"The primary ministry of the parish pastoral council is to collaborate in planning the way forward for the parish at its given time. It does this in context of the circumstances of the parish, in light of the gospel, the teaching of the Church, the ‘signs of the times’ and the reflections of the members of the community.
Parish Pastoral Councils
A Framework for Developing
Diocesan Norms and Parish Guidelines
St. Patrick's Pastoral Council
In March 2004, Fr. Gerry Tremer, Adm started the process of requesting parishioners to nominate representatives for a Pastoral Council. Since 2004 the Pastoral Council has grown and developed with the assistance of each new administrator Fr. Eamonn Mc Camley, Fr. Gerry Campbell, Fr. Andrew Mc Nally and Fr. Mark O Hagan.
The first introductory meeting was held on the 4th May 2004.
There are parishioners and clergy on the Pastoral Council.
Under the guidance of The Holy Spirit, the council embarked on a three month programme of Prayer, Reflection, Study, Team-Building and Planning which culminated with an intensive Weekend held at Mount Oliver on the 22nd and 23rd January 2005 which focused on the following:
Vision Workshop – What do we want to see in place in St. Patrick’s Parish at the end of 2007
Contradictions Workshop – What is keeping us from moving towards our vision?
Strategic Directions Workshop – What can we do to deal with these obstacles and move toward our vision?
Implementation workshop – What are the things we will do in the next 12 months to implement our strategic plan?
A Strategic Pastoral Plan was drawn up and it was agreed to form 4 Workshop Groups:
Building a Vibrant and Effective Parish
Addressing and Healing the Hurt
After prayer and reflection the following subgroups were formed.
A Pastoral Executive, Liturgy, Youth, Communication, Website, Visitation, Baptism and R.C.I.A.
Production of Welcome, Marriage and Baptism booklets
Installation of Prayer Intention Books in both Churches
New Notice Boards in both churches
Vibrant Liturgy Group with Monthly Calendars on display in Churches
Development of a Website
Formation of Baptism Team
Formation of Visitation Team
Carol Service, Ladies Commitee, Children's Liturgy as well as developing an information evening on all our parish groups, societies and organisations.
"Motivated by the love of Christ, our mission is to develop and enhance the Christian Community by working collaboratively with our priests. We seek to serve by listening, identifying and utilising the gifts within the community for the good of all."
Parish Pastoral Council -2016
Chairperson- Elaine McDonald
Vice Chairperson- Rosemary Farrell
Secretary- Ailis Markey
PR.- Rose Bailey
Tina Ngozi Clerkin