Parish Pastoral Council
Our Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), which generally meets on the first Tuesday of each month, is constituted in accordance with the Statutes For Parish Pastoral Councils (the Statutes), as promulgated by the Archbishop in April 2008 for the Archdiocese of Cape Town, with the objective of collaborating with our parish priest in a consultative and advisory capacity in the mission of the parish.
The Statutes provide that the PPC comprises the parish priest who is President of the Council, our deacon, elected members of the parish, representatives of approved parish associations and religious and secular institutions together with parishioners appointed by the parish priest.
The Statutes highlight the following matters as falling within the competence of the PPC:
- Fostering an identity with the local church
- Catechetical Instruction
- The Catechumenate or RCIA
- Apostolate to the Unchurched
- Basic Christian Communities/Small Faith Sharing Groups
- Family Life Apostolate
- Social Apostolate
- Youth Apostolate
- Community Activities
- Justice and Peace
- Additions to and Maintenance of Existing Immovable Property.
PPCs are presided over by the Parish Priest who is ex officio President of the Council. The Executive of the Council comprises the President, Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary of the Council.
Any parishioner who is aged 18 or more, has received the Sacrament of Confirmation and enjoys a good reputation is eligible for election to the Council for a period of two years and may be elected for a further period of two years following which he/she is required to step down and is generally not eligible to stand for election for a further two year period.
The Council has a consultative role in collaborating with the parish priest in an advisory capacity in furtherance of the mission of the parish.
During 2009 a strategic planning exercise was undertaken by the PPC in consultation with parishioners as a whole. Parishioners were requested to participate in a SWOT analysis in which they were requested to provide their views on the strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats relating to our parish. This input was analysed and fed into a SWOT analysis and other exercises undertaken by parish councillors under the guidance of Karen Gird, a parishioner, who is experienced in facilitating strategic planning workshops. A number of workshop sessions were conducted and culminated in the identification of the following strategic objectives for the PPC:
To develop specific objectives and action plans with a view to focussing outreach initiatives on identified needs and, in particular, needs within our own community. Rev Richard Aguirre, is charged with managing and developing this objective.
Buildings & Maintenance
To develop short term specific objectives to address identified needs and issues; to plan and construct a wheel chair ramp; to develop an integrated facilities plan including: inter alia, consideration relating to the provision of more suitable catechism classrooms, a library, a redesign of the area behind the sanctuary and the provision of an automatic garden sprinkler system. James Wagner will champion this strategic objective.
Parishioner Knowledge of Faith & Spirituality
To develop specific objectives aimed at providing parishioners with educational resources concerning the Church and its beliefs; opportunities to develop their spirituality through the provision of training programs, lectures, homilies, workshops and liturgical events; and action plans designed to encourage the development of home-based spirituality. John Burke has responsibility for this strategic objective.
Parishioner Responsibility For Church & Faith / Increasing the Lay Apostolate
Develop specific objectives with a view to encouraging parishioners to become more involved in the parish through participation in the various parish ministries thereby ensuring a dynamic and efficient parish which provides not only for its own needs but which is fully committed to evangelisation. John Burke is championing this strategic objective.
To develop specific objectives and action plans with a view to highlighting the crisis which the Church faces with the decline in vocations to the priesthood and religious life; encouraging young people in particular to heed the call to priestly and religious vocations and, through prayer, to invoke the Assistance of the Holy Spirit in addressing this serious need.
See The Year of The Priest for inspiration on the priesthood as demonstrated by St. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, universal patron saint of priests.
To develop specific objectives and action plans designed to develop a strong community spirit among parishioners.
To develop specific objectives aimed at improving communication within the parish by enhancing the weekly bulletin, assisting in the development of the parish website and by the effective utilisation of modern technology and media tools.
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The PPC is there for the parishioners as their representatives in assisting our parish priest and deacon to develop and maintain a really effective community which strives to live to the fullest and to spread the Word of our beloved Jesus Christ and we encourage and urge all parishioners to make full use of the PPC and to contribute meaningfully to the life of the Parish, our Deanery and the Archdiocese.
Our Parish Council
The Parish Pastoral Council comprises the following members with the portfolios as indicated hereunder.
Find out more about these people by visiting the Parish Officers page
- President: Fr Robert Bissell
- Chairperson: Karen Parkin
- Vice Chairperson: Barry Smith
- Secretary: Kim Ewing
- Buildings/Maintenance: Brian Pickup
- Catechism: Sonja Davids
- Senior Catechism: Fr Robert Bissell
- Communication: Karen Parkin
- Evangelisation: Mike Brooks
- Discipleship (Existing): Louis Spaan
- Discipleship (Development): Luke Holderness
- Worship: Shirley Roos
- Community: Irene Ochem
- Social Justice: Barry Smith
- Sacristy: Sonja Davids
- Child Protection Officer: Alison Killick & Lara Colananni
- Welcoming: Gabi Steenkamp
- Outreach: Rev. Deacon Richard Aguirre
- Schoenstatt: Sr. Iona MacKenzie (Religious Institution Representative)
- Youth: Nic Stipinovich
- Care Group: Fran Robertson (Association Representative)