Parish Groups

Parish Groups in our Parishes

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is an international voluntary organization in the Catholic Church, founded in 1844 for the sanctification of its members by personal service of the poor.

St Vincent de Paul Society acknowledges the presence of Christ everywhere. The members aim  to show a compassion that is non-judgmental towards those with whom they work. In their apostolate, members respect the dignity of all and relate to all as equal before God.

Our aim is to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need.

The concept of need is broader than financial hardship, so visiting people who are sick, lonely, in prison, or suffering from addiction is also a significant proportion of our work. The essence of our work is person-to-person contact and spending time with people is our greatest gift.

Our volunteer members, motivated by their faith, are committed to meaningful and long-term befriending. Inspired by the message of the Gospels they seek and find those in need and offer them sincere friendship. They visit them in their homes, in hospital and in care homes on a regular basis and offer additional practical support such as food, furniture or financial help where needed. They also organise trips and events for older and isolated people.

We offer friendship and practical help to all we visit, without regard to faith, ethnicity, status, or sexual orientation.  As we visit people in their homes, we have strict safeguarding policies and procedures, and all visiting members must hold a DBS certificate. Our core friendship service is complemented by additional areas of activity – community support projects (including community shops, furniture stores and advice centres), youth work, holiday provision and overseas aid.


 

Ministry volunteer activities include:
Visiting
Listening
Praying
Running errands
Grocery shopping
Making phone calls
Providing transportation to
Church
Doctor’s office
Pharmacy
Relief for family caregivers.

HELP WANTED!

Would you consider being a volunteer?

We need new volunteers to train so that we can continue to have volunteers available as the popularity of our ministry continues to grow!  Do you have just 2-4 hours a month to share?  Are you looking to get involved in Parish life?  It is a very rewarding ministry!

If you would like more information about volunteering, or if you know of someone who might benefit from this Ministry, please call 0117- 9823380


 

Couples for Christ (CFC)

Couples for Christ (CFC) is a Catholic movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. CFC couples have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfil their primary vocation of raising families grounded in Christian values, in the service and love of God.

 

CFC began in 1981 in Manila, Philippines, when Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon (Joy in the Lord), a covenanted Christian charismatic community, realized that to effectively renew society, a conversion of both spouses, and consequently families, to Christ was necessary.

CFC began in 1981 in Manila, Philippines, when Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon (Joy in the Lord), a covenanted Christian charismatic community, realized that to effectively renew society, a conversion of both spouses, and consequently families, to Christ was necessary. The method used consisted of bringing together a small group of prospective couples in a private home. There they were brought to a living relationship with Jesus Christ and to renewal in the power of the Holy Spirit through a series of weekly informal discussions of the gospel in a social environment.

Beginning from the first 16 couples who joined the weekly gathering, CFC became a Christian family life renewal which was later made available to parishes and groups of married couples who wished to live out their Christian life in an active supportive relationship with one another. The growth of CFC stemmed from its heart for mission and evangelization and its commitment to sharing God’s love with others, beginning from the basic unit – the family.  It did not take long for CFC to realize that while a couple renewal was essential, it would be incomplete without family renewal.

Through the years, CFC has blossomed into a worldwide ministry, becoming a major force for the renewal of the Christian family life and also of the church CFC wants to rise in defense of the family, which is God’s work. CFC wants to bring God’s strength and light to those who are struggling to be truly Christian families in the modern world.

Who Can Become Member?

Any validly married Catholic couple can become members of CFC. However, membership remains open  non-Catholic Christians. CFC draws its membership from all sectors of society, young and old, rich, and poor, etc. CFC transcends all cultural, economic, educational, social, and other distinctions.

 


 

Altar Servers and Knights of the Altar

“Dear Altar Boys and Altar Girls, the closer you are to the altar, the more you will remember to speak with Jesus in daily prayer; the more you will be nourished by the Word and the Body of the Lord, the better able you will be to go out to others, bringing them the gift that you have received, giving in turn with enthusiasm the joy you have received.” -Pope Francis.

At an important time in Jesus’ public ministry, he accepted the services of a young boy, who provided five loaves and two fishes for the miracle with which Jesus launched his teaching on the Eucharist. Similarly, Altar Servers are invaluable members of the Parish community who contribute a great deal to Parish life. They occupy a special place on the sanctuary and play a vital role in assisting the priests to ensure that the congregation celebrates the Mass in the most prayerful way possible. The role of the Altar Servers is not just about ensuring that liturgical procedures are done right, but also about helping others encounter Christ through their service.

All children from both parishes who have made their First Holy Communion are invited to be Altar Servers.  This is a great opportunity for our young people to actively participate in their Catholic Faith. If you are interested in being an Altar Server, please call the parish office to sign up training is regularly provided by experienced Altar Servers.

Experienced Altar Servers at our two parishes are called Knights of the Altar. To be a Knight of the Altar, you must have served for a minimum of seven years, performed, and  gained experience in all aspects of service on the altar and be a role model for the younger Altar Servers. All Altar Servers, especially the Knights of the Altar, have a duty to serve with reverence, and to be Christ to others in their daily lives.  The three Core Values are:

  1. Service
  2. Brotherhood
  3. Sacrifice

Activities

Altar Servers are required to attend on-going trainings and meetings. These help Servers improve on existing skills, as well as learn new ones. Social  events  such as barbecue, games and sporting activities are organised for the ministry to build the brotherhood and spirituality among the faith community.

Requirements

To be an Altar Server, you must be 8 years and above and have made your First Holy Communion. You should be willing to serve at mass  on a regular basis and other special Liturgies as the need arises. You should be willing to commit to attending meetings and trainings that are provided.  If you are interested contact the parish priest or any of the Knights of the Altar at both parishes.