What is the PPC ?
The PPC (Parish
Pastoral Council) works in collaboration with the Priest/Clergy for
the time being of the Parish under the direction of the Bishop of Westminster.
The PPC is called to participate with the Priest/Clergy for the time
being in the Pastoral Ministry of proclaiming God's word, celebrating
caring for the faithful, promoting the mission of the Church to
the world, and being a good steward of parish resources. The scope includes
all the practical matters of Parish life, responding to the call of Christ
to Peter "Feed my lambs, feed my sheep."
PPC Priority Groups Six groups/activities were identified to be "priorities"
at the 2011 Parish Assembly. Click here to read about any of them
Contacting the PPC
Feel free to approach any of the PPC members after
Masss, or you can e-mail the PPC as a group at
The Justice and Peace Group
“The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties
of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or are in any way
afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers
Preface to Gaudium et Spesa
Background The J&P Group was set up at the Parish Assembly in
2011 as one of the areas of catholic doctrine on which the Parish should concentrate.
Justice and Peace lie at the heart of the message of Christ and the Doctrines
of the Church. This has long been made clear by the Church in Synods
and Papal Encyclicals and was reaffirmed this year in Pope Francis’ Message
The Group is really a network of individuals involved
in a variety of activities but linked by a common desire to live justly and
to give practical effect to the teaching of the Church through our support
for people and organisations in St Albans, elsewhere in the UK and in other
places around the world. Those involved in the Group support its aims
in different ways by raising awareness of issues, such as homelessness, discrimination
and poverty, through talks and discussion sessions with outside speakers as
well as doing practical things to raise money for or to support in other ways
those in need.
2014 This year the group is especially seeking
to support and increase awareness of the three charities chosen by the parish
for its support: The Living Room, Centre 33 and the Catholic Workers’ Farm.
Working with the Mission
Group, special open evening meetings have been arranged at which representatives
of these Groups talk and answer questions about their aims and needs.
Fairtrade, Live Simply and Cafod Members of
the Group work to promote the Parish’s commitment to Fairtrade by promoting
the use of Fairtrade products. The Group is also becoming involved in the
‘Live Simply’ campaign. This is an initiative co-founded by Cafod with the
aim of helping people lead a simpler life so that others are able ‘simply
Meetings The Group normally meets in the Presbytery
at 8 pm on the third Thursday of the month – though not in April this year
as the third Thursday is Maundy Thursday.
Welcome: We welcome new members
James O’Hare Tel: 01727 851352. email:
Events for 2014: Tea, talk
and discussion in the Hall on the Catholic Worker Farm by Scott Albrecht;
Bruce Kent will speak on Justice and Trident on 10 April 2014; in the autumn
we will be having a session on the ethical purpose of war.
All are welcome to these talks and full details
of these and any other events will be published in the Weekly Bulletin
“Never doubt that a small group of committed
citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that can.”