Our Vision Statement
To spread the love of God through our words and actions and to become a parish of missionary disciples.
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2) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
3) DIVINE RENOVATION
4) SHARING MY FAITH JOURNEY
St Peter’s Parish Evangelisation Team, Leamington Spa came about after a training day on evangelisation in St Chad’s Birmingham in 2009. It was suggested that all parishes should have a Team.
Although evangelisation is basically bringing the Good News of Christ to others, it covers many areas such as sacramental preparation and support, social activities, parish missions and retreats, welcoming new parishioners, etc. The main methods of evangelisation include witness of life, preaching, liturgy of the Word, the mass media, personal contact and the Sacraments. All Catholics have a duty to evangelise and it is a task not just for the Clergy or the Team.
The purpose of the Team is to promote evangelisation by:-
a) praying for the evangelisation work of the parish,
b) suggesting creative ways for the parish to reach out to the local community,
c) developing their understanding of Church teaching on evangelisation, and
d) ensuring that evangelisation enjoys a high profile within the parish so that all can be involved to some extent.
We are basically a small planning team and have identified many areas of evangelisation and undertake parish visiting, promote RCIA sessions for interested non-Catholics and encourage all parishioners to be more active in helping non-churchgoing Catholics back to our community. In line with our Archbishop’s suggestion for a priority focus on non-churchgoing Catholics, we also see this as the main area to concentrate on. We have been involved in a number of initiatives over the years - see our notes of meetings below. Together with the support of the Evangelisation Fieldworker from Maryvale, Birmingham and our Parish Priest, we continually discern the way the Holy Spirit wants us to proceed.
The Team has expanded to include the parishes of the Warwick deanery so we are now known as the Warwick Deanery Evangelisation Team. We meet every other month in St Peter’s parish centre. If you feel drawn to help us, or just want to come and see, please contact Peter Dimambro.
2) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
Warwick Deanery Evangelisation Team
Minutes of meeting Monday 13th May 2019 7.30pm St Peter’s Parish Centre
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
1 Welcome and apologies
Present: Peter Dimambro, Paul Northam, Deacon David, Palmer and June Palmer. Apologies: Peter Jeyasekar, Christopher Marwick, Peter Shiels, Jenny Warr and Thomas Wild.
2 Matters arising from last meeting
a) Home Mission Sunday 16th September 2018 Follow-up ‘A mission to our fellow Catholics’
Item cleared at last meeting but the Team considered that the A5 document can go onto the Catholic Leamington website in the meantime. Peter to action but June can assist if needed. Home Mission Sunday in 2019 is 15th September.
b) ‘Everyday Evangelism’ – revised leaflet by Peter Jeyasekar
This is for churchgoing Catholics about evangelisation. Peter J had provided two revised front pages:
‘Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ’ or ‘Sharing the Joy of the Gospel’ and the Team decided to pick the latter. Peter will send the leaflet to Fr. John for approval and ask Peter J to arrange printing. It can be used, in PDF, for other churches in the archdiocese.
St Peter’s parish centre had been provisionally booked for Tuesday evenings 7-9pm from 10th September to 10th December (not 15th Oct or 19th Nov – moved to Thursdays instead) but this was considered not ideal and Peter will see if Thursdays are available. June provided a timetable of available dates and topics [start week commencing 16th September, no meeting w/c 30th September, and finishing w/c 25th November].
Deacon David offered to be the MC for the series and June would assist and lead a group. They will invite others as leaders for the groups who attended the last ALPHA held at Our Lady’s Lillington. There was no meal offered on that series and it was considered that, for this ALPHA we would only offer light refreshments. Paul had given information on past experience of another ALPHA and that will be of assistance. He will contact Natalie Orefice about the next ALPHA training day for the Southern Archdiocese area. [Peter had given her available dates for St Peter’s Parish Centre].
There is a Website: run.alpha.org.uk which had information on: Dashboard, Training Centre, Review resources, talks, training, promotional and supporting tools [See Peter for Catholic Leamington password].
