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Parish Council Meeting Minutes 14th January


Present: Fr. Colm, Margaret Wallace (Chair), Maria Melia, Kathleen Murray, Katie Flood, Graham Donachie, Peter Thompson, Tom Hoban, Joanna Pallister, Erica Smith, John Lavery. By invitation – Cynthia Dunn

Apologies: Mike McNally, Fred Haywood, John Reilly-O’Donnell, John Thompson, Chris Parker, Tony Power

Margaret welcomed everyone and Fr. Colm opened the meeting with a prayer.

1. Actions from previous meeting

GDPR Roll out of consent forms was planned for January 2020. To be followed up.

Outreach – Betting Shop Premises. No progress has been made on this. Looks unlikely to proceed.

2. AGM Actions

• Election of Vice Chair Deferred until next meeting

3. Partnership Development Group – Update

Property and Community Audit

Bishop Robert has suspended PDG activity on this. However as significant work had already been done in the Parish prior to this decision it was felt appropriate to consider this. Each Mass Centre representative presented comprehensive feedback on initial findings. This clearly indicated potential to develop existing outreach provision in partnership with other agencies and, to explore opportunities to use our buildings more effectively. In light of this it was felt appropriate for the three teams to continue the audit exercise within the parish with the aim of providing a report back to a special meeting of in June 2020 to review the findings. Fr.Colm and PC thanked Team leads for the extensive work carried out on this exercise to date.

Proposals for events during 2020

Two events proposed:-

• Partnership Mass at Ushaw College (Mass only)

• Further open afternoons at 3 churches not previously included

4. Building Committee

Some work has been done on the figures for the 10-year forecast for maintenance etc, however these are dependent on the result of the Property Audit. There may be some opportunities to raise additional funds which will be explored further in coming months.

5. Liturgy Group

Review of Christmas arrangements to be carried out at February meeting. Fr.Colm reported positive feedback on Hall layout however there were some problems with ability for people to see the altar and readers and long rows of seating caused some difficulties. Group to consider how the new layout can be modified to overcome these issues. Reminder to include all Mass Centres when planning Stations of the Cross during Lent.

6. Homeless Project

Continues to be well supported by Volunteers. Night Shelter operating between now and end of February when temperatures fall to 0 degrees. Weekly health care support sessions have been added to night shelter provision.

7. Youth Update

Katie provided a comprehensive update of youth group activity and of her work in parish schools . Some of our young people will be attending the Transcend retreat in February.

8. St. Godric’s Steering Group

Next meeting Wednesday 15th January. Currently working on application to Heritage Lottery Fund for repairs to church.

9. Group Publicity in Bulletin

Joanna reported that there is sometimes a blank back page in the bulletin. This can be utilised by any parish groups wishing to advertise. Information should be submitted to Marjorie who will insert it when space if available.

10. Communications

The briefing note will be read out over the weekend of 25th January

St Joseph’s 5.00 Vigil Mass – Joanna

St. Godric’s 9.00 Mass – Tom

St. Joseph’s 11.00 Mass – John Thompson

12. Date of Next Meeting 10th March 2020


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