Parish Pastoral Council - A Question/Quick Wins

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Members of the Parish Pastoral Council were asked to come up with some questions addressing any of the following:

- Providing an answer or information
- Making an improvement
- Introducing something new
- Fixing a problem
 

A total of 37 questions were put forward by the Councillors. The PPC went through the list of questions and addressed the first 14 that members deemed were of priority as follows:

 

1. How come we don't have a dedicated day for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament? (Tuesdays half an hour before mass don't count). Could we have Adoration at least once a month from 6.00pm to midnight and have the various ministries lead the prayers for half an hour slots?
Starting Tuesday 5 December, the first Tuesday of Advent, there would be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 6pm - 7pm.

 

2. Is it possible/what can we do to alter the gathering space so that it is a part of the Mass and maintains the solemnity of the service?
Not possible to alter the gathering space but will keep the doors open during Mass.

 

3. Could communion be received under both forms, especially on significant days?
No as it runs the risk of spilling the Precious Blood.

 

4. Apart from “Time & Talent” Sunday during stewardship campaigns, should there be a specific weekend or two set aside each year to recruit for ministries?
Yes, it was agreed that it would be good to recruit more people. This should commence in December. It was suggested that a pamphlet could be attached to the bulletin.

 

6. Where are the “Welcome Packs” kept in the Gathering Space?
Out on the table, left of the entrance, in the Gathering Space.

 

7. Should we have a liturgical ministry (committee)?
Yes, this has been formed and we will move forward with the Liturgical ministry.

 

8. How often do liturgy based ministries have a meeting/training session?
This question would be referred to the Liturgical ministry.

 

9. Should choirs practice during the 30 minutes before Mass or allow that time for silent prayer and preparation?
The choir can practice before Mass but must stop at least 10 minutes before Mass begins. This has been conveyed to the music ministry.

 

10. Apart from the greeters handing out the bulletin, should there be any other welcoming process for current parishioners and especially new parishioners?
Yes, it has been proposed that the Custodians also be ushers. Father Richard will speak to them.

 

11. How can we make the gathering space a place for parishioners to get to know each other before and after Mass? (Can we keep the doors closed until maybe 10 minutes before Mass starts?)
The onus is on the people. It was agreed that the doors should not be kept closed.

 

12. How often do the coordinators of all the Parish ministries meet?
They should meet at least once per year. Father Richard will discuss with the different ministries.

 

13. Is there any possibility that another mass schedule will be added on Sunday afternoon?
No to another Mass on Sunday afternoon.

 

14. Is it possible for current parish volunteers to focus their involvement to one liturgical ministry/group (How can we spread ministry work to other parishioners)?
Yes it was agreed that volunteers should participate in only one ministry activity per Mass (Choirs excepted).

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Members of the Parish Pastoral Council were asked to come up with some questions addressing any of the following:

- Providing an answer or information
- Making an improvement
- Introducing something new
- Fixing a problem
 

A total of 37 questions were put forward by the Councillors. The PPC went through the list of questions and addressed the first 14 that members deemed were of priority as follows:

 

1. Is what is taught in our children’s liturgy teaching the children about their catholic faith, the Mass, the liturgy? 
Yes, Father Richard will also be reviewing the curriculum.

 

2. Are the ministries inclusive or exclusive to those wanting to join and be part of the community?
Very inclusive. Everyone who wants to do something for the parish is most welcomed, no one will be turned away.

 

3. What is holding people back from joining in our activities? What activities attract people's involvement? Eg International Food Day.
The Pastoral Plan Task Group is looking into this. We are open to suggestions and it is felt that such activities should not take place more than once a month otherwise it would be too much and in turn affect the participation rate.

 

4. Are the efforts of those that do take part actively in the church community recognised?
Yes, a Volunteer Appreciation Day is currently being organised on 25 November.

 

5. We had a really good Lenten reflection program under the Jubilee Year of Mercy Committee. Are we having a Lenten reflection again?
Yes

 

6. How do we get more people to participate in our various ministries?
By invitation. Once every 2 months, Father Richard will make an announcement and invite people to join the various ministries.

 

7. Does monopolisation of tasks in some ministries affect recruiting new members?
Yes and that is why Father Richard is encouraging more delegation of duties.

 

8. Is primary reliance upon a single member in a ministry a good thing?
No – see above re delegation of duties.

 

9. Why is there different hymn lists at each weekend Mass?
There are different choirs and different musicians with varying skill sets and repertoire and the musicians are responsible for selecting relevant hymns they are able and comfortable playing.

