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St Patrick’s Parish Renewal Plan 2014-2015 (Agreed at AGM on 19/10/14)


“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty, because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security,” said Pope Francis.


Our purpose for St Patrick’s and the challenge of having workers for the harvest is expressed in the following taken from Evangelii Gaudium:


I am aware that we need to create spaces where pastoral workers can be helped and healed, “places where faith itself in the crucified and risen Jesus is renewed, where the most profound questions and daily concerns are shared, where deeper discernment about our experiences and life itself is undertaken in the light of the Gospel, for the purpose of directing individual and social decisions towards the good and beautiful”. At the same time, I would like to call attention to certain particular temptations which affect pastoral workers.


Yes to the challenge of a missionary spirituality


Today we are seeing in many pastoral workers, including consecrated men and women, an inordinate concern for their personal freedom and relaxation, which leads them to see their work as a mere appendage to their life, as if it were not part of their very identity. At the same time, the spiritual life comes to be identified with a few religious exercises which can offer a certain comfort but which do not encourage encounter with others, engagement with the world or a passion for evangelization. As a result, one can observe in many agents of evangelization, even though they pray, a heightened individualism, a crisis of identity and a cooling of fervour. These are three evils which fuel one another.

No to selfishness and spiritual sloth


The problem is not always an excess of activity, but rather activity undertaken badly, without adequate motivation, without a spirituality which would permeate it and make it pleasurable. As a result, work becomes more tiring than necessary, even leading at times to illness. Far from a content and happy tiredness, this is a tense, burdensome, dissatisfying and, in the end, unbearable fatigue. This pastoral acedia can be caused by a number of things… Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of the joy of evangelization!

No to a sterile pessimism


The joy of the Gospel is such that it cannot be taken away from us by anyone or anything (cf. Jn 16:22). The evils of our world – and those of the Church – must not be excuses for diminishing our commitment and our fervour. Let us look upon them as challenges which can help us to grow. With the eyes of faith, we can see the light which the Holy Spirit always radiates in the midst of darkness, never forgetting that “where sin increased, grace has abounded all the more” (Rom 5:20). Our faith is challenged to discern how wine can come from water and how wheat can grow in the midst of weeds.

Yes to the new relationships brought by Christ


The Gospel tells us constantly to run the risk of a face-to-face encounter with others, with their physical presence which challenges us, with their pain and their pleas, with their joy which infects us in our close and continuous interaction. True faith in the incarnate Son of God is inseparable from self-giving, from membership in the community, from service, from reconciliation with others. The Son of God, by becoming flesh, summoned us to the revolution of tenderness.

No to spiritual worldliness


Spiritual worldliness, which hides behind the appearance of piety and even love for the Church, consists in seeking not the Lord’s glory but human glory and personal well-being. It is what the Lord reprimanded the Pharisees for: “How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” (Jn 5:44). It is a subtle way of seeking one’s “own interests, not those of Jesus Christ” (Phil 2:21). It takes on many forms, depending on the kinds of persons and groups into which it seeps.

No to warring among ourselves


Let us ask the Lord to help us understand the law of love. How good it is to have this law! How much good it does us to love one another, in spite of everything. Yes, in spite of everything! Saint Paul’s exhortation is directed to each of us: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:21). And again: “Let us not grow weary in doing what is right” (Gal 6:9). We all have our likes and dislikes, and perhaps at this very moment we are angry with someone. At least let us say to the Lord: “Lord, I am angry with this person, with that person. I pray to you for him and for her”. To pray for a person with whom I am irritated is a beautiful step forward in love, and an act of evangelization. Let us do it today! Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of the ideal of fraternal love!


Our discussions and feedback from the parish have really focussed on the need for spiritual renewal and listening to the Voice of God to help us forward. This plan and its proposals does not have to be finalised but is a working document that will undoubtedly change over time, the important thing is to step forward in faith and to be ambitious for our parish. All of this requires discernment and risk taking in faith, some of it will bear fruit and some won't but we won't know until we try,






By when

By whom

Resources required

Evaluation of outcomes

To respond to the call from Pope Francis for a New Evangelisation

To have joy and enthusiasm and to be ambitious in seeking the Gifts of the Holy Spirit for the transformation of our Community


Every member of the community

Faith the size of a mustard seed

You shall know them by their fruits, joy, celebration, radical conversion, healing and all the Gifts of the Spirit


To revise the written constitution to reflect the changes below

Discuss final document at November meeting and agree at January meeting

PPC Chair to lead and draft

Meeting time

Agreement by PPC and wider community



The PPC comprises of 12 members and the parish priest with volunteers for service received at AGM. Each member of the PPC will have involvement with one of the sub groups below and attend PPC meetings.

Agree at October 2014 AGM

PPC Chair to organise

Communicate to the parish that volunteers are needed for 6 new members

Objective achieved and is working satisfactorily.

