Agenda for the Parish Council meeting to be held on

Friday 8th June at 7pm

Opening Prayer



Matters arising from minutes

Discussion points

Review of Easter Services

Pastoral Area Update

Quarant Ore

Holy Communion to sick and housebound.

Sacramental programme/Little Church finish and start dates

Ordination/1st Mass

St. Raymond’s

Thanksgiving Mass/Fr. O’Reilly Trophies

Faith in Action

Side Chapel

Summer holidays

CAFOD Connect2 Initiative



School liaison

Chapel House

Leaflets for New Housing estates

Holy Day 29th June - Friday

Essential Building work and repairs at St. Benet’s church




Date of next meeting

Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on

16th March 2018 

Opening Prayer

Present: Fr. Bruce (Fr. BW), Bernadette Carr (BC), Margaret Bridson (Chair) (MB), Pat Beatty(PB), Anne Allerton(AA), Marian Webb (MW), Cathy Smith (CS), Veronica Morrison (VM)

Apologies: Maureen Davies (MD)

Minutes approved; Approved: Bernadette Carr

Seconded: Marian Webb

It was agreed that the signed minutes would be published on the notice board in the church porch with copies for people to take if they wished.

Members were reminded of the need to maintain confidentiality.

Matters arising from the minutes.

Points discussed

Services in Advent and Christmas

Christmas services generally went well. The Service of Reconciliation had to be cancelled as directed by the Archbishop and because of the building issues which have resulted in the temporary closure of St. Raymond’s church all services over Christmas took place at St. Benet’s Church.

The Christmas Carol Concert was a great success and attendance was improved on last year. Thanks to the 2 choirs and those who were involved in decorating the church and organising the service.

Over 80’s Party: Wed 6th Dec.

The Party was a great success with 35 people attending. Transport was offered to those who required assistance and we were grateful to the family and carers of those who needed specialist transport for organising this. Many thanks to Jane for organising the room and for the all the volunteers who served the meal and generally helped out during the afternoon. No doubt the highlight of the afternoon was the entertainment by the children of St. Benedict’s who lead the carols and Christmas songs and then shared Christmas jokes with the pensioners. Thanks as always to the teachers from school who give up their time at a very busy time of year.

Parish Workers Social

Not discussed

St. Raymond’s Church

Following the temporary closure of St. Raymond’s Church since Nov. 2017 due to the structural cracks in the floor, alternative arrangements for an extra Sunday Mass at 9am at St. Benet’s have been in place and this has been well attended.

Costings for the necessary repair work have been received. A questionnaire was circulated to those who normally attend the chapel to offer various options which are to be considered and to seek the views of parishioners.

Sacramental Programme

The sacramental Programme is more than half way through and the attendance of parents and children has been excellent. The children received their First Confession last Tuesday evening (6th March) and will come together to celebrate the Passover on Holy Thursday. The Parents will join in the Parish Maundy Thursday Celebration.


Retreat Saturday 28th April 10am to 2pm

First Holy Communion MAY Sat 5th and Sat 12th at 10.30am

Thanksgiving Mass 24th June at the 11am Mass

30 children completed the programme.

Faith in Action Programme

There are 8 candidates this year from St. Benet’s church as well as the Year 6 pupils from St. Benedict’s.

The church will pay for a retreat at Lowe House run by Animate on 2nd July at Lowe House.

The children will give regular updates at the Sunday Masses as part of their Reflections.

Health & Safety/First Aid

The Annual Health and Safety check has taken place by Kevin Harvey. Maureen to organise Log Books for contractors and PAT testing on electrical equipment.

First Aid: Emergency First Aid course to be organised through St. John’s Ambulance. Lists will be placed in the sacristy for people to sign up.

Defibrillator: The proposed purchase of a Defibrillator to be available for the church and the club will not go ahead.

Side Chapel

To be discussed at a later date.

Ordination to the Priesthood of Rev Philip Carr

Information so far:

7th July at 1pm: Celebration Mass at the Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop

Malcolm. Coach to be arranged from St. Benet’s

8th July at 3pm: First Mass followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre

8th July at 11am: Normal Mass at St. Benet’s

Fr. O’Reilly Trophies

Nominations were accepted for Primary: Anthony; AJ and Ellie

Secondary: Rebecca and Catherine


Booking forms are available from Fr. Bruce for the 3 day CONFERENCE ON 7th/8th AND 9th SEPTEMBER


Data Audits to be completed by the end of May and handed to Fr. Bruce

Date of next meeting: June 8th at 7pm