Parish Groups

A strong and vibrant Parish relies on participation and volunteers from its parishioners. There are many ways to get involved. Please review the list of groups below and consider how you may help serve the Parish and strengthen our community by your involvement.

A small group of Parishioners runs a programme of preparation each year (or when required), following the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process, to assist those adults who may wish to be Baptised, Received into the Church, or Confirmed. The programme, or any part of it, is also open to any existing Catholics who might be interested in knowing more about their faith.

In addition to the RCIA programme, general adult formation courses on a variety of topics, are offered to Parishioners throughout the course of the year.

Interested?
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Please contact the Parish Office

RCIA Programme 2016-17

A group of Parishioners is responsible for the washing and ironing of the Church Altar Linen. A rota is operated – so a volunteer would be committed every 4/5 weeks.

The Altar Linen is collected from the Church, washed and ironed at home, and then returned – usually over the course of a few days.

Interested?
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Any other enquiries?
Please contact Matty Tong

Altar Linen Helpers Schedule Sept 2016

The Parish has an excellent team of Altar Servers, who assist mainly at the weekend Masses – Saturday 5.30pm and Sunday 8am, 9.30am, 11am & 6pm. Altar Servers also play a key role in the Ceremonies for Christmas and Easter – and other events such as First Holy Communion, Confirmation etc. Occasionally Altar Servers will also serve at Weddings, Funerals and other Church Services.

Specific practices and general practices are held regularly, and Altar Servers are expected to attend. There are also a number of social events throughout the year to which all Altar Servers are invited.

Altar Serving is open to any boy or girl who has made their First Holy Communion, and who is willing to be committed to the task. The prayers that the Altar Servers say before and after Serving reflect the importance of their role.

Prayer before Serving …

Loving Father,
you call your people to worship,
to be with you and one another (at Mass).

I thank you for having called me
to assist others in their prayer to you.
May I be worthy of the trust placed in me
and through my example and service
bring others closer to you.
I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ,
who is Lord forever and ever.
Amen

Prayer after Serving …

Bless O Lord my heart and my mind,
and grant that as I leave your house,
I may continue to be aware
of your presence in my daily life.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen

Altar Server Events: Advertised when available.
Interested?
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Please contact Fr. Tom Bakulumpagi

On the first Saturday of the month at 7pm (except for August & January), Bingo takes place in the Parish Centre (27 Nightingale Square).

A group of between 20 – 30 very friendly and welcoming Parishioners and visitors enjoy an evening together – and new faces are always warmly welcome.

Interested?
Need more information?
Any other enquiries?
Please contact Pauline Roche

CAFOD is the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, and more information can be obtained by visiting cafod.org.uk
There is a small Parish CAFOD Group at Holy Ghost, which promotes locally what CAFOD does nationally – namely …
assists in raising funds for CAFOD campaigns by the local promotion of the 2 national Fast Days per year, and the promotion of any Emergency Appeals.
assists in promoting CAFOD’s educational campaigns to raise awareness of the injustices that lead to poverty in the first place.

Interested?
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Any other enquiries?
Please contact Brian O’Connell

At every Sunday 9.30am Family Mass during term-time, after the Priest’s welcome, the children (between 3 – 7yrs) are invited to come forward in order to leave for their own Liturgy.

They go to the Church Crypt where they are divided into 2 groups (Nursery & Reception and Years 1 – 3). The aim of the Children’s Liturgy is to make the particular Gospel message for that Sunday more accessible to the younger members of the congregation. This is done through involving them in readings, drama, singing, discussion and artwork. The children then return to the Church at the Offertory time – having been gone for 20 – 25 minutes or so.

Mums, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and teenagers are all needed to ensure that our Children’s Liturgy thrives. All levels of help are needed, and it is both very enjoyable and very rewarding.

Interested?
Need more information?
Any other enquiries?
Please contact Simon Wilkinson

A group of singers and musicians leads this very child-friendly (and noisy) congregation at the Sunday 9.30am Family Mass. The music tends to be of the more modern kind, and is geared towards children and family participation.

More singers, and particularly more musicians (guitar, keyboard), are always welcome.

