Parish Groups

Our faith community can be nourished by active participation in parish groups that meet for prayer, social action, Sacramental preparation, youth work and the support of others in the life the Church. To share our lives in these ways allows us to offer ourselves and draw strength from each other.

Please contact the Parish Office for further information.

Activities

St. Peter’s is an active parish with a lot going on. The following are some of the groups and activities in the parish. If there is something you think is missing but which you would like to see in the parish, speak to the priest and we will see whether it is feasible to start it.

Spiritual Life

Groups which exist to support the spiritual life of parishioners.

Regular Services

In addition to the Sunday Mass schedule, there is daily Mass and a number of other services and devotions in the parish on an ongoing basis.

Ignatian Prayer Group

Meeting in the Oratory on alternate Tuesdays to explore prayer and meditation in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.
Contact : David Barham (01707) 266551

Pilgrimages

Organised on an occasional basis – either day pilgrimages to local shrines or longer pilgrimages overseas.
Contact : Fr. Mark

Scripture Study & Prayer Group

Meeting in the Oratory on Monday evenings we take the readings from the Mass of the preceding Sunday as the basis for our reflection.
Contact : David Barham (01707) 266551

Youth Formation

To help our young people grow in the knowledge and love of God.

Sacramental Preparation

For preparation for First Communion, First Confession and Confirmation see the relevant pages. (Children are prepared for First Confession at the same time as First Communion.)

St. Philip Howard Infant School Governing Body

The local Catholic infant school is shared by St. Peter’s and Marychurch. The Governing Body works for and on behalf of the School. It is important that the parish supports and works with the School in every way possible.
Contact : Chris Day at cday@sphoward.herts.sch.uk

Youth Group

Meeting every fortnight in term time, a wide range of activities are offered to those in Year 9 or above.
Contact : Gemma Emmans (01707) 880703

Faith Movement

The Faith Movement is a national organisation of priests and laypeople heavily involved in the youth apostolate. It offers regular talks, youth days and summer breaks. There are also Conferences and a magazine for an older age group helping us to make sense of our faith, especially in showing how faith and reason are fundamentally compatible.
Contact : Fr. Mark

Social Life

Groups which exist to promote the social life of the parish.

Coffee after 11 am Mass

Each week after the 11 am Mass there is tea and coffee in the Hall – a great way to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Help us always appreciated with the refreshments, setting up and clearing away.
Contact : Margaret Grundy (01707) 268871

Friends of St. Peter’s

This committee exists to organise regular social and fundraising activities for the parish, including the annual Garden Party. Ideas and contributions are always welcome.
Contact : Tony Dodd (01707) 646383

Parish Bingo

Held in the Hall on the second Saturday of each month.
Contact : Tony Dodd (01707) 646383

Parish Support

Groups which exist primarily to offer practical support to the parish.

Church cleaning

We have six groups who take it in turn on a weekly basis to help clean the church work. New members are welcome to join an existing team or to start a new one.
Contact : Parish Priest

Flower Arranging

We are fortunate to have a number of people who help make the church look beautiful through their flower arrangements. Again, this is organised by rota and we welcome new members. No previous experience necessary.
Contact : Christine Kirke (07770) 785216

Parish Council

The Parish Council exists to assist the parish priest in all matters relating to the life of the parish. If you would like a matter raised at the Parish Council, please bring it to the attention of the parish priest. Minutes of the Parish Council meetings are posted on the notice board and a general meeting for the whole parish is held annually.

Repository

The Repository is at the back of church and is open after the Sunday Masses. We sell a wide selection of religious items including books, cards, statues, rosaries, pictures, missals and Bibles. Again, we welcome those who can give a short period of time to help staff the Repository after Mass. On the tables at the back of church you will find the most recent copies of the Catholic papers.
Contact : Heather Coakley (01707) 269153

Welcome Ministry

We try to have parishioners at the back of church at the beginning of Mass to greet visitors and newcomers and make them feel welcome to St. Peter’s.
Contact : Parish Priest

Community Support & Mission

To offer spiritual and practical support to the local community and the wider Church.

Parish Visiting

The priest and parishioners are happy to visit and bring Holy Communion to the sick and housebound of the parish.
Contact : Fr. Mark

Mary’s Meals

Mar’s Meals is a charity which feeds 700,000 children across the world every day. By feeding the children in their schools, it also ensures they receive an education at the same time. The charity is run with minimal overheads and involves the local communities where the children are fed. St. Peter’s supports Mary’s Meals in various ways including a fundraising lunch in the parish Hall one Saturday each month.
Contact : Christine Kirke (07770) 785216

Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP)

The SVP is an international Catholic organisation providing practical assistance to anyone in need. St Peter’s shares a branch of the SVP with the neighbouring parish of Marychurch.
Contact : Parish Priest