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, Wednesday 8th February 2017
Sr. Elvira Sr. Emma Crispin Andaya
Maire Finan Anthony Ruddy Bill Fox
Patricia Mulligan Ursula Dunphy Canon Thomas Hever
Fina Golden Pauline Cushman Barry MacMahon
Francis Cadden Margaret Prior Patricia McCaffrey
Fr. Declan Boyce Vita Forde – Monaghan
Evening Prayer of the Church was led by Sr. Elvira.
The Minutes of the January Pastoral Council meeting were read and adapted on the proposal of Pauline Cushman and seconded by Francis Cadden.
Parishioners are encouraged to attend Mass that will celebrate 25th World Day of the Sick. The anointing of the sick will take place after the Homily and Gospel. Before the final Blessing at the end of the Mass, there will be a Blessing for those who care for the sick. Bishop Kevin Doran will celebrate the Mass at 10,30am on February 11th in the Cathedral. It is also the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Thanks was expressed to Francis Cadden for the opening words for Catholic Schools Week. Words of thanks was also expressed to the Presentation sisters for the making of St. Brigid’s crosses. All Masses were well attended.
Colette Furlong has put together a leaflet for First Holy Communion Children that could be interacted with their Parents at home.
Ash Wednesday is taking place on March 1st. All Mass times will be published in the upcoming Bulletin. The Good Friday Gospel will be orated in the Cathedral.
Way of Gentleness
It was discussed at the meeting does the Cathedral need to hold a Way of Gentleness or an alternative during Lent. It was decided that after the Saturday vigil Masses of Lent that we could hold a quiet time of reflection. This will take place from 8.15-8.45pm. It will be called “P.S. I LOVE YOU – LENTEN REFLECTIONS”. It will be a time of reflection and quiet on the Sunday Gospel before the Blessed Sacrament in our Cathedral for every Saturday of Lent. Members of the PPC will facilitate this on the different evenings. An initial meeting will be held on Wednesday 15th February at 7pm in St. Mary’s Presbytery.
The repair work is continuing on the Cathedral. The cost at present is at about €110,000. More painting and lead work has to be completed as well as work on the stairwells. A brochure is being drafted on this repair work that could be informative for our Parishioners. The Parish will send out a letter at three different intervals throughout the year where Parishioners could contribute to this extensive repair work on the Cathedral.
P.J. Keane is organising a fundraising event in the Gillooly Hall on Friday 24th February that will assist with the repair work. It will be a variety of local talent with spot prizes. Parishioners are encouraged to attend.
Frank McGuinness is organising a Camino De Santiago to Spain between June 20th to 28th. It will be a great experience and all Youth from the Parish are encouraged to attend.
There are new vetting procedures coming into law regarding Child Protection. This will take up a lot of time and paperwork. Thanks were been expressed to Nuala Campbell-Dineen and Maura Garvey on their committed work on vetting and Child Protection.
Correspondence from Justin Harkin
There was correspondence from Justin Harkin in relation to Pastoral Councils and the role they pay within the Church. Some of the issues were
Sympathy was expressed to Fr. Gerard Canon on the recent death of his mother.
Sympathy was also expressed to Fr. McManus who was a former curate in our Parish on the recent death of his sister.
Bishop Kevin Doran will hold a presentation on February 22nd between 7.30pm to 8.45pm on “Praying with the Psalms” in Summerhill College Library. Parishioners are encouraged to attend.
There will be a meeting with Justin Harkin themed “Building us up as PPC’S” in the Sligo Park Hotel on 23rd February between 8pm to 9.30pm. All members of the PPC are encouraged to attend.
There will be an Annual Deanery meeting on May 23rd with Frank McGuinness and Justin Harkin between 8pm to 9.30pm in Summerhill College.
The Annual Renewal Gathering will be happening in Boyle on October 7th. There are now PPC development Awards for such categories as good practice, PPC of the year, Chairperson of the year. We will discuss this again at the April PPC meeting and what are thoughts may be on this issue.
There is a new book published called “The Land of Saints and Scholars” which is a history of the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is designed to appeal to younger people and Children. It is told in full colour picture format. It was envisaged that we could donate these books to the different Primary Schools in the Parish for the Confirmation Classes. Perhaps a competition could be run and children could win a book. Members of the PPC will contribute to the cost of these books.
