GEC Meeting Minutes – 25th May 2017

Meeting on Thursday 25th May 2017

Present: Canon Michael. Father Paul, Father Michal, Deacon Mark, Paula Brierley, Sister de Lourdes, Lucy Despres, Paul Robilliard, Pat Devenport.

  1. The meeting opened with a prayer led by Pat Devenport.
  2. Apologies for absence – Paul Burnard.
  3. The minutes of the March meeting were approved.
  4. Matters arising

a) Discussion on Youth ministry and formation of Youth Strategy Team was deferred in the absence of Paul Burnard.

b) Lucy Despres gave details of the forthcoming Catholic Youth Weekend to be held at Blanchelande on 24th/25th June.

Two Sisters from Sway will be attending to assist with the delivery of catechesis, activities etc. There will be an opportunity for a sleepover, confession and to attend an open air mass on the Sunday.

In the case of bad weather, mass will be celebrated in the school hall.

Correspondence and Communication

*The Catenians will be holding Stations of the Cross at the Little Chapel on 29th May, and the August procession in honour of Our Blessed Lady will also take place at the newly refurbished Little Chapel which is now administered by The Little Chapel Foundation.

*Looking to the future sale of the Education Council property and the impact that will have on parking for people attending church, Canon Michael has been in discussion with the Education Council about the possibility of using Vauvert School at weekends.

Canon Michael is also going to make enquiries as to the possibility of La Couperderie becoming two way for traffic from Vauvert to the carpark, not all the way through to Victoria Road.

*The sound system in St Joseph’s Church is being looked at as it is not always reliable.


*The subject of “applause” during mass was raised and Father Michal explained when it is acceptable to do so.

On Mother’s Day, the children came forward at the end of the mass and sang for the congregation, when the celebration of mass had ended. It was therefore an addition to the mass, not part of the liturgy, and the children were applauded.

At the First Communion mass, the children came forward and sang a thanksgiving hymn near the end of the mass but before mass was over therefore it was still part of the liturgy and consequently it would not have been appropriate for the congregation to applaud.

*The question of children going out to participate in the Children’s Liturgy was raised.

Children who have reached the age of making their First Holy Communion are expected to remain in church for the duration of the mass.

The date of the next meeting will be Tuesday 4th July 2017 at 6.00pm and prayers will be led by Paula Brierley.

The meeting closed at 7.10pm with a prayer led by Pat Devenport.



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