The role of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is to foster a caring, compassionate, worshipping community which promotes responsibilities to God, ourselves, and the wider society. The PPC consists of the clergy and appointed representatives from each church within the Catholic Parish of Guildford. The PPC is responsible for delivering the Parish Pastoral Plan.
Parish Pastoral Plan
The Parish Pastoral Plan has three objectives:
- Mission - Evangelisation of people of all ages and every culture, through helping the poor, the disadvantaged and the marginalised.
- Prayer - to enable every parishioner from infancy to old age to worship God through participation in the Mass, the Sacraments, and other devotions.
- Formation - to promote programmes for adults, youth and children that deepen understanding and experience of faith.
- Promote evangelisation by programmes that transmit the Faith and reach out to all.
- Explore the sociological needs of the wider Guildford community, reaching out especially to the disadvantaged and to new arrivals.
- Review and expand outreach opportunities that support children and families across the Guildford area.
- Build a strong parish St Vincent De Paul Society community.
- Build a bereavement group.
- Develop Ecumenical relationships to encourage fellowship.
- Promote participation in Devotions, Eucharistic Adoration and Sacraments.
- Encourage participation in and hosting of Diocesan activities.
- Develop and implement family-friendly, child and youth opportunities for worship.
- Review the Mass environment of each church to ensure the disadvantaged, newcomers and latecomers are welcomed and facilitated.
- Seek out the elderly and the housebound to facilitate their access to the Sacraments.
- Review, improve and expand community-building and inter-community activities.
- Develop and facilitate study and home groups across the Parish.
- Develop teams to actively welcome and support newcomers and regulars.
- Expand post-Mass gatherings of communities.
- Increase awareness among parishioners of a pro-life issues from conception through to natural death, enabling them to proclaim the teaching of the Church.
- Provide training for readers, extraordinary ministers and musicians.
- Design and host programmes of retreats and study days for adults.
- Adopt and develop programmes which encourage children, youth and parents to feel positive about being part of a Catholic community.
- Deepen relationships with local Catholic schools, proposing and serving as Governors, encouraging teachers, and supporting non-curricular activities.
The PPC consists of representatives from across fours churches in the parish
- Mr Daniel Lintott (Chairman & St Joseph's)
- Mr Sean Evans (St Joseph's)
- Mr Mervyn Burby (St Pius X)
- Mrs Collette Melly (St Pius X)
- Mrs Veronica Bilbé (St Edward's)
- Mr Gerard Dyson (St Edward's)
- Mrs Aseel Gilbert (Pastoral Ministry)
- Mrs Yvonne Newman (Secretary of the PPC)