The next Pastoral Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday 8th March at 8pm.
Minutes of the Cathedral Pastoral Council Meeting, Wednesday 11th January 2017
Bill Fox Pauline Cushman John Martin
Francis Cadden Grainne Kelly Patricia McCaffrey
Barry MacMahon Fina Golden Donal Lyons
Canon Thomas Hever Crispin Andaya Margaret Prior
Fr. Declan Boyce Colette Divers Vita Forde – Monaghan
Evening Prayer of the Church was led by Canon Tom Hever.
The Minutes of the December Pastoral Council were read and adapted on the proposal of Francis Cadden and seconded by Bill Fox.
Christian Unity week is happening on Wednesday 25th January. The theme of the week is “Crossing Barriers”. Dean Arfon Williams invites parishioners to join his community on 25th January at 8pm in St. John’s Church of Ireland, Cathedral. The preacher will be Pastor Steffan Arras of the Lutherian Church in Ireland
Upcoming events in the Cluster are:
There will be a celebration to mark Catholic Schools Week at the 12 noon Mass on Sunday 29TH January. It gives us all the opportunity to be made more aware of the contribution that Catholic Schools contribute to our community and country. This year’s theme is “Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home”. There will be different topics or themes for every day of Catholic Schools Week. Francis Cadden will welcome the Schools and their students to Mass on 29th January on behalf of the Parish Pastoral Council.
All the Christmas Masses and celebrations were full in the Cathedral, though the Peace Mass fell this year in numbers. The Reconciliation service was very well attended in the Friary. Parishioners felt that there was a nice structure to the service. Canon Tom expressed thanks to the Altar Society, Crib Builders, Choir- Carol service, Sacristans, Ushers and Collectors, and Altar services for all their help over the Christmas period.
Thanks were expressed to Margaret Prior and those involved in the Baptismal celebration that happened on January 8th at 10.30am Mass where families were invited back to the Cathedral whose children were baptised in the year. It was suggested that family members could partake in readings. It was lovely how Canon Tom invited Children to walk around the Cathedral and that the Cathedral was made to feel like home. Families that came felt part of a family. One third of families came back for the celebration. A prayer card was given to these families. It was suggested that next year we could have a leaflet with the Baptismal of the Lord and names of the Children who are baptised in the Cathedral over the year on the leaflet. It was also suggested that it would be great if the Baptismal Candle could be incorporated into ceremony.
It was suggested, do we change the time of the Saturday vigil Mass in the Cathedral? There are a variety of Masses in the Cluster that parishioners can choose from over the weekend. Do we ask Parishioners? It was suggested that we ask around to family members and friends their opinion. This will be discussed again at a later stage.
St. Brigid’s Day
St. Brigid’s Day is happening on February 1st. Mass will be celebrated at 10.30am. The Presentation Sisters are making St. Brigid’s crosses. Parishioners wishing to help them and learn a new skill can contact the Sisters.
Consecrated life is happening on February 2nd. The Presentation of the Lord Mass to celebrate World day for Consecrated Life will be on Thursday 2nd February at 10.30am.
World Day of the Sick
The 25th World Day of the sick will be celebrated on Saturday 11th February at 10.30am Mass. The theme this year is “Amazement at what God has accomplished: The Almighty has done great things for me…” (Lk 1:49). Pope Francis in his message this year wants to especially focus on the sick and all who care for them. Anointing of the sick will take place during the 10.30am Mass and a Blessing for all who take care of them.
In the I.T., there is a consensus over coming months, and set up for the academic year, that there will be an event to meet Students who were involved in JP11 Awards. They hope to set up a database and upload JP11 students on this from around the country. This could tap into Youth 2000. It could provide a framework being involved in I.T.
There was a meeting on JP11 co-ordinators in Maynooth. There is now a huge section on forms that will have to be completed. Everyone that has been vetted will have to be updated.
There is a brochure being sent out to Parishioners on the repair work that is happening in the Cathedral. This will be sent out with the Finance letter. There may be a contribution sought from Parishioners to assist with this repair work, which hopefully the initial stage of the work will be finished at the end of this month.
The next Parish Pastoral Council Meeting will be on Wednesday 8th February at 8pm.