Parish Councils

UnknownThe Parish Pastoral Councils are made up of members elected from the Annual General Meetings of each parish plus those co-opted by the parish priest.

Each member of the Council oversees a broad area of parish life and assists the clergy in the leadership of the parish.

Care:

  • overseeing pastoral care of sick/housebound
  • bereavement support
  • transport to/from Mass
  • ensure some social events include housebound parishioners and those in care homes
  • organise Masses with anointing of sick & for bereaved

Stewardship:

  • oversight of various ministries concerned with liturgy
  • assist in organisation of major liturgies
  • ensure the welcoming and accessible nature of our liturgies

Formation:

  • oversee the provision of adult education & formation in the parish, including retreat programmes
  • oversee children’s catechesis

Social:

  • liaison with the various social groups within the parish
  • oversight/organisation of social & fundraising events
  • lead parish Social Committee
  • continue to build up sense of community & encourage participation

Youth:

  • work closely with diocesan Youth officer
  • build links with youth in parishes around the deanery and across diocese
  • organise events, trips, retreats for young people
  • encourage young people to take on leadership roles with the parish
  • assist with the running of the parish Youth Council
  • work closely with Parish Safeguarding Representative

Dialogue:

  • maintain our very good links with Churches Together in March
  • consider the ways we can build relationships with other local faith groups
  • build links with civil organisations
  • represent the parish at key events/meetings or ensure we are represented

Concern:

  • ensure that as a parish we express our concern for the poor and needy of our locality and the world
  • work with existing agencies and parish links, eg. CAFOD, Pax Christi, SPUC, Honduran Hospice, Missio
  • develop parish connections with local initiatives, eg Foodbank
  • establish justice and peace group

Witness & Communication:

  • ensure that as a  parish we are focused on spreading the Good News beyond Sunday Mass
  • improving our communication outside of parish and within
  • encourage the return of “resting” Catholics
  • develop ways to evangelise and re-evangelise

 Finance & Buildings:

  • point of liaison between PPC and Finance Committee
  • oversee the implementation of Quinquennial report
  • oversee with the Finance Committee the stewardship of our resources
  • oversee general buildings maintenance

The next meeting of the March PPC will be on Friday 4 October at 7.00pm and of the Wisbech PPC on Wednesday 6 November at 7.00pm.

Contact us if you would like something raised at either Council or speak to one of the PPC members.