Holycross Ballycahill

Parish Pastoral Team

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The Diocesan Pastoral Council have suggested that each parish should have a Parish Pastoral Team (PPT). This team would have co-responsibility with the Parish Priest on a pastoral level in the parish. To this end there was a meeting of a group of parishioners in Holycross Parochial House on Wednesday 5th October 2022.

The composition and role of the PPT was outlined. Ideally the team would have between 12 and 16 members. Other people could be co-opted to support the work in the different areas of pastoral ministry. It is an exciting time for the Church where the people of the parish will be promoting spirituality – some thing we all need.

Each member was asked what they would like to see developed in the parish in line with the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, ‘Seeds of Hope’. The ideas included the formation and training of a visitation team who would visit new people to the parish and welcome them on behalf of the community. The expansion of music/choirs would enhance liturgies further in the parish. A folk group involving young people with musical talent would be important. This could be done in conjunction with the formation of a youth club. A support group for bereaved and those living alone would be important. Training for this would need to be provided. There could be a Bible Study Group set up which would promote the love and understanding of Scripture. Special Masses for the start and the end of the school year as well as a Children’s Mass on a regular basis would involve parents and children. The raising of awareness of what is often called ‘The Third World’ would give our parish a missionary dimension and make us grateful for all we have. It was pointed out that the parish have an environmental group which is action based. It is named Domhan Glas. It has many members from outside the parish. It is important to promote the love of nature and the environment. Nature walks could be organised to this end. If we learn to respect nature we will not harm it. Many people who cannot attend Mass would love to have Communion brought to them in their homes. Now that there is going to be less Masses in our churches other liturgies could be organised and led by the laity. A cup of tea once a month after Mass would help to bond the community and help new people to be welcomed to the parish.

It would be unrealistic to think that all these ideas could be taken on in the parish so the members were asked to select what could be done in the short to medium term. These could be discussed at the next meeting of the PPT, which is set for Wednesday 26th October at 8 pm in the Parochial House. If you would like to offer your time and talents to the PPT or to any of the above initiatives you would be more than welcome to join or support the PPT in making our parish a vibrant faith community.