Parish Strategic Plan

Parish Plan – 2013 – 2015

St. Anthony’s Catholic Parish has been a centre of faith and a community gathering place for parishioners and others throughout West Vancouver and Howe Sound since 1921.

Our Parish Vision

We are a vibrant, welcoming and worshiping Catholic parish at the heart of the community. Our journey of faith calls us to reach out to our neighbours by sharing Christ’s love through Christian service.

Our Parish Mission

As disciples of Jesus, we celebrate our belonging to the Body of Christ by serving our parishioners and others through multiple channels of worship and care.

Our Core Values

We see St. Anthony as our role model in living these values on a daily basis.


As a community of faithful, we gather to worship and pray. We provide sanctuary and faith formation to people seeking God.


We humbly embrace the role of servant-leader in a Christ-like way.


We welcome others with openness by embracing our Christian values.


We are a responsible community working together to build the kingdom of God by using the gifts the Holy Spirit has given us.

How to Measure Our Parish Success

The items to track as we manage our progress toward achieving our parish vision, mission and values:

  1. Parish Activity:
    An increase in family events within the parish (intergenerational) and an increase in parishioner enthusiasm and engagement
  2. Parish Participation:
    An increase in volunteers to support the various parish ministries
  3. Faith Formation:
    Expand and grow faith formation efforts in our parish, including an increase in parish membership, attendance at weekend Masses and enrollment in parish programs
  4. Resource Capacity:
    Achieve a solid financial base and increase revenue to cover operating costs, capital maintenance and repairs, and to build up a capital reserve account for future major capital projects
  5. Parish Theme:
    Promoting the story of the Life of St. Anthony. The theme of our parish is central and each category supports and contributes to the next one.

Action Plan for Change Our Core Strategies

Our five core strategies are:

  • Fellowship
  • Faith Formation
  • Worship
  • Outreach and
  • Parish Management

We have identified action initiatives for each strategy, and have identified which action initiatives should be worked on in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3. In addition, for all Year 1 action initiatives, we identified an individual or
a group that would hold the lead responsibility for ensuring that this initiative is carried out.

Strategy # 1 – Fellowship

People-to-people activities to generate and strengthen the bond among our parishioners and our visitors.

  • Continue the variety of existing parish activities – e.g. coffee service, pancake breakfasts, potluck suppers and parish picnic [Year 1,2,3]
  • Continue and expand the coffee service after both Sunday Masses and after weekday Masses periodically [Year 1 ]
  • Explore options for a Parish Youth Ministry – start with a Parish Survey [Year 1, 2]
  • Re-establish a vibrant Welcoming Ministry Program [Year 1]
  • Establish a Parish Fellowship Committee to investigate additional events such as the “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Program” [Year 2]
  • Develop a new program called “New Beginnings”, for parishioners who have recently lost a spouse [Year 2 ]

Strategy # 2 – Faith Formation

To provide opportunities for people to grow in the knowledge and experience of our faith.

  • Evaluate the current RCIA Program and expand it to include the following year [Year 1,2]
  • Build on the success of the current Bible Study Program [Year 1]
  • Consider expanding the Liturgy of the Word for Children to both Sunday Masses and assess the options for the Sat. evening Mass [Year 1]
  • Host regular parish missions [Year 1]
  • Implement the Archdiocesan “Catholics Come Home Program” within our parish [Year 1]
  • Identify the needs of the PREP parents (current, potential and post) [Year 1 ]
  • Explore ways to expand the PREP program beyond Grade 7 students [Year 1]
  • Develop a “data bank” of potential speakers / leaders on various faith formation topics [Year 1]
  • Select a person or group to oversee adult faith formation (e.g. mentor assignments, discussion groups, etc.) [Year 2]
  • Explore ways to expand PREP and of LWC leaders’ program to ensure long-term viability [Year 2]
  • Develop a new discussion program for youth & parents on “Hot Topics” of adolescence [Year2]
  • Select a person or group to oversee children’s faith formation [Year 3]

Strategy# 3 – Worship

To celebrate liturgy and gather for prayer in order to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Solicit parishioners to volunteer for liturgies – and develop schedules as ministers, plus related training programs [Year 1,2,3]
  • Create and publicize a list of existing prayer groups, to participation and determine if there is a need for more [Year 1 ]
  • Expand support for the altar server ministry, including exploring options for recruitment (e.g. both youth and adults) [Year 1]
  • Explore the possibility of creating a “Mass Steward” position for each Sunday Mass [Year 1]
  • Explore options for a variety of weekday Masses (e.g. a commuter Mass, a 1st Friday Mass) [Year 2]

Strategy # 4 – Outreach

Assisting our parish family and community in meeting their spiritual needs and other needs 

  • Establish a committee to investigate options for gathering a good supply of audiovisual and print resources for use in the parish [Year 1,2,3]
  • Establish a communications initiative for various ministry and outreach services currently available [Year 1]
  • Develop a program to identify and reach out to non-practicing Catholics [Year 1]
  • Initiate outreach programs for those in need (e.g. St. Vincent de Paul) [Year 2]
  • Expand our existing programs of support for elderly parishioners [Year 2]
  • Organize options for parishioners who need a ride to services and/or meetings [Year 1 ]

Strategy # 5 – Parish Management

To maximize the use of existing parish resources and continue to expand these to meet our future needs.

  • Continue to manage our resources in a fiscally responsible way, including planning for future needs [Year 1,2,3]
  • Complete an annual update of our parish plan [Year 1,2,3]
  • Complete the development of measurement techniques and goals for our key success measures within our parish plan [Year 1]
  • Complete Church pew renovations [Year 1]
  • Establish a Communications Committee to work on improving communications across the parish (e.g. newsletter, bulletins, ministry pamphlet, outreach service contacts, parish website, parish activity fair and annual parish meeting) [Year 1]
  • Explore options for developing an active parish stewardship program [Year 1,2]
  • Establish a Building Committee to oversee future renovations [Year 1 ]
  • Identify long-term capital facility needs (e.g. meeting room space), as well as initiate recommendations from the seismic assessment [Year 2,3]

Monitoring Our Parish Plan

This 3-Year Parish Plan is the basis for establishing the annual budget for the parish from year-to-year.

To ensure that our parish plan remains relevant, we will carry out an annual review and update of the parish plan in the early fall each year, prior to setting our parish budget. As we conclude each year of the plan, we will roll forward into the next year – and add a new Year 3. This process will allow us to have a solid plan for every year, plus an idea of what we will be doing over the upcoming two years too. This “rolling 3-year planning framework” will enable us to deal with current issues while always looking forward to potential impacts of future activities.

The most recent update of the Parish Strategic Plan can be viewed by clicking here.

St. Anthony’s Parish Operational Plan 2012-13

The Parish Pastoral Council, working with our Pastor and the other members of our pastoral team will monitor our progress on the current year’s plan. We have produced a progress worksheet of all the activities planned for the balance of this year, plus all of next year. We will assess the worksheet periodically throughout the year to track the progress of each action initiative outlined in the plan.

The individual or group responsible for leading each initiative will present progress reports. If some items need to be rescheduled because of unexpected restrictions, we will adjust the plan. As new, unanticipated items occur, they will be inserted into the plan with corresponding adjustments made to other items, depending on our resource capacity. If some items appear to no longer be relevant, they will be dropped from the plan. This regular monitoring will ensure that our plan stays both relevant and realistic as the year unfolds.