The Partnership Development Group met for the second time on 13th September. Following the success of our first partnership event at Ushaw, we have been discussing the strengths of each parish, and the areas where we need support. We have also been joined by representatives from the primary and secondary schools. We are beginning to get to know each other better but we still have a lot of work to do to agree the priorities across our 9 parishes. The Diocese is asking us to look at a range of subjects, from finance and property to liturgy and outreach, and we will need to involve more people in taking things forward once the plans become clearer. In the meantime, we are planning a partnership newsletter to keep everyone informed, and you can keep up to date with information about the partnership on our webpages, where you will also find the name of your parish representative on the group and the full minutes of the meeting.