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Warwick Deanery Evangelisation Team
Minutes of meeting Monday 7th January 2019 7.30pm St Peter’s Parish Centre
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
1 Welcome and apologies
Present: David Copson, Peter Dimambro and Jenny Warr. David was welcomed to his first meeting.
Apologies: Peter Jeyasekar, Christopher Marwick, Paul Northam and Peter Shiels.
2 Matters arising from last meeting
Covered by agenda.
3 Non-churchgoing Catholics
Prayer for non-churchgoing Catholics.
Home Mission Sunday 16th September 2018 Follow-up
i) ‘A mission to our fellow Catholics’
This is an A5 size handout and includes a prayer for non-churchgoing Catholics.
The first new Winter 2018 edition of ‘Catholic Leamington Newsletter EXTRA’ has now been published and is on the Catholic Leamington website. An entry about the handout has been included. Parishioners are encouraged to give out the leaflet ‘Why come back?’ An invitation [Articles for the EXTRA newsletter are to be sent to email@example.com ]
It was agreed at the meeting that it would still be good for each parishioner to have a copy of the handout, to go with the newsletter, for reference and action (especially for those not on email) and Peter will seek Fr. John’s approval.
ii) Everyday Evangelism – revised leaflet
Peter J had adapted various leaflets on the theme ‘Everyday Evangelism’ for parish use. This is for churchgoers and gives information about evangelising. It was based on a national leaflet ‘Everyday evangelising....for everyday Catholics’. Peter thought this to be an important next step from Home Mission Sunday and all parishioners should be encouraged to have one to constantly refer to. After feedback from the last meeting, Peter J is redesigning the leaflet and will send it to the Team to consider.
4 Evangelisation – other areas
a) Personal Testimony/sharing my faith journey
How to devise this is now on the website: catholicleamington.org.uk
via Parish Activities >Parish Life > Evangelisation.
Newsletter entries to alert parishioners of its availability have been requested and there is a display stand at the back of St Peter’s with information.
b) Other Leaflets Peter J
i) New Beginnings - God loves you. You are invited
Peter J had designed a new leaflet for St Mary Immaculate Warwick. It used the same basic narrative of the current leaflet and had some good pictures of the church.
The Team suggested a few changes and Peter will tell Peter J of them before sending it to Fr. Patrick.
ii) Catholic Faith Life-Long Saver and What is the Catholic Faith?
It was agreed at the last meting that these two proposed leaflets should be amalgamated into one new leaflet and Peter will contact Peter J to see if he is able to do this.
c) Lent 2019 online retreat (To replace DVD Sessions)
News about this new kind of retreat had come from the Christian Life Community. Participants use the daily online resources and meet weekly at a convenient venue.
St Peter’s parish centre has been booked and Peter has offered to be the group leader for the area. When information on how to register and access the retreat from the website www.pathwaystogod.org is received, it will be advertised. Sessions are due to start on 1st March and end on 12th April.
In view of this event it was decided to delay other DVD sessions for discussion at the Team’s May meeting although it was possible that the DVD Beloved Disciples could be seen in the meantime.
d) Divine Renovation 7th/8th February Bethel Convention Centre, West Bromwich. “Equipping your Parish to Move from Maintenance to Mission”
Peter had booked on the course and advised Fr. John to see if a local priest would be available to attend and represent the deanery. It was advertised in the deanery, the first edition of the Catholic Leamington Newsletter EXTRA and the normal newsletter.
e) Sharing Hope in Crisis 16th March
This is a one-day seminar at Maryvale, Birmingham teaching how to appropriately share the Gospel with people who are suffering. It had been advertised around the deanery.
5 Evangelisation Fieldworker Paul Northam – Maryvale
6 Reports from parishes/churches. a) St Peter’s Leamington–
Margaret said that there are three attending the weekly sessions with Gareth Astell and Claire Hawkes supporting.
ii) Visiting Team
Visiting of families where the children have been baptised in recent years is continuing for the winter months. Visiting of non-churchgoing Catholics and others interested in the Catholic Church is also taking place. David and Christopher had joined the Team.
iii) Welcoming Group
Two new parishioner enquires had been received. The one seen had been a non- churchgoer for many years and the other is in action.
iv) Christmas leaflet and notice for hotels and guest houses
A most colourful A5 flier (1,000 printed) was devised and paid for by Peter Jeyasekar. These were delivered to a selection of roads, new builds and non-churchgoers. Parishioners were also invited to give them to known non-churchgoers.
b) Our Lady’s Lillington
c) St Francis Kenilworth
Peter S was unable to attend and had passed on the message that a DVD on the life of St Paul is to be shown in February and they were looking for a speaker.
A pilgrimage to be led by Fr. Kevin to Our Lady of Caversham for the summer is to be arranged. The Team thought it would be good to advertise it around the deanery.
Copies of the new leaflet, designed by Peter J ‘New Beginnings’ specifically for Kenilworth, were to be given again to Peter S for Fr. Kevin to consider its suitability for the area.
d) St Joseph’s Whitnash
Peter had spoken with Fr. Andrew about the possibility of extending visitation of families who have had their children baptised to his parish and had sent an email. A reply is awaited.
e) Other Warwick Deanery parishes
a) Extraordinary Missionary month October 2019
Information is awaited from the Vatican and Bishops’ Conference.
b) Rugby Deanery
Following Peter J’s move to St Marie’s Rugby he has discussed what the Team were involved in and left it for Fr. Tom to contact Peter for more information on evangelisation possibilities.
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