness to the
broader parish community of the true nature and scope of the vocational
life of the Church. Evaluate the current functionality of the Vocations
Committee relative to this.
Re-evaluate the effectiveness of current vocation
awareness programs in child, youth, and school ministry programs.
Continue to actively seek to have seminary interns
assigned to our parish to enrich vocation awareness.
Create a five-year program, focusing each year on a
different aspect of vocational life: marriage, religious life, single
life, priestly life, and lay ministry.
The VISION 2012 Steering Committee:
Co-Chairs: Kathy Pelto, Brian Pankow, and Gerry Monday
Parishioners: Mike Moritz, Chris Farley, Kristin Boffeli,
and Don Jones
Staff: Rich Harter, Kathie Beuscher, and Luke Strand
Ex-Officio: Fr. David Reith, Jay Lauck, and Pat Mattern