There is a range of what we mean by worship. As a parish, we frequently take part in formal worship together, known as liturgy - an example of formal worship is the Mass. But we also gather together for times of informal worship in different prayer groups etc.
Each year the Church celebrates the rhythm of the seasons of the liturgical year – always the same, yet ever new and renewing. At the heart of this yearly cycle is the Sacred Liturgy, especially the celebration of the Mass, which is the source and summit of the Church's life.
Annually the Church immerses herself in the whole mystery of Christ, from the incarnation and birth until the ascension, the day of Pentecost, and the expectation of blessed hope and of the coming of the Lord. For more information on our times of more informal worship, please see our news and events.
Our Lady of Lourdes has an active choir expertly led by Pauline Prior. Choir members practice on a Wednesday evening and new joiners are most welcome. Just introduce yourself to Pauline after Mass.
This team of parishioners work on a rota basis to welcome both regular parishioners and visitors to mass. Welcomers wear a lanyard to identify themselves and are responsible for distributing hymn and prayer booklets, managing the collection baskets and also act as stewards for the congregation. They encourage people to stay and have coffee and are on the look out for new parishioners or visitors to engage them in conversation.
.Altar Servers assist the Priest during mass. Adults and children who have made their First Holy Communion are welcome to be altar servers. To arrange a training session please contact the Parish Priest.
Before each Mass the Sacristan prepares the church for the service and clears away after it has finished. The Sacristan also ensures that all readers, Holy Communion Ministers and Little Church Catechists are in attendance, Should you have any special If you are interested in the role of Sacristan then do contact the Parish Priest.
Readers proclaim the word of God and are required for all masses. Training is provided for those that are interested. There is a three month rota and typically readers two or three times during this period.
The churches are kept clean, polished and free from candle wax by a dedicated team of volunteer cleaners on a rota basis.
New volunteers are always welcome.
Throughout the year there is a team of flower arrangers across the parish responsible for creating and maintaining church flower arrangements. Flower arrangers are co-ordinated through a rota.