 

10. How can we get more parents and children coming to Mass and getting them more involved?
By getting the children more involved in parish activities and/or ministries.

 

11. Can we have the same hymn set at all the three weekend masses?
Encouraging this but it is not easy as the different choirs and musicians have different levels of expertise and capabilities.

 

12. Is there a possibility of occasionally introducing band style music as opposed to organ/choir?
Yes we could.

 

13. Can we utilise the musical talents of students from CRC or parishioners?
Yes, we will look into the school choirs.

 

14. How do we enable more parishioners to volunteer and participate in church services and give them a sense of belonging to the Parish?
See answer to Question 6 above.

 

15. How can we enable bible studies for parishioners to learn more about the old and new testaments?
We will look into inviting an expert to come and give a 5-week program.

 

16. How can we build a stronger relationship between our Parish and our Catholic schools?
The parish and schools are now more involved with more activities between them especially during the week and with the new principals, there are also new programs established.

 

17. Why don’t we re-introduce the “Biblical Reflections Group”, which was well supported and discontinued when Sister Denise left the parish some time ago?
See answer to Question 15 about inviting an expert to come and give a talk or run a program.

 

18. Why don’t we move towards a gradual implementation of Formation programs, (i.e. Discipleship, Propagation of Faith, Spirituality etc.)?
This is a good idea. We will consider it further.

 

19. Why don’t we introduce a “GodStart” Group? 
We will look into this.

 

20. Why don’t we introduce a Christian Men’s Support Group?
We will look into this.

 

21. What are the programs of Youth Ministry?
They are on the website. The Youth meet twice a month.

 

22. Can all ministries or groups evaluate or assess how effective their ministry work in terms of making connections with parishioners or helping parishioners to integrate in parish life, and make the necessary improvements?
Yes.

 

23. What are the things we can do to encourage parishioners or groups of parishioners to volunteer to ministry or parish activities?
See answer to Question 6. If anyone would like to contribute or want to be active in the parish, we will find them something to do.

Members of the Parish Pastoral Council were asked to come up with some questions addressing any of the following:

- Providing an answer or information
- Making an improvement
- Introducing something new
- Fixing a problem
 

A total of 37 questions were put forward by the Councillors. The PPC went through the list of questions and addressed the first 14 that members deemed were of priority as follows:

 

1. Is what is taught in our children’s liturgy teaching the children about their catholic faith, the Mass, the liturgy? 
Yes, Father Richard will also be reviewing the curriculum.

 

2. Are the ministries inclusive or exclusive to those wanting to join and be part of the community?
Very inclusive. Everyone who wants to do something for the parish is most welcomed, no one will be turned away.

 

3. What is holding people back from joining in our activities? What activities attract people's involvement? Eg International Food Day.
The Pastoral Plan Task Group is looking into this. We are open to suggestions and it is felt that such activities should not take place more than once a month otherwise it would be too much and in turn affect the participation rate.

 

4. Are the efforts of those that do take part actively in the church community recognised?
Yes, a Volunteer Appreciation Day is currently being organised on 25 November.

 

5. We had a really good Lenten reflection program under the Jubilee Year of Mercy Committee. Are we having a Lenten reflection again?
Yes

 

6. How do we get more people to participate in our various ministries?
By invitation. Once every 2 months, Father Richard will make an announcement and invite people to join the various ministries.

 

7. Does monopolisation of tasks in some ministries affect recruiting new members?
Yes and that is why Father Richard is encouraging more delegation of duties.

 

8. Is primary reliance upon a single member in a ministry a good thing?
No – see above re delegation of duties.

 

9. Why is there different hymn lists at each weekend Mass?
There are different choirs and different musicians with varying skill sets and repertoire and the musicians are responsible for selecting relevant hymns they are able and comfortable playing.

 

10. How can we get more parents and children coming to Mass and getting them more involved?
By getting the children more involved in parish activities and/or ministries.

 

11. Can we have the same hymn set at all the three weekend masses?
Encouraging this but it is not easy as the different choirs and musicians have different levels of expertise and capabilities.

 

12. Is there a possibility of occasionally introducing band style music as opposed to organ/choir?
Yes we could.

 

13. Can we utilise the musical talents of students from CRC or parishioners?
Yes, we will look into the school choirs.

 

14. How do we enable more parishioners to volunteer and participate in church services and give them a sense of belonging to the Parish?
See answer to Question 6 above.

