Minutes of the Cathedral Pastoral Council Meeting, Wednesday 10th May 2017
Ursula Dunphy Francis Cadden Dermot Layden
Anthony Ruddy Patricia Mulligan Margaret Prior
Grainne Kelly Barry MacMahon Fr. Declan Boyce
Fina Golden Canon Thomas Hever Fr. Julian Lupot
Colette Divers Bill Fox Rod Scott
Vita Forde –Monaghan
Sr. Emma Sr. Elvira Patricia McCaffrey
Donal Lyons Pauline Cushman
Evening Prayer of the Church was led by Bill Fox.
Minutes of the April PPC meeting were read and adapted on the proposal of Francis Cadden and seconded by Patricia Mulligan.
Report from Cluster and Cluster Questionnaire
Colette Furlong will work with the Parents of third and fourth class students in the Primary Schools with the “Grow in Love” programme. It will open an avenue to engage Parents to develop their own faith and their families faith. It is a difficult issue but hopefully families will become engaged in their faith especially when exercises from the “Grow in love” programme will be carried out at home involving all the family. We will role out this programme with First Year students and their families, to try and keep faith involved in their family life.
A Questionnaire regarding the Cluster was put to members of the PPC. There were certain questions such as:
Overall the response from the PPC was positive. Some members weren’t quite clear on the role and function of the Cluster and this was explained as best possible. Parishioners have different introduction to the Cluster on their life circumstances.
A sincere thanks to everyone that was involved in the Easter Celebrations. Good crowds were attended Parishioners over the Easter celebrations. The Easter Masses did us all proud, and the co-operation, joy and willingness of Parishioners to be involved. We celebrated Easter well and it was great to share that celebration nationwide and European wide. Kairos were very pleased as well. We did what we always do for Easter celebrations and it was great to be able to share it with numerous people. There was a very positive feedback in having the Altar of Repose in the Blessed Sacrament and we hope to have it there from now on.
Enhancing the experience of our Sunday Celebrations
There will be training for Ministers of the Word in September. There is a Welcoming Committee at the Weekend Masses which consists of members of the PPC. There has been a positive response and it is good to be there to welcome Parishioners to the Cathedral.
All JP11 Awards are on-going in the different Schools within the Parish. The team will be finishing for the Summer.
Mary Nicholson is the new Child Protection Officer for the Diocese. All volunteers have been revetted and there has been a good response.
Dermot Layden will hold a Cathechetical Programme Instruction on Faith in the Autumn. It will be Adult based. There will be five different topics in the programme which will include
It will be held on Tuesdays in October 4th, 10th, 17th and 24th between 7.30pm and 9pm. Dermot will also publish a booklet on the Programme there after.
The next PPC meeting will take place on June 14th at 8pm.
Minutes of the Cathedral Pastoral Council Meeting, Wednesday 5th April 2017
Bill Fox Maire Finan Colette Divers
Fina Golden Canon Thomas Hever Margaret Prior
Dermot Layden Donal Lyons Grainne Kelly
Pauline Cushman Sr. Emma Sr. Elvira
Patricia McCaffrey Barry MacMahon Patricia Mulligan
Crispin Andaya Francis Cadden Fr. Declan Boyce
Donal Lyons Vita Forde – Monaghan
Evening Prayer of the Church was led by Sr. Emma.
Minutes of the March PPC meeting were read and adapted on the proposal of Bill Fox and seconded by Colette Divers
Report from Cluster
Discussion on Kerry Document
It was the tenth Anniversary of the JP11 Awards and Mass was Celebrated by Bishop Donal McKeon. The JP11 Awards are on-going in the Schools.
Dermot Layden would like to set up a programme for Children and their parents after the Sacraments are received. It would be to build up their faith and to keep them interested on a faith based level in their local Church and Community. It could start at a local level and build it up afterwards. The real target of this programme is the Parents of these Children. Perhaps to bring the Parents of First Holy Communion and Confirmation together and to give these Parents a course on faith. It was suggested that it could be tied in with Elaine Mahon and Barbara Cahill that give talks to the parents of Sacramental Children. It was also suggested that this Programme could be aimed at Parents of Children from Junior Infants to sixth Class. There would be about four lectures. A lot of research and thought would go into these programmes and it could be combined with another programme on Cathechetical instruction on an Adult perspective.
Sympathy was expressed to the family of Betty Comisky who was our Sacristan for over thirty years in the Cathedral. She was such an integral part of the Cathedral and it was so important in her own life. She was sorely missed by Priests and Parishoners alike.
The next PPC meeting will be Wednesday 10th May at 8pm.
Minutes of the Cathedral Pastoral Council Meeting, Wednesday 8th March 2017
Francis Cadden Patricia McCaffrey Maire Finan
Fina Golden Sr. Elvira Sr. Emma
Patricia Mulligan Margaret Prior Dermot Layden
Donal Lyons Colette Divers Bill Fox
Fr. Declan Boyce Pauline Cushman Ursula Dunphy
Canon Thomas Hever Anthony Ruddy Crispin Andaya
Vita Forde – Monaghan
John Martin Barry MacMahon Grainne Kelly
Evening Prayer of the Church was led by Sr. Emma.
The Minutes of the March Pastoral Council meeting were read and adapted on the proposal of Ursula Dunphy and seconded by Francis Cadden.
Report from Cluster
Review of PPC Constitution
There was a discussion on the Kerry Diocese Parish Council agenda items. Eight different topics were highlighted. It may be a help and relevant to our own PPC. To make the Saturday/Sunday morning Eucharistic more meaningful. This produced a reflective document. Sligo PPC was the first Parish council to have Evening Prayer of the Church included in their meetings. At the next meeting the PPC will discuss enhancing the experience of Saturday evening/Sunday morning Mass. We need to read and reflect on this document and it will be discussed again at the April meeting. We will also come back to it at different times throughout the year.
Vetting is being updated. A number of requests have been sent out and responses are coming back for parishioners involved with the Youth.
The JP11 Awards are on-going. There were about fifty Youth Parishioners gathered after the Sunday Masses involving the Youth. It has developed over the last few weeks.
Thanks was expressed to everyone involved in World day of the Sick Mass. Thanks was also expressed to Sr. Emma and Sr. Elvira and the kitchen staff for all their help after the Mass. Thanks was expressed to P.J. Keane who organized the concert in the Gilloolly Hall.
Dermot Layden brought up the discussion on how we could involve Children in their faith after their Sacraments. We could perhaps bring this issue in with the Kerry document
There was an in-depth discussion about this and how we could keep Adolescents involved more in their faith and getting Youth back into the Church. We will discuss this again next month. It was suggested about bringing a Secondary School Student into a PPC meeting and this could be very informative.
The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on April 5th at 8pm.