Parish Council

St. Bede the Venerable

Parish History




The Parish Council exists:

to help in the running of the parish, in matters both spiritual and secular

to ensure that the resources of the Church are organised appropriately

to ensure that the decisions taken in the name of the Parish conform to its Christian Mission

to oversee the provision of ongoing formation in faith

While he does not chair the Parish Council, the Parish Priest is its president, bringing the authority of the Bishop to the work of the Council. The Parish Priest bears the ultimate responsibility for decisions regarding pastoral ministry and the overall mission of the parish.

In rare cases, he may choose not to follow the advice of the Parish Council. However, as a member of the Parish Council, he will not readily ignore its advice because he, with them, has participated in the prayerful discernment of what it right and appropriate for the good of the community.

Through its deliberations, insights, expertise and considered advice, the Parish Council helps the Parish Priest with the identification, implementation and evaluation of pastoral initiatives and policies best suited to the spread of the Gospel and its values in the parish. The Council is also tasked to recognise and affirm the many gifts and ministries within our parish community.

The Parish Council meets regularly, approximately every two to three months, or as necessary in special circumstances, to discuss matters of relevance to the parish.

Standard Agenda items are:

finance, building and premises

the parish hall and its uses and abuses

charity and fund raising

liturgy, prayer, ecumenism and evangelisation

any other matters of importance

Any parishioner is welcome to come along to the meetings. Members of the Parish Council serve a three-year term of office but can be re-elected.

Current members are:

The Parish Council is currently being reconstituted

Our vision and hope

is of ourselves as the gathered community of the Lord’s disciples united in baptism and bonded together by Christ in the Eucharist

Our mission

is so to live out this communion in the power of the Spirit that we proclaim the Gospel by our words and become the Good News by our way of life

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Rev. Martin O’Connor

The Presbytery

Bishops Avenue

Chadwell Heath



St Bede’s Catholic Church

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Tel: 020 8590 8818