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Summary of January’s PPC meeting

In “Matters arising” members were told that Fr Kevin Donaghy has been informed about parishioners’ concerns re parking at weekday mass in the cathedral car park. An announcement has been made to the 3 schools to stipulate that no pupils should park in the top cathedral car park.
The Parish Draw has been launched and all were asked to do their best to promote this source of fundraising  for our parish.
One of our members, Caoimhe McKee, has signed up, along with nine others, to attend WYD
( World Youth Day) in Kraków in the summer. To that end fundraising ideas were discussed the first of which,  a Table Quiz, takes place in the Pearse Ogs Social Centre on Saturday 30th January. Members were asked to support this by perhaps getting a team together.
A lively discussion followed about Christmas masses with many feeling that an earlier mass on Christmas Eve to accommodate young families would be very worthwhile and it could be suggested to the Archbishop for future years.
Since the present PPC will have been in existence two years at the end of February it was felt that now was a good time to look again at the role of a Parish Pastoral Council and Dr Tony Hanna will host an open meeting in the new Vincent Centre  on 17 February to encourage interest and to try to recruit new members. The next PPC meeting in February will be facilitated by an outsider to allow us to look more closely at the Diocesan Pastoral Plan and to decide which areas we should concentrate our efforts on in the next few years.
Mary Vallely announced that she would be standing down and Maeve Mullan has resigned due to the understandable pressures of a tiny infant so it is hoped that new people will step forward to give of their time and commitment.
Fr Peter and Mary V were congratulated on their efforts in putting together the Walk of Mercy and it is hoped that groups from all over the diocese will try to fit in the Walk at some stage throughout this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Many individuals  are doing it every day anyway.  Speakers will talk on each  of the  Corporal Works of Mercy during the six weeks of  Lent. Details will be published in the bulletin and on the web.
The new Holy Spirit Prayer Group is running the Life in the Spirit Seminars in Mt St Catherine’s School on Windmill Hill and the full programme will be announced shortly.
Members were encouraged to attend the Ecumenical Service in the C of I Cathedral on Wednesday  20th January.
Finally Pearse, as Chair, thanked members for their service these last two years and paid particular tribute to Maeve and Mary V for their dedication and commitment.