We began with a review of recent events. The St Therese Mass grows from strength to strength drawing in more and more people each year. The 12 Hours for the Lord didn’t attract great numbers except for the Angelus and the Rosary but it was deemed a great spiritual experience for those who had attended. Sign-up Sunday was a little disappointing because of the relatively small number of people coming forward to offer help with the various ministries and it was suggested that we think more creatively in how to market this in future years perhaps incorporating it into a social occasion with tea/coffee and music and a chance for people to engage with those already involved in ministries.
In answer to our desire for greater participation of young people in the parish its hoped that a Youth Co-ordinator will appointed to the parish and an anonymous donor has kindly offered to fund this for one year initially. It was suggested also that a young person, perhaps from the JOY group, join the PPC and Fr Thomas will look into this. A well-attended event is currently taking place in the Synod Hall where young people watch a DVD on Catholicism and have a discussion on their faith afterwards.
The member organising the Altar Servers Party has written to the 5 school Heads and to each of the servers and parents to inform them of the party on Saturday 14th November @3pm. The magician has been booked and help was requested from the team on the day.
Sr Carmel Flynn has agreed to facilitate the 8 week “Quick Journey Through the Bible” course commencing Monday 26th October. 16 people have booked places on the day Retreat ‘Journeying with God,‘ which will be facilitated by Sister Mercedes Coen of Keady. Both of these events will take place in the new Vincent Centre in Chapel Lane.
Re The Year of Mercy. Each PPC member was given a copy of the Year of Mercy booklet and asked to read and reflect on it to feed back at next month’s meeting. The Baptistry door in our cathedral will be the Holy Door (there will also be a Holy Door in Drogheda) and anyone going through this door will be able to gain an indulgence. Parishioners will be informed of all of this in bulletins and from the ambo.
The Launch of the Diocesan Plan was very well attended and the booklet of the plan is available on the diocesan website. AB Eamon would like one of the areas mentioned in the plan to be the focus for each month but as it was pointed out, Armagh PPC is already covering a lot of what is in the plan already.
Some discussion followed on how to get children more involved in the liturgy. e.g. child friendly leaflets, children bringing up the envelopes in a basket to the altar and/or bringing forward petitions during the Prayer of the Faithful, Bible study for children etc;
Finally congratulations were extended to Tullysaran Senior Football Team on their fantastic achievement in winning the County Final and to our Vice Chair, Maeve Mullan and husband Barry, on the birth of their baby boy. Sympathies were extended to PPC member Sheila Currie on the death of her fiancé’s mother. As always, we ended as we began, in prayer and thanksgiving.