Parish Renewal Co-ordinator Fr Nino Vinciguerra explained that the Parish Renewal team, with the support of Bishop Sproxton, has given much attention to the formation of Parish Pastoral Councils as leaders in the parish community.
Held in conjunction with the Applecross Parish Modern Slavery Project, the Project has two aims: to raise awareness of modern slavery among parishioners and the local community and to mitigate the risk of modern slavery in the supply chains of the current suppliers used by the parish.
Speaking at the National Volunteers Week Thanksgiving Mass, Auxiliary Bishop Don Sproxton retold how when he was in primary school at Bayswater and Bedford, schools depended on the parents, firstly, to build the school by self-help and then, continue to develop the amenities needed for a more complete education of their children.
A research project which explored the effectiveness of the Parish Renewal Priority Area has revealed priests and clergy are enthusiastic about building Parish communities that are active and vibrant.
Parish Pastoral Council members from across the Archdiocese have recently gathered for the second of a four-part Parish Renewal program, focussing on prayer, discernment and developing parish pastoral plans.