Minutes for 29 March 2012
Welcome to all those present: Fr Michael (FrM), Stephen Cleeve, Chairman (SC), Stuart Fox, Vice Chairman (SF) Stephen Booth (SB), Marin Thomas (Marin T), Melbin Thomas (Melbin T) Maria Jones (MJ), Joseph Thachetu (JT), John Cook (JC), Ella Cwiertnia (EC) Tom Allen (TA), Maggie Daron (MD), Pat Maclean (PMc) and Paul Williams(PW).
Opening prayer: The meeting opened with a prayer led by Fr Michael.
Apologies: Thomas Kottuppallil (TK), Brenda Williams (BW).
Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of 23rd February 2012 were approved and signed
Fr Michael’s Report:
(TA) Youth Matters: Facebook page now exists and will be of real benefit when the youth activities start as this is one of the main ways the youngsters communicate with each other. Further action on content and link to web-site (TA) and (PW)
It was decided to leave ‘twitter’ in abeyance for the time being as it would be difficult to manage effectively.
(a) The ‘Catholicism’ dvds at St Mary’s went extremely well with a rich and challenging content. 85 people attended each episode.
(b) NET Our little events now and then are really only scratching the surface of the issues facing the Catholic Church in England and Wales today. We are just not reaching out into the wider community – Few people other than parishioners know anything of what is being done. Mass attendance has remained fairly static at around 350 (see parish returns 2010 and 2011- there is a need to address these relatively low numbers – everyone needs to be involved not just a group or a few individuals. Our parish needs to be a missionary parish. Like many others we have a dying parish with few young people attending Sunday Masses as it is difficult to fit it in to a day that has become another ‘Saturday’. Although church is full at Christmas and Easter it is quiet the rest of the year.
(c) a general discussion followed with the main points being:-
(d) There are some positives to focus on:-
(e) Records kept by the Parish. Can we use these to contact parishioners? Action (SC) to check Data Protection Act implications
Reports from members:
(a) (Melbin T) Youth – Servers’ practices for Palm Sunday went well with a good turnout – next practice 01.04.12. for Easter Services. Albs and items needed for Easter all checked and ready – Luke and Marin are training to take over, eventually the roles currently held by Melbin and Tom – Servers records of attendance and mentoring arrangements for the younger ones have been set up.
(b) (MJ) Children’s Liturgy- attendance is up and very encouraging – Palm Sunday joint Liturgy with Cathedral Sunday School all prepared – Good Friday activities centred on Christ’s Passion will be supervised by (MJ) and Mary Roberts – Activity and Eggs for Easter Egg Hunt Sunday all arranged – As Corpus Christi Procession occurs before the First Holy Communion this year, why not ask last year’s First Communicants to wear their clothes from last year (if they still fit!) to lead the procession. Action (MJ)
(c) (SB) Crossing the Threshold – an on-going process - Things we could be doing:-
(d) (PW) Sunday Parking Regulations Can we contact the Cathedral and put our petition on our own web-site? Yes Action (PW)
(e) (PW)Small Lotteries and Gaming Act. It is agreed that the 2 signatures required by Herefordshire Council on returns under the Small Lotteries and Gaming Act are Paul Williams and Stephen Cleeve.
(f) (EC) Migrant Workers on Herefordshire farms are having difficulties getting to Mass on Sundays because of lack of transport – Can the parish be asked to pray for them? If required we may also be able to arrange a mini-bus. Action (PW)
(g) (SC) Fundraising Meeting took place on 05.03.12. – Launch date 28.04.12. with reception, outlining what needs to be done and the events planned so far which include: Glasgow Phoenix Choir; sponsored walk; Quiz Night with dinner; joint Football ‘Speed Cage’ in High Town with Hereford United 21.04.12. (Youngsters will advertise on ‘facebook’) Action all
Qtr 4 2011/12 = £15.8k v
2010/11 = 16.3k
Full Yr 2011/12 = £62.5k v
2010/11 = £61.5k
Matters raised by parishioners
AOB: Corpus Christi Procession has been set for 10 June 2012 – Peter Fawcett will deal with the necessary permission formalities.
Dates of next meetings.
Thursday 26 April 2012 @ 7.15. p.m.
Thursday 31 May 2012 @7.15.p.m.