The Parish Pastoral Council is a faith-filled leadership group through which priests and people work together as co-responsible partners in furthering the mission of Christ in our parish. Through this partnership we aim to create a vibrant Christian community, rooted in baptism and marked by its faith, worship and service. The Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body with the role of evaluating the current pastoral needs of our parish, developing a pastoral plan and co-ordinating its implementation, drawing on the gifts and talents of the parish.
Membership of the PPC President: Fr. Paul Johnstone, , Chairperson: Peter Robinson Vice chairperson: Jim Youdale, , Secretary: Sandra Stilling Remaining Members:Fr. John Mark Agulefo,Brian Morris, Sean Close, Jim Savage, Paul Hurst, Maureen Goldsworthy, Stephen Hurst, Pauleen McCartney, Mary Caroll, Michelle Findley.
PARISH VISION STATEMENT ‘Christ is life, we exist to bring his life to our part of God’s creation’
PRAYER We ask all to pray for the work of the parish that we may bring God’s word to the world and build his kingdom. We encourage parish groups and individuals to use the parish prayer. VISION ‘Christ is life, we exist to bring his life to our part of God’s creation’ We have developed a short vision statement that sums up the purpose of our parish, it reminds us that we find life in Christ and that as his disciples we exist to bring his life to our world.
WEEKEND MASSES: We aim for excellence in all of our weekend masses and look to encourage greater participation. We want our churches to be welcoming to the stranger, with highest quality liturgy and Initially we are looking to develop the 9:00 am mass at St Joseph’s and the 10:30 Mass at Cleator. We are focusing on the following areas:
Music – expand the choirs and encourage more musicians.
Altar servers – encourage more of our young people to serve.
Provision for children – establish a crèche for infants and develop the children’s liturgy.
Readers and Eucharistic ministers – encourage more parishioners to serve in these ministries.
Welcoming team – establish teams who ensure that a friendly welcome is given at the start of mass, to act as an information point and that all aspects of the church environment are comfortable and ready for mass.
Social team – to provide a welcoming environment for socialising after mass.
Encourage all parishioners to invite others to hear the message of Christ.
Run a series of Alpha courses for those who wish to find out more about Christ.
RCIA course for those who wish to become Catholics.
Use key ‘engagement’ events throughout the year, eg. Christmas, Easter, sacraments, Pilgrimage, November – blessing of graves etc. to let others know ways of finding out more about Christ’s message.
Communication – be better at telling people what we do and how to get involved. • Be better at making links between people and courses/groups etc. • Publish a parish ‘what’s on’ timetable/ calendar. • Develop the web site • Update newsletter • Updated mailing list of all who have had some involvement in the church. • Use mail shots to advertise church courses and events. • Expand Facebook following • Signage in both churches and the Grotto. Buildings • Ensure parish complies with relevant health and safety requirements. • Rationale for the use of buildings. • Future maintenance / development commitments. • Identify how the buildings support our mission.