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For nine years up till July 2010, I was parish priest at St Simon Stock Catholic Church, South Ashford, Kent, England. From July 2010 until June 2011 I was Associate Pastor at St Peter's Cathedral, Marquette, Michigan USA and then Pastor at St Anthony Parish, Gwinn, MI until October 2013. I then transferred to the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon to serve as Director of the Tribunal. And that's what I am currently doing. Since February 2015 I have also been serving as Pastor at St Stephen Parish, South East Portland. I miss "da UP" (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) but love being here in the Pacific North West.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Towards a Vision...

We had our first meeting on Thursday this week on Growing in Communion. Here are the conclusions. Thanks to John Barton for facilitating and to all who attended. Next meeting this coming Thursday on: Reaching out in Mission, 7.30 pm in the church hall. If you'd like to add a comment, please do. In the interests of openness and in deference to those who turned up to the meeting and made their comments openly, no anonymous comments will be accepted.

Towards a Vision for our Diocese

St. Simon Stock – South Ashford – Summary of Meetings

Building Up the Life of the Church - Thursday 15th March 2007
  1. What and how do we celebrate really well in our Parish?
    Preparation for the Sacraments.
    Mass – said reverently and frequently.
    Eucharistic devotion.
    Ethnic Masses.
    Introduction of traditional liturgical customs.
    Occasional and appropriate use of Gregorian chant.
    Whit Sunday International Mass.
    Reading, serving, flowers and singing.
    Activities in evenings e.g. Bible Study, youth club.
  2. What needs to be developed in the community at this time?
    Noise level in Church before Mass.
    Organ too loud – sound system too quiet.
    Welcomers needed to encourage ethnic communities
    Some hymns not known.
    Attracting young people to Church.
    Reaching out to lapsed Catholics, housebound, elderly, those struggling with English and those with special needs e.g transport.
    More volunteers for Extraordinary Minister.
    Establishment of UCM.
    Communications to ensure that all are aware of all parish activities.
    Mass times to be advertised e.g Stringer and local radio station.
  3. How could we exchange our gifts with neighbouring parishes in our deanery?
    Exchange of views with catechists.
    More communications with St Teresa’s, including ideas and social.
    Faith Group to join up with other similar groups.
    Inviting other parishes to our special occasions.
    Maximise the benefit of our hall.
  4. What resources do we need to move our parish and deanery forward?
    Greater parishioner involvement especially including ethnic communities and newer parishioners.
    More income (through having more parishioners).
    More representatives from the younger generation.
    Ethnic minorities from whom we can learn.
    More catechists and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion and those willing to form groups eg. Mother and Toddler.

    Areas for further development
    · Where do our exact parish boundaries lie?
    · Why do parishioners go to St. Teresa’s?
    · Should we share more with St. Teresa’s?



Blogger Shirley Hook said...

Excellent website, but not all parishioners have access to computers, could a copy be displayed on our noticeboard. After the 3 meetings have finished, would our parishioners, particularly those who supported the meetings have the opportunity for further discussion, possibly an AGM.

1:55 pm  
Blogger Fr John Boyle said...

Yes, I did announce yesterday that a copy would be placed on the noticeboard.

As regards a further meeting or AGM, this could be raised with those who have attended the meetings.

5:14 pm  
Blogger Shirley Hook said...

Fine, I must have been in the foyer with the concert tickets, it was noisy.

A further meeting will be raised at the next meeting.

9:48 am  

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