The Parish Pastorial Council (PPC) supports the parish priests by carrying out pastoral planning work and activities, and advises how best to serve the church community. CDM’s PPC comprises the Ministry servant leaders and an ExCo, who serve for two years.
Parish Pastoral Council ExCo Members
ExCo Members (left-to-right)
- Leonard Louis: Secretary
- Aloysius Lim: Focus on the elderly
- Joseph Kwok: Chairperson
- Tricia Kat: Vice Chairperson
- Father Venus Praveen: Assistant Parish Priest
- Father Damian DeWind: Parish Priest
- Father Peter Tan: Assistant Parish Priest
- Julian Lim: Focus on the family
- Jane Lee: Focus on the youth
PPC Chairman Message
Since my inaugural message in Jan, Singapore moved to DORSCON Yellow on 26 Apr, and the Church was able to open our doors to both the vaccinated and unvaccinated, and we can now celebrate as a community.
During that time, we formed the council and discerned that during our term we would focus on the following areas:
- ‘Coming Home’ – do more to bring people back to Church.
- Strengthening families – engage our married couples, youth & young adults & elderly.
- Building up the neighbourhood community – by ’rebooting’ our NCCs.
- Faith formation – with a focus on Scripture.
I don’t think it was coincidence that from the Synodal conversations we had in our parish, with parishioners and Ministry members, many shared that more needed to be done in these key areas.
The council, together with the parish, will coordinate efforts to plan and conduct programmes and events in these priority areas. What we hope for is more parishioners joining these programmes or stepping forward as part of the organising teams.
Neighbourhood Christian Communities (NCCs) are one means to engage our parishioners at a ‘grassroots level’ and 3 NCCs are starting their monthly gatherings from July.
We hope the NCC gatherings will create a cascading effect, which will transform our parish, little by little, to be a more vibrant community where we welcome and engage everyone.
And from there, we invite more to “come home” to celebrate the Eucharist as a community and enjoy the sacramental life that we are so privileged to enjoy as Catholic-Christians.
In closing, please join me to congratulate Archbishop William, and let us keep him in our prayers with his elevation to the College of Cardinals on 27 Aug 2022. His appointment should remind all of us to continue our responsibility to evangelise – to share the good news – more intentionally.
Because we are all “companions on a journey” through this “vale of tears.”
Stay safe everyone,
CDM PPC Chairman