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St Vincent’s AGM 2019

Report on our Annual General Meeting in October 2019

This year we tried something new….

In past years we have had our meeting around the feast of St Vincent de Paul. The meeting has been on a Thursday evening – it was always useful. There was great feedback and those who took part could take away a greater knowledge of what was happening and who was involved in the various activities and responsibilities.

The issue was – attendance was very low.

How do we reach a great number of people and so include more parishioners in the stewardship of the parish community. It is about being informed, but more – it is also about having a voice and becoming involved.

In the Parish Pastoral Council we decided to anchor the meeting to our Sunday masses (a captive audience :-)). There were challenges of course. How long? What form? Getting people to join in…..

A feedback form was sent out 3 weeks before the meeting. We had 18 responses and looked at what was there and how we could respond.

We wanted the meeting to make visible the members of the council and showcase important themes and the way ahead.

So it was decided.

As we could not talk on all subjects we would present an annual report. As far as possible all members of the council would take part. This meant that we did not need and “open mic” – we had the feedback forms and in case of clarifications people would be encouraged to speak with he appropriate person and seek clarification.

Included in the report is the 5 year plan – our planning to develop both our buildings and our spirit over the coming years.

As well as a report we would also publish a calendar of events for the coming year. Together with this I laid out the 3 priorities for moving forward. The priorities come from our ongoing work as a council and stem from our away day at the Schoenstatt Shrine in August.

The priorities are:

  • Being a welcoming parish
  • Looking for and engaging the missing young adult section of our community
  • Developing our channels of communication

There was a bit of tense apprehension as we began these meetings. But the response was very positive. In a very short period of time we passed on a lot of information. More importantly we demonstrated by our actions how much we want to involve as many as possible in the development and challenges of our parish community.

Many thanks to all council members and parishioners involved in the many activities and responsibilities involved in helping a parish community to grow and develop. I would like to especially thank Jackie Solomon – the Parish Council Secretary for her work in collating our annual report (amongst other things!).

Now it is time to get on with he work….

These documents are available for you to download:

Fr. Andrew

Progress

The Parish Council will be meeting today- one of our bimonthly meetings to look ahead and make sure we are making progress in the areas we wanted to grow….

First Holy Commonion

It is fantastic each year to celebrate the “Source and Summit” of our life as Catholic’s – the Eucharist. Five children this year will celebrate their deepest encounter with Christ. As a community it is good that we come together with them to celebrate and mark the occasion. To that end – a new initiative. After mass on Sunday there will be a little “Garden Party” with something to eat, something to drink and lots of things for the children to do – do celebrate with us – the sacred and the familial…

Action:

  • Come along and celebrate with us
  • Pray for all children receiveing their First Holy Communion

Live broadcast.

This year we started streaming the mass on Friday (for the sick) and on Sunday on Youtbue. This found a lot of resonance – especially with those restricted to their homes due to age or health – but also with some who were on holiday and could not get to a Church. We were simply broadcasting from a phone at this point. Unfortunately, YouTube changed their user policies and we can no longer stream live directly from a phone until we have 1000 subscribers – so we are going to have to adapt.

Am hoping for the gift of a computer in the coming weeks – but there will be a need to purchase some equipment – we can stream through a browser or browsing program….

Will keep you up to date ast to where we are going with this…

Action:

  • Could you sponsor some of the equipment we need.
  • Am looking for people to operate the equipment on a Sunday….

Fish and Chip Friday

There are a number of events coming up from our Social and Fundraising Team. The first of which is our Fish and Chip Fridays. We are going to go one step further this year and we will be having entertainment after the meal – the first week – Bingo…..

Action:

  • Look out for the tickets on sale shortly….
  • We are looking for sponsors so we can keep the price down….

There is lots more ongoing and coming up. Will be trying to blog every two weeks – you can find info on our website www.stvincentsbolton.org – follow us on Facebook – and look out for our “Live at Five” program every other week….A

Word for the Day

21 April 

Easter Sunday

In every situation may the Holy Spirit cause us to contemplate history in light of the risen Jesus (Gaudete et exsultate 139).

John 20:1-9
“He saw and believe.’

We pray and beg our Lady so often: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. What did Christ promise? He promised the Holy Spirit. What has the Holy Spirit to give us? What did our Lord say? He should introduce us into all that he (Jesus) had said (cf. Jn 14,26). … So we may expect the coming of the Holy Spirit in a special way. “Send forth your Spirit and everything will be re-created”. We want to be transformed inwardly, to become genuine human beings, real men, real women, but at the same time completely supernatural.(26 May 1958 – JK)

#lent #holiness

Word for the Day

20 April 

Holy Saturday

We share a happiness that the world will not be able to take from us (Gaudete et exsultate 177). 

