The Parish Pastoral Plan, which is based on the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, considers the work of the Parish in a number of key areas and covers the period 1st January 2018 to 31st March 2019. A rolling Plan, i.e. one capable of change in the light of changing circumstances, has been developed by the Parish Team and covers each of these key areas.
Over the period covered by the current Plan priority will be given to two areas:
- The completion of a comprehensive review of communications within the parish to include the Newsletter; Bulletin; Website; the possible use of social media; any other means of communication and the formulation of recommendations.
- A response to the Quinquennial Review of church property which has identified the need for an extensive programme of repairs. Professional advice will be sought and sources of possible grant-aid explored before any work is put in hand.
Brief details of other planned activities are given below:
This area of the Pastoral Plan considers our need to communicate effectively both with our own parishioners and with the wider world.
- Established links with local media, including newspapers circulating in the five areas of the parish: Braunstone Town, Braunstone, Thorpe Astley, Kirby Muxloe and Leicester Forest East, will be maintained. Articles will be submitted to the Diocesan Newspaper and to other magazines and newspapers as appropriate.
PLANNING AND STRUCTURES
This area of the Plan deals with the maintenance of the physical structure of the church, hall and grounds, also with the management of the Parish.
- The Annual General Meeting of the Parish will be held in June.
- Welcome Cards and twice-yearly Census Cards will allow the Parish Data-Base to be continuously updated.
- 1000 contact cards have been printed and will be delivered to new homes within the parish.
- The possible need for emergency lighting in the church will be explored.
EDUCATION AND FORMATION
This area deals with the more structured aspects of the formation of both adults and children, also with initiatives intended to refresh or deepen the Faith of parishioners.
- Outreach with local schools will continue and will be further developed.
- Twenty-five children are being prepared for their First Holy Communion on 3rd June.
- Eleven adults are currently under instruction.
- The Justice and Peace Group will continue to raise awareness of justice and peace issues and provide opportunities for reflection and/or action. These will be linked to areas of focus for the Diocese such as Human Trafficking and Catholic Social Teaching; also to areas of more local concern including support for vulnerable groups. There will also be links to relevant themes such as Prisoner Sunday, Peace Sunday or World Water Day. For further detail see Justice and Peace pages on the parish website. The e-mail address of the group is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We will continue to work with the Travelling Community by offering support in the preparation of children and adults for their reception of the Sacraments. We will also continue to support Diocesan initiatives within the community and, in particular, the work of Sister Bernadette Healy who has been appointed to undertake a Diocesan Ministry to the Travelling Community. Parish contact Karen Scott, e-mail email@example.com.
This section of the Plan concerns opportunities for the development of individual spirituality.
- The Charismatic Prayer Group will continue to meet.
- Stations of the Cross will be arranged throughout Lent on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm and at 10.30 am on Saturdays.
- Themed Holy Hours will be held at 7.00 pm on each Thursday during Lent
- A Parish Pilgrimage to the West of Ireland will take place in May.
- The parish will be represented at the World Meeting of Families to be held in Dublin in August.
EVANGELISATION AND MISSION
This area is concerned with our missionary work, both within the immediate area of the Parish and more widely, also our ecumenical work with other Christian Churches.
- We will continue to support any initiative developed by the Braunstone Churches Group and continue to play a significant role in South West Leicester Council of Churches and Churches Together in Kirby Muxloe and Leicester Forest East.
- Funds generated by the Friday Drop-In will continue to be allocated to supporting needs both locally and in the Developing World.
- An appeal will be launched over the Christmas period to support a chosen charity.
- All parishioners will be encouraged to support initiatives led by the Justice and Peace Group. These will include support for the Red Cross in Leicester where £ 1,000 has been pledged for each year of a five year period to support their work with refugees and asylum seekers, also continued support for Braunstone Foodshare.
LITURGY AND WORSHIP
This area of the Plan is concerned with ensuring that our liturgies are meaningful, relevant and take account of the changing needs of parishioners.
- A Children’s Mass will continue to be celebrated at 10.00 am on the fourth Sunday of each month.
- The African community will continue to lead the singing at Mass on the first Sunday of each month.
- The Filipino community will continue to lead the singing at Mass on the first Saturday of each month.
- An African Mass will continue to be celebrated at 12 noon on the third Sunday of each month.
- The Liturgy Group will continue to plan meaningful worship.
- Special Masses will continue to be celebrated in order to mark significant national events or feasts which are important to our Parish community including the Feast of Santo Nino and of Blessed Cyprian Tansi.
- The Bishop’s Mass for the Travelling Community will be held at Blessed Sacrament on 13th October.
This area of the Plan ensures the appropriate management and oversight of the financial resources of the Parish.
- We will continue to promote the envelope scheme and the Gift-Aid Scheme by a presentation at all Masses in or around Advent.
- We will continue to promote the 300 Club and review the operation of this new scheme developed in partnership with the parishes of St. Peters and Mother of God. For further details contact Karen Scott by telephone (07935381771) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Although the four-year appeal on behalf of the Sick and Retired Priest’s Fund came to an end in June 2017, the parish will continue to make annual donations until the assessed contribution of £ 74,000 has been achieved.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
This area is concerned with ensuring that the Parish meets all legal obligations and also the best practice guidelines defined by the Diocese.
- An updated Risk Assessment will be completed and sent to the Diocese in May and will include details of remedial action taken following last year’s Assessment
- Arrangements will be made with outside contractors to carry out periodic testing of lighting, fire-safety, lightning protection, boiler, portable electric appliance, electrical supply and other essential tests or inspections.
- The Parish Safeguarding Policy will be reviewed at the September meeting of the Parish Team.
The purpose of this area of the Plan is to encourage parishioners, including those who are frail or lonely, to meet socially.
- A fish and chip lunch will be organised for older parishioners in February.
- The Parish Bazaar will be held on 24th November.
- An International Evening will be held on 5th May
- A Christmas Lunch will be organised for the older parishioners of our own and other local churches.
- A series of other social events is being planned.