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Present: Fr Kieron O’Brien (Chairperson), Yvonne Bishop, Martin Downy (joined halfway through) ,
Kay Howlett, Susan Line, Brian Pointer, Jane Burch (Minute Secretary)
Apologies: Mary Downy, Megan Hadden, Fr Royston Pegley
The Minutes of the previous meeting held on 14th November 2006 were approved. It was noted that the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 12th December 2006 did not take place.
Fr Kieron reported that the Youth Group was up and running. The age range is from 7 – 10 years old and attendance has been between 25-30 over the last three events. The group meets on the third Sunday of the month and is run by Beth Rogers, Becky Montieth, Martin Downy, Pat O’Hanlon & Kayleigh O’Donnell.
Fr Kieron reported that this had gone well, although the crib had been returned to the Nursery by each family rather than be transferred from one home to another, Susan reported that the crib was well received at the Bosham Children’s Service on Christmas Eve. This can be developed further next year. Our thanks to Rosie Beal and Mary Downy for their efforts.
Article from the Tablet re Parish Structures 7 Oct. 2006
Fr Kieron commented that ideas in the article around the development of parishes to become more of a “communion of communities” is something we could look at as a Pastoral Team for the future. Views and comments are welcome. Action: All
“With Hearts and Minds” 20th January 2007 - a Day with Martin Foster
Susan reported that about 50 people had attended the day at Bosham. This figure also included people from the Wittering’s Parish. A feedback sheet from the day was circulated to those members of the team present. Susan felt the day had been useful and things were improving for the Liturgy Group. Brian however, had commented on his disappointment that the day had not been more challenging in looking at ways to move forward. Fr Kieron noted this point.
In Megan’s absence, Fr Kieron commented on the Sunday Cathedral service held during Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The service had been based on the healing ministry and included the anointing of oil and the laying on of hands.
CTiC – had held an Executive Meeting and Church Leaders had agreed to meet on a more frequent basis.
Lent & Easter
Yvonne confirmed that she would go ahead and order the Diocesan Programme book for Lent groups at a cost of £1.60 each. Also, the CaFE course book “This is my Body” by Ian Pettit would also be ordered and used as a follow-on from “With Hearts and Minds” after the Easter break. Other books to be ordered and left in the porch – “Walk with Me” a Lenten Journey of Prayer, and Bible Alive: Lent 2007. Action: Yvonne, Fr Kieron
Fr Kieron reviewed progress to-date and informed the team that there was still nothing to report regarding the time-table of acquiring the Selsey parish. He suggested that the future model that we would use would be to have core groups for each parish community and that the role of the Pastoral Team would be to cascade information to these core groups.
Jane suggested that in the interim period, we could look at concentrating on the area of Adult Formation and preparing people with ministry skills for these core groups. This could be looked into for the future. Action: Brian/Fr Kieron
Fr Kieron reported that the re-ordering of the Church would go ahead. This would involve a new entrance to the BSC, a re-modelled reconciliation room, a smaller sanctuary with a permanent ambo and the re-location of the font. More detailed specifications are currently being drawn up. The funds are already in place for this phase of the project from the sale of land at Nutbourne. It is hoped the work would be completed by next year ready for St. Richard’s Jubilee.
The Contractors would be asked to work in a block time period of three weeks when the Church would be closed. Plans for daily Masses would be drawn up including using the Parish Rooms, extra Masses in Bosham, using the School Hall and having Masses celebrated in other Churches in the City. Action: Fr Kieron
1. National Marriage Week
Martin reported that this was scheduled for 7-14th February 2007. Anything organised for the Sunday, 11th February could be a separate service or during the Sunday Mass. It was decided that as this was quite short notice, such celebrations could be postponed to a later date in the year. Action|: Martin/Fr Kieron
2. DABCEC Information Sheet for Small Groups - Yvonne
Yvonne read out some of the forthcoming events:
Into Great Silence - a film inside a Carthusian Monastery, the Grande Chartreuses – at the New Park Centre on 6, 7 & 8th March
Afternoon at the Well – an afternoon of praise worship and catechesis with Bishop Kieran at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Guildford - 4th March
Liturgy - Chrism Mass - at Arundel, 4th April, Wednesday of Holy Week
3.Date of the Next Meetings and their Chairpersons:
Tuesday, 27th February 2007 : Megan Hadden
Wednesday, 28th March 2007 : Kay Howlett
Tuesday, 24th April 2007 : Martin Downy
This would take place on Tuesday, 27th February 2007 at 7.30 p.m. in the Parish Rooms. The Chairperson for this meeting will be Megan Hadden.