The Parish Pastoral Council held a meeting on the 18th November, its first face to face meeting since the start of the pandemic. We began as usual with an opening prayer.
We were joined by two of the synod parish delegates, Antonnette Cabida and Richard Thurbon (Peter Chamberlain was unable to attend) to hear their initial feedback on the recent series of meetings. The delegates will be sharing their progress with the parish shortly.
We reviewed the current arrangements for Mass. There have been a few adjustments made recently to reflect the current environment and they can be found here. We then discussed the arrangements for Christmas Masses. As these Masses can be so well attended there is a real need to limit the numbers attending but not necessarily as rigorous as last year. Announcements regarding a booking system will be made shortly.
Peter McFall then led us through a review of the parish finances. We note again that the increase in standing orders and gift aid have gone some way to mitigate the impact of the loss of cash given at the offertory. We are grateful to those who have made the switch and would encourage anyone else considering this to do so.
Fr Peter brought the meeting to a close with a final prayer.
Our next PPC meeting is on Thursday 3rd of February. We would be pleased to hear from members of the parish on any subject. Please speak to any member of the Council, drop a letter into the sacristy or contact Gerry via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PPC members are, Fr. Peter, Sue Carr, Pauline D’Mello-Maplesden, Brenda Eydman, Roque Fernandes, Bernadette Hallett, Bridget Hanlon, Penne Hutton, Peter McFall, Erica Thurbon, Gerry O’Donnell, Elsie Ofili and Colin Wilding.