There are many different ways in which you can help out and make this “our” parish. Any talent, or willingness that you can offer can be used – the existing volunteers will be delighted to welcome you so that more can be done and or they could take a break. If you are interested in participating in parish life and would like to learn more, review the many ministries listed on this page to see ways you can contribute.
Servers assist the Priest on the sanctuary in order that the Mass may be celebrated reverently. Servers are invited to volunteer after receiving their First Holy Communion. They receive training sessions and then begin serving. Servers need to be at church at least ten minutes before the start of Mass.
If you would like to be a server please speak to Father Vincent the Parish Priest.
Catechists are volunteers who help parishioners deepen their faith whilst preparing to celebrate the Sacraments. Catechists who work with children and young people must have undertaken the diocesan safeguarding checks. Catechists have normally attended a specialist training course to help them fulfil this role.
If you are interested in becoming a catechist please speak to Father Vincent the Parish Priest
Children's Liturgy of the Word
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word, which is celebrated at Sunday morning Mass on the first and third Sunday of each month, provides the children of the parish with the Gospel presented at a level appropriate to their age group, and an opportunity to discuss what it means and how it is applicable to their own life.
You can volunteer to help with the group. Leaders of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word have to undertake the diocesan safeguarding checks
If you would like to help as a volunteer please contact Father Vincent the Parish Priest.
You can help by volunteering to join one of the teams, or by joining with one or two or three others to form your own team.
If you would like to help please contact Cecilia Blake.
The current rota for Church Cleaning is here.
Church Hall Cleaning
The current rota is available here.
If you would like to help with this cleaning please contact Dawn Straker Cook.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion can assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass.
In addition, if Extraordinary Ministers have undertaken the diocesan safeguarding checks, they may take the Blessed Sacrament to a sick or housebound member of the parish.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must be Catholics in good standing, and are appointed by the invitation of the Parish Priest.
The flower arrangers decorate the Church with floral arrangements for Mass and for special occasions. The group creates the flower arrangements, co-ordinating them as appropriate with the Liturgy. You can help them by joining them, or by offering flowers.
If you are interested, please contact Lorraine Dixon.
There are three instrumental music groups that support the singing at Sunday morning Mass.
If you would like to join in with either group please speak to Jane Murphy or Cari Depla.
The current rota for music at Sunday Masses is here.
The task of the offertory counters is to count the weekly offerings and to prepare for banking.
The counting is done on Sunday morning after Mass, when the offerings for the whole week are counted and logged into the records. Standing Order offerings are dealt with separately, not by the offertory counters.
If you can, and would like to help, please contact Helen Murphy or Albert Pace.
Pastoral care of the sick and housebound
Our parish community strives to offer the best pastoral care to each and every one of our members including those who may be sick or suffering in any way, hospitalised, in a nursing home, or homebound for any period of time. This care can include visiting, the bringing of Holy Communion, and transport to and from Mass.
In some cases those undertaking this work must have undertaken the diocesan safeguarding checks. This would depend on the nature of the activity and those undertaking this ministry should speak with the Parish Safeguarding Representative to determine whether a diocesan safeguarding check is needed. Details of how to contact the Parish Safeguarding Representative are given on the ‘Safeguarding’ page here.
The Prayer of the Faithful
If you would like join this rota please speak to Father Vincent the Parish Priest, or to Paul Blake.
The current rota can be accessed here.
Readers go onto a rota, which will lead to them reading about every four to six weeks. Training can be given to new readers, plus a chance to practice at the microphone.
If you would like to find out more about being a reader please speak to Father Vincent the Parish Priest.
The current rota for Readers for Saturday evening Masses can be accessed here.
The current rota for Readers for Sunday morning Masses can be accessed here.
Refreshments after Sunday Mass
These volunteers prepare tea, coffee, squash and biscuits in the Church Hall after the Sunday morning Mass, so that parishioners and visitors to the parish can meet with their families in a friendly atmosphere for a chat, and an opportunity to meet new people. This is a well-attended and enjoyable gathering for all adults and children.You can help the group by volunteering to go on the rota. If you are interested please contact Brigid Rodgers.
The current rota for those preparing refreshments after Sunday morning Masses can be accessed here.
These volunteers open and prepare the church for Sunday morning Masses.
You can help by volunteering to go on the rota. If you are interested please contact Father Vincent. Training will be provided.
The current rota for Sacristans for the Sunday morning Masses can be accessed here.
Sewing and Embroidery
A group of parishioners work to sew and embroider new altar frontals and lectern hangings.
Welcomers greet visitors and parishioners as they come to Mass. They aim to offer a smile and a few friendly words to as many people as possible, whilst handing out the hymn books, Mass leaflets and the weekly church newsletter in the church porch.
You can help by joining the Welcomers’ rota. This requires you to be at the church about half an hour early when it is your turn, to arrange the books and newsletters prior to handing them out.
The role also involves opening the doors in the porch as at the end of Mass and collecting the hymn books and Mass leaflets.
If you are interested in volunteering to go on the rota please contact Brigid Rodgers.
The current rota for Welcomers for Saturday evening Masses can be accessed here.
The current rota for Welcomers for Sunday morning Masses can be accessed here.
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