It was suggested that a scroll signed by Archbishop Eamon be presented to those religious who attended the Year of Consecrated Life celebration in the Cathedral on 6 September to show the parish’s deep appreciation of their service and that a Tree of Ministry (A Commemorative Tree) be placed in the cathedral with the names of all those who had either served here in the parish or on the missions and those native born.
Feedback from this year’s Cemetery Sunday mass has been very positive and it was felt that the atmosphere was much more respectful than in previous years. Acknowledgement was made of those who had helped in so many ways particularly the stewards and the Eucharistic Ministers.The PPC was informed that recent work in the cemetery has created 420 new burial plots which exhausts all space now in the current graveyard for burials.
Sign-up Sunday will take place on the 1st weekend of October as a way of encouraging more parishioners to take a more active role in church ministries. It is hoped to encourage more young people to participate.
The Year of Mercy commences on 8 December and PPC members continue to spend time in prayer and discussion in reflecting how best to reach out to all, especially to those on the margins.
In conjunction with the Eucharistic Congress taking place in Knock on the last weekend of September the parish will have a period of Prayer and Adoration on Saturday 26 September. A member agreed to coordinate this.
Bible in a Day (A Journey through the Bible). A sub group agreed to meet with Sr Carmel to discuss helping to launch this in the parish before Christmas.
Finally the PPC were encouraged to attend the launch of the Diocesan Plan on September 8th and we ended our meeting, as usual, in prayer and thanksgiving for another vibrant session.