The Liturgy Committee meets regularly to prepare liturgies for all special liturgical celebrations, and to ensure regular liturgies are of a high standard. Special consideration is given to the involvement of young people, and to ensuring that the liturgy is meaningful to all.
The celebration of Pentecost is a particular example. Parishioners, having a national costume, wear it on this day, and Mass includes the readings and prayers being read in different languages, representative of the diversity of cultures domicile in the parish. Over the four masses, some twenty-six languages can be represented.
The committee would welcome anyone who is interested in working with them on parish liturgies.
The music group is a group of parishioners who love to sing, that gets together fortnightly, to share their love of music in learning & practicing contemporary and traditional hymns. Practice is once a fortnight on Monday evenings 7.00 pm. to 9.00 pm. Some times weekly, specially before major events.
We also have a youth choir who sing every weekend at one of the Masses. Youth who would like to join please contact the parish office.
MINISTERS OF THE WORD AND COMMUNION:
We are always keen to have new servers join our group, If you wish to take part in this special ministry please contact Deacon Robert.
CATHECISTS, RCIA The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adult – Is a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant Baptism. Candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of catholic beliefs and practices. RCIA is an intense preparation program that takes the candidates through several stages. Start in about Augustus until Pentecost the year following
1 Period of enquiry: candidates are encouraged to ask about the Church faith. Also known as the pre catechumenate.
2 Period of the Catechumenate: in this period Catechumens and candidates with help of catechist and sponsors, strive to deepen their faith for the Rite of Election
3 Period of Purification and Enlightenment: this is usually during Lent a time of reflection in preparation for the celebration of full initiation at the Easter Vigil
4 Post Baptismal Catechesis or Mystagogia: Period between Easter and Pentecost Introduction to the Christian way of living within the community.
This basic process applies to adults and older children, with young children going through an adapted version sometimes referred to as the Rite of Christian initiation of Children.
The RCIA team:
Catechist: Lyn Smith
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY:
St Vincent de Paul Society and is part of –quote– an International Catholic organization of lay people, founded in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frederic Ozanam and his companions. Placed under the patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and his works .It seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are needy-unquote. The Society enables members to live the commandment to “love your neighbour” in a very direct way through helping people in need .
Every Sunday our members staff the Parish shop, which also houses the SvdP collection /or poor box, moved there after repeated vandalism in the church porch. We would welcome more staff for the shop, especially after the 10.30 mass. We provide a selection of SVdP Christmas cards every year at low cost.
The morning tea we provide every first Friday of the month after 10 a.m. mass is very popular and enjoyed by all those attending. The Christmas Party for seniors in December, with gifts, donated by younger parishioners, brings people together in a special way and is very much appreciated.
New members are always welcome.
LEGION OF MARY:
The apostles were sent out in pairs, so does the Legion send out its legionaries in pairs to be the hands and feet of Christ. The Master / apprentice combination has proved very successful, with the backing of the Holy Spirit and Mary, all work carried out is done in the closest union with Mary and the Holy Spirit.
We pray before each task undertaken, asking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Mary, to give us the words that they would want us to say and to touch the hearts of those we visit.
Senior Legion Group meets every Wednesday at 7 pm
Mary Mother of Grace Praesidium, Young People Legion meets every Friday at 6.30 pm
Junior Legion meets every Sunday after the 10.30 am Mass.
We have a varied amount of works we do, some being visiting the sick in their homes or hospitals and taking the Eucharist to the sick. We go to four rest homes and the house bound, on all of these visits we give out Rosary beads, Miraculous Medals, scapulars and prayer cards and pray with them before leaving. One of our newest members teaches English to refugees and immigrants.
We have a Rosary Statue, which enables us to pray the Rosary with families in the Parish. The statue is rostered every two weeks.Auxiliary Praying members are very important for the say a Rosary daily along with some short prayers. Please consider joining such a wonderful organization. You are guaranteed many graces and blessings from Our Blessed Lady. The Legion is for Men and Women of every age, young or old.
Legionaries place themselves at the service of Mary and wish to help her in her mission as the” mother of the Church.”
If you would like more information about the Legion you are most welcome to attend a meeting.
MINI MARKET GROUP:
Held on the fourth Sunday of each month February to November, the Mini Market raises money for mission stations and other worthy projects through the sale of donated goods, clothing, and home produce including fresh baking.
More helpers are always needed.
Our ushers are like spiritual navigators. They help ease the seating, directing people to vacant seats in the churhc, paying special attention to the old and the disabled.
FLOWER ARRANGEMENT & ALTAR LINEN CARE VOLUNTEERS:
ALTER LINEN CARE:
The corporals and purificators used during each Mass need laundering. Remembering there will be remnants of Christ’s blood on the linen, this is done with appropriate reverence. We pour the soaking water over the garden. A group of volunteers are rostered for a month at a time to do this small but important task. It is a privilege.
Families and different groups from within the church volunteer their time once a week to clean the church. This is normally done on Friday or Saturday, before the weekend Masses. Any family wishing to join this ministry, please contact the parish office.
One of our parishioners regularly maintains the premises, giving the parish area a clean look. Working Bees are held regularly to spruce up the parish surroundings. More volunteers are needed for this ministry.
CATERING SUPPORT TEAM:
A small group of five to six parishioners manage the catering for parish events. This involves shopping, set up, cooking and set down. More volunteers are needed for this ministry.