 

15. How can we enable bible studies for parishioners to learn more about the old and new testaments?
We will look into inviting an expert to come and give a 5-week program.

 

16. How can we build a stronger relationship between our Parish and our Catholic schools?
The parish and schools are now more involved with more activities between them especially during the week and with the new principals, there are also new programs established.

 

17. Why don’t we re-introduce the “Biblical Reflections Group”, which was well supported and discontinued when Sister Denise left the parish some time ago?
See answer to Question 15 about inviting an expert to come and give a talk or run a program.

 

18. Why don’t we move towards a gradual implementation of Formation programs, (i.e. Discipleship, Propagation of Faith, Spirituality etc.)?
This is a good idea. We will consider it further.

 

19. Why don’t we introduce a “GodStart” Group? 
We will look into this.

 

20. Why don’t we introduce a Christian Men’s Support Group?
We will look into this.

 

21. What are the programs of Youth Ministry?
They are on the website. The Youth meet twice a month.

 

22. Can all ministries or groups evaluate or assess how effective their ministry work in terms of making connections with parishioners or helping parishioners to integrate in parish life, and make the necessary improvements?
Yes.

 

23. What are the things we can do to encourage parishioners or groups of parishioners to volunteer to ministry or parish activities?
See answer to Question 6. If anyone would like to contribute or want to be active in the parish, we will find them something to do.

Members of the Parish Pastoral Council were asked to come up with some questions addressing any of the following:

- Providing an answer or information
- Making an improvement
- Introducing something new
- Fixing a problem
 

A total of 37 questions were put forward by the Councillors. The PPC went through the list of questions and addressed the first 14 that members deemed were of priority as follows:

 

1. Is what is taught in our children’s liturgy teaching the children about their catholic faith, the Mass, the liturgy? 
Yes, Father Richard will also be reviewing the curriculum.

 

2. Are the ministries inclusive or exclusive to those wanting to join and be part of the community?
Very inclusive. Everyone who wants to do something for the parish is most welcomed, no one will be turned away.

 

3. What is holding people back from joining in our activities? What activities attract people's involvement? Eg International Food Day.
The Pastoral Plan Task Group is looking into this. We are open to suggestions and it is felt that such activities should not take place more than once a month otherwise it would be too much and in turn affect the participation rate.

 

4. Are the efforts of those that do take part actively in the church community recognised?
Yes, a Volunteer Appreciation Day is currently being organised on 25 November.

 

5. We had a really good Lenten reflection program under the Jubilee Year of Mercy Committee. Are we having a Lenten reflection again?
Yes

 

6. How do we get more people to participate in our various ministries?
By invitation. Once every 2 months, Father Richard will make an announcement and invite people to join the various ministries.

 

7. Does monopolisation of tasks in some ministries affect recruiting new members?
Yes and that is why Father Richard is encouraging more delegation of duties.

 

8. Is primary reliance upon a single member in a ministry a good thing?
No – see above re delegation of duties.

 

9. Why is there different hymn lists at each weekend Mass?
There are different choirs and different musicians with varying skill sets and repertoire and the musicians are responsible for selecting relevant hymns they are able and comfortable playing.

 

10. How can we get more parents and children coming to Mass and getting them more involved?
By getting the children more involved in parish activities and/or ministries.

 

11. Can we have the same hymn set at all the three weekend masses?
Encouraging this but it is not easy as the different choirs and musicians have different levels of expertise and capabilities.

 

12. Is there a possibility of occasionally introducing band style music as opposed to organ/choir?
Yes we could.

 

13. Can we utilise the musical talents of students from CRC or parishioners?
Yes, we will look into the school choirs.

 

14. How do we enable more parishioners to volunteer and participate in church services and give them a sense of belonging to the Parish?
See answer to Question 6 above.

 

15. How can we enable bible studies for parishioners to learn more about the old and new testaments?
We will look into inviting an expert to come and give a 5-week program.

 

16. How can we build a stronger relationship between our Parish and our Catholic schools?
The parish and schools are now more involved with more activities between them especially during the week and with the new principals, there are also new programs established.

 

17. Why don’t we re-introduce the “Biblical Reflections Group”, which was well supported and discontinued when Sister Denise left the parish some time ago?
See answer to Question 15 about inviting an expert to come and give a talk or run a program.

 

18. Why don’t we move towards a gradual implementation of Formation programs, (i.e. Discipleship, Propagation of Faith, Spirituality etc.)?
This is a good idea. We will consider it further.

