Fr Kevin
Recently, we held 2 Parish meetings to discuss the way forward for all of us as a parish...

In case your memory has faded a bit, here are the questions we asked:

  1. What do you love most about being a member of Holy Family Parish?
  2. What do you least like about being a member of Holy Family Parish?
  3. What would you most like to change or introduce?
  4. How has Covid made you feel differently about the Parish?
  5. What other comments or suggestions would you like to make?

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I asked you to be honest with your replies, and we had nearly 80 of them, with a wide range of views, with a lively discussion in a cordial atmosphere. Thanks to everyone who took part in the survey and the meetings.

The discussions at these meetings, and what came from them, form my Fr Kevin's desk this week (Fri 12th November), both here on the website, and also in the printed newsletter, as I want to reach as many people as possible.

As we move swiftly towards the lovely season of Advent and the launch of the forthcoming Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese, it is important to continue to establish our own team of Parish Representatives as agreed following our recent meetings. So!

Volunteers are required.

There are the following nine categories,

Catechesis/Sacraments. Liturgy/Spirituality. Youth. Social. Outreach. Financial/Maintenance. Safeguarding. Sustainability. Administration/Communications.

Under each of these nine categories you will see (on the website or church notice board) the various groups representing all aspects of parish life.

I am now inviting anyone who feels able and willing to become the representative of a group. It will require liaising with those involved in those specific area and to represent them when all nine parish reps meet together at various times throughout the year.

You will be pleased to know that two of the categories are already in place, Safeguarding and Administration/Communications. This is because Athena is currently employed part time as the parish administrator and given the complexities and importance of Safeguarding and the need for continuity, I am delighted that Bernie Shiels has agreed to continue in this crucial role.

The remaining categories are, Catechesis/Sacraments. Liturgy/Spirituality. Youth. Social. Outreach. Financial/maintenance. Sustainability.

Please feel free to contact me personally if you would like any further information regarding volunteering or to clarify what it entails.

Should we find ourselves in the glorious position of having more than one volunteer per category a form of election as agreed at last week’s meetings will need to take place. All parish reps will then serve for a period of two or three-years. The closing date for volunteers to submit their names is Friday 26th November. As I stated last week, I cannot guarantee that this initiative will work but it is certainly worth pursuing with the sole intention of creating a parish structure which gives voice to all.

'Heavenly Father, on our mission to follow your son Jesus, help us to move forward in hope and in joy. And on this day of remembrance, we give thanks for all past clergy and parishioners of Holy Family who handed on the faith to us. We give special thanks for those in our community and beyond who sacrificed their lives in pursuit of our freedom. Grant them all eternal rest, light and peace in your Kingdom……Amen.'

I produced a sheet at the meetings, showing what I believed to be a fairly full list of the tasks that we undertake as a parish.

Church structure proposal

You can download a copy for yourself (click on the picture), and see if there are any areas you can help us with, or feel particularly drawn towards.

At our meetings I read out one of the questionnaire replies, which gave me a picture of the parish that WE could be...

with a little help, and the holy Spirit!

'I want to be part of a parish that is alive, changing, growing, adapting, reaching out to others, part of the local community, and rooted in a spiritual life that is nourishing, encouraging, empowering and enlivening.'

Wouldn't you like to be part of that?...