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St Johns Parish Waterford - Parish Groups

The Parish Pastoral Council

The parish pastoral council is a leadership group through which priests and people work together as partners in furthering the mission of Christ in the parish. It does this through the building up a vibrant Christian community that is rooted in baptism and marked by its faith, worship and service. The. pastoral council is a representative body which reflects the diversity of the parish community. It is a means whereby all parishioners can take part in discussions that relate to the parish, its mission and its future development.

The Pastoral Council seeks to fulfill its mission through:

  • Reflection and Planning In collaboration with the parish community, identifying their needs and the challenges they face, and reflecting in dialogue with them on what needs to be done.
  • Animation Enabling the baptised to discover their gifts in response to the needs and challenges of the parish, and developing these gifts through the provision of training and ongoing formation.
  • Action Providing structures that will make connection between the needs and the challenges of the parish with the gifts and resources in the parish and the diocese.
  • Communication Ensuring that effective dialogue takes place within the parish, the diocese and the wider community.
  • Evaluation Reviewing the life and activities of the parish so that parishioners might have a sense of a developing dynamic Christian community.

The Pastoral council has just created a two-year pastoral plan for the parish; the plan was based on responses from parishioners which were recorded at our Parish Assembly in May. Details of the plan can be viewed on the web-site. The first phase of the planning process is being implemented at present.

The following parishioners are currently serving as councillors in St. John’s Parish: 
 

Fr.

Paul

Murphy P.P.

 

Kathleen

O'Hagan (Chairperson)

Margaret

 Hayes (Secretary)

 

Mary

Halligan (Vice Chairperson)

 

Paddy

Grant

 

Mary

Maher

 

Mary 

Kennedy

 

Jim

Griffin