Posted by: nickgardham | July 25, 2011

Commissioning of the Parish Listening Team

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On the weekend of the 23rd and 24h July, Fr. Michael commissioned Parishioners of Holy Trinity who had completed the Listening Matters Training to become members of the Parish Listening Team.

For more details, and a transcript of what was said see below:

Commissioning of Parish Listening Team 23rd/24th July 2011

“To live in community is not a question of option, but one of vocation.  Christianity, by its very nature, demands the formation of community.  Christianity cannot be conceived without relating to others, and relating to these people in love.”

Oscar Romero 1979 on “The Mission of the Church in the midst of the Crisis in the Country.”

Our partnership in the parish with RE:generate is attempting to address the felt needs of the Parish and the whole community.  The Root Solution Listeners are already asking “What project would you like to engage with in Newark?”

Within our Parish, the following issues have been raised: Bereavement support, Mother and Toddler Groups, Visiting the Sick, Social provision for Families, Care of the Alternatively Abled, Youth Work with post primary groups.  There may be other projects that you are interested in.  I would be very interested to hear of your wishes and ideas of your strategy to achieve these goals.

The following have shown an interest in developing projects in the community;

Frank Goulding, Ruth Pilkington, James Murphy, Freda Richmond, Christine Fisher, Anne Readman, Wendy Skinner, Caroline Hirst, Mike Richmond, Kat Collier, Victoria Needle, Louise Shipton, Francis Towndrow, Jo Fisher.

If I have missed anyone from the list please feel free to come forward to be commissioned for the work you are about to undertake.

Q1 Are you ready to be part of the Parish Listening Team?           Answer:   “We are”

Q2 Are you prepared to be sensitive to the needs of the people?   Answer:   “We are”

Q3 Are you aware as St Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:4

“There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called.”  Answer:   “We are”

Conscious of your Baptismal calling, I now send you out into the community to hear what the real needs are, to report them to the community and to enlist the support of others who will help in developing a better community in the parish and in the neighbourhood.

Priest:  Blessed are you, Lord,  God of all creation. You have made us in your image and likeness and have placed us over all creation to use it for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, you came into this world to serve others, rather than to be served, and showed yourself in your glory at the right hand of the Father.  We ask you to bless (+) these people who are prepared to give themselves freely for you and for the benefit of the whole community.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son; and of the Holy Spirit

All: Amen.

“There can be no priority more urgent, no effort more worthwhile, than the slow, patient work of forming lay people for their unique and irreplaceable task ….. Formation has to be flexible and adapted to the diverse needs………..” The Easter People 147



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