NEWS & UPDATES
Parish Pastoral Council 2019 AGM Report
27 October 2019
Chairperson’s AGM Report
“Unless Jesus Christ is at the centre of our lives and of our Church, all our efforts at renewal and reform will come to nothing. We must try to listen then with the mind and heart of Christ.” (Archbishop Timothy Costello)
Our thanks to Fr Ossie for allowing his parishioners to take an active role in the management and pastoral care of the Holy Family Parish. Father’s leadership empowers his parishioners to step forward and take on roles and responsibilities demonstrating commitment to their Catholic Faith. Thank you also to our resident priest, Fr Greg Carroll, who assists Fr Ossie with masses in the Parish.
We are well supported by two pastoral assistants, Rose Hart and Tony Pires. Our thanks to them over the past twelve months as they have dutifully assisted in leading the mission and pastoral care of the parish community in accordance with the precepts, teachings and practices of the Catholic Church.
Fr Ossie is supported by an active Parish Pastoral Council (PPC). Our mission is to live gratefully the life God has given us, live in the spirit of Jesus and grow closer to God and one another. Monthly meetings are held throughout the year to discuss and action initiatives to support Father in carrying out his ministry within the Parish. Over the past twelve months these initiatives have included:
promoting Gospel values and the teachings of the Church which included a prayer and reflection day for the council at St Joseph’s Convent South Perth.
establishing short and long term goals to include the establishment of hubs, complete a new Parish website, establish new groups within the Parish viz a readers group and to complete the Parish History project. This work is done actively pursuing our goals as set down in our Mission Statement.
promoting courses of study and reflection to laity through the Understanding Change Loss and Grief Session offered to parishioners by Sr Dora McGuire, a Readers Workshop conducted by Tony Pires to reflect on the reading ministry and receive technical support and additionally by supporting the Altar servers and Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist training.
seeking out and responding to the needs of people in the Parish and beyond through supporting appeals such as Caritas Australia with Project Compassion. Parishioner donations to this amounted to $4,506.70, being gifted to empower individuals and communities through education, to transform their future to create lasting change. Supporting the Good Friday Holy Land collection with contributions amounting to $2,077 as well as supporting the Vinnies Winter Appeal with parishioner donations of $1,304 directed to support local people in need. Ongoing support continues for the St Vincent de Paul through the Vinnies Christmas Giving Tree and Christmas card sales. The Parish also supports the Archdiocese Lifelink Christmas Appeal.
stimulating a Christian response to local issues and problems of the world. Discussion sessions for the Plenary Council meeting in 2020 were held in the Parish around the question posed by the Australian Bishops, What do you believe God is asking of us in Australia at this time? A Parish response was gathered from meetings and prepared for submission by a council member Claire Noonan. More dialogue is to follow around the six National themes for discernment; 1. Missionary & evangelising, 2. Inclusive, participatory & synodal, 3. Prayerful and Eucharistic, 4. Humble, healing and merciful, 5. A joyful, hope-filled and servant community, 6. Open to conversion, renewal and reform.
promoting communication within and beyond the Parish. Councillors David Periera and Marianne Taylor with the assistance of Julian Sieber have worked consistently to create a new Parish website which has now been launched.
The recently released Constitution for Parish Pastoral Councils has been unpacked by council members at monthly meetings. I attended formation sessions when the new Archdiocesan website for Parish Renewal was introduced. Four council members attended a Parish Renewal Gathering conducted from the Nollamara Parish to discuss the development of Hubs across the Archdiocese. The next phase is the development of a package that parishes working in a Hub can use to enthuse and engage all parishioners in parish life. The intention is that Parishes thrive by entering into conversations and pooling resources to support one another and streamline some Parish initiatives. Future dialogue with surrounding parishes will develop Hubs that will allow parishes to share their strengths and resources for the benefit of all.
As Chairperson I wish to extend my thanks to council members for their dedication and calling to discipleship. Our thanks also to the Parish finance committee who works within the constitution in offering sound advice to the parish priest on financial matters related to Parish funds.
The Parish Office operates from Tuesday to Thursday and is manned by our efficient Joanne Zappia. Our two Safeguarding Officers Mark Ferroa and Breda Piers are responsible for ensuring the safety of children, young people and the vulnerable within our Parish.
The parish is alive with workers willingly giving their time to prepare rosters, clean, teach sacramental programmes and take Children’s Liturgy, be acolytes, altar servers and members of choirs, do maintenance and gardening, provide care services through Holy Family Care, fundraise and provide and serve morning tea each fortnight. We indeed have a vibrant operating Parish.
