Holy Apostles’ Parish Groups is a quick reference guide to ministries and programmes that are available in our parish community. We welcome you to take part and meet new friends. There is literally something for everyone. A contact person(s) is provided for your convenience. Many of the ministries and programmes also make a commitment comment, giving you a good idea of the involvement time each one requires.
Check us out! If you see something that appeals to you, please do give them a call. Get involved!
Children can join after their First Holy Communion. A great way to start involvement in the liturgy and community. Boys and girls welcome.
Commitment: Children help on a regular monthly rota.
Contact: Fr Pat Browne 020 7834 6965 email@example.com
The “ambulance” is the parish minibus which brings our elderly people and those with mobility issues to mass on Saturday night and Sunday morning. We always need drivers and helpers, who are given full training. The ambulance provides an important link between the generations in the parish and is a great source of historical anecdotes.
Commitment: A driver and two helpers go out with each ambulance, roughly on a six-weekly rota.
Contact: Jane Williams 07704904655 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ascent Movement is an International Christian Organisation for lay people in their middle and late years (50+). It’s intention and purpose is to help members grow in their spiritual life; to foster friendships and to encourage members to take their full part, as best they can, in the church and civil life.
Commitment: We meet on the 1st Tuesday monthly for about 75 minutes.
Contact: Sr. Louise 020 7222 6485 or Angela Hickey 020 7834 1418
Boxing—Holy Apostles’ Sports Club
The aim of this club is to promote fitness and well-being to children through Non-Contact boxing skills to girls and boys aged 7-12 years. It is funded by Westminster City Council, supported by the Safer Neighbourhood Team and many of the coaches are serving Police Officers.
Commitment: The club meets on Fridays between 6-7:30pm in Church Hall.
Contact: Alan Boyd 07920 813 018 email@example.com
Once a month we have a cake sale to help support the cost of providing an Ambulance to mass for those less ambulatory. You will be offered a wide variety of pastries of different types and flavours. All our baked items are guaranteed to be delicious and homemade!
Commitment: To bake once a month as you can, usually for the second weekend.
Contact: Jadwiga Wazydrag 07921 366 720 firstname.lastname@example.org
During the Sunday 10.30am Mass young children have their own liturgy which follows the readings of the week and introduces them in a fun way to the Catholic faith. If you’re new to the parish, it is a good opportunity to meet other parents with children of the same age.
Commitment: Eight to twelve week rota, training and opportunity to meet other liturgists.
Contact: Lilian Peter 07984 160 967/020 7834 1068 email@example.com or Joyce Wright 07951 900380 firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and help clean the church on Saturday morning as a preparation for the celebration of weekly Mass. No experience needed – just lots of enthusiasm and elbow grease.
Commitment: Regular on a 4 week rota basis.
Contact: Maura Costello 020 7834 9670 or Anne Castle 079814 926 473
City Safe is a community led action by Young Citizens, where we engage with our local shopkeepers, institutions and traders to make our community safer for all. As part of the programme we nurture the development of safe havens that will give shelter to those who feel threatened. This programme is geared to families, teens and young adults.
Commitment: Participate in walks/actions as you can.
Contact: Jayne McMenamin ( City Safe Co-ordinator Pimlico ) 07825 191 email@example.com
If you’re in Year 10 or older and ready to make an adult commitment to your faith, you’ll find a lively and enthusiastic group of young Christians looking at how they can grow in faith. The group explores and discusses issues of faith. Candidates spend a weekend on retreat. It is an intensive 6 week course in October and November each year
Commitment: Six-week course runs all day Saturdays, including two weekend retreats. Full participation is mandatory.
Contact: Fr Pat Browne 020 7834 6965 firstname.lastname@example.org or JudyAnn Masters 020 7834 6965 email@example.com
Fancy strutting your stuff on the stage? The drama group was founded in 1987 and presents two or three productions a year in a wide variety of styles from variety and pantomime to adaptations of famous dramas and Passion plays. There’s a part for everyone, however big or small your talent – on stage, backstage or front of house.
Commitment: Full on when the productions are under way.
Contact: Eileen Sheedy 020 7834-8053 or Colin Lavender 07766 704 337
The Eagles are a budding new ministry geared for young people from Year 4 through Year 8. The monthly meetings are a dynamic combination of relevant faith sharing for this age bracket and fun activities.
Parishioners from young adults upwards assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and to the sick of the parish. You process in with the priest, altar servers and readers at the beginning of Mass. Full training given.
