The meeting was attended by Fr Pat and Jay Magpuyo, with Jim O’Sullivan in the Chair and 21 members of the parish.
Apologies were received from Fr. Bob, Paul Simmons, Steve Warde, Nora Darby, Mary Jane O’Sullivan.
Minutes of the last Forum have been publicised in the Narthex, on the website and are on offer to anyone who wishes to have them emailed − contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advent is nearly upon us. There was discussion regarding house masses which are liked but leave many out who would like to attend. It was felt that it would be good to target areas of the parish so that different villages etc have an opportunity to take part and this could encourage new hosts etc. The office will coordinate this.
Chioma Ubajaka is organising the Posada this year. She will make a rota for people to sign up and present it well before the beginning of Advent.
Heating. The heaters were on during the summer so Fr Pat looked into having thermostats fitted but they would have cost about £4000 which was ridiculous so now the pilot light is just blown out when the weather is hot.
The parish will look at making BACS payments for those for whom it is more convenient and cheaper. It should also prevent some of the muddles that have arisen over major payments.
A party for the parish musicians will be held as usual on St Cecilia’s day on November 22nd
The Diocesan New Evangelisation Project is now known as Proclaim. There will be a deanery meeting to help parishes set up a team to carry the project through, to be held on 5th November at Sacred Heart Church, St Ives. Anyone who is interested is welcome. Posters and leaflets are available.
There will need to be a new person to head up the Confirmation preparation next year. Helene Judd who is part of the Ablaze Mass has been asked to take this on with Chrissy Brierly helping.
Sue Price continues to run the First Communion preparation.
There is a new diocesan Marriage preparation programme.
Helen Allan and Rosina Abudulai continue to run the Baptism preparation which remains voluntary and very successful.
A leak from the shower in the presbytery has damaged the ceiling in the disabled toilet. A new shower will be installed. The damage should be rectifiable and payable through insurance.
The school has a lovely new website. Mary Watkins is very pleased to be able to do more with CAFOD in school.
The new road outside seems very good after the disruption of August.
SVP are setting up Mini Vinnies groups for children. The group has been initiated at the school by the headteacher. Hopefully more groups can be set up throughout East Anglia and even in schools other than Catholic schools. Volunteers are needed to help spread this. The focus is on spiritual development with groups meeting once a week and, once in each term, doing a fundraising or volunteering project. Further details can be found in the Pilgrim.
None was proposed.
Jim O’Sullivan gave notice that he was stepping down as Chair of the Forum at the end of 2017 and that Virginia Bird would like to be replaced as minute-taker at the same time.
Jim O’Sullivan will represent the parish on the Laity Commission.
November 5th − Everyone is invited to join Fr Pat walking down to Midsummer Common after 6pm Vigil Mass on 5th Nov to watch the fireworks. Nice for people who would like to watch but don’t have anyone to go with.
Jay Magpuyo is visiting the BUPA Home on the old Chesterton Hospital site. There will now be a weekly Mass there. Masses have stopped, for the time being, at Bramley Court as there are no Catholic residents at present.