A wider group of people involved in the running of the parish


To review official roles within the parish

Discuss at November meeting of PPC

Agenda for PPC meeting

Volunteers to take on roles

To share the workload fairly and to provide opportunities for participation for all


The term of office is 2 years with the option to stand again

From the 2014 AGM

Volunteers to come forward

Each new person will have to go through DBS process

A well functioning PPC


The PPC meetings are open meetings held 6 weekly. Any member of the parish can participate and vote. Having volunteer reps gives continuity and stability within wider decision making body

The first meeting will be in November

PPC Chair to organise

Utilise the Church for the meeting and to accommodate larger numbers of people

At the end of 12 months that the community are satisfied that they have a say in the proceedings of the PPC and that decision making is open and accountable


Each of the groups below to use the parishioner feedback to inform decisions

Over the next 12 months

The chair of each group to ensure this is included in discussion and reported back to PPC/wider community

Copies of parish feedback at each meeting

The community is satisfied that its opinions have been responded to.


Establish a Liturgy Team

Within the next 2 months

Father Abraham and Chair of the PPC will convene a meeting with all those involved in the liturgy to agree the best way of responding to parish feedback to establish a group and a Chair


The liturgy reflects different settings and styles and meets the need of the community


To explore a range of creative options in the liturgy including the use of musical backing tracks, video screens

Options to be established by Liturgy Team

Options to be established by Liturgy Group

Funding for any new innovations

Greater community participation in the liturgy and the gifts of the spirit being vicariously distributed


The Family Mass will return to 10 am Mass on 2nd Sunday of the month

With immediate effect


Changes to be clearly communicated to the parish and wider community

Levels of participation by families in the parish


To have a monthly fast day for the parish to support and pray for its work

Begin in Advent

Whole parish involved

Father to preach on the importance of fasting

The fruits of the Spirit


Thursday Mass will be at 7.30 pm. To be specifically dedicated to the growth and outreach work of the parish. Build a prayer group around it?

Starting in November

Father Abraham and liturgy group

Purpose and rationale to be clearly communicated to the parish and wider community

Reaching working people/families who do not have an opportunity to get to weekday/weekend mass


Mature Muncher’s Mass midday every 2nd Tuesday

Starting in November

Social group

Social group volunteers

Attendance by participants


Food Bank 2nd Sunday of the month and

to continue in August


Whole parish

Parish giving

Generous and consistent giving


Fair Trade to continue 2nd Sunday of the month


Whole parish

Continued provision

Aim of becoming a Fairtrade parish (are our refreshments after Mass/Mature Munchers Fairtrade? If not why not?


Christmas 2015 will see a return to Midnight Mass at St Patrick’s

Christmas 2015

Father Abraham and the Liturgy Group

Communication to the parish and wider community



To recruit more Altar Servers

Over the next 12 months

All involved in Liturgy to encourage people to come forward, especially first communicants

Training on the job

More Altar Servers both young and older


Establish a Sacrament and Ministry Team to ensure engagement with families involved in baptism, post first communion, post confirmation, post marriage and post funeral and also communion for the sick and housebound


Over the next 6 months,

Worked on by the whole PPC

This probably needs to be the main focus of our evangelization

All people coming into contact with St Patrick’s via the  sacraments are welcomed, engaged with and supported on an on going basis.

Young people

To revise the liturgy to appeal to families and young people

As per liturgy above

All involved in Liturgy to encourage people to come forward

Changes to liturgy

More young people involved in the liturgy


To think differently about young people’s involvement and what this might mean

Over next 12 months

To talk to groups of young people in the parish to ask their view’s on what is required

Respond to feedback however difficult. Observe safeguarding procedures

Feedback from young people informs any proposed developments


Collaborate with community organisations to engage with young people

Over next 12 months

Aaron Pycroft to discuss with Churches Together, Scouts, Guides etc

We will see what emerges

Young people engaged in parish activities


Engage with the Diocesan Youth Worker to help develop our engagement with young people

In the next 6 months

Aaron Pycroft to organise

Invite to a PPC meeting

Knowledge of resources available from Diocese


To build on the Bishop’s visit and meeting with young people to build some momentum

Bishop’s visit 8/9 November

Father Abraham/PPC to discuss with the Bishop

Have a focus on the Feast of Christ the King and its celebration in the Parish (International Youth Day)

Build young people’s involvement in parish life


To ensure that all safeguarding requirements are observed and implemented

Over next 12 months

Parish Safeguarding Officer

Training for all those involved

Safeguarding requirements are met

Social activities

There will be a diary of events published in the newsletter


Social group and Parish Office

Planning for the whole year

Good communication of events


TV and DVD at Mature Muncher’s Lunch

When set up

Social group


By participants


To look at expanding our St Patricks night celebrations with a focus on outreach to the wider community.

Start planning after Christmas

Social group in consultation with wider PPC

Depends on what is agreed

Did it do what it said on the tin


To develop some activities that appeal to younger families over the course of the liturgical year

Over the next 12 months

Social group

Discussion with families and also suggestions from the parish feedback

Wider range of activities established


Review newsletter A4 size

Already underway

Father Abraham and Jan

Different templates from around the diocese

Feedback from Parish


Review the website/social media

Over the next 12 months

Father Abraham, Jan and Mike Peacock + other volunteers

Look at Facebook, Twitter, more use of e-mail etc

Feedback from the Parish


Updating on finances each quarter

Starting with first quarter after AGM

A member of the finance committee at each mass

The most up to date accounts available

The community are more informed about parish finances


Establishing a fund raising strategy including increased giving through standing orders and gift aid and appealing for legacies


Finance committee and others as required

Regular appeals to current and new parishioners

Increased giving


Replace speakers/PA in church


Finance committee to identify sources of funding


New PA/speakers



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