Coordinator’s Meeting of 8th October was a big help, and each have had meetings with parishioners giving service to look ahead for the coming year. Ideas to improve timing of that meeting next year were great, and others to act on so far are: seasonal liturgy meetings for readers, Spirituality and Worship Priest to give more notice when need hospitality or ministries co-coordinators to ask for volunteers from the pulpit leaflets to inform about ministries at rear the House Team are evolving with the Year Plan and wall chart integrating the different dates and needs of ministries and services Viv Shaw and Andrew Southworth are the Parish Reps on the Pastoral Area Working Group (the PAWG) to develop plan for the future in spirit of Leaving Safe Harbours…report on Agenda Church Improvements have progressed so most of the lighting completed, and the new sound system now at stage of teething challenges!
St Teresa’s Parish
Led beyond safe harbours into new and sacred waters
AGENDA to date for Parish Open Forum Matters from Parish Priest’s Report….. Details of Costs of Church Improvements Fundraising Update with Details Report on Pastoral Area life Parishioners’ Questions….. Looking o the Listening procedures in parish life:Evaluate The Forum
Parish Priest’s Report for Open Forum November 9th 2009 Since the last Forum on June 11th life has carried us all through sorrows and joys, ups and downs. British troops are still at war, and e still no lasting settlement in Israel/Paelstine. The global financial squeeze has hurt our neighbours, young and elderly. Swine flu has made its mark. And temporarily changed fundamental aspects of mass. Climate Change Concern continues, and we look to the Copenhagen summit as the next battle and hope! In the life of the Church since the last Forum we have joined in on the national events of the visit of the relics of St Therese, welcomed the new Archbishop of Westminster, and learnt of the Pope’s response to Traditional Anglicans request to cross over, and his visit to the U.K. next September. Through it all it is so impressive to me to see how a Christian parish like ours involves itself in the delights and tragedies, local and global, with the resource and willingness to be host to both such fun (and sun!) as the parish celebration day in July and such sorrowing by so many in the local community at the funeral of baby Maisy Bolus; to share in the sombre quiet of Remembrance day and the carnival fervour of the Upholland Pageant. The Parish Open Forum is part of our parish life to help develop what we share, and to talk together about living as Christians together. Do make the most of it, let’s find new ways to use this opportunity. ACTION completed arising from last Forum: Clarification of details of lighting costs: see agenda notice board with parish service providers “ Parish Focus Team” chosen name for the advisory group
We look to Advent and Christmas after the Forum, and with the improvements in the church building, how will we celebrate this year: An open invitation is for all to come on Wednesday 25th November at 7,30 to prepare with prayer, reflection on Scripture, practical suggestions. As ever, many thanks to everyone for such dedicated participation Fr Tony Slingo
update of website summaries projector postponed as an item on the church improvements I decided against a rota for the offertory at mass Flowers Team with rota developed Nominations received for the next chair of Forum: I decided on Julian Finch to whom Chris Osborne will hand over Prayer Tree suggestion on Children’s Liturgy plan for this year Still Outstanding from Forum: CDS for hymns eg at 6.00pm mass Anything I have missed? I continue to think of the Full Life of the Parish as composed of 5 facets and will summarise some events under these headings: Formation Community Service Spirituality Leadership Formation in Faith To attract and teach new Catholic Christians; to sustain each other in continuing conversion and learning on the way to holiness. Our catechists continue great work in the RCIA, Holy Communion: this is a vital need to develop in future Home is a Holy Place is developing the spirituality of family Life and vocation, led by Lois Rowlands and an emerging team Children’s Liturgy will lead the Advent mass on 20th December with the Children at the Crib linked by the Christening Team. The Christening Team will extend contact with families with a gathering every 3 months, and Easter as well as Christmas Sharing in Community Phil Sandelands has a Christmas Bingo planned for Dec 3rd The PAWG have a Variety Night planned for Jan 22nd Everybody’s Welcome visit homes so well: please let the office know when prayers no longer needed Ecumenical Life included the Pageant (now every 3 years) One World Week Haloween and Remembrance Web site: we leave on 3 weeks newsletters ; invitation to ministries to do a video; extend to use for forms eg weddings
Sharing in Mutual Service The level of service by parishioners is so heartening, and such is the development most teams are seeking to recruit The Cemetery is managed by Elizabeth Dodd and has Progressed is extending grave space to other parishes and preselling spaces to parishioners for a limited period
Worship and Spirituality Fr Barry Matthews supplied ministry over the summer this year Next year we will use the Year C Lectionary cycle throughout There is a Pastoral Area Pilgrimage in February in the footsteps of St Paul St Peter’s High School Mission will give us a chance to develop Youth Ministry in the parish and maybe Pastoral Area The Co-ordinators meeting has led me to offer for all parishioners a Spiritual/Reflection day in our premises in addition to the Ministers’ Spiritual Awayday We have newly printed cards for the Baptism and Christening Welcome liturgy Ministers of the Word plan to hold reflection sessions before each liturgical season
Shared Leadership Listening to each other day to day, and also through the Parish Open Forum, the Co-ordinators Team, and the Parish Focus Team the Priest can be more assured of following the Spirit in the whole of parish life, when decisions are made, or actions and customs reviewed.