Commitment: Varies on a monthly rota.
Contact: Giulia Fabbricotti 07720 133 605 firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith Small Groups (House Groups)
The small faith groups meet twice yearly for six weeks usually in a member’s home for about an hour. We reflect on Scripture and discuss Christian practice in contemporary society, helped by a booklet prepared by the diocese. It’s also a great way to meet and get to know other parishioners.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Our First Holy Communion class is a contemporary course designed to engage young minds in the foundations of our Faith.
Commitment: We have nine monthly sessions for both parents and children–that last for an hour.
Contact: Fr. Pat 02078346965 email@example.com or Monika Manser 020 7233 5364 firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a flair for flowers? Come and join the group that arranges the floral decoration of the church on the altar and through the nave.
Commitment: An hour once a month on a rota.
Contact: Freddy Maes 020 7834 7529 email@example.com and Perpetua Staples 020 7603 1037
FOLK GROUP CHOIR
Want to help lead the singing at the 10.30 Family Mass on Sundays? We welcome all enthusiastic singers and musicians. Rehearsals take place every Friday at 7.30 pm.
Commitment: You’ll be very welcome as often as you can make it!
Contact: Fr Pat 020 7834 6965 or Tom Au 07957 firstname.lastname@example.org
HEALING CIRCLE PRAYER GROUP
This group meets weekly to pray especially for the sick and challenged. They use a variety of prayer, in particular to the Holy Spirit. People bring intentions and the sessions last about 30 minutes. During the warm months they meet in the garden.
Commitment: Attend as often as you want.
Contact: Carlos Medina 07748 355 660 email@example.com or Maria Singh 07742 321 828 firstname.lastname@example.org
During the cold winter months, we join with the other churches in the area to provide shelter and food for the homeless. Each church is responsible for one day of the week. This is a real rewarding and “helping hands” sort of ministry.
Commitment: Operates on a rota basis, with jobs from 5pm-8am.
Contact: Ben and Hyacithe Mutin 0777-54-51-140 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Home-Start is a programme that helps vulnerable families that have at least one child under 5 yrs in their home. The volunteers are trained and there is a wide variety of services offered. We work in partnership with Home-Start Westminster by providing training facilities, recruiting volunteers and making referrals. Put those parenting skills to use; a good programme for those with an “empty nest” and/or enjoy families.
Commitment: After training, two hours a week. Contact: Christa Scholtz 07931 539097 email@example.com or Martha Sankey 020 7630-6808 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospitality: tea and coffee
It’s fun to help out serving tea and coffee after 10.30 Mass on Sunday. A great informal way of getting to put names to faces in the parish.
Commitment: Half an hour before Mass and an hour afterwards once a month on a rota basis.
Contact: Joyce Wright 07951 900 380 email@example.com
Do you know your way around a computer? Could you be part of our parish IT team, maintaining the website and keeping the database up to date?
Commitment: As often as you can!
Contact: Manlio Trovato 020 7233 9783 firstname.lastname@example.org
JUSTICE AND PEACE
Christ has no body but yours; No hands, no feet on earth but yours; Yours are the eyes through which He looks compassion on this world. Christ has no body now on earth but yours. St Theresa of Avila. Justice and Peace in our parish is an umbrella for many ministries and organisations that support Catholic Social Teaching—including Saint Vincent de Paul Society, London Citizens, FairTrade ,Cafod and the Kenya Project. FairTrade , Cafod, Homeless Project etc. We view them all as being connected and necessary to bring about Justice and Peace. Find out more about how you can do “action” prayer.
Commitment: Varies from just the infrequent few hours to more—your choice!
Contact: Fleur Brennan 020 7821-9936 email@example.com
Want to make a difference in the developing world? Our parish is twinned with a parish in Turkana, in the north of Kenya. Apart from supporting them through regular contributions from the parish budget, we also raise funds through events such as wine tasting, quiz nights, dances etc to help them in the wide range of activities they undertake, nutrition centres to making peace with neighbouring tribes.
We help to make the inner environment of the church a place that is welcoming to everyone and inspirational for prayer. We do anything from banners to lectern cloths to altar decorations, and more. Use your artistic flair to help create a spiritual atmosphere for our community.
Commitment:Varies. Decorating church interior for 1-2 hours on a Saturday at the change of the liturgical seasons, approximately 5-6 times a year.
