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Role of the Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council was established to

  • Review the needs, life and activities of the parish, so that parishioners can see how they are involved in carrying out the mission of the Gospel.

  • Reflect and prayerfully plan future direction for the parish and prioritise initiatives to be undertaken.

  • Ensure that the pastoral activities and services of our parish are effectively communicated within the diocese and the wider community.

Members of the Pastoral Council

Fr. Michael Coady(President)

Kevin Liston (Chairperson)

Breda Flynn

Robert Burke

 

Alan Aylward

 

Andrew O’Callaghan

Eric Cooney

 

Dorothy Archer

Michael Cotter

Rhona Hutchinson

   

 

 

Contact the Pastoral Council

Any member of the Parish Pastoral Council may be contacted through Ann Acres at the parish office 01 280 2130 Mon.- Fri. 9.15-1.00pm secretary@monkstownparish.ie

There is now a dedicated Notice Board in the church for the Parish Pastoral Council.

Latest Update

The ceremony of commitment of the new Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) took place at the 12.00 Mass on Sunday 13th March.  All parishioners were invited to the ceremony in the church, and  invited to light refreshments in the Parish Centre afterwards.

Below are some pictures of the ceremony.  Click on any picture for enlargement.

   

 

 

Formation of the Pastoral Council

In Lent of 2009 Fr. Martin Clarke began a process of forming a PPC by hosting a series of "Parish Conversations". Fr. Martin's move to Donnybrook brought the process to a temporary halt.

A "working group", consisting of Thelma Hewett, Kevin Liston, Rosita McHugh, Eric Cooney, Dorothy Archer, Aedán Archer and Fr Michael Coady was established.

On Sunday, 22nd June 2010, the public process was launched and 62 people visited the community centre to hear more from the working group. Also suggestion envelopes were made available to gather information about the needs of the parish .

The Assembly day was held in September 2010. For a summary of views expressed on that day click here.  The Assembly Sunday resulted in people being nominated and from these nominations the Parish Pastoral Council was formed. The Parish Pastoral Council has had a number of meetings.

The obvious question is "What is a Parish Pastoral Council and why do we need one in our Parish"? Most Parishes in the Dublin Diocese now have a PPC. In recent years there has been a growing awareness among the People of God of the call and mission of each individual Christian as a consequence of their Baptism. We used to refer to people as "entering the Church" when they pursued a religious vocation. Now we understand the expression "entering the Church" as referring to the day a person was baptised. Each parish is now seen as a place where the giftedness and value of each person is recognised through our baptism and a vision and goal of each parish is the creation of a spiritual home where we share in each others joys, support each other in times of sorrow and help to heal anyone who is broken or bruised by life’s trials and tragedies.

A parish pastoral council should be a visible and vibrant group within the parish which encourages and enables all parishioners to feel welcome to join in any, or all, parish activities or to suggest new ones.

The PPC is not about the day to day running of the parish or finance and ad-ministration. It is not a talking shop, and neither is it about doing everything themselves.

"So what is a PPC?"

(to read the full document including plan/timetable click here)

 

Summary of Views Expressed at the Parish Assembly 26th Sept 2010 

The Parish Assembly, which was organised by the Parish Working Group, took place on the afternoon of the 26th September. As part of the programme for the afternoon those present were given questions for reflection; they were divided into seven groups and basically invited to identify what were the positives in the parish and what were its needs. Following the group discussions a plenary session took place at which a representative from each group relayed to all present the views of the group.

The following lists summarise the views expressed. After each view set out below there is a number in brackets to indicate the number of groups in which the particular view was expressed.

 

POSITIVES:

Beautiful church building (lovely stained glass windows, very pleasing architecturally and kept very clean)

5

Existing groups/ministries within the parish working well 

3

Goodwill on the part of the priests of the parish

2

Inter-church services with other Christian churches in the area (but need for more interaction) 

2

Sunday Masses:

 

Children’s Mass very good, with lovely music

2

12 o’clock Mass good attendance, good atmosphere

1

Other Church Services:

 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Mondays and Saturdays, very meaningful  (but consideration should be given to locating it elsewhere) 

1

Prayers before 7.30 am weekday Mass during Lent and Advent 

1

Parish Assembly & establishment of Parish Pastoral Council seen as a sign of hope

1

 

THERE IS NEED FOR THE FOLLOWING:        

Greater involvement and participation on the part of the youth of the parish; nothing at present to attract those between their mid-teens and mid-thirties

7

Greater Level of Hospitality for the Benefit of:

 

New members of the parish, especially non-national members (suggestion of a welcome pack) 

5

The elderly

1

The less well-off

1

Young parents (after Family Mass) 

1

Need for more social activities generally in the parish, such as tea and coffee after Sunday Mass

2

Greater Level of Pastoral Care for the Benefit of:

 

The lonely 

2

Elderly clergy

1

Parishioners in need of help with a variety of matters such as gardening,  shopping, making a will

1

The view was expressed that there was a “void” in the parish outside of church activities and that there was a need to reach out to parishioners generally 

2

Existing Ministries and Groups –

 

There should be a list of the members of each, a description of what each does and a statement explaining how one might become a member

1

The view was expressed that there was a “closed shop” element to the various ministries and groups

2

Other Ministries – there is a need for:

 

A funeral ministry 

1

A Gospel/faith group to nourish the faith of parishioners

1

A more widespread participation on the part of parishioners (not just the same few doing everything)  

1

Homilies need to be shorter and to the point (particularly if the youth are to be encouraged to attend Mass) 

1

There is a need for more car-parking space

1

The women of the parish need to be listened to more 

1

The children of the parish need to be taught the responses at Mass

1

There should be a radio transmission available to parishioners of Mass celebrated in the parish

1

There is need for a loop system of amplification in the church

1

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