The Parish Pastoral Council held its sixth Zoom meeting since lockdown on 8th October; we began as usual with an opening prayer.
We again reviewed the arrangements for Mass after several months with the church open. In general things are going well. We operate a first come first admitted policy and whilst this is not ideal, having explored other options it will remain the policy for the foreseeable future.
We are aware that the Christmas Masses will need special attention. There may well be a higher demand for some Masses and we would like to work out an approach which is fair and simple. We will hold a dedicated meeting on this subject.
Meanwhile our advice is to arrive for Mass in good time. All Masses are Live Streamed on YouTube.
We reviewed our financial position and it remains a concern, obviously our offertory collection is still below pre-lockdown levels. Thank you to everyone who has taken out standing orders during lockdown. This really is the best way to support the parish. If you would like to start a standing order please contact Peter McFall on firstname.lastname@example.org Do not forget you can donate via JustGiving at any time, visit the website and click on the JustGiving icon on the home page.
Fr Peter brought the meeting to a close with a final prayer with special mention of those people suffering from, or being affected by, the Coronavirus in any way.
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 email@example.com.
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.