Parish Administration Groups

Parish Pastoral Council

Specific Activities
It is the role of the Council to:

  • listen and gather information about the hopes, ideas, needs and concerns of parishioners;
  • generate responses to the identified issues;
  • encourage and support the continuing good work of existing groups within the Parish;
  • support and encourage parishioners in their efforts to be a Christian influence in the wider community;
  • plan for the future of the parish by setting short and long-term pastoral goals;
  • oversee the implementation of these pastoral goals; and
  • provide support for the Parish Priest, working collaboratively with him and with each other.

Time Commitment Required by Members
Members of the Council will meet 10 times throughout the year between February and November for a 2 hour meeting.
Areas for Future Development
The Council will establish itself and organise its work agenda for the coming year, which will be based on the results of the Micah Conversation completed during Lent 2014.
New Members
The Council has the possibility of co-opting parishioners for specific projects.
Coordinator
Fr Laurie McNamara CM. The Chair of the Council will be announced later in 2014.

Finance Committee

Specific Activities
The Finance Committee assists the Parish Priest in his administration of the parish finances, properties, in planning future capital works and raising the necessary funds.
Time Commitment Required by Members
Six meetings per annum for two hours each meeting.
Areas for Future Development
The Committee aims to work towards the Renewal of Thanksgiving contributions in the Parish with emphasis on electronic means of contributing. It is also completing a plan for the renewal of church fabric and roofs of church and presbytery
New Members
New members are welcome. Parishioners may also contribute to particular activities, such as fundraising, the Thanksgiving campaign, maintenance or building projects.
Coordinator
Fr Laurie McNamara CM

Collectors / Counters

Specific Activities
Members of the group ensure that all of the collections (including any special collections such as Project Compassion) are correctly handled, including all banking arrangements.
Teams count on Sundays, once every six weeks. This involves counting the Mass envelopes and loose monies in the 1st collection, the 2nd collection and any special collection like Project Compassion etc from the previous Sunday 6.00pm, Saturday Cabrini 6.00pm and the St Joseph’s 10am Mass, and the completion of the required recording sheets. The teams ensure that all monies tally, that the appropriate banking documents are completed and that the bank deposit bags are secured.
Time Commitment Required by Members
Approximately 60-75 minutes, every 5-6 weeks. Banking is done by a separate team and takes around 20 minutes.
Attention to detail and the need to be alert and careful are important skills. Book-keeping skills would be an advantage.
Areas for Future Development
To implement new counting procedures in accordance with new instructions.
New Members
New members are welcome.
Coordinator
Pam Elias

Church Maintenance

Specific Activities

  • Review and investigate Parish property maintenance issues;
  • Attend to minor repairs, changing of signs, mounting pictures, installation of plaques, and other minor tasks;
  • Arrange inspections for quotes by contractors accompanying architectural inspections where necessary; and
  • Report to Parish Priest and Finance Committee with recommendations for action and priorities.

Time Commitment Required by Members
Around two hours per month.
New Members
New members are welcome, especially those with an interest in the protection of historical buildings and with skills that would complement these interests.
Those parishioners with practical skills that could support minor periodical maintenance tasks, as well as works administration and project management, are most welcome.
Areas for Future Development

  • To recruit qualified and interested parishioners to contribute their expertise; and
  • To focus on the identification and (where possible) completion of required repairs and/or replacement of worn out material associated with the Church and Presbytery.

Coordinator
Barry O’Sullivan

Website Support

Specific Activities
The group provides ongoing development and support to the Parish website. This may involve contributing and/or managing content and providing photographic records of parish events.

  • Ongoing development and support of the website
  • Website development (new features, upgrades)
  • Website user support
  • Website content contributions (e.g. articles)
  • Email list maintenance
  • Coordination of website with other parish communications (e.g. bulletin)

Time Commitment Required by Members
Time commitment varies, but could be as low as minutes per week. All activity except photography is done online.
Areas for Future Development
The main focus will be to encourage the use of the website as the main communication medium for the Parish and parishioners. This includes the addition of Mass readings and commentaries, as well as the establishment of an accurate mailing list to aid communication between the Parish and parishioners.
Consideration will also be given to ‘refreshing’ (or replacing) the website theme.
New Members
New members are welcome. Some (but not all) activities require some technical skills (e.g., an understanding of relevant technologies – HTML, PHP, CSS, etc.). These can be acquired through hands-on experience.
Writing, text editing and/or graphic design skills would be an advantage. Parishioners could offer assistance for one-off or single tasks, such as photography.
Coordinator
Damien Brignell