|Our aim is to prayerfully discern the direction of the Parishes and to enable the parishes to actively put the vision into practice. We aim to be approachable by any parish member who wishes to contact us for any reason. We are guided in our work by the vision set out for the Clifton Diocese in the document "Future Full of Hope"|
We recognise that in order to serve the parish communities we need to Listen, Understand, Empower:
- To listen to the hopes and concerns voiced in every part of our parish communities.
- We need to understand what our parishes look like both from within and from the perspective of a newcomer and to be outward-looking.
- We need to discover what fruitful work can be done to serve our parish communities and to make space for vision.
- One key task of the PPC is to enable and empower the whole community to be involved in the initiatives of the parishes.
Most importantly, we need to listen to the voice of God prompting us through Word, Sacrament and prayerful discernment. We need to learn how best to serve our communities, what their needs are, where we could be more effectively living out Gospel values and sharing them. It is our hope that the communities will be encouraged in taking up the challenge of both out-reach and ministry to the wider community and church community. The PPC will continue to foster parish growth that comes from continuing formation in its Roman Catholic faith, actively seeking opportunities to explore and deepen the faith of its members, so that all of us can be equipped to understand and grow in our own vocation.
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 Fr Frank Wainwright
Deacon Robin Littlewood Mary Flood
John Andrews Joanne Moston
Una Jenkins Joseph Brennan
Ann McWilliam Tom Fletcher