St Francis of Assisi Parish Council

The Parish Council consists of elected members, and the Parish Priest, who serves in an ex officio capacity. Others may be co-opted and parish organsiations may also have one representative. The elected members normally serve for three years. Meetings take place every two months on a Tuesday evening and are open meetings. The minutes of each meeting are displayed on the notice board in the Narthex.

The Parish Council is concerned with all matters of parish life, working with and advising the Parish Priest. The Council also ensure that the life of the parish is properly communicated and celebrated, that the social life of the parish is fostered and that our links with the diocese are maintained. The principal responsibility for each of those tasks is given to individual members of the council.

The council has six sectors which are responsible for specific groups and activities within the Parish. Below is a list of those sectors and their members.

Chair
  • Anthony Rossiter
Liturgy and spirituality
  • Lindsay Reynolds
  • Stephen Parker
Mission, evangelisation and faith formation
  • Lindsay Reynolds
  • Stephen Parker
Justice, peace and ecology
  • Eva Kaltenhaler
  • Sian Porter
Pastoral care and community (including social activities)
  • Julie Hughes
  • Anne Shepherd
Maintenance
  • David Hughes
Communications
  • Dave Stanley

The Parish Council can be contacted in person or through the email address parishcouncil26@yahoo.co.uk.

The Finance Committee

This comprises the Parish Priest and three lay members. It has its own constitution and is responsible to the Bishop for accounting and the budgeting of parish funds. It reports to the Parish Council. The current lay members are: Derek Hemmingfield (Chair), Alan Wenham (Secretary) and Kevin McHale.

Gift Aid

The Diocese of Hallam is registered charity no. 512021. The parish is able to reclaim tax from HMRC on all recorded donations. Parishioners who pay tax are encouraged to complete a Gift Aid Declaration (GAD). Giving under the scheme can be by means of standing order from your bank, by numbered envelopes, or by personal cheque. GADs and standing order mandates are available in the narthex and may be returned to the presbytery. The parish Gift Aid coordinator is Edmund King.

Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults

The Parish of St. Francis of Assisi is committed to the policies of the Catholic Church in England and Wales designed to protect children and vulnerable adults from harm and to promote a safe environment for them.  This commitment flows from the fact that we are all made in the image of God and the Church’s common belief in the dignity and uniqueness of every human being.

The Church in England and Wales has established a rigorous and formal framework, with systematic procedures, in order to ensure that the necessary protection is given to those who are vulnerable.  Within this framework, parishes are required to designate specialist Safeguarding Officers whose role is to oversee the introduction and application of the required policies and procedures. The diocesan safeguarding adviser is Lisa Markham and the contact for St. Francis Parish is Bob Levesley.

Risk assessment

When organising an event, think about how children or vulnerable adults may be put at risk and think about how to address those risks. Please complete the risk assessment form before any event and hand it to the Parish Priest.