Resourcing Pastoral Renewal

There are many wonderful resources available in the area of pastoral renewal. Each month we provide information and reviews of useful resources.

Parish Pastoral Councils Bibliography

The following is a comprehensive bibliography to accompany Parish Pastoral Councils: A Formation Manual by Debra Snoddy, Jim Campbell and Andrew McNally which is published by Veritas in the autumn of 2010. On Prayer *Deiss, Lucien. Biblical Prayers. World Library, 1976 *Harrington D. and J. Kavanagh, Prayer for Parish Groups. St. Mary’s Press, 2000.

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Come Back to Mass Weekend

Drumcree Parish, Portadown adopted a Come Back to Mass Sunday.  Here Fr Michael O'Dwyer PP give some of the background to the initiative.

After last summer one of our Parish Pastoral Councillors presented us with thoughts – addressing the issue of evangelisation in our Parish and in particular the complex and personal issue of bringing disaffected Parishioners back to Church.

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Facing Forgiveness

This excellent, down to earth and practical book is a recommended resource for personal spiritual growth and small group reflection.  The topic is on issues of forgiveness and reconciliation and builds on two previous publications, “Design for Wholeness” and “Building Community”. 

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Do This in Memory: A Parish Based Programme for First Eucharist

Do This in Memory is a resource for parish communities to help them in their preparation for First Communion. It complements the school –based work and takes place outside the classroom in the context of the parish Sunday Eucharist. It is continued in the home through the use of activities and resources for both parents/guardians and children.

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A Handbook for Parish Pastoral Councils

Jane Ferguson has worked in pastoral development in Ireland, England and beyond over many years and shares her extensive experience in this handbook. It is a wonderful resource for parishes that are beginning on the process of setting up Parish Pastoral Council for the first time and for Pastoral Councils that want to reflect on how they are doing and want to refresh themselves.

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