Welcome to our Parish incorporating St Paul's , St Mary's & Chapel Royal
Parish of St. Mary Magdalene
Pastoral Council 17th January 2024 7pm
St. Paul’s House
Present: Damian Bray, Jacqueline Crawford, Craig Doidge, Liz Gronkowski, Sally McElroy, Jane Miezitis, Fr. Philip, Tony Ward.
Reflection: Jeremiah 29:11
1. Review of Advent and Christmas
a) Services were well attended , including New Year’s Day( feast of Mary, Mother of God) and Mass attendance has risen since Advent.
b) There was a very generous response to Toy Sunday.
2. Update of quarterly calendar and booklet
The new quarterly booklet has been distributed and the calendars should be on display at the back of the churches.
3. Progress on parish priorities
a) Building our faith community
o Friendship Group
Although this group has been very successful, it will now meet fortnightly due to lack of helpers. We will put another appeal for support in the newsletter.
o Everyday Love programme
No-one attended but there is a possibility the material could be used in conjunction with the sacramental programme.
b) Social Events
o Volunteers evening Friday 2nd February 7pm
Mass will be followed by a short group discussion using “Conversation in the Spirit” then a social gathering with refreshments.
A planning meeting will take place on Tuesday 30th January at 7.15pm.
A poster will be displayed in each church and a parishioners will be asked to sign up for catering purposes.
c) Supporting our children
o The Christmas party was a great success and well attended.
o The Family Party will take place on Sunday 11th February 2-4.30pm.
Families will be asked to sign up for catering purposes.
d) Adult Faith Formation
o Series two of “The Chosen” will begin on Wednesday 24th January. It will follow the same format as before.
o Topic for Lenten daytime programme
They will take place on the Tuesdays of Lent after 10am Mass.
It was agreed to focus on an aspect of the Old Testament.
4. The Synod
o Articles in relation to the synodal process were attached to the agenda.
o There will be a parish pastoral council retreat on Sunday 25th February at 2pm.
We will focus on how we move forward as a parish in light of the synod , planning a parish day.
o Publication of parish pastoral council minutes
It was agreed in the spirit of synodal openness these should be made widely available to parishioners.
5. Glenrothes Churches Together
The annual Fellowship Meal will take place on Saturday 20th January in St. Paul’s Hall.
6. Lent and Easter
o Part of SCIAF’S Lenten campaign is a sponsored 200km Big Walk. In light of Laudato Sii and our ecological footprint, it was agreed we would encourage parishioners to participate within their own capabilities.
o It was also suggested we encourage the theme of 200 to cover other sponsored initiatives, e.g.(Running, cycling, any others?)
o A day for musicians to plan Easter music will be organised.
7. Church noticeboards
These have now been completed and should be erected by the end of this week.
8. Date of next meeting
Tuesday 5th March St. Paul’s 7pm