The PPC had a very informative meeting with Aileen Oates, one of the parish safeguarding representatives, who updated members on recent developments. A new director of safeguarding has been appointed to the diocese and renewed focus will be placed on the protection of vulnerable adults as well as children. Aileen and her colleague Maura Kelly were thanked most sincerely for the great work they do on the parish’s behalf. Any parishioner can download these policies and procedures from the website. Armagh Parish is hoping to set a benchmark in relation to safeguarding and it is important that we follow best practice at all times.
Some discussion followed on the issue of the timing of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations and how we could accommodate the Scouts who traditionally received shamrock at the 11 am mass. The Council is to be contacted to see if the main parade could be put off by half an hour in the future,
The St Patrick’s Day Tea Party, the Parish Draw, the 24 Hours for the Lord and the Life in the Spirit Seminars were deemed praiseworthy and well attended events and the LITS team will follow up on contacting the 28 people who expressed an interest in starting a prayer group.
An afternoon of Prayer for Vocations was proposed for the eve of Vocations Sunday 26 April and St Joseph’s Young Priests Society would be asked to help organise this with a member of the PPC. Members were asked to think about a Parish Mission in the near future and work, of course, continues on organising a celebration of thanksgiving for present and past religious in our parish.