Answering Pope Francis’ call to be a spiritual field hospital

St. Michael’s Strategic Plan

Strategic Planning Update

A Message from Fr. John (May 5, 2019)

I am delighted to report that our Expression of Interest process seeking volunteers for nine task forces and committees was tremendously successful.  More than 90 individuals stepped forward to volunteer for one or more of these groups.

  • Parish Leadership Council
  • Finance Council
  • Child Care Task Force
  • Programs and Services Review Task Force
  • Liturgy Committee
  • Parish Outreach Committee
  • Interior Enhancement Committee
  • Building Maintenance and Safety Committee
  • Exterior Campus Planning Committee

This inspiring response has allowed us to meet our goal of broadening engagement and further developing a sense of community.  I am extremely grateful for the generous offer of time, and by the depth of talent and passion our parishioners bring as evidenced in the vigor with which they have approached their assignments. All groups have been actively meeting and are moving forward on their mandates.

We look forward to seeing the fruits of their labours, as we keep our sights set on building the future of Saint Michael’s and becoming a parish where those seeking will find a place to warm their hearts and heal their wounds.

Lastly, the annual general meeting originally planned on Thursday, May 3 will be moved to Thursday, June 6, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. as a ‘Town Hall’ event in the main sanctuary to hear in depth remarks from me about our accomplishments since the last Open House in January, to review the 2018 pastoral and financial statistics, and to meet the new Pastoral Leadership Council members.  More details to follow.

A Vision for St. Michael's

The Strategic Leadership Team’s work, which began in the Fall of 2017, has resulted in a comprehensive and carefully thought-out Strategic Plan, which supports St. Michael’s vision of being Calgary’s model spiritual field hospital.

In recent months and after further deliberations, the team identified specific goals and objectives organized into five strategic pillars. Together, they support our vision and establish a forward-thinking approach on not only what but how we do things at St. Michael’s.

Our vision is founded on these five pillars.

Strategic planning process (click to enlarge)

Five Strategic Pillars

Sunday Eucharist Priority

Make the Sunday Eucharist important, inviting, informative and inspirational.

Align ministries, programs and services with our mission, vision and values

So that we may more effectively express our values of Fellowship/Community, Disciple-Making, and Generosity, and with consideration to our surrounding community in order to effectively identify and serve those in need.

Optimize our current facility

Optimize the functionality, efficiency and accessibility of St. Michael’s current facility to better support our values of Fellowship, Disciple-Making, and Generosity.

Enhance our current facility

Enhance St. Michael’s current facilities to provide a more clearly holy, sacred environment to better support our values of Worship and Prayer.

Projects on undeveloped lands

Evaluate, select and executive projects on SMCC lands to support our values of Fellowship, Disciple-Making, and Generosity, and to increase engagement and interaction with the surrounding community.

What does this mean for me?

Thank you to all parishioners who expressed their interest by submitting an EOI.

We’ve identified the need to create new and renew previous committees whose crucial work will directly support the achievement of our goals and will ultimately contribute to achieving our vision.

You can learn about these committees below.

If you have any questions about any of the committees, you can email the contact person listed for each one.

Parish Leadership Council

Currently the Strategic Leadership Team, the Parish Leadership Council is a senior consultative body that advises and supports the pastor in the building up of St. Michael Catholic Community and the spreading of the Gospel message. The PLC also oversees the execution of St. Michael’s Mission, Vision and Values as outlined in the parish Strategic Plan.

Do you have questions about this committee? Email Pam at

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee evaluates, plans and prepares all parish liturgical events so that they will be informative, inspirational, important and inviting.

Do you have questions about this committee? Email Fr. John at

Parish Outreach

St. Michael’s Parish Outreach Committee brings together all individuals involved in parish outreach and charitable activities, with the aim of mutual support, coordination of efforts and evaluating outreach activities for alignment with the parish mission, vision and values.

Do you have questions about this committee? Email Jeanne Besner at

Programs & Services Inventory

The Programs and Services Inventory Task Force completes an inventory and analysis of all programs, services and events currently offered at St. Michael’s.

Do you have questions about this task force? Email Vanessa Brown at

Child Care Task Force

Reporting to the Parish Leadership Council, the Child Care Task Force completes a needs assessment of current childcare services, identifying gaps in service and implications for St. Michael’s.

Do you have questions about this task force? Email Tammy at

Interior Enhancement Committee

The Interior Enhancement Committee undertakes to evaluate, select and execute options to enhance St. Michael’s current facilities to provide a more sacred and spiritual environment to better support our values of Worship and Prayer.

Do you have questions about this task force? Email Pat Brennan at

Building Maintenance & Safety Task Force

The Building Maintenance and Safety Task Force undertakes a review of current facility safety and maintenance plans, assesses needs and makes recommendations for revisions or improvements.

Do you have questions about this task force? Email Suzy Moutinho at

Exterior Campus Planning

The Exterior Campus Planning Committee will evaluate, select, and execute projects on St. Michael’s lands to support our values of Fellowship, Disciple-Making, and Generosity; and to increase engagement and interaction with the surrounding community.

Do you have questions about this committee? Email Nick Sorbo at

Finance Council

The role of the Finance Council is to assist the pastor and administration in the control and reporting of parish finances.

Do you have questions about the Finance Council? Email Greg Tapuska at

Mission: Why we exist

St. Michael Catholic Community is a Spirit-filled church where all may experience that they are seen, known, and loved by God, and who share this encounter with others.

Vision: Where we are going

To be Calgary’s model spiritual field hospital: because each believer is a medic, sent out from the Eucharistic celebration to warm the hearts and heal the wounds of those suffering in life.

Values: How we fulfill our mission


The Eucharistic celebration is the source and summit of our faith, which we seek to live and serve with the whole of our lives in contemporary, vibrant, and creative ways.


We constantly renew our friendship with Jesus through the Catholic Church’s sacramental life, as well as communal and personal prayer in order to find meaning, consolation, and direction in our lives.


We openly receive people into the parish community — active parishioners and those visiting for the first time — so that they will encounter the parish as a community of love for all who seek Jesus.


Through our personal encounter with Jesus, we draw others to form a lifelong friendship with him and his bride the Church who, in turn, share this divine love with others.


We readily radiate our friendship with Jesus by sharing our time, talent, and treasure to make his Kingdom come.

Our Four Pastoral Priorities

Make the Sunday Eucharist important, inviting, informative, and inspirational

The Sunday Mass is the highlight of everyone’s week, and everything about the celebration is excellent. It is where we come together to praise God, hear him in Scriptures, offer the sacrifice of our lives, eat the Lord’s supper, and then sent out to build up his Kingdom.


Inspire everybody who is serious about a relationship with Jesus and the Church to become a medic, so they will offer personal and compelling witness on what Jesus has done for them to those who don’t know or have forgotten his love.

St. Michael’s Campus Plan Development

Make the church more beautiful and functional to deepen worship, learn about the faith, and call each other to service.

Celebrate our 60th Anniversary in 2019

A time to thank God for blessing St. Michael’s for the past six decades, and to serve as an inspiration for the next 60 years.

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