Monday, 18 February 2019
Church Council Meeting
Hello everyone and thank you for attending this church council meeting ... Alleluia and all that!
Now then ... the first item on the agenda I would like to bring to your attention is the parking situation on Sundays.
As you know, we have a small car park at the front of the church, and a much larger one at the back. Could I ask you please when you arrive to church on Sunday to first try to find a parking place at the front car park, unless your parking there would block the entrance and thus impeding the entrance or egress to the car park for other vehicles intending to enter or leave therein or thereout.
If you find this is the case ... i.e. your parking at the front would block other vehicles ... then we ask you to park at the much larger car park at the back of the church which has more than one entrance and exit being just a large field rather than a car park per se ... that is, unless the farmer to whom we sublet the field has let his sheep graze therein or thereabout; in which case we would ask you to park in the streets surrounding the church.
If you attend the 8:00 am Mass on Sunday morning we would ask you to hurry up and go home quickly after Mass rather than dilly-dally and chat in the car park; or go to the church hall for a cup of tea and a biscuit. This is because your being still here after the 8:00 am Mass has finished interferes with the commencement of the 9:15 am Mass with cars from both the front and back car parks leaving at the same time as other cars are arriving for the 9:15 am Mass, thus causing congestion in both car parks as well as the surrounding streets wherein cars are parked which have not been parked in either car parks.
This problem of cars from both car parks causing a congestion in both car parks as well as the streets is further exacerbated when Father Onto Long keeps going on and on with one of his interminable sermons. The other week, when he started his sermon there was a young newly married couple sitting in the front pew. By the time he finished his sermon they were playing with their grand-children.
I have to report that there have been complaints as to the number of church collections we have at Mass every Sunday. Personally, I don't think three collections are too many ... it is one thing we Catholics do well.
May I remind you please, especially if you have visited the many casinos in town, not to put your casino chips in the collection plate when it comes round. This causes confusion to our church treasurer, Mr Banks, who has to separate all the casino chips and send them to the nearby monastery where they are sorted and taken to the respective casinos to be cashed in. This job is done at the monastery by chip monks.
Now let me turn to the forthcoming Garden Fete to raise money for the Bishop's Maintenance Fund. I did not know he was falling apart; but then when you consider his age some things must be getting a little loose by now!
Anyway ... the first item to mention is the Bingo Stand ... or Lotto ... another Catholic speciality. May I remind you Mr Tom Bola not to call out the numbers in Latin to ensure that only Catholics win. This is hardly fair to our friends from the Churches Ecumenical Fraternity. After all, this is our only yearly chance to get some money out of them so let's give them a fighting chance.
On a similar vein, Miss Dollie Parson, may I remind you that last year's naming of the doll contest was also a little unfair. Who could have possibly guessed that the doll was named Agape after a Saint of that name? Admittedly, the previous year naming the doll Mary resulted in 237 winners of naming the doll; but choosing Agape is far way on the other side of the scale of possibilities.
And whose idea was it to hide a brick inside the cake for the guess the weight of the cake contest? Was it you Mrs Mortar?
And another thing, let us not repeat last year's experience with the Lucky Dip barrel. The idea is for people to put their hand into the barrel full of saw dust and retrieve a small prize which will make them happy. Hiding in the barrel condoms filled with chocolate pudding was totally in bad taste ... and we still have not discovered who the culprit was.
We believe it is the same person who filled whoopee cushions with the same chocolate cream and left them lying around in the tea room for guests to sit on.
Regarding the bric-à-brac stall, the idea is to sell uwanted items which you believe people would love and cherish in their homes ... things like objets d'art, curios, elaborately decorated teacups and small vases, compositions of feathers or flowers under glass domes, decorated eggshells, porcelain figurines, painted miniatures or photographs in stand-up frames, and so on. It does NOT include selling your mother-in-law ... or your second-hand car ... or your half-eaten pizza which you no longer want. Let's take this seriously folks and bring to the stall things that people with no taste would wish to buy.
There being no other matter on the agenda, I declare this meeting closed.