Roll out and sensitisation have started in vicariates for the introduction of Ministry Animation Teams (MATS) in parishes. The MATs will work alongside clergy and parish pastoral councils (PC) for more effective running of ministries and execution of the 3Hs—Hymns, Homilies and Hospitality.
A ﬁrst meeting for the Northern Vicariate was held at Benet Hall, Mt St Benedict on March 30 to introduce the new structure; 90 persons representing 15 parishes some from Eastern and Suburban Vicariates participated.
The objectives were “to have clarity on the parish structure” and “to develop draft communication and co-ordination protocols for parishes”. Archbishop Jason Gordon gave an introduction and context for the initiative, Fr Matthew Ragbir, Spiritual Adviser, Archdiocesan Family Life Commission, spoke on ‘Amazing Parish’, a concept that is promoted in the US, and Gary Tagallie, Oﬂice of Pastoral Planning and Development, gave an overview of the MATS and their role in relation to PCs.