Developing St Joseph’s parish
The role of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is briefly outlined as follows:

  • To reflect on and plan for the future direction of the parish in the light of the Gospel.
  • Supporting, enabling and co-ordinating parish activities, as necessary.
  • Identifying and celebrating the gifts of parishioners and encouraging all to participate in the life of the parish.
  • Engaging ecumenically with neighbouring faith communities

Parish Pastoral Council
Following decisions made by the previous PPC last spring there is now a new Parish Pastoral Council. The following parishioners (with the group they represent) are now members of the PPC:

Joachim Barnett (Finance Committee)
Cathie Bishop (Church cleaning)
Tracey Churchill (Headteacher, St Joseph’s School)
Kathleen Elliott (Catechetics)
Deirdre Fleming (Parish Centre Committee)
Eileen Fleming (Readers)
Michael Furey (Altar servers),
Margaret Harper (Eucharistic Ministers)
Liz Haynes (RCIA)
Julia Lammond (musicians)
Ann Larkins (Flower arrangers)
Brian Martin (Maintenance Committee)
Irene Murphy (Youth Club)
Jo Palfreyman (First Holy Communion)
Sabu Mathew (St Thomas Catholic Community)
Nicola Rollinson (Catechetics)
Angela Swift (Safeguarding)
Deirdre Fleming was agreed as Chair and Joachim Barnett as Vice-chair.

Many of the PPC members undertake a variety of tasks. My thanks to all of the above to kindly agreeing to be part of the PPC: and thanks to those who have done this work in the past few years so successfully.
At its first meeting PPC members introduced ourselves to each other and looked briefly at the strengths and weaknesses of St Joseph’s Parish. It was also proposed that there should be a “suggestion box”, as in past years, in which parishioners can submit ideas for improvement. We will take this proposal forward as soon as possible.