Parish Pastoral Council Update

The fifth meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council for this year was held on 12th June.

The first Acknowledgement of Country was well received at the masses of the first weekend of June. Planning for the plaque presentation & installation has begun upon approval to proceed.

The National Church Life Survey Summary was decided to be distributed at all masses of the weekend of 16-17/6 in the parish bulletin, showing a snapshot of what is important to the community of St Joseph’s and where initiatives could be prioritised.

Discussion and further contacts have been made with regards to the growth in engagement of the parish youth and building up connections within the parish that might be extended beyond the parish to the wider community. It is proposed that in August, conversations will be invited to explore further deepening of faith and confidence in sharing our beliefs with others.

Connections with the Kildara Centre will be encouraged and built upon. Information on the facilities and services that the Kildara Centre provides will be placed on the noticeboard at the rear of the Church as well as in the bookroom.

Preparations are well under way for the Christmas in July parish celebration. Tickets will begin selling in the next few weeks.

St Joseph’s Primary School has kindly offered to host, once a term, a morning tea and catch up/play date for all children and their families who have been baptised this year at St Joseph’s. Dates and details are to be determined for Term 3.

The well loved after mass ‘cuppa’ will resume monthly at the back of the Church, after the 10am mass on the 1st Sunday of the month. All are invited to share in a cuppa and conversation.

We will farewell one of our newer Parish Council members, Br Paul Toohey, who has been assigned to work in Papua New Guinea. We appreciate all his contributions and engagement with the topics and issues at hand. He will be greatly missed and we wish Br Paul well.