PARISH ANNUAL REPORT
Due to the coronavirus restrictions there was no Parish Annual General Meeting this October. However, we have produced St Joseph's Parish Annual Report 2020 which includes:
- Letter to parishioners from the Chairman of the Parish Council
- Review of the year by Fr Michael, our parish priest
- Update on parish health & safety and safeguarding
- Report on parish finances by the Chairman of the Finance Committee
- Financial Statement for the year ended 31 March 2020
The pandemic has significantly curtailed many of our parish groups and activities and therefore we do not have detailed group updates in this year’s report – it is consequently reduced in content.
As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters we pray for a return to “normal”, where our parish ministries, groups and organisations can once again faithfully support the Church and serve others within and outside the parish community.
The Parish (Pastoral) Council is a consultative body drawn from parishioners to advise the Parish Priest.
It meets three times a year (or more often if required) to discuss parish issues and provide guidance on parish affairs. Its purpose is to come together in prayer to ensure that the activities and aims of parish groups are within the parish vision and mission, and that they contribute to the further development and needs of the parish.
The Parish Council Constitution sets out how this committee operates.
John Bates - Chairman
Fr Martin McDonald- Parish Priest & Vice-Chairman
Fr Bob Davies - Carmelite Community
Kevin Murphy - Finance Committee
Vacant - Safeguarding
David Bentley - Health & Safety
Sally Taylor - Evangelisation Forum
Vacant - Liturgy & Church Forum
Vacant - Outreach Forum
Kasia Misiewicz - Pastoral Forum
Nan Jacobson - Social Forum
Kathy Slattery - Youth Forum
Doreen Pooley - Mass Representatives
Joan Barham - Secretary
Any matters requiring Council consideration should first be raised with the appropriate group, or if one does not exist, an officer of the Council. Please direct any queries to the Chairman or Secretary via the Parish Office.
MINUTES AND MEETINGS
There are no scheduled Parish Council meetings for 2020 at the current time, nor has a date been confirmed for the 2020 Annual General Meeting. This will be reviewed and updated as and when Covid-19 restrictions are eased. In the meantime, if parishioners have any matters to raise then they should email the Chairman via the Parish Office.
Minutes of the last meeting held on 5th March 2019 can be found here.
FORUMS AND GROUPS
Parish ministries, groups and organisations are known as groups. Those with similar volunteer interest/work within the Parish are organised into Forums.
Each group determines how frequently it meets and how it communicates. Every Forum elects someone to represent them on the Parish Council.
The Evangelisation Forum includes the following Groups: Adult Faith Formation, Baptism Formation, Charismatic Prayer Group, Ecumenical Church Leaders Pray Together, Men's Group, Pilgrimages and Retreats, Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites.
The Liturgy & Church Forum includes the following Groups/Ministries: Bookshop, Church/Brass Cleaning, Eucharistic Ministers, Flower Arrangers, Mass Readers, Music Ministry, Eucharistic Adoration, Repository, Rosary Circle, Sacristans.
The Outreach Forum includes the following Groups: Catholic Women’s League, Justice & Peace, Friends of Life/Pro Life Group, London Run, Slough Homeless Our Concern (SHOC), Third World/Cameroon, Traidcraft.
The Pastoral Forum includes the following Groups: Ministry for the Disabled and St Vincent de Paul (SVP).
The Social Forum includes the following Groups: Coffee Rota 9am & 11am masses, Events Team, Tea in the Pot.
The Youth Forum includes the following Groups: Altar Servers, Children's Liturgy, First Holy Communion, Confirmation Class, Youth Group.