Contact: Ken Sciacaluga 020 7834-3201 firstname.lastname@example.org
LONDON CITIZENS, CITIZENS UK
London Citizens is a powerful grassroots organisation working with local people for local people. The goal is social, economic and environmental justice. This is one of our parish’s outlets for Catholic Social Teaching. See more at: http://www.londoncitizens.org.uk
Commitment: The level depends up to you, as there is always a variety of events going on.
Contact: Martha Gott 020 7630-6808 email@example.com or Judy Masters 020 7834-6965 firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting married in the next 12 months? Whether in the UK or abroad, you will need to do a pre-marriage course. Holy Apostles runs one twice yearly. Check the weekly parish newsletter or emailPimlico@rcdow.org.uk for the next course and for registration details.
Commitment: Three weekly sessions, for two hours.
Contact: Fr Pat Browne 020 7834 6965 or Eric and Sophie Le Calvez 020 7976 6909 email@example.com
Meeters Greeters and Ushers
Be the first smiling face to greet parishioners as they come through the doors for Mass. You’ll need to be able to answer all sorts of questions – everything from where the loos are, how to get a hymn book or who to speak to about a particular problem. Your duties include distribution of newsletters
A regular weekly meeting place for the elderly of the parish who get together every Monday between 2-4pm for tea, cakes, bingo and fun.
Commitment: Help in setting up.
Contact: Freddy Maes 020 7834 7529 firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Pastoral Council
The PPC works with our parish priest to represent and develop our parish community. Members are either elected, representatives of parish organisations or appointed by the parish priest.
Commitment: Six meetings a year for approximately 90 minutes and often an additional project.
Contact: Fr Pat Browne 020 7834 6965 or Elisabetta Bertone (Chair) 07855 014 729 email@example.com
The playgroup is open to anyone living in the neighbourhood. Mums and toddlers meet each Tuesday morning from 10.15 to 12 noon for fun and frolics in the church hall.
Commitment: Any regular help appreciated.
Contact: Sara (Seraphine) Pierre 07903 228 520 firstname.lastname@example.org
RCIA (RITE FOR CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS)
An adult group for those wishing to learn more about the Catholic faith. For those preparing for Baptism, reception into the Church, Confirmation, or just wanting to come and see what it is all about.
Contact: Fr Pat 020 7834 6965 email@example.com
We have a wide pool of readers who read at the weekday and Sunday Masses. If you have a clear, audible voice and would like to help with this important ministry – we need you!
Commitment: Important that you show up for your turn prepared. Monthly rota—frequency varies from mass to mass.
Contact: Cynthia Francis 07931 108 809 firstname.lastname@example.org
We offer a variety of reading material, religious items, rosaries, bibles, greeting cards, newspapers etc. For sale before weekend masses in the church porch.
Commitment: Set-up 40 minutes before mass and selling for approx. 25 minutes after mass.
Contact: Angela Hickey 020 7834 1418 or Maura Costello 020 7834 9670
We meet to say the rosary in the Lady Chapel after the 9:30am Mass every weekday.
Contact: Anne Castle 07814 926 473 or Maura Costello 020 7834 9670
We do quiz nights, dances, dinners, BBQs and more. If you like to plan parties and social events, please come and join us
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
End Poverty Through Systemic Change – The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique.
Commitment: Monthly meetings and whatever projects you choose.
Contact: Sr Louise 020 7222-6485 or Bernadette Duffy 020 7630 email@example.com
TRINITY HOSPICE WALK
We join the annual Trinity Hospice sponsored Walk to help Trinity to raise money for their hospice. This is a family event, as well as for the speedier singles, with “3k, 6k or 12k walks” to suit everyone’s ability. We finish with a free BBQ. Commitment: Once annually in or around July. Contact:JudyAnn Masters 020 7834-6965 firstname.lastname@example.org
UNION OF CATHOLIC MOTHERS
A support group for Catholic mothers. Come along, have a cup of tea and meet new people with similar interests.
Commitment: Monthly meetings.
Contact: Nicol Dyness 0777 458 1159 email@example.com
We are in partnership with Westminster Foodbank. That means we help them to “cover” our patch here in Pimlico by fundraising, doing food drives, issuing vouchers for food and lending a helping hand if needed at the Foodbank itself.
Commitment: Participate as called upon as a parish or volunteer at the Foodbank.Contact: Sr Louise Callan 07786 743810 or Judy Masters 020 7834-6965