St. Michael Catholic Church

Parish Master Plan

What Is a Master Plan? A master plan provides a comprehensive road map for addressing an organization’s current and future facilities needs to ensure appropriate space and access, to provide adequate resources and support, and to anticipate and address future needs and potential conflicts.

Why Do We Need One? As an active and growing parish with multiple properties and facilities to maintain, we need to be intentional about how we expand. While we have a beautiful worship space and rectory, we do not have adequate space for ministry, Catholic education or communal life—but we cannot afford to pursue additional space without a clear and responsible plan for what we want to build, why we need it, and how we will fund and maintain it.

In Fall 2019, St. Michael Catholic Church completed a parish Master Plan, providing a vision for the Frankfort Parkway campus, which encompasses more than 40 acres of land surrounding the current church and rectory. The master planning process included a number of parishioner consultation sessions facilitated by planners and architects from ATS+R. The long-range plan for the campus includes:

  • A social hall, as well as small-group and multipurpose space to support the growing needs of youth ministry, faith formation and sacrament preparation, as well as the sacramental and communal life of the parish
  • Classrooms and other educational space to meet faith formation needs and ultimately reunite the parish school with the church on Frankfort Parkway
  • A potential Catholic senior living community onsite—an idea that is actively being pursued
  • The possibility of external partnerships and investors bringing a religious community, retreat center and/or Catholic high school to our location

This vision for the parish reunites the church and school on the Frankfort Parkway property—a parish priority—and seeks to draw people into deeper discipleship across all generations through the sacraments, formation and service to each other. It also anticipates intentional growth in the number of parishioners who belong to the parish, who attend Mass regularly, who are engaged in parish life between Sundays and who support the parish mission of making disciples.

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Master Planning Process Timeline
  • Fall 2017: Parish staff begins examining facilities needs and past building plans and conducts visioning retreat.
  • Spring-Summer 2018: Consultation gatherings facilitated by Escale Consultants engage parishioners in visioning and campaign feasibility work, underscoring the need for a parish master plan.
  • Fall 2018: Master Planning Request for Proposal issued; prospective firms interviewed.
  • Winter 2018: Selection of architects and planners ATS+R to lead a master-planning process for the parish.
  • March 2019: ATS+R meets with and interviews church leadership and staff, school leadership and staff, and parishioners to establish and refine guiding principles and vision for the parish master plan.
  • Spring 2019: ATS+R leads parish Design Committee meetings to flesh out the vision for the Frankfort Parkway property and facilities.
  • September 2019: Master Plan vision and preliminary conceptual artwork shared at the Fall Festival.
  • Winter 2019: Parish actively pursuing a Catholic senior living community in close partnership with an outside developer.
  • February 2020: Parish debt falls below $300K; on pace to be paid off this fall.
  • March 2020: Work underway to determine the scope of an initial building project.