Each parish has a safeguarding coordinator who is responsible for ensuring that procedures are in place within the parish for the protection of any children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with our church, whether they are parishioners, visitors to our parish, attending parish groups or suchlike. More information on the steps taken to meet the needs of our parish in this regard are available on the safeguarding page of our website.
If you have any concerns related to safeguarding and the protection of children or vulnerable adults in our parish, please do not hesitate to contact our parish safeguarding coordinator, Callum Timms, on 07817 510 850. You can also speak to our parish priest, Father Forrest, or contact the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Office on 0131 623 8943.
The parish’s Fabric and Finance Committee also serve as the Health and Safety Committee. In this capacity, it is their duty to review relevant areas of legislation, regulation, guidance and advice concerning the Health and Safety of parishioners, parish groups, and the parish buildings. They act as an advisory body to the parish priest on these matters. The membership of the Health and Safety committee is currently:
Canon Law (Can. 537) states that parishes are required to have a finance council to assist the parish priest with the administration of the parish. Our fabric and finance committee fulfils this function at St. Mary’s, and accordingly seeks to ensure effective administration of the parish’s assets, prepare annual budgets and accounts, and manage the control and maintenance of parish buildings and assets.
For more information, contact Tony Edwards, chairperson of our Fabric and Finance Committee, on 01506 826724.
Membership of the Fabric and Finance Committee:
The Parish Pastoral Council (P.P.C.) seeks to respond to the pastoral needs of the parish and to put our faith into action. Accordingly, everything the council does is motivated by the Good News where we find the teaching of Jesus Christ. The council strives to uphold the Christian values of love, justice and peace and to celebrate God’s presence and actions through liturgy and prayer, in addition to supporting all parishioners on our lifelong journey of faith by presenting opportunities for us all to grow in our faith.