The Annual General Meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council took place on 10 May 2022.
It was the first time since 2019 that the AGM could be held. After the years of Covid, with lockdowns and restricted openings, it was a special occasion for all. It was not easy for our priests to celebrate Mass in an empty Church but the online streaming through the parish website was much appreciated by parishioners.
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is a team comprising clergy and laity, who in the spirit of partnership exercise the overall care and responsibility for the wellbeing and future development of our parish community.
The outgoing Chairperson, Martin Duffy, welcomed everyone to the AGM and acknowledged the work done by parishioners during the pandemic. He made special mention of services provided by Fr. McAuliffe and Fr. Ryan during the difficult times of recent years.
Fr. Des McAuliffe, PP, also mentioned the difficulties of the last two years. Attendance at Mass was much reduced and many older people are still afraid to return. Also, it was difficult to meet parishioners and much of the normal pastoral service had to be suspended.
Financially, things were not too bad and a small deficit was managed. People continued to support the Parish through regular donations and tax refunds made a significant contribution. The fabric of the Church is good and the outside will have to be painted and maintained this summer.
Many of those who did voluntary work in the Church and Grounds are no longer able to do so and it may be necessary to engage more contractors. We are an ageing parish but still a very welcoming community.
There was some discussion of future prospects as vocations have declined and parishes find it more difficult to maintain the level of service to which we have been accustomed. The role of the laity will have to be increased and parishes are likely to be joined together.
It was hoped that the Parish Funday could take place again next year. The outgoing Officers and Committee were thanked for their service to the Parish.
The following Officers were duly elected for 2022-23:
- Chairperson – Ena Holmes
- Vice Chairperson – Brian McCarthy
- Secretary – Anne Kennedy
The continuing and new members of the Parish Pastoral Council are:
- Fr. Des McAuliffe; Fr. Tom Ryan; Elizabeth Mulvin; Bridie Burke;
- Mary McEvoy; Melanie O’Shea; Sarah Phillips; Margaret Naughton;
- Martin Duffy; Fergal Deegan.