24 Oct 2015

25th October - What is a parish pastoral council in the diocese of Limerick and how do we support each other on our faith journey?

On this weeks programme we are joined by Noirin Lynch Pastoral Development Coordinator from the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre who shares with us how the roles of Parish Pastoral Councils and how we support each other in our faith journeys.We have some brief announcements and a reading of this weeks Sunday gospel. Our liturgical odds & ends are included on this weeks blog post.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

Parish Pastoral Councils and how we support each other in our faith journeys

Noirin Lynch is the Pastoral Development Coordinator for the diocese of Limerick and joins us on this weeks programme to speak about the role and support given to parish pastoral councils in the diocese of Limerick. It is now a requirement of local diocesan law that every parish has to have a properly established pastoral council along with a functioning finance committee and proper safe guarding procedures. Noirin shares with us on the supports that are there for the development of Parish Pastoral Councils which in turn means that PPCs can then support the many and varied ministries in the parishes. PPCs role can be summed up in the question asking are we supporting those who have taken on ministry roles in the parish. At the same time because a group has undertaken a particular role for the parish the PPC also tries to ensure that we as parishioners don't absolve ourselves of our duty to participate in that particular ministry as well as being welcoming open communities.

The interview is well worth listening to as Noirin and Lorraine discuss the challenges that are out there but more importantly the many varied and different ways that we in Limerick can support each other through the resource that is the LDPC.

You can listen to the interview with Noirin excerpted from the main programme HERE.

Gospel - Mark 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
"Jesus, son of David, have pity on me."
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
"Son of David, have pity on me."
Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
"Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you."
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?"
The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see."
Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you."
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.

Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word of Fire
Sunday Reflections
English Dominicans
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - psalter week 2; 30th week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week

26th October - St Alfred the Great
27th October - St Otteran
28th October - Ss Simon & Jude
29th October - St Colman
30th October - Bl Terrence Albert O'Brien
31st October - Bl Dominic Collins

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