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Information on the formation of the new Parish Pastoral Council
Thursday, March 3rd 2011

Over the coming weeks our parish is running a campaign to recruit new volunteers for our 4th Parish Pastoral Council. YOU are now invited to volunteer to become a member of our PPC.

All you have to do is either:

  • Text 086 3273584(outgoing PPC member) / 0872442542 (Fr Jim) / 0876757554 (Fr Derek)
  • E-mail the Parish Office at
  • Ring the Parish Office at 8353149.

Prospective members of the new Parish Pastoral Council will have an initial period of training/orientation. Parishioners are welcome to attend the orientation meetings without commitment. Only after the orientation period, will you need to decide whether or not you wish to put yourself forward. We invite anyone who feels that they:

  • Are interested in supporting existing initiatives and encouraging new ones in the parish.
  • Genuinely care for our parish and its people
  • Have a vision of the future of the parish and the Church
  • Are able to listen to and work as part of a team
  • Have openness to the Spirit to discern what God wants for the parish of Ashbourne/Donaghmore

The Parish Pastoral Council; consisting of parish volunteers, our priests and lay missionaries enables us to share in decision making, responsibility and ownership of our Parish. We together are the Church.

Over the course of the last three years some of the areas the PPC were involved with included: Parish web site development, health & safety, child protection, youth initiatives, responding to the crises within the Catholic Church in Ireland and considering a vision for the future of our Parish.

The outgoing PPC also gave parishioners an opportunity to air their views with the launch of a new listening initiative last March; and it is envisaged that our new PPC will provide further similar listening opportunities. The PPC essentially tries to take a bird’s eye view of parish life, identify pastoral needs and seek to find ways to meet those needs.

For further information, download the information sheet and application form.



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