Altar servers help the priest by performing various tasks during Mass. Any child in the parish who has received their First Holy Communion may become an altar server after attending a brief course, which is run once a year at the beginning of the Autumn term. Servers are organised using a rota system.
Coordinator: Susan Kuczynska
All children from age 4 are welcome to join the Children’s Liturgy group at the 11am Sunday Mass during term time until they make their ﬁrst Holy Communion in Year 3. To participate, parents are asked to bring their children to the CRB checked catechists at the back of church ﬁve minutes before Mass starts. After the priest’s blessing, the children are led to the sacristy to hear the Gospel story of the day at an appropriate level, followed by some discussion and a short colouring exercise illustrating the day’s theme. Children are also encouraged to learn basic prayers and responses. At the Offertory the children re-join their families in time for the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer.
Coordinator: Cath Caldwell
Thanks to our volunteer Eucharistic Ministers we are able to distribute Holy Communion under both species at our Sunday and weekday Masses. Eucharistic Ministers also help our parish in a very special way by taking the Eucharist to sick or housebound parishioners who can’t get to church, a service that is very highly appreciated. If you would like Holy Communion at home or know someone who would, please contact Father Gerard.
Ill and Housebound
Home visits are by request. If you know of someone who is unable to get to church but who would like to receive Holy Communion at home, please let Father Gerard know.
Hospital Chaplain Visits
If you or someone you know is going into hospital and would like to be visited by the Hospital Chaplain, you should ensure that you are not only registered as a Catholic patient, but also that you would like the Catholic Chaplain to be informed and to visit you.
Please note under Data Protection requirements, staff on wards are not allowed to disclose a patient’s religion to the chaplaincy team unless the patient speciﬁcally requests it.
Our parish choir sings traditional hymns and some church anthems in four-part harmony, accompanied by the church organ. The choir leads the singing at the 11.00am Mass on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month. A monthly practice takes place on the last Sunday of every month from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
Coordinator: Pippa Robinson – 07763 170 563
Sunday Music Group
The Sunday Music Group sings traditional and modern hymns accompanied by acoustic guitars, ﬂute, piano and occasionally the clarinet. The group leads the singing at the 11.00am Mass on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month and when there is a 5th Sunday, they also lead that Mass. The group practice every other Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm except during school holidays.
Coordinator: Sister Dolores Hyland, 020 7359 3897
Reading at Mass is an important ministry and is a service to the liturgy, the church and the community. Two readers are allocated to each Sunday Mass on a rota basis and read on average once a month. We welcome new readers, especially those who have had some formal training although training will be provided for novices.
Coordinator: Victoria Sowerby – 07974 095 040