Parish Council and Committees

Our local councils and committees play a vital role in supporting and building a stronger community

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Stewards of the Gospel

The Diocese has asked every parish to undertake a period of reflection and assessment. Everyone in the parish is welcome to be a part of the process. Please look out for details in the newsletter and the diocesean website.

Venessa Sequerah

Tel: 07483 219654
Email: merienathefish@hotmail.co.uk

 

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Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee is a team of parishioners who assist Fr Riq in the planning and execution of all the major liturgies throughout the year ensuring the maintenance of high standards.

The team consists of representatives from all the groups directly involved: music, altar servers, readers, eucharistic ministers, RCIA, sacristans, children’s liturgy, welcome ministers and ushers.

Chair
Mike Roche

Tel: 01787 210614
Email: mikeroche@btinternet.com

 

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Parish Pastoral Council

The main aim of the Parish Council is to provide support, guidance, advice and counsel to the Parish Priest. The Parish Council will further be responsible for assisting the Parish Priest to manage and oversee the smooth, efficient and effective running of the parish and its activities.

Chair
John Bradley

Email: johnbradley9255@gmail.com

Finance Committee

In Canon Law, Can 532 states that in all juridical matters, the parish priest acts in the person of the parish, in accordance with the law. He holds the primary responsibility to administer parish goods in accordance with Can 1281 -1288. Under Can 532 the parish priest is the administrator of the parish and must ensure that the temporal goods of the parish are administered correctly.

In civil law the parish priest is the agent of the Diocesan trustees and he is delegated the responsibility of administering the temporal goods of the parish in accordance with the law and in accordance with the purposes of the charity as stated in the Diocesan trust deed.

The parish priest must ensure that an effective Parish Finance Committee (PFC) is formed and that all relevant information is made available to its members. While he is encouraged to delegate many financial and administrative matters relating to the parish to people with relevant expertise, it is his duty to keep himself fully informed of all material matters relating to the parish.

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Duties and Role of the Finance Committee
The overriding duty of the Finance Committee is to act as an advisory consultative body to the parish priest, to assist him in administering all parish property in accordance with the wishes of the Diocesan Trustees.

Contact:

Richard Larkins
Email: admin-lexden@brdct.org

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Social Committee

The social committee exists to bring life and fun to the parish community, and to engage people from all generations by bringing them together. We organise social events and provide opportunities for identifying support structures. We see ourselves as a continuation of the parish through the people and are independent of, but inclusive of, the parish pastoral council.

We are a very approachable team and would love others to join us.

Contact:

Tel: 01206 576898
Email: Lexden@brcdt.org

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Building committee

This group is concerned with the planning, organisation and delivery of minor repair and refurbishment work in both churches in the parish, the church hall and grounds. It negotiates with contractors when skilled repairs or updating is necessary and liaises with the Diocese when appropriate, taking into account relevant statutory requirements.​

The BMT meets every 2 -3 months in the Upper Room.

Parishioners are welcome to put forward any items they would like discussed.

Contact:

Tel: 01206 576898
Email: Lexden@brcdt.org

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Social Groups

Within our community and Parish we have a number of clubs and groups running to help parishioners connect and engage with other members. These initiatives cater to a wide spectrum of interests.

 

Within our Parish

We are committed to providing support and growth for parish and community members through collaborative efforts with both local and national organisations. 

 

Outside Agencies

Through social action initiatives, churches have the potential to make a significant impact on some of the most pressing issues facing our society today. Poverty, homelessness, hunger, and discrimination are complex issues that require collaborative efforts and long-term solutions.

 

Schools

With a strong commitment to Catholic values and teachings, parish schools offer a safe and nurturing environment where students can develop a strong sense of faith, morality, and character. Our local Primary school is St Teresa's and our local college is St Benedict's.

 

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Bereavement Support

Bereavement support is an important aspects of the role that churches play in supporting individuals and families during times of loss. When someone experiences the death of a loved one, they may feel overwhelmed, confused, and isolated. Bereavement support services offered by churches can provide a safe and compassionate space for individuals to process their grief, share their experiences, and receive support.

Find out more about our Bereavement Support services here

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Bereavement Support

Bereavement support is an important aspects of the role that churches play in supporting individuals and families during times of loss. When someone experiences the death of a loved one, they may feel overwhelmed, confused, and isolated. Bereavement support services offered by churches can provide a safe and compassionate space for individuals to process their grief, share their experiences, and receive support.

Find out more about our and Bereavement Support services here

" Use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you."

St Teresa of Lisieux

Organisations & Committees

Long standing groups who welcome new members into their traditions and community, providing opportunities for lifelong faith formation and personal growth.

Compassionate Service Initiatives

Here you will find a number of useful links to support the wellbeing and improve the lives of parish and community members through social engagement initiatives.

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Ministries

At St Tersea's we have a number of volunteer positions that help with the day to day running of the church including The Repository, alter services, welcomers and readers.

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Parish Councils and Committees

The Church is supported by several representatives, who provide guidance, advice and assistance to the parish priest to ensure the overall smooth running of the parish.

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" Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love."

St Teresa of Lisieux

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" Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love."

St Teresa of Lisieux

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