We are an active parish which relies on the volunteers from within to help. Each Ministry is an invitation and an opportunity to serve and to be involved in the Parish community. Please contact the Parish office firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be a member of any of the ministries below.
Ministries of Service
“Ministry is the activity of the Church – it is carried out by all members of the Church at every level and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, enabling to carry on the mission of Jesus Christ to the world.” St. Paul wrote to the people of Corinth in the early Church. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit and then there are varieties of services, but the same Lord, and there are varieties of activities; but the same God activates all of them in everyone.
Assist couples to prepare for the Baptism of their children.
Primary and Preschool Children’s Liturgy
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is celebrated with preschoolers (3-5 years) and children (K-6) at 9:30am Sunday Mass. Children reflect on the Sunday Gospel through age appropriate activities.
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist assist the priest at Mass and Liturgical celebrations. They are trained and appointed by the parish. They assist in the sanctuary as acolytes or senior servers, with the distribution of the Eucharist at mass, as Presiders at the Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion, and by taking Communion to the sick in their homes or in nursing homes.
Girls and boys are able to serve in this Ministry after they have received their First Holy Communion. Training is required before serving.
A small group of parishioners form a Liturgy Group that meets about every two months to review liturgical ministries and to plan for coming festive seasons or celebrations.
Members of the Eucharistic Assembly lead the congregation in singing at the weekend liturgies and also gather as a special choir for special liturgical celebrations.
Ministers of the Word
As lectors, they serve as Proclaimers of the Word at the Eucharist. Training is essential and they are appointed by the Parish.
Our Parish is blessed with a small but committed band of volunteer Special Religious Education (SRE) teachers who teach our 220 Catholic children who attend local public schools. The classes are held for 1/2 hour each Tuesday at Concord West Public School and Victoria Avenue Public School and on Wednesday mornings at Strathfield North Public School. Our volunteer SRE teachers are privileged to provide parents with assistance in passing on the faith to the next generation. They have completed accredited courses covering the approved Diocesan curriculum. They all possess Working with Children Check Clearances provided by the NSW Government’s Office of the Children’s Guardian. If you have any questions about your child’s SRE at your public school or you would like to volunteer as a SRE teacher (a catechist), please contact the Parish.