Leah and Lorraine, two of our Catechists at a training day with the Bishop
Liturgical & Parish
It is easy to think
when we turn up for Mass and leave straight away afterwards that “things just happen”
behind the scenes because everything looks like it is running smoothly. You
would not believe, however, the number of different roles that need to be
filled to keep the spiritual and the fabric side of the parish working
effectively. We are always glad to have extra help and invite you to think
prayerfully to see if there is any way in which you could contribute to some of
the vital work that needs to be done. Some of the ministries include……
Altar linen care
& washing – There is a small
group of people who care for the cleaning of the Altar linen. This
involves washing and ironing the purificators that are used for wiping the
sacred vessels during communion and the towels that are used on the altar by
Father Paul and the Eucharistic Ministers for washing their hands. There are
liturgical guidelines which explain how the linen should be washed and pressed.
Catechists – Our
Catechists have a key role in supporting and instructing our young people in “the
way of the Lord." both by word and example. Their work is carried out
primarily through our First Holy Communion and Confirmation Programmes. They
also support catechumens and candidates engaged in our RCIA sessions.
Charities - Among the charities that we support are
CAFOD, Mary’s Meals, Missio, SVP and Aid to the Church in Need. The work
involved can be anything from receiving and distributing appeal information and
collection boxes at Mass to organising fund raising events.
Choir – at 11am
mass and on most Feast Days, the music will be led by the organist and the
choir. New members are always welcome.
Cleaners - We all know that “cleanliness is next to
Godliness” so if you can spare a few hours each month to join our team of
cleaners who try to help keep our church spick and span it would be greatly
Counters – Counters
total up and log any monies from the week’s collection and pass on the
information to the Finance Team. It takes about an hour (with the aid of an
electronic coin sorting machine). Counting takes about one duty per month after
the 11am Mass.
(Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion or EMHCs) - Eucharistic
Ministers have the special responsibility of helping the clergy to distribute
the Body and Blood of Christ either during a Mass or Eucharistic Service or by
taking the Blessed Sacrament to the housebound or sick. Unlike other
ministries, EMHCs are invited to the ministry rather than volunteer (a decision
made by the Bishop). Those invited to become new Eucharistic ministers are
required to participate in a preparation session at Our Lady & St. Joseph’s
run by Father Paul.
Gardeners - Our worship environment is a vital part
of the church and much work has been
put into making the gardens and flower beds round the church a joy to behold.
Extra help is always appreciated.
Greeters - The Greeter
welcomes regular members and visitors with a smile or handshake as they arrive
in the doors. They hand them a Red Redemptorist Mass leaflet containing the
text of the readings and psalm, the collect, Gospel acclamation, prayers and
antiphons. Greeters are on hand to answer any questions or pass the visitor on
to someone else “in the know”
Maintenance - You
wouldn’t believe the things that go wrong, break and generally malfunction in a
parish like ours, from light bulbs to leaking roofs. If you’re generally
skilled in maintenance and repair, and would like a chance to put those
abilities to use in service of God and the Church, then please let us know. We always appreciate having extra help
Ministers of the Word
( Readers) - Reading at Mass is an essential Lay Ministry through which the
Word of God is proclaimed to the congregation. Any member of the congregation
can become a Reader, there is no upper or lower age limit, although an
understanding of the reading is necessary. Following a training session with
Father Paul, new readers would be included on the next rota, scheduling them to
read once every few weeks. Readers need to have a good, clear voice which can
be projected, with the aid of a microphone, to the back of the church
Parish Council -The
Parish Council exists to help the parish to be run for the good of all. The
Parish council will discuss the matters that you raise, and feed the results of
those discussions back to you. We welcome new members who could bring as many
areas of expertise as possible. The council meets at approximately bi-monthly
Repository – The
Repository, our Parish Shop, hold a selection of items for sale, available
after all Masses. All the items are ordered and displayed by a small team. It
is sometimes very busy – so, many hands make light work!
Sacristan - The
sacristan is a volunteer who has care for the maintenance and preparation of
the altar, altar vessels, candles and other communion consumables The Sacristan
ensures that all Liturgical services, are correctly prepared and perfect. It is
necessary to keep stock of all that is needed for every service and to order
everything that is required, in good time.
Servers – Servers
are volunteer members of the church. Their duties include serving the Priest in
the Sanctuary during Mass, carrying the processional cross and acolyte candles
Ushers – The Ushers
arrive at least 30 minutes before the service, greet people as they arrive at
church, give out information, escort worshippers to their seat, when required.
Thy organise the offertory – taking the collection and inviting a small group
of worshippers to bring the gifts to the altar in preparation for the Liturgy
of the Sacrament. They also tidy up the church chairs, hymnals and service
guides following Mass.
Steward of the Gospel
-these volunteers use their talents to work closely with clergy,
parishes and schools as part of the diocesan planning process. Appointed in
each parish, a Steward will, with local clergy and parishioners, assess the
resources available in the parish and locally to maximise the opportunities for
evangelisation and sacramental provision. He or she will encourage discussion
and be an advocate for their fellow parishioners, communicating their ideas,
thoughts and concerns to the Diocesan Strategic Planning Group.
Please see Father
Paul if you would like to find out more about how you can contribute to the
life of our parish or click on the link below