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 2nd Sept 2019 7.30pm St Peter’s Parish Centre
Prayers to the Holy Spirit and for Non-churchgoing Catholics
1 Welcome and apologies
Present: Peter Dimambro, Paul Northam, Deacon David Palmer, June Palmer and Lewis Scarpellino.
Apologies: Peter Shiels and Jenny Warr.
2 Matters arising from last meeting
Peter advised that he had a meeting with Fr. John on 28th August where many aspects of the work of the Team were discussed.
a) Leaflet: ‘Sharing the Joy of the Gospel’
This is for churchgoing Catholics about the basic areas of evangelisation.
The 2,000 for Catholic Leamington are stored in St Peter’s sacristy. Some are in the display stand at St Peter’s to replace the old style leaflets. See also 7a).
b) Other leaflets ‘Catholic Faith Life-Long Saver’ and ‘What is the Catholic Faith?’
Peter J had amalgamated them into a new leaflet for visiting and church display. This is to be discussed at the next meeting.
c) Leaflet for new housing
See minutes of last meeting. Peter had started posting them to the new estate of eventually 212 homes the other side of Leamington railway station and noted the addresses.
Fr. John had asked if there had been any feedback and if there was scope to meet up with anyone. Deacon David said no one had been in contact yet.
Paul thought that this was a good initiative and would pass on the idea to other parishes in the Birmingham archdiocese. June is to email the leaflet to Paul in a format so that it can be adapted.
See minutes of last meeting.
Sessions are to start at Trinity School Thursday 10th October at 7.30pm.
Fr. John had asked the Team to push everything into ALPHA and advertise it as widely as possible including:
a) Families who have had their children baptised in recent years:
After discussion it was decided to only invite those who had been visited in recent years as many other families will have moved address. Peter will action and arrange delivery of the ALPHA invitations.
b) Parish visiting records including the lapsed and non-Catholics who showed some interest in recent years: Peter is to give out the invitations and some had already shown an interest in ALPHA.
c) Schools: Fr. John requested that information should go into The Trinity School twice- monthly newsletter. Deacon David and June will look into this
d) Leamington Information Office, Warwick District notice boards, Supermarkets, etc Deacon David and June had much experience of holding ALPHA and said they were concerned over being able to cope with possible large numbers coming to this series following the promotion at the Masses. They preferred to do this sort of extended advertising at the next ALPHA when more group leaders and helpers would be present. This was agreed.
ii) Organisational issues
Deacon David and June are to speak about ALPHA at the Masses of the three churches on the weekends of 7th/8th September and 14th/15th September. This will include testimonies and invitations will be given out.
On 12th September at Our Lady’s church hall there will be a meeting for helpers and facilitators.
iii) ALPHA Follow-up January 2020:
a) For non Catholics interested in the Catholic church Margaret is to follow-up these.
b) For other Christians and Catholics
There were a number of ideas such as ‘Nurturing the seed’ and various DVD’s but it was decided to wait until the next Team meeting to see what was the make-up of those coming and what would be the best. One idea was to have a social get together in January. It was noted that St Joseph’s hall was normally free on Monday evenings for meetings.
4 Divine Renovation UK (DR19)
ALPHA covers this area at present.
5 Evangelisation Fieldworker Paul Northam
a) Extraordinary Missionary month October 2019
Paul gave out information and the links with the diocesan website. There is a diocesan prayer for the month and Peter will check to see if this is to be said for Catholic Leamington. The various events were noted.
b) Year of the Word 2020
Paul said that the launch is to be on 30th September the feast of St Jerome. The Year starts on the first Sunday of Advent. Paul is to send links to the Team to give information on the Bishops’ Conference, The God who speaks, the Corpus Christi event at St Chad’s, Birmingham etc.
6 Reports from parishes/churches.
a) St Peter’s Leamington i) RCIA
Those who were received into the church at Easter are invited to monthly meetings to build on their experience of being a catholic. The next RCIA series was due to start on 11thSeptember but Margaret had only received two enquiries, one a non-churchgoer and another Christian. Fr. John had said to hold-off RCIA for this year and put them onto ALPHA. They could then have some sort of follow-up with Margaret in January 2020 if appropriate.
ii) Visiting Team
Peter was currently doing census visiting on his own in the centre of Leamington. Other ALPHA inspired visiting will now take place. House to house visiting at the estate near St. Anthony’s school is to start that week but a new person on the team is needed as the current person is sick.
iii) Welcoming Group
No new parishioner cards had been received since the last meeting. Fr. John had suggested that a form should be used when a home is to be blessed and Peter will arrange this.
b) Our Lady’s Lillington
June said that the children’s liturgy was thriving. More people are attending Eucharistic adoration on Fridays and the tea/coffee after Mass on Wednesdays.
Deacon David said there is to be a feasibility study on the building a new parish hall.
c) St Francis Kenilworth
Peter Shiels had said he was no longer on the parish council and was not aware of any evangelisation initiatives. Five from the parish went on pilgrimage to Harvington the day before.
d) Other Warwick Deanery parishes No reports.
a) Home Mission Sunday 15th September
As the stock of the leaflet ‘Why come back - An invitation’ had not been traced in St Peter’s office, Peter proposed that the other leaflet ‘Sharing the Joy of the Gospel’ could be used in its place and given out with a revised A5 handout ‘A mission to our fellow Catholics’.
Fr. John suggested that we needed to share with the parish what our mission is and what we are doing. This would include a prepared statement that the clergy could read from at Mass. The draft had been sent to the Team and this is to be followed up.
It was decided that in view of ALPHA and the canonisation of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman on 13th October that action could be postponed until 20th or 27th October. Peter is to action accordingly.
A Columban priest is to do a mission appeal on 7th/8th Sept at St Peter’s.
b) Extraordinary Missionary month October 2019 Covered by 5 a).
c) Catholic Leamington parish council
June, as secretary, attended the meeting on 27th June. She said that she talked about ALPHA and would send the minutes to Peter although they were also on the Catholic Leamington website when approved.
d) Personal testimony/sharing my faith journey
It was thought this can be promoted at the end of ALPHA and perhaps combined with a social.
e) Lent 2020
Fr. John thought that the parish should hold sessions on faith education, as there was an increasing ignorance of basic knowledge especially morality.
Some ideas such as something from The Year of the Word, having a series of speakers, various DVD resources were aired and this is to be discussed at the next Team meeting.
Next meeting - Davenport Room 7.30pm 4th November
Our Lady of Fatima – Pray for us
Blessed Dominic Barberi – Pray for us
Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman (canonisation on 13th October) – Pray for us.
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