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 Officers and Members of the PPC for the year 2023-24 are:
- Fr. Des McAuliffe PP; Fr. Tom Ryan CC
- Chairperson – Mary McEvoy
- Vice Chairperson – Brian McCarthy
- Secretary – Anne Kennedy
- Elizabeth Mulvin; Bridie Burke
- Melanie O’Shea; Sarah Phillips
- Margaret Naughton; Fergal Deegan.
REPORT FROM AGM OF MAY 2023
The AGM of the Parish Council was held on 23 May and was well attended. Chairperson, Mary McEvoy, expressed her appreciation of the work and dedication of all the voluntary groups within the parish. All groups are in need of more volunteers. We all have talents we can share and volunteering as we know is very good for our wellbeing. She outlined the work done over the past year by the Parish Council, including meeting the First Holy Communion children and investigating the replacement of the Annunciation sculptures. She thanked all members of the Parish Council for their dedication and hard work during the past year.
Fr. McAuliffe, in his President’s Address, spoke about the census carried out by the Diocese in all Churches. It showed that on average 500 people attend Mass in person in Our Lady of the Rosary each weekend. He said this core group keeps the Parish financed in terms of the maintenance and upkeep of the Church building and administration. He informed the meeting that the Church is to be painted over the coming months. He gave a short run down on the finances. He also thanked all those who volunteer in our Parish.
There was wide ranging discussion which included:
The return of the Funday which Fr. McAuliffe said could be part of our 60 year celebration in 2024; the return of the monthly Family Mass; John Paul Awards for young people; singing hymns that are known to all the congregation; registration of parishioners; handing out of Mass Booklets; holding a Parish Mission; the Schools attending Mass on a regular basis.
Fr. McAuliffe and Mary thanked everybody for their attendance and positive contribution at the AGM. On behalf of the Parish Council and the parishioners, the Chairperson thanked Fr. McAuliffe and Fr. Ryan for their hard work and dedication to us and to our Parish.
FROM AGM OF MAY 2022
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 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.
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.
The outgoing Officers and Committee were thanked for their service to the Parish.