Parish Pastoral Council Report

The Parish Pastoral Council (“PPC”) held its penultimate meeting for the year on the 13 November during which several important topics were discussed, a summary of which follows:

  • Parish Pastoral Council 2019 – as discussed in Mass last month, in 2019 several new members were being sought for the PPC to replace departing members of this year’s council. We are pleased that returning members Anna-Marie McGann, Angela Sasso, John Miranda and Celina Ma will be joined by six new PPC members in 2019. Welcome Ritta Khoury, Sean Hanlon, Rosie Coulthard , Fred Sim, John Davies and Damian Coleridge to the PPC. Thank you to departing PPC members Basil Penkar, John McMorrow, Kishani Rajendra, Andrew McInerney, Br Michael Carroll and Collette Hanlon
  • Deepening the connection with youth within the Parish – an update was provided by the youth sub-committee which is looking to forge closer connections with surrounding parishes whose work in youth engagement is further advanced. Members of the sub-committee will look to join Holy Eucharist St Mary’s Parish in Malvern East for an update on their plans later this month. In 2019, all classes from St Joseph’s Primary school will be involved in planning a parish mass. This is in addition to the successful recent trial of a youth music group contributing to the 10am mass on the second Sunday of the month;
  • Plenary Council 2020 listening and dialogue sessions – in 30th October, 34 people gathered before breaking into 7 small groups to surface feedback and suggestions for submission to the Plenary Council 2020 in response to the question “What do you think that God is asking of us in Australia at this time?”. The feedback from this session was rich, insightful and discerning. A second session will be held on Saturday 1 December, 10am – Midday in the Kildara Centre. It follows the same format as the first session. All parishioners and friends are invited to attend, regardless of whether they attended the first session. A summary of the feedback will be shared with the Parish in due course.