The parish solely relies on the generosity of the volunteers to make it active and alive. Below are the various ministries, devotions and activities in our parish where one has the opportunity to serve and to be involved in parish life. Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to become actively involved in any of the areas listed below, on 9774 3662 or [email protected] or send us your details via New To Parish page.
Altar Ministers: Acolytes and Senior Servers
These are men and women who assist the Celebrant during Sunday’s Eucharistic Celebrations. They also preside at Communion services on weekdays. A roster is organised.
This Ministry involves:
* Preparing the Altar for Mass (water, wine, candles, hosts, etc.)
* Directing the Altar Servers
* Liaising with Projectionists, Musicians and Readers
* Assisting the Priest/s during Mass
* Packing up after Mass
* Assisting at Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms when required
* Taking Communion to homes/hospital/aged care when required
These are young boys and girls who have made their first Holy Communion and are trained to serve at Mass and other liturgical services. There is a roster provided and parents assist in the coordination and implementation of this ministry .
Extraordinary Ministers of Eucharist and Communion to the Sick
This group assists with the distribution of Communion at Mass, as well as attending to the sick and housebound members of the parish. Ministers are rostered for each Mass. They also visit and take Communion to the Catholic residents of the Aged Care facilities listed below where our priests celebrate Mass once a month. Efforts are made to keep in touch with parishioners who are in Nursing Homes outside the parish.
Our parish has responsibility for pastoral care of the following Nursing Homes:-
- Holy Spirit Aged Care: 13 Neptune St. Revesby Heights
Mass is celebrated on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9.30am
- Yallambee Village: 34 Hydrae St. Revesby
Mass is celebrated on the 1st Thursday of the month at 10.30am.
The St. Christopher’s group consists of Parishioners who teach in our state schools around the area. New members are always welcome to join this Ministry. Training is available and a curriculum is provided. Assistance is arranged for new catechist volunteers for the first few classes or until the catechist is confident working alone.
Children’s Liturgy (Little Church)
The aim of Children’s Liturgy or ‘Little Church’ is to present the Gospel of the day in a meaningful manner to children between the ages of 4 to 12 years. It is held every Sunday in School Terms during the 9.30am Mass. Volunteer pairs run this activity each week.
Musicians lead in singing and in playing music at our weekend Masses. They schedule their own meetings to practice their Church hymns. Some of our musicians are available for funerals, weddings and other functions.
Musicians generally play and sing during the following parts of Mass: Entrance, Offertory, Communion, Reflection and Recession.
Parish Choirs: June Colin-Thome, Anthony Saleme, Couples for Christ, Unified 4 Christ (U4C) Youth Group, Samoan Special Choir and Serenity Group: Marie Schaafhausen.
Volunteers are rostered to clean the Church every week on a roster system. Additional helpers would be welcomed and appreciated.
Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary admits active and auxiliary members. The former attends a weekly meeting and are allocated work which contributes to the work of the Parish; such as visiting the sick, acting as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and leading state school scripture lessons. Auxiliary members support with their prayers the important work of the Legion.
The Statue of Our Lady is available for parishioners to take home so that family and friends may gather to say the rosary, prayers and to offer their devotion. See the list in the church foyer if you wish to invite Our Lady into your home.
The Flowers Ministry decorate the Church every week with floral arrangements to enhance the Altar and welcoming of the Church. We also use Floral Image for silk flower arrangements which are delivered and changed once a month.
Maintenance of Buildings and Grounds
This ministry involves attending to the maintenance of Parish property and Church grounds.
These volunteers count money from collections every Sunday morning. The Wardens organise the collections during Masses and ask parishioners of all ages to assist each week at Masses. Planned weekly envelopes are available. Collect a blue form in the church foyer to join as a regular contributor. You can also make your donations via Direct debit. Forms for this are available at the parish office or at the Support Us Tab on the home page.
Pious Goods Stall
The Pious Goods Stall sells religious gifts in the foyer of the Church after Mass. This allows parishioners to conveniently buy lovely religious goods, candles and cards for all special occasions. Volunteers serve at the stall each week. New volunteers are always welcome.
Projectionists setup and control the PowerPoint slides on the projectors during the weekend Masses (Saturday 5:30pm, Sunday 8:00am, Sunday 9:30am and Sunday 5:00pm).
Where there is no music or musicians are unable to control the projectors, a projectionist will assist by setting up the projectors and laptop, navigating through the slides during Mass, and packing up the projectors and laptop. Projectionists receive complete training and have access to a reference guide in the Sacristy. They also have support throughout their involvement in this Ministry.
Readers and Commentators
This is the ministry of Reading at Mass and at special parish liturgical celebrations e.g. Easter and Christmas. The Weekend Masses have a reader and a commentator while extra readers are provided for special occasions [e.g. reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday].
Commentators introduce readings, read/lead the response to the Psalms, and lead the Prayers of the Faithful. A roster is organised and new volunteers are always welcome.
St Vincent de Paul Society / Liverpool Night Patrol
The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation which aspires to live the gospel message by imitating Christ in serving the poor and needy with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more equitable and compassionate society. Our volunteers also assist the Liverpool Night Patrol which provides sandwiches, blankets, toiletries, hot beverages and most importantly, companionship to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Organises regular day outings as well as some interstate and overseas trips, and social functions, including a Parish Christmas Party each year. They are friendly, inviting and always open to suggestions from the Parish.
Welcomers and Hospitality
The Welcomers and Hospitality ministry involves the preparation of the morning tea after the 9:30am Mass on Sunday and the welcoming of parishioners as they enter the church for weekend Mass. New friendly faces are always welcome.