Services

The Church is a Field Hospital for Sinners.

Worship across the Parish

At this present time the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, have asked all Churches to suspend public acts of worship. We have a variety of online services you can join in with. At the bottom of this page are resources for you to use at home. We are working to constantly improve these resources, so please keep an eye on this page for further information.


Daily Mass Reflection

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Some of the Lay Ministries across the Parish


Lectors

The objective of the Minister of the Word (lector) is not merely to be an interesting oral reader of the Bible, it is to provide effective proclamation of God’s Word in Scripture. Effective proclamation of the Scriptures depends on the quality of how the lector prepares to minister to the congregation.


Servers


The Book of Common Prayer reminds each of us that “at all celebrations of the Liturgy, it is fitting that the principal celebrant, whether bishop or priest, be assisted by other priests, and by deacons and laypersons”. For our Servers, this includes the said and sung Masses of Sunday worship, and the daily Masses. In addition, many are called to serve for requiems and other special liturgies.


The beauty we create in our churches as part of the liturgy lifts us to God; the music we hear fills us with exultation and opens our hearts to experience God’s presence. In making worship beautiful, we are offering God our very best, standing on tiptoe and stretching as high as we possibly can to reach to Our Lord and Maker.


The Server is open to all baptized Christians, regular in attendance, who are deemed to serve at the Altar of God.


For more information or to volunteer your time, contact the Parish Priest.


Lay Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist & Pastoral Visitors


Lay Extra-Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist (LEOMs) administer Holy Communion during weekly Masses. Pastoral Visitors (PVs) make visits to those who are homebound or hospitalised with illnesses. Parish training and Diocesan Licensing is required for LEOMs; Diocesan training and licensing is required for PVs.


Sidespeople/Ushers


Make others welcome when they arrive at Church and distribute bulletins, seating worshippers and presenting newcomers with a welcome packet at the door and generally there to make people feel welcome afterwards at coffee.

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