On 14 March 2018 the inaugural Parish Pastoral meeting was held. The meeting was attended by the full attendee list of 11 committee members and the President (Canon Anthony). During this meeting it was decided that the terms of reference as proposed would be adopted.
Rob Meredith was elected as Chair, Helen Natrass elected as vice chair and Isabel Mead elected as secretary. These are the only elected officers. The remaining members included Louise Beesley, Resmi Benni, Josephine Lewis, Lisa d ‘Agostini, Helen Natrass, Christine Robinson, Joseph Connor, Mary Claire Francis and Canon Anthony. It is with regret that Joseph Connor passed away during the term. We were also delighted to welcome Catherine Spratley during the term.
The PPC need to represent the parish community. It is a means whereby all parishioners can take part in discussions relating to the Parish, its mission and future development
Achievements during 2018/2019
During the period under review the following was achieved during the 4 meetings held as well as subcommittee support:
- Work commenced on a revised website. This is still work in progress and any volunteers would be gladly received
- Coordinated a highly successful celebration of Oscar Romero including
- Prayer cards
- Biography compiled
- Celebration Mass on 21/10/18Event held
- Commenced discussions on a shrine
- New tourist leaflet drafted
- New detailed information about St Thomas’s
- Decision reached regarding future plans for relocation of the Church and Junior School
- Held a highly successful open air mass open to all
- Commenced a home prayer group
Ongoing activities have included the following:
- Narthex update
- Education linkages to Church
- Pilgrimage centre
- Designation of Shrine to St Thomas
- Visiting of sick
- Transport to masses
- Priest Welfare
- Took feedback from all Parish committees
- Consideration of an Alpha course
- Parish magazine
During the year there were 2 resignations from the committee. It was decided to wait for the AGM before accepting nominations for these positions. We would be pleased to consider applications at the next meeting. As per the Terms of Reference, the Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary need to be elected due to the term being restricted to a one year term. New officers will be elected at the next meeting.
May I express my thanks to all members of the committee for their support during the past year.
The Pastoral Parish Council (PPC) is a consultative group through which priests and people work together in partnership to strive to discern the Holy Spirit among God’s people in the parish and furthering the mission of Christ in Canterbury. It does this through building up a vibrant Christian community that is rooted in Baptism and marked by its faith, worship and service.
Read more about the PASTORAL PARISH COUNCIL TERMS OF REFERENCE
BEING A PASTORAL PARISH COUNCIL MEMBER
Serving on the council is a ministry to the whole parish. No everyone will have the particular gifts that make up an effective parish council member. We are looking for people who are:
• baptised and in good standing with the Catholic Church
• members of the Parish of St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church in Canterbury
• are willing to make a meaningful contribution to the parish
• have an understanding of and commitment to the Church in accord with the principles of Vatican II.
• are willing to be people of prayer, listening and responding to the needs of the parish and its people
• have the ability to work on a team in a collaborative manner
• can problem solve and offer suggestions to reach solutions
• will respect the views and opinions of others
• will commit to giving the time needed for participation
Official Church documents state that Pastoral Parish Councils are to represent the people of God, but not in the legal sense. Rather, council members are representative in that they are a witness or a sign of the whole community. They make its wisdom present. They are there to be consulted and give advice to the parish priest and his assistants.
The Pastoral Parish Council is a representative body rather than a body of representatives. A council member is not a representative for a particular Mass group, culture, age bracket, special interest group or organisation. They are there for the whole Parish.
Pastoral Parish Council members are expected to participate in an ongoing formation process. Ongoing formation at the parish level may include an annual evening of recollection and other prayer experiences.
If you think these talents can be gifted to this work please complete an application form and hand it in at the Presbytery or to the priests.
Application Form for Membership of the Parish Council of St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church in Canterbury
If you have a disability that may make the completion of this form difficult, the form can be completed by someone on your behalf, however, we will still require your signature. If you have a disability that may make it difficult for you to attend an informal chat regarding the role, please advise us so we can assist you as appropriate.
Please ensure you have read the poster on the Church Noticeboard or on our website that explains the role of the Parish Council and gives further information about the role of its members.
- baptised and in good standing with the Catholic Church
- members of the Parish of St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church in Canterbury
- are willing to make a meaningful contribution to the parish
- have an understanding of and commitment to the Church in accord with the principles of Vatican II.
- are willing to be people of prayer, listening and responding to the needs of the parish and its people
- have the ability to work on a team in a collaborative manner
- can problem solve and offer suggestions to reach solutions
- will respect the views and opinions of others
- will commit to giving the time needed for participation