Raja is a Sri Lankan/British citizen who has been a parishioner since being appointed to the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat in 1976. His travels as a Commonwealth diplomat have among other things allowed him to see at first hand the workings of the Catholic Church in some 80 countries.
He is married to Rosanne – they have two daughters and four grandchildren. Now retired from formal work, Raja joined the Parish Pastoral Council in October 2012. He has been at different times Director of the Commonwealth Youth Programme and of the Commonwealth’s Management Development Programme, experience he used when he served from 2005 to 2010 on the advisory group for the then newly set up Sacred Heart Youth Ministry.
Raja has several volunteer interests outside the Parish – these have included working with the homeless in organisations such as the Emmaus movement where he has been national Treasurer and a Trustee of the Greenwich Community.
Polly Harrison grew up in the parish and attended the Ursuline schools. She worked in the city as a pensions lawyer for a number of years and is now full-time at home with her children who are aged between 13 and 1.
Polly helped John Quinn in his work by organising the youth advisory group, a group made up of around eight people who meet with John regularly to discuss what is going on with youth in the parish. Polly is also interested in supporting family life and in providing a welcome for people who are coming back to the Church.
Christopher Woodward has lived in the parish since 1969 bringing up a family of two daughters and a son with his late wife Patricia. The children attended Hollymount Primary, St Catherine’s Middle School and the Ursuline High and Wimbledon College.
Having taught in two large London comprehensive schools, he then moved over to education management in the London Boroughs of Ealing and then Sutton.
The family have been involved in parish life over the years but Chris became increasingly so having taken early retirement and then following the death of his wife. He was on the initial steering group for the first Parish Pastoral Plan and chaired the co-ordinating group overseeing its implementation.
He is currently chair of the Parish Finance Committee having served on the Parish Pastoral Council for over six years. He is involved in the local SVP conference, the Soup Run, the Friendship Group, Social Club but cherishes most the privilege of taking the Blessed Sacrament to the housebound as a Eucharistic Minister.
Faye grew up in Croydon and first visited Sacred Heart as a 16 year old for a relative’s baptism. She was so bowled over by the beauty of the church that she thought; ‘If I ever get married, I want to get married here.’
Faye did get married here, (to David) and they now have two children, both at Sacred Heart Primary School. She and David are both accountants.
Faye loves meeting new people and so joined the Parish Pastoral Council partly to widen her parish circle. She has made some great friends in the process, and particularly enjoys one aspect of the role of Secretary – providing refreshments each month in the form of cake.
Originally from the north of England, Kate first became a parishioner in 1973. Although she moved to Central London in 1999, in 2001 she relocated to Putney and started to worship again at the Sacred Heart. She has a part-time portfolio career lecturing on a Masters course in charity management, acting as Clerk to the Trustees of two charities, and undertaking consultancy work on charity governance and management. She has two adult daughters and two much beloved grandchildren.
Within the parish community, over the years she has helped at times with the First Communion Programme, the Transport to Sunday Mass, the Christmas Lunch and the SVP. She has a keen interest in the Church’s social teaching and in overseas development issues. She was a Trustee of Oxfam for nine years and is a CAFOD campaigner.
I am an Ursuline Sister and have been in Wimbledon since 1981. I enjoyed a full teaching career working in our schools in Essex, East London and finally here in Wimbledon at the Ursuline Preparatory School. During my years in school I was known as Sister Brendan but reverted to my baptismal name of Dorothy on my retirement. I answer to both!
In September 2000 when the parish team was established comprising the priests of the parish, religious and lay people working together I became one of the team and took on a full time post in the parish.
Over the last 14 years I have had numerous responsibilities mostly with regard to sacramental preparation. My chief interest currently is with the R.C.I.A., Marriage preparation days, parish visiting and being among the people.
The remit of the Parish Pastoral Council is to work co-operatively with the Parish Priest, Parish Team and the parishioners to assist the entire parish community to achieve the mission of the Church in the local community.
The Parish Pastoral Council is accountable to the parish community for its work and will give high priority to ensuring regular, effective and timely communication with the parish. The Council agreed a communications strategy in June 2006; [click here] to view a copy. Unconfirmed minutes of the Council meetings are posted on this website as well as in the Church porch as soon as possible after each meeting.
To view copies of minutes of the PPC meetings [click here].
The detailed guidelines for the working of the PPC are included in the PPC Handbook. To view a copy [click here].
The programme of work of the Council is primarily directed by the Parish Vision and the objectives set out in the Pastoral Plan. The Council is required to review and update the plan from time to time. To view the plan [click here].
The nine lay members of the PPC together act as an advisory body to the Parish Priest. They do this through a process of praying together; discerning needs and priorities; and sharing practical wisdom and experience in order to advise on major decisions which may affect the life and well-being of the parish.
The Council meets once a month apart from August.
The Council arranges a Parish Day once a year which is an opportunity for the wide range of parish organisations to show what they have been doing during the course of the year and for the Council to report on its activities and to listen to the view of parishioners. For the latest annual report [click here].
Any parishioner can make representations to the Council and should do so by either talking to a member of the Council or by writing to the Secretary, c/o The Presbytery, The Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, SW19 4LU, or E Mail firstname.lastname@example.org.