Our pastoral assistants, PPC members, Finance committee, acolytes, altar servers, lectors, readers, extraordinary ministers, children’s liturgy team, liturgy committee, choirs and small Christian communities, Sacred Heart Sodality, gardeners, technical support, cleaners and St Vincent de Paul members, are all a visible sign of commitment to their Catholic Faith as they carry out their volunteer work for the Holy Family Parish.
Pope Francis said, “Evangelisation is the mission of the Church, not just of a few, but my, your, our mission.”
Fr Ossie says weekday Masses at local nursing homes and visits the elderly in the Parish. Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist from our Parish visit local nursing homes to take Communion to the elderly. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is privately conducted by Fr Ossie. The process involves a period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation.
Thank you to Mark Ferroa and his team for preparing children through the Parish Sacramental program to receive the Sacraments. The new program called ‘Gathered in My Name’ continues to prepare children for First Reconciliation in Year 3 and First Eucharist in Year 4. The Pre-Confirmation module begins in Year 5 so that, by the time these children are in Year 6, they will be better placed to prepare for Confirmation in a more meaningful way. Our enrolments in the past twelve months have seen ten children prepare for their First Reconciliation, eight for their First Eucharist; eleven completed the Pre Confirmation module with twelve preparing for their Confirmation in October. Faith formation opportunities have been offered for parents through meetings and workshops as their children have been prepared to receive their Sacraments.
Presently eleven Catechists take weekly Children’s Liturgy sessions during the Sunday masses to bring children closer to Jesus and his teachings in the Gospel. Adult faith enrichment sessions are hosted by the Parish to facilitate a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith and Church teachings.
The youth of our Parish have the opportunity to attend the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) in Perth from the 8th – 10th December this year. The event is to be held at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and the theme is ‘Listen to what the Spirit is saying.’ It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia. Our blessings to the youth as they attend this event.
Social Outreach Services
The St Vincent de Paul Society with 40,000 members forms the largest volunteer welfare network in the country. Our Vinnies Como Conference services people in need in Como, Kensington, South Perth, Manning and Karawara. They offer assistance to their clients through food, fuel, clothing, bedding and furniture vouchers. Assistance is also given for utility bills, rent, medical scripts and financial counselling. The Holy Family Parish give generously to the Holy Thursday and Winter appeal for the Vinnies and support the Christmas Giving Tree and Vinnies Christmas Card sales.
The Holy Family Parish operates Holy Family Care which offers assistance to parishioners for short term home help, handyman jobs, transport, gardening and emergency meals. Our Parish is a community that can depend on one another when in need.
The Parish supports appeals locally, Nationally and Internationally through Caritas, the Archbishops Christmas Lifelink Appeal and Catholic Missions Propagation of the Faith Appeal and Little Sisters of the Poor Annual Appeal. Parishioners are generous with donations and their time given to people in need. Support is also given by parishioners through the sales of Josephite and St Columba’s Calendars.
Social activities and fundraising
Social and fundraising events are offered within the Parish. Parishioners offer both monetary and organisational support to ensure the success of these activities. Significant events over the past twelve months have included the Mad Hatter’s Party, International Lunch, Carols Night, Feast of the Holy Family luncheon, Family Movie Nights, Mothers Day Bazaar and the Quiz Night. The total funds raised amounted to $15, 651.60 for which we thank our generous parishioners.
The Catholic Church is amid challenging times. The Plenary Council has the capacity to propose legislation for the way the Catholic Church in Australia will operate into the future. Each one of us needs to pray and be actively involved in our Parish and trust where the Holy Spirit is leading us. Faith requires our full attention and engagement in following Jesus with committed integrity; to be an authentic disciple of God requires living the Gospel principles of justice and mercy and peace not in words alone but in the values we live and the works we take on.
The overall aim is to encourage not just greater participation by the laity at all levels but also an engaged and thriving community that understands the gift it has in its people. The key underlying principles are:
• True leaders emerge naturally through action.
• We are not simply “another organisation” - We are the body of Christ.
• Being a disciple involves understanding ourselves to be learners in a learning Church.
• Through our baptism we have all been called and gifted.
• The authority of lay ministry was re-iterated at the 2nd Vatican Council.
• True collaborative ministry involves co-responses.
(Developing Discipleship – A Diocesan Approach to Renewing Our Mission and Vision – September 2017)
Now ask yourself, “What am I doing to support my Parish?”
Chair Holy Family Parish Pastoral Council