Luke 24:1-12 
`The Son of Man must be delivered in to the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again..’

Joy, perfect joy, has to be understood as central to our religious life; an accompaniment, but also an essential means to become holy. … St Francis of Assissi said: Educate yourselves to be joyful; if it doesn’t dominate, we can be certain that the devil will. That’s not what he said, but gives the meaning. Fr Faber said that joy is the atmosphere of heroic holiness. That is why we have to see education to be joyful as a moral duty and make it the centre of attention. Why? Because joy is a fundamental drive in human nature, and if it isn’t developed, human nature will look for other satisfactions. We cannot live without joy. (Retreat 1934 – JK)

#lent #holiness

Word for the Day

19 April

Good Friday

`This is our logic’ says St Bonaventure, pointing to the cross (Gaudete et exsultate 174). 

John18:1 – 19:42
‘It is finished.’ 

I have often said that the saints only began to be saints when they were convinced that God loved them boundlessly. That is why we have to follow up the stations of our Lord’s suffering as stations of love. Saint Paul said: He loved me – not just in a general way: He loved me personally. … He emptied himself, he allowed himself to be destroyed, even to die on the Cross. … He poured out all his blood … Why? Out of love for me. Out of love for the Heavenly Father. … He loved me and gave himself up for me.  (17 March 1958 -JK)

#lent #holiness

Word for the Day

18 April

Maundy Thursday

The Father readily reveals himself to the lowly! (Gaudete et exsultate 170). 

John 13:1-15
`Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.’ 

What was Mary Magdalene? A sinner, even a public sinner, a prostitute? What did she become? It is strange how our Lord spent time with such people. He was even blamed for doing so. What was his answer? Not the healthy, but the sick need a doctor. We can apply those words to ourselves. We are all sinners. (7 April 1958 – JK)

#lent #holiness

Word for the Day

17 April

Wednesday in Holy Week

We must not domesticate the power of the face of Christ (Gaudete et exsultate 151) 

Matthew 26:14-25 
‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bow! with me will betray me.’

We can understand how the spiritual suffering of our Lord caused his body to break down. He was so completely human at this moment. What do we do when we are suffering inwardly? We run from door to door looking for a little consolation. Our Lord did the same. He went to his disciples to be comforted, but they were asleep. … They had absolutely no understanding for what moved him inwardly. …. We must even say that what caused our Lord to sweat blood was the thought, the conviction, that his loved ones, the ones to whom he had given special graces, were often so superficial in their lives, so cold, and wanted to have nothing to do with him. (10 March 1958 – JK)

Word for the Day

16 April 

Tuesday of Holy Week

They do not desert others in bad times; they accompany them in their anxiety and distress, even though doing so may not bring immediate satisfaction (Gaudete et exsultate 112).

John 13:21-33.36-38 
‘What you are about to do, do quickly.’ 

The quiet and deep glow of our love of God drives us to the quiet heroism of joyfully sacrificial love for others. No matter how many weaknesses and limitations we drag around, one faculty has been highly developed: warm and untiring love that leaves us no peace until we have transformed the world around us into a bit of paradise. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)

#lent #holiness

Word for the Day

15 April

Monday of Holy Week

May we always feel compelled by his love (2 Corinthians 5:14), (Gaudete et exsultate 130). 

John 12:1-11
`Leave her alone,’ Jesus replied, ‘it was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.’

People who know our time and world complain that today Christianity in all its branches and levels has lost its vitality because the commandment of love is too little understood and practised. Everything can be bought, even love. It can be had for money, at least outwardly that is the condition; and without money the world, and to some extent also the Church, has become an icy cellar. (Everyday Sanctity – JK)

#lent #holiness

Word for the Day

14 April Palm Sunday

We need to remember that contemplation of the face of Jesus, died and risen, restores our humanity even when it has been broken by the troubles of this life or marred by sin (Gaudete et exsultate 151).

Luke 22:14 – 23:56
`This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’

Think of how people dishonoured him! Judas sold him for thirty pieces of silver, which at that time was the price of a cow. Herod treated him like a fool. Pilate compared him with Barabbas. Finally he was given the despised cross, which he had to drag like the worst criminal up to Calvary. … We are gripped by all these proofs of God’s love for us and do not tire of repeating with the Apostle Paul: “He loved me and gave himself up for me.” (Everyday Sanctity – JK)

#lent #holiness