The Parish Pastoral Council is called to have a sense of where the Parish is, look at ways in which it needs to grow and develop, and propose practical ways of achieving this. Suitable starting points for this activity are the fourteen areas identified in the diocesan guidelines, ‘Called to be a People of Hope’.
The Parish Pastoral Council is established under Code 536 of ‘The Code of Canon Law’ as follows:
“If, after consulting the council of priests, the diocesan Bishop considers it opportune, a pastoral council is to be established in each parish. In this council, which is presided over by the parish priest, Christ’s faithful, together with those who by virtue of their office are engaged in pastoral care in the parish, give their help in fostering pastoral action. The pastoral council has only a consultative vote, and it is regulated by the norms laid down by the diocesan Bishop.”
The pastoral guidelines ‘Called to be a People of Hope’ published by the Diocese of Clifton, explain that pastoral councils have a three-fold purpose as follows:
to investigate the pastoral activity of parishes,
to consider what this means, and
to formulate practical conclusions to help parishes move forward.
Our parish seeks to be a place of welcome and hospitality serving God, our neighbour and one another Growing in understanding of our faith our community and each other. Rooted and grounded in God. Oscar Romero’s reflection helps us to keep in mind the purpose of the PPC:
“This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that will one day grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects Far beyond our capabilities.” (Oscar Romero)
Our first initiative is to put The Rite of Christian Initiation at the heart of the parish community, for it is by evangelisation and pastoral care of both Catechumens and Catholics alike, that we will mature as a Catholic community and be equipped to live out our faith more fully.
Our next focus is to be on the way that we welcome all to our parish celebrations.
The PPC meets as and when required, and each meeting includes the opportunity to present parish feedback.
If you wish to contact the PPC for any reason, please get in touch with one of the members of the PPC either by contacting the Parish office or in person. The PPC members are:
Fr David Mills
Deacon Robin Littlewood Mary Flood (Secretary)
John Andrews Joanne Moston
Una Jenkins Joseph Brennan
Ann McWilliam Sean Hunt
Irena Bevan Peter Hopkins
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