Divine Word Parish Pastoral Council Meeting
Zoom Conferencing Thursday Thurs 10th Sept at 8pm
Opening Prayer our Mission Statement
Through our Baptism we are called to be the presence of Jesus Christ in the world today.
We therefore seek to build a community of people aspiring to a way of life based on the Gospel
and celebrated through Liturgy and the Sacraments.
By living this way of life, the uniqueness of each individual is treasured.
Their talents and gifts are called forth for the service of all people in this place and beyond in a loving, caring and generous way.
3) Minutes of Meeting held on Thurs 20th Aug 20
4) Matters Arising
5) Review Confirmations / Baptisms
6) First Holy Communion – Schools / Parents Planning
7) Forward Planning for Church Liturgies – How Best to do it?
With other Parish Groups
9) Parish Pastoral Council 2020/21
Date of Next Meeting proposed Thurs 1st Oct (3 weeks’ time) or Thurs 8th Oct
Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) Update September 2020
The PPC last met in the Parish Centre on 12th March 20. Our first Virtual Meetingoccurred on Thurs 21st May and we have met very regularly since then, normally every two weeks.
Sub Group of the PPC coordinated and prepared with professional advice for the reopening of the Church. This gave rise to the formation of the Stewarding and Hygiene Groups, and we express our appreciation and thanks for the great work of both groups.
It is unfortunate due to the new three week restrictions in the Dublin and County Area that our Church needs to temporary close again for this period, in the interests of public health safety.
The current members of the PPC will stay in place until June 2020, for continuity in dealing with the many issues and challenges associated with COVID – 19. However we would like to thank Katie Keogh who has been a valued member for the last year. Katie and her family contributed greatly to our Parish but have now relocated to the other side of the city.
One of the key initiatives which Katie was closely involved in with Eve Conlon was engaging and reaching out to the Youth in our Parish. Commencing with an invitation to come along to a Pizza and Chat meeting received a very positive response. It is most encouraging that many of our young Parishioners are committed to being involved in our Parish and what we plan will include their ideas. This will hopefully happen soon when it is safe to do so.
It was very encouraging recently to see that Confirmation ceremonies took place after consultation and engagement with the school and parents. Equally Parish Baptism’s are also now taking place.
Communication is central to what we want to do as a PPC. We had the opportunity to speak about this at an address by the PPC at all Masses on weekend Sat 1st / Sun 2nd Feb 2020. We also put in place in October 2019 an Annual PPC Plan for the next 12 months, which also includes looking to the future. In the changed world we all now live in we will review our plan against what we set out to do, and with the challenges of COVID – 19 how we now need to navigate our course of direction in the coming year.
Our key Parish Communication channels are Parish Website, Webcam, Facebook, and Instagram. Not everyone of course is reached though these channels, or may need assistance to do so, so do look out for neighbours or parishioners who might need assistance.
Positive PPC engagement also took place with the Chair of the Parish Finance Committee.
Our Parish website now has a Donation facility in place which is to be welcomed.
Our planning for the near future will include:
- How do we communicate with other Parish groups through Virtual means?
- We are looking at a second camera in the Church to support our Webcam facility. This for example could assist in showing videos in the Church.
- Planning for our Annual Memorial Mass in November for deceased members of our Parish. A memorial wall for those who have died, and a service with limited numbers in the Church is being discussed.
- Other Liturgical services such as our annual Harvest Event which also has a fundraising element is being examined, in how this can be organised. Similar approach for other Liturgical events.
- Could our choir be in the Church with safe distancing or recorded singing is being examined?