The Parish Council met on Saturday 23 March, 2013 and the meeting started with an opening prayer and a psalm.
The Agenda included the fostering of unity and cooperation between the various groups of our Parish, the Parish Council Annual Plan for 2013, the Movie Night for April, proposals for a Lenten Pilgrimage, for a Laity Week and for Holy Week.
We discussed the conflicting demands for Parish facilities and how the group leaders’ meeting concerning this question should be organised. It was decided to hold this meeting, after the services of a specialist facilitator are ensured.
The Council then considered the 2013 Annual Plan priorities as voted by the members of the Parish Council. Items concerning adult catechism, Bible Study, evangelization and greater involvement of our priests in helping us with our faith, the witness of love and unity among us as Christians and the Holy Cross Parish Calendar were the top priorities.
Specific proposals with respect to the introduction of Bible Study sessions will be considered at the next meeting further to more research in the meantime.
It was then decided that the April Movie Night which will be held on 5th April 2013 (first Friday of the month) at 7.15pm in St Francis Hall after the evening mass, would feature a movie on the Life of Padre Pio. Refreshments will be offered during the interval.
It was also decided that the Laity Week and a Pilgrimage would be considered at a later stage.
Finally, some suggestions about the plans for Holy Week were discussed for our priests to consider in scheduling the various prayers and liturgies.
The meeting closed with a Gospel reading and prayers.
May the Lord bless each one of us in His mercy, strengthen and support us, our priests and our people especially during this time of Lent!
Akis HjiIossif (Chairman)