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Bishop’s Council of Laity meeting – invite to parishes

Each year in May and November, Bishop Alan meets with representatives from parishes across the diocese at Poringland at the Bishop’s Council of Laity, reports Secretary Maureen Costello.


The parish representatives are usually the chair of the Parish Council or the Finance Committee or someone who comes in their place. Information about the meetings is sent out to parishes by email and the representatives who have previously attended receive this information directly.  If there is a parish which has not been represented, then the parish priest is requested to pass on the information to the appropriate person.

Bishop Alan sees the council’s purpose as twofold: to allow the bishop to hear from parishes and, secondly, for representatives to take back to their parishes the Bishop’s ‘message’. At the meetings there is the opportunity to:

  • hear from Bishop Alan about key developments, activities and events taking place in the diocese;
  • listen to presentations from people working in the diocese;
  • learn about important current documents e.g. Apostolic Exhortations and Papal Encyclicals;
  • have group discussions / share views / ask questions;.
  • have a plenary discussion

The date of the next Bishop’s Council of Laity is on Saturday November 23 at the Conference Centre, Poringland. There will be a presentation from Jacinta Goode who leads Caritas East Anglia.

There is tea and coffee at 10.30am for the meeting at 11am. The meetings finish at approximately 1.15pm followed by light refreshments.

We hope to see all parishes in the diocese represented.

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