There was an air of great sadness as we met for the first time since the untimely death of our colleague, Margaret Pattison. We gave thanks to God for her life, for her great witness and vision and recalled her joy at being a member of the PPC, her passion and commitment to the team and to the parish. Prayers were said for the repose of her soul and we promised to do something in her memory in the not too distant future. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.
Mary Vallely (PPC) and Maura Murphy (St Joseph’s Young Priests Society) were thanked for co-ordinating the Afternoon of Prayers for Vocations in St Malachy’s church as were those from Witness and Outreach for co-ordinating the Handing on the Faith evening which took place in the new Malachy’s Centre. Dympna and Paul Mallon were wonderful witnesses on the evening. Witness and Outreach sub group hope to do this again possibly in the schools for the parents. The feedback on the night has been collated and the opportunity for people to give feedback was welcomed by all present on the evening.
Adult Faith group continues to work on preparation for the Year of Consecrated Life Mass on 6th September the theme of which will be one of giving thanks for the presence of the religious within our parish over the years. Adult Faith member, Siobhan, is liaising with the 28 people who expressed an interest in forming a parish prayer group after the LITS seminars. She will speak to Dr Tony Hanna about the next step forward.
Youth sub group is organising an exams mass with Fr Thomas and is also working on several projects. e.g. a mass for those newly engaged/married and other events to encourage further participation for First Communicants and those newly confirmed.
Liturgy sub group discussed the altar servers and the need for comprehensive training. It was felt that the school which a child attends should not dictate which church she/he serves.
It was confirmed that the Redemptorists will lead a Parish Mission here in late September 2016 during the special Year of Mercy. The Redemptorists have a vast amount of experience in leading parish missions and we look forward to working with them in planning and preparation.
It was suggested that the Washing of the feet on Holy Thursday be a more inclusive event particularly involving members of the migrant community in Armagh. The PPC hope to encourage more individuals, families, groups and schools towards greater participation in the many events, not just at the “big” ceremonies, but throughout the year.
A response to the PPC letter has been received from Armagh City and District Council stating that no start time for next year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade has been confirmed but that the PPC’s request would be taken into consideration.
Finally we ended on a little good news and congratulated Tullysaran PPC member, Sheila Curry, on her recent engagement!