The Parish Pastoral Council is a committee of people who work with the priest to oversee the life of the parish. Its role is to look at the needs of the parish and see how the parish can build on its strengths. It also addresses the different needs of different groups of parishioners e.g. the elderly, the sick, families and our youth. The PPC helps to bring the views of parishioners to the meetings. It has a consultative role but also helps in practical ways when needed. It is resourced by the Diocesan Pastoral Renewal Team based in Killarney.
The former Listowel Dearney is now broken up into two clusters. The parishes of Listowel, Lixnaw, Duagh and Moyvane are known as the Listowel Pastoral Area. Each of the parishes has their own Parish Pastoral Councils (PPC) which usually meet once every two months or so. Two members from each PPC or one from each church area, meet with the priests who form the Area Pastoral Council.
Fr. Declan O Connor, Shane O Donoghue, Brian Godfrey, Christy Killeen, Ed Hayes, Seamus Murphy.
Maire Mulvihill, Mary Walsh, Maire Reen, Jean McCarron.
Missing from photo: Mary Frances Behan, Catriona O Neill, Bridie Mulvihill.
Pastoral Ministry Course:
Seven parishioners completed the Pastoral Ministry Course conducted by the Diocese in Ardfert and Killarney last June. Two more will graduate having completed the course this June. And we are delighted to announce that this course of 20 weeks – accredited and conducted by our Diocesan Pastoral Team will take place in Listowel beginning next autumn. The idea of the course is to help people deepen their faith and is particularly helpful to those who are already involved in some ministry or who would like to be more involved in our Parish using whatever talents they may have. Further details from the Parish Office.
Youth Ministry Course:
Seven of our parishioners participated in a course in Youth Ministry, which took place at St. Patrick’s Hall, Listowel over the winter months. It was initiated and run by the Diocese of Kerry. The course was a response to a concern expressed by our parishioners about how to involve our young people in parish life. The participants have had an opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, practical took and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive ministry with youth in our parish. The participants graduated at the ceremony on Wednesday May 15th in St. Patrick’s Hall. Our thanks to management and staff at St Patrick’s Hall who facilitated them.
Children Liturgy Group:
A small group of parishioners generously give of their time and run the children’s liturgy group on the first weekend of each month. The aim to help our children who come to mass to understand the scripture readings and participate more fully in the parish community. It takes place at the Vigil Mass usually on the first Sunday of each month. (excluding July and August). We find that more and more our children look forward to this celebration. This is just one small way that we are reaching out to our children and families.
First Holy Communion Programme:
This was run by the parents of our First Holy Communion children who received their communion in May. The programme complements the great work being done already being done by our teachers in our Primary Schools. It is run by the parents themselves and each child and parent / guardian is invited to be involved. Many thanks and well done to all who helped.
We congratulate our 72 Confirmation candidates who we confirmed by Bishop Ray Browne on Friday May 3rd 2019. Our thanks to Sr. Aileen Murphy of the Kerry Diocese team who addressed the parents and candidates in March. We wish to acknowledge the great work done also by our teachers.
Our thanks to the ladies who generously provide a ‘cuppa’ for those attending the Frist Friday Mass. It is a lovely opportunity for people to have a ‘chat’ after mass in our lovely Parish Meeting Room.
We have a Defibrillator in the Sacristy of the Church and we are grateful to 15 parishes.