Parish Pastoral Council
Role of the Pastoral Council
The Parish Pastoral Council was established to
Members of the Pastoral Council
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
There is now a dedicated Notice Board in the church for the Parish Pastoral Council.
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.
THERE IS NEED FOR THE FOLLOWING: