Parish Pastoral Council



Meet the Team

I’m Steven Parkinson and I grew up in Oldham.  I attended school in Manchester and after University, I worked as a teacher of history and politics at St Aidan’s Church of England High School, in Harrogate. 

I studied for Ordination at St Cuthbert’s College, Ushaw and at the University of Durham and was ordained in 2000.

I have served in parish ministry, as a University Chaplain and as private secretary to the Bishop of Salford, before moving to Whitefield in 2017.  Leisure time is spent with my family and friends and I enjoy reading and films.

I am Rachael Scully.  I’m 42 and have lived in the parish all my life. I am married and have two girls, Charlotte and Jessica and our cat Jasmine.  I work in a primary school near the centre of Bury as a HLTA – I mainly work in Year 6 but I have worked in all year groups.

I have done a few things in the parish – I help write the newsletter and I have set up the Church website – my pet project.

My main focus is to help us become a more Welcoming Parish to all people and help people access the different activities we have going on.

I’m interested in technology, cross stitching and spending time with my family

Hello, I am Laura Doyle and I have been a primary school teacher since 2006.  I am currently working in a Salford Catholic school.  Outside of work I enjoy catching up with my family and friends with a long walk to a country pub, a trip to the theatre or catch up over coffee.

I have been a member of the parish since 2017. I really enjoy coming to St Bernadette’s, meeting new people and making new friendships.

I have been encouraged to take a more active part in the parish so I have recently become a reader at Saturday evening Mass and a member of the Parish Team.

I am looking forward to finding different ways to enable St Michael’s and St Bernadette’s to further develop as a missionary parish. 


Hi I am Julie Greene, commonly known as Jules. I was delighted to have been invited to join the Parish Pastoral Team this year and look forward to helping our Parish thrive. I have lived locally for most of my life and in Whitefield for the past 25 years, with my husband Kevan and our 2 cats, Kaya and Yaya- yes Yaya was named after the Manchester City hero as we are both big MCFC fans!

My childhood was spent in the OLOG parish and my parents ensured a good Catholic upbringing and education for the three of us (I have a brother and sister who are both local too). However, I did not actively practise my Faith for many years but reached out and was strongly re-connected having suffered 2 close family bereavements in 2013. I have found great comfort and joy in our Parish and very much hope that in being a part of the Parish Team I can help others reconnect and enjoy being a part of our close knit and caring community. .


I am Clare Barnes. I’m 34 and have lived in the parish since early 2016.  I’m married to Paul, who sadly died in December 2017.  In January, I changed jobs and now work as a TA at St Bernadette’s where my two young daughters go to school.

When we first moved to the parish, we were encouraged to join in the coffee and biscuits after Mass (Biscuit Club as it’s known in our house) and to become involved in the parish family group, where we have made some lovely friends (and my Mum has reignited old friendships).  We wouldn’t have done either of these without the encouragement of others and I feel compelled to ‘pay it forward.’  Similarly, I would like to provide more for the youth of our parish as both Paul and I were fortunate to be part of a thriving youth group in our home parish as teenagers – friendships, experiences and lots of fun that helped to mould us as adults, teachers and parents.

I am Andrea Reid and I have lived and worked in the Parish for 37 years.  I am married and have three grown up children and five gorgeous grandchildren.  I’ve had a very varied career but I am now back working in the childcare sector.  Many people may remember me from my days working at St. Michael’s school and from attending mass at St. Michael’s church.  In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy going out for meals and travelling.

My main aim of being part of the Parish Team is to ensure that the community have the information they need and are supported in the personal faith journey.

I am Gillian Howarth and I have lived in the parish since 2008.  I was born in Scotland and have lived in Kent, Yorkshire, Bogotá and Mumbai before settling here.  I am married to Tim (who grew up on Sunnybank) and we have 2 children who are both at St Monica’s. I am a civil servant and in my spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.

I have been a reader at St Bernadette’s for a few years which I really enjoy doing.  I hope that as part of the Parish Team I can help the parish thrive and connect with new members.

The Council is a consultative group that collaborates with our priests in planning the spiritual and pastoral needs of our parish.

It will support parishioners and other parish groups and increase awareness and application of Christian values in our community.

The Foundation Document sets out the primary mission of the Parish Pastoral Council; that is, to collaborate in planning the spiritual and pastoral needs of the parish. It also details the structure of the Council, how it will operate and the roles within the Council. The Parish Priest is President and is a member of the Council, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Council are members of the laity who are elected by the whole Council.

The Foundation Document also outlines procedures covering the selection of new members to the Council. When appropriate, advance notice of the need to find new members will be published in the parish newsletter and a document similar to this example of the Nomination Form will be made available to parishioners.

The Call, The Journey and the Mission We have had an invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales to Reflect on the Gift of Marriage and Family Life. These 3 documents will help us prepare a response in March 2015. There is a 1-page letter from Cardinal Nichols. A 5-page document outlining the 6 topics that we are asked to reflect on and a 3-page response sheet which parishioners may prefer to fill in and return to PPC members. Any responses will be treated as anonymous.

A TIME TO LISTEN is a Pastoral Council initiative which gives all our parishioners an opportunity to influence the developing future of our parish. It will be based on conversations between parishioners and two members of the Council. To find out more please see this LISTENING document . To get involved print out the second page of the document which contains the form. Return the completed form to a member of the Council or put it in the Suggestions Box in the porch.