We aim to have the lines of communication open. Look out for newsletter notices, updates such as this one, suggestion boxes at each Church, a structural chart with names and photos displayed in both Churches informing you of who your councillors are and which sub-committee they are leading.
This new and exciting Parish Website is up and running now and would be a great way to keep in touch with what is going on in the Parish.
If you have any questions, please approach any of your Parish Pastoral Council members after Mass.
We are privileged to be able to serve on the PPC and we look forward to supporting you as we all continue to grow as we journey in faith together.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE
PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE
With 30th June 2014 now behind us, the Parish has ended the financial year with a surplus of $5,837 against a budgeted deficit of $67.53.
In this our first year separate from Dunsborough,forecasting was not easy, but a combined shortfall in income of around 10%, or nineteen thousand dollars, which was largely the result of less than expected receipts in collections, donations and religious ceremony fees, was more than compensated for by a concerted effort to control general expenditure and a slowdown in anticipated ministry outgo.
Planning is now in train for the coming year and with work already underway on upgrading the audio visual equipment plus the installation of a new pump and bore to maintain the grounds at OurLady of the Bay, providing a new data projector and upgraded lighting for St Joseph's, we also need to consider painting both churches.
A real challenge for our community, but not beyond us if we are able to rely on the continued generous support of our parishioners and we shall take this into account over the coming weeks as we complete the 2014/15 forward estimates for presentation.
Property & Maintenance Officer
Marketing of Investment Lot
Having obtained advice from local professionals and the Diocesan Resources Committee, a decision has been made to market the Parish owned vacant lot next to the Presbytery in Cloister's.
Consideration was given to constructing and selling units on the property, but the risk was assessed as unacceptable when all aspects were taken into account.
Professional opinion has suggested that the lot in unlikely to appreciate markedly in the foreseeable future and the addition of additional to Parish reserves will increase available interest income to cpoe with ever increasing property mainenance and the need to expand our pastoral reach.
With the likelihood that the Parish will need to accommodate two Priests on a permanent basis, the existing presbytery is proving inadequate in respect of their privacy and individual comfort.
Advise has been sought from the Diocese and Fr Nick is keen for us to assess the feasibility of selling the present residence and constructing duplex style units on the OLB site.
The configuration could include personal office facilities for the clergy and a medium sized meeting room and a presence close to the church will provide benefits in respect of its current isolation.
Interest in becoming a member of a small committee to work in liaison with the Parish Finance Committee to evaluate concepts and designs will now be sought
OUR PARISH COUNCIL
(left to right)
Fr Nick Lim - Priest-in-charge
Vacant - Chair
Angela Hegney - Deputy Chair
Kaye Cruickshank - Secretary
OUR VISION IS PROCLAIMED!
First and foremost as a Parish community we have to have faith. God invites us to be open and to give outreach to others. If we reach out to others we grow in faith. There is a cycle of openness and nourishment.
Outreach is something that currently occurs in our Parish, in many ways, and by many people. Our vision for the Parish is to coordinate and continue our outreach program. This is a practical way that we can all live out our Parish vision by our simple actions, showing care and concern for each other.
Inclusivity in our Parish refers to being welcoming, accepting of differences and including all people for who and what they are. It refers to all the ways that we reach out and include people in our Parish. Inclusivity means including all people in Liturgical Life, Faith Formation, Social Life, Joseph Care and Parish realities.
Underpinning all aspects of our Parish vision is Openness.
Openness means being ‘open’ to everyone in the Parish. It means having effective dialogue, collaboration, and sharing of information. People need to know that there are means of communication and avenues to address or discuss issues. Openness also means that we are open to the Holy Spirit working in our lives, as we strive to grow in Faith, be inclusive of all and give outreach to those in need.
The new vision was received well by the community and there is an air of excitement around the direction in which the Parish is heading.