When we know the name [Catholic Leamington], start date, start time [7.30pm], location, contact number [Deacon David], email [Deacon David], it can then be ‘published’ on the ALPHA website by Peter.
It was decided to have the same DVD used at the ALPHA held at Our Lady’s Lillington. The course is to be advertised in Catholic Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth parishes and it would be good to invite the new local Youth Group. Various promotion ideas were aired.
It was agreed that further planning for the event can await the next Team meeting and any other necessary activity can be done by email/telephone.
Note book “Unlocking your parish. Making Disciples, Raising Up Leaders with ALPHA” by Ron Huntley and Fr. James Mallon.
4 Evangelisation Non-churchgoing Catholics
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 ‘Catholic Faith Life-Long Saver’ and ‘What is the Catholic Faith?’
Peter J is to see if he is able to amalgamate these into one leaflet.
c) Leaflet for new housing estates
June asked about a leaflet to deliver to new homes in the area. It was thought that the current one in the local churches ‘New beginnings’ could be adapted and June is to look into this.
5 Divine Renovation UK (DR19)
See minutes of the last Team meeting.
The Birmingham archdiocese Easter edition magazine ‘the SOWER’ had a mention of DR19 by the archbishop. He said that several themes would continue to be explored. Parish Renewal and Evangelisation were noted as being relevant to the Team. He said that he would be looking at how to engage lay people across the archdiocese.
The Team thought that it was important for parishes to get on with things locally as there would be some time before details are known. There is the Salford five-year plan ‘Hope for the future’, with Portsmouth and Brentwood having various initiatives.
It was concluded that running ALPHA should be the current focus.
6 Evangelisation Fieldworker Paul Northam
Paul gave an update
a) Sherry A Weddell
She is giving a presentations for the archdiocese on 10th June at Maryvale.
She is the author of “Forming Intentional Disciples – The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus”.
b) Year of the Word – The God who speaks
This had come out of the Bishops’ conference and is due to be held in Advent. Details to follow.
c) Cardinal Newman canonisation October 2019
Material is coming shortly on this.
7 Reports from parishes/churches.
a) St Peter’s Leamington– i) RCIA
Margaret said that two candidates were joyfully received into the Church at the Easter vigil and one on 5th May. Sessions continue weekly up to Pentecost when there will be a celebratory parish lunch at St Peter’s parish centre. The next RCIA series will start on 11th September.
ii) Visiting Team
There has been visiting of families where the children have been baptised in recent years, non-churchgoers and some home-to-home visiting in Queensway. Peter is currently seeking others to do parish visiting. Holy Week and Easter posters were given to local hotels, guesthouses and the Leamington Information Office
iii) Welcoming Group
Two new parishioner cards had been completed since the last Team meeting. There was interest in SVP and other ministries and details passed on.
b) Our Lady’s Lillington
The SVP is doing well. The attendance at the Sunday Masses has jumped mainly due to First Holy Communions.
c) St Francis Kenilworth
It was known that a DVD on the life of St Paul was shown at St Francis’s hall on 11th March. The parish is noted as having good socials and parish lunches.
d) Other Warwick Deanery parishes No reports
a) Extraordinary Missionary month October 2019
Paul said that there is an Archdiocesan Response Team. There is a Mass on 19th September at 6pm at St Chad’s Cathedral Birmingham to mark the event and seminarians are being involved with street mission. There will be reflections from young people. World Mission Sunday is 20th October.
Peter noted that there was a joint response by the Columban Missionaries and the Justice and Peace Commission for the archdiocese titled ‘Baptised and sent. Our Call to be Missionary Disciples’ with the themes of justice, peace and care for creation. There is an event in Solihull on 12th October but thought that, as the focus was not specifically on evangelisation, the Team would not wish to become involved with it.
b) Catholic Leamington parish council
June said that she was secretary and the next meeting is on 27th June.
Next meeting - Davenport Room 7.30pm 1st July
Other dates for your diary, 2nd September and 4th November
Our Lady of Fatima (Feast day today) – Pray for us Blessed Dominic Barberi – Pray for us
Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman – Pray for us
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