Pastoral Planning


Thank you for providing your feedback and experiences to support the mission of St. Mark!  Be sure to pick up a copy of the 2017-2021 Pastoral Plan today!

We are each called to fulfill the mission to proclaim the Good News by word and action, to welcome and comfort all people, and reach out in Christian service to those in need.

How do we accomplish this? Over the last year, we have been listening to the voices of individuals and groups by collecting over 1,000 surveys, by hosting 24 hours of focus groups with over 100 volunteers, coordinated by a dedicated group of over 50 committee members. The result of these efforts is the first Pastoral Plan for our parish; a set of strategic set of goals to work toward for the next several years with annual benchmarks. This is a plan for all of us, working together, not just for individual leaders, or councils or boards.

We are all being called at this time to renew a commitment to St. Mark and share gifts with others. Whether you are currently serving in one of these areas, or if they are new to you, we challenge you to consider how you can be involved in each one in your own way.

De agradecemos su disposición de proveer sus opiniones y experiencias que nos ayudaron a lograr la misión de San Marcos.

Update from the Pastoral Planning and Assessment Committee

The following slides are a summary of the work undertaken thus far by the Pastoral Planning and Assessment Committee since June 2016.  Led by Pastor Fr. Paul Spellman, over 50 ordained and lay parish leaders have devoted the last several months as members of this committee, joined by dozens of volunteers to support the survey process.


After administering, collecting and processing nearly 1,000 surveys from the St. Mark community, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) has generated a 133-page report.  The Pastoral Planning and Assessment Committee is working together to understand its findings and plan the next steps in the assessment and planning process.

Some highlights from the report include:

  • 95% of respondents report a positive evaluation of St. Mark Parish overall (higher than the national average)
  • Half of respondents have attended the parish for at least 10 years, with the average being slightly more than 16 years!
  • By multiple measures, respondents that have joined the parish recently have experienced a good reception.
  • The generational make-up of St. Mark Parish is slightly younger than that of parishes nationally.
  • Children’s religious education programs are 10-14% more likely to be evaluated by respondents as “excellent” than those at parishes nationally.
  • 92% of respondents give St. Mark School a positive evaluation.
  • Outreach to young adults by the parish has a positive rating that is 17% higher than the national average

In addition to affirming the good work being done in the parish, the committee is using the statistical data to understand the needs of the St. Mark community and to identify areas of growth for the next several years.  The findings will be used as we create a formal plan with priorities for the next several years.  Your support is still needed to create this plan – stay tuned for more details!

We invite you to join the community in prayer as we continue the assessment and planning process. Thank you for your participation!

Prayer for the Pastoral Planning Process
Holy Trinity
As we grow together in faith, service and mission,
Let us be loving, like you, wanting and seeking to provide our parish family with courage and tender compassion
Let us recognize ourselves and each other as truly beloved people, forging a united community through Christ’s love
Let our hearts rejoice in the Holy Spirit as we serve everyone we meet in every task we take
Help us to become what you want St. Mark to be

Oración para Proceso de Planificación
Santisima Trinidad
A medida que crecemos juntos, en la fe, el servicio, y la misión
Ayúdanos amar, como tu amas, a buscar y proveer a nuestra familia parroquial con valentía y compasión
Ayúdanos a reconocernos unos a otros como pueblo querido, forjando una comunidad unida en el amor de Cristo
Permite que nuestros corazones regocijen en el Espíritu Santo según tenemos encuentros con aquellos a quien servimos
Ayúdanos a ser lo que deseas que San Marcos sea