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 prayer & formation groups.
Across the three parish churches and also at Holy Cross, there are many parishioners actively involved in planning and carrying out liturgical ministries. These roles and responsibilities vary at each church. Below is a guide outlining what is involved, but to understand more about how these roles are organised at each service please contact the people indicated or for more general enquiries contact the Parish secretary for Our Lady of Lourdes Here or for St Teresa, Gill Kenny Here or for St Anselm TBA. New volunteers are most welcome.
In order to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults DBS checks are carried out as appropriate in line with Safeguarding requirements.
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.
Being a sacristan is a very beneficial way to help out your church community, and an active way to participate in a Catholic Mass. The word Sacristan comes from the Latin word, sacer, meaning sacred.
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, and assists the Priest with making any further arrangements that may be necessary. Should you have any special requirements during a service, such as requiring a lower gluten host etc please speak to the Sacristan on duty who will accommodate these requests where possible. 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.
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion are commissioned to distribute communion to the congregation in the absence of Priests or Deacons. There is a three month rota and typically ministers are required two or three times during this period. They also have an important role across the parish in visiting and taking communion to the sick, house bound and those in nursing homes. If you would like to volunteer for this ministry then do contact the Parish Priest
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.
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. For Our Lady of Lourdes Church, contact Maureen Riley Here For St. Teresa of Avila Church, Alice Manuel is in charge of cleaning you can contact her Here, For St. Anselm’s Church, contact TBA
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. To volunteer at Our Lady of Lourdes contact Diane Breen here, for St Teresa contact Iola Christian here. For St. Anselm’s Church, contact TBA
Catechists for Children’s Liturgy
During school term time a liturgy for Children is offered at St Anselm, St Teresa and Our Lady of Lourdes. Children between the ages of 4 and 8 leave the Mass to spend time together to explore the readings of the day in a small group session. If you would be willing to volunteer please contact Pat Blades at Our Lady of Lourdes Here or for St Teresa contact Monica King Here. For St Anselm contact TBA