 

19. Why don’t we introduce a “GodStart” Group? 
We will look into this.

 

20. Why don’t we introduce a Christian Men’s Support Group?
We will look into this.

 

21. What are the programs of Youth Ministry?
They are on the website. The Youth meet twice a month.

 

22. Can all ministries or groups evaluate or assess how effective their ministry work in terms of making connections with parishioners or helping parishioners to integrate in parish life, and make the necessary improvements?
Yes.

 

23. What are the things we can do to encourage parishioners or groups of parishioners to volunteer to ministry or parish activities?
See answer to Question 6. If anyone would like to contribute or want to be active in the parish, we will find them something to do.

Members of the Parish Pastoral Council were asked to come up with some questions addressing any of the following:

- Providing an answer or information
- Making an improvement
- Introducing something new
- Fixing a problem
 

A total of 37 questions were put forward by the Councillors. The PPC went through the list of questions and addressed the first 14 that members deemed were of priority as follows:

 

1. Is what is taught in our children’s liturgy teaching the children about their catholic faith, the Mass, the liturgy?
Yes, Father Richard will also be reviewing the curriculum.

 

2. Are the ministries inclusive or exclusive to those wanting to join and be part of the community?
Very inclusive. Everyone who wants to do something for the parish is most welcomed, no one will be turned away.

 

3. What is holding people back from joining in our activities? What activities attract people's involvement? Eg International Food Day.
The Pastoral Plan Task Group is looking into this. We are open to suggestions and it is felt that such activities should not take place more than once a month otherwise it would be too much and in turn affect the participation rate.

 

4. Are the efforts of those that do take part actively in the church community recognised?
Yes, a Volunteer Appreciation Day is currently being organised on 25 November.

 

5. We had a really good Lenten reflection program under the Jubilee Year of Mercy Committee. Are we having a Lenten reflection again?
Yes

 

6. How do we get more people to participate in our various ministries?
By invitation. Once every 2 months, Father Richard will make an announcement and invite people to join the various ministries.

 

7. Does monopolisation of tasks in some ministries affect recruiting new members?
Yes and that is why Father Richard is encouraging more delegation of duties.

 

8. Is primary reliance upon a single member in a ministry a good thing?
No – see above re delegation of duties.

 

9. Why is there different hymn lists at each weekend Mass?
There are different choirs and different musicians with varying skill sets and repertoire and the musicians are responsible for selecting relevant hymns they are able and comfortable playing.

 

10. How can we get more parents and children coming to Mass and getting them more involved?
By getting the children more involved in parish activities and/or ministries.

 

11. Can we have the same hymn set at all the three weekend masses?
Encouraging this but it is not easy as the different choirs and musicians have different levels of expertise and capabilities.

 

12. Is there a possibility of occasionally introducing band style music as opposed to organ/choir?
Yes we could.

 

13. Can we utilise the musical talents of students from CRC or parishioners?
Yes, we will look into the school choirs.

 

14. How do we enable more parishioners to volunteer and participate in church services and give them a sense of belonging to the Parish?
See answer to Question 6 above.

 

15. How can we enable bible studies for parishioners to learn more about the old and new testaments?
We will look into inviting an expert to come and give a 5-week program.

 

16. How can we build a stronger relationship between our Parish and our Catholic schools?
The parish and schools are now more involved with more activities between them especially during the week and with the new principals, there are also new programs established.

 

17. Why don’t we re-introduce the “Biblical Reflections Group”, which was well supported and discontinued when Sister Denise left the parish some time ago?
See answer to Question 15 about inviting an expert to come and give a talk or run a program.

 

18. Why don’t we move towards a gradual implementation of Formation programs, (i.e. Discipleship, Propagation of Faith, Spirituality etc.)?
This is a good idea. We will consider it further.

 

19. Why don’t we introduce a “GodStart” Group?
We will look into this.

 

20. Why don’t we introduce a Christian Men’s Support Group?
We will look into this.

 

21. What are the programs of Youth Ministry?
They are on the website. The Youth meet twice a month.

 

22. Can all ministries or groups evaluate or assess how effective their ministry work in terms of making connections with parishioners or helping parishioners to integrate in parish life, and make the necessary improvements?
Yes.

 

23. What are the things we can do to encourage parishioners or groups of parishioners to volunteer to ministry or parish activities?
See answer to Question 6. If anyone would like to contribute or want to be active in the parish, we will find them something to do.