Interested?
Need more information?
Any other enquiries?
Please contact Christoph Sicking

The Parish Choir sings at the Sunday 11am Mass and the Christmas and Easter celebrations.

There is a weekly rehearsal in the Church on a Thursday evening from 8 – 9pm, and all Choir members are expected to attend. Attendance is also required at 10.30am on Sunday mornings in the Parish Centre (27 Nightingale Square) to prepare for the 11am Mass.

New Choir members are always welcome!

Interested?
Need more information?
Any other enquiries?
Please contact Darquise Bilodeau

The Parish has a team of volunteers who clean the Church on a Wednesday morning each week for about an hour – once the 9.30am Mass is finished (10am or thereabouts).

The main body of the Church, the Sanctuary, the Lady Chapel, St Joseph’s Chapel, the Baptistry, Confessionals and Organ loft are all part of the cleaning programme – as well as the Sacristy and the Church Porch.

So there is plenty of work to be done by both men and women volunteers – both on a regular basis and occasional.

Interested?
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Please contact the Parish Office

This ecumenical fraternal of local Christian Churches is currently taking a sabbatical year, in order to investigate ways of developing a more effective and appropriate model of working together.

Please direct any comments or enquiries to the Parish Office

A group of Parishioners is responsible for ensuring that the Collection is taken at weekend Masses (and some weeks a Second Collection). As well as the centre aisle, Collectors need to deal with the side aisle and the Lady Chapel. (At the 11am Sunday Mass, they also organise the Offertory Procession.)

In order not to spend a disproportionate amount of time on taking Collections, compared with other parts of the Mass, a few Collectors are needed for each Mass.

If you are looking for a way to help in the Parish, without any extra time commitment, then this role is for you.

Interested?
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Please contact the Parish Office

Every Autumn approximately 30 teenagers in Year 8 and above start preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the early Summer following.

The Parish relies on volunteer Catechists to help prepare the teenagers – volunteers who are young, middle-aged and elderly can all have some role to play, and any appropriate training will be given.

No offer of help is turned away – whether it be formal or informal, or even occasional.

Confirmation programme available early Autumn 2017

Interested?
Need more information?
Any other enquiries?
Please contact Fr Tom Bakulumpagi

The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration in the Lady Chapel on most Fridays during term-time from after the 9.30am Mass (approximately 10am) until Benediction at 6pm.

Spending time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament brings much peace and great focus to a person’s life, as well as many blessings to them, and to the Parish.

To ensure that the Blessed Sacrament is never left unattended, a sign-up list is put out in the Church the Sunday before, for Parishioners to commit to a half-hour, an hour or more – just for the coming Friday. This method of ensuring that there is always someone in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament works well.

There are some Parishioners however who are willing to make a regular commitment each week for an hour or more. We would be delighted to hear from you if this were possible for you.

Interested?
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Please contact the Parish Office

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist mainly with the distribution of Holy Communion at weekend Masses, and occasionally weekday Masses.

There is a rota system in operation, and Ministers are asked to make alternative arrangements with each other if they are unable to honour an allocation.

An Extraordinary Minster of Holy Communion must be a practising Catholic, and in good standing with the Church. If you would like to discuss the possibility of becoming an Extraordinary Minster, we would be very happy to hear from you.

Interested?
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Please contact the Parish Office

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Rota

Notes for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Each year, about 30 children in the Parish, who are not at Catholic Schools, are prepared for First Holy Communion. Classes start in January, leading to First Holy Communion in May. The classes last an hour, and the children are prepared in groups, and offered a choice of days (currently Tuesday or Wednesday at 4.30pm, or Saturday at 9am).

The children, their parents and the Catechists each have a specific workbook. The 12 classes given by the Catechists are supplemented by the parents’ involvement at home.

Preparing children for First Holy Communion is not as difficult as some people may think, and it is very rewarding work. We would be very happy to hear from anyone who would be willing to help. We always have two Catechists with every group.

Interested?
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Please contact the Parish Office

Schedule of Classes: |    Wednesday   |    Tuesday     |     Saturday

A handful of Parishioners help with the floral displays in the Church. In their own words – none of them are experts. They are all self-taught, and have learnt on the job.

The commitment works out, on average, at a couple of hours a month. If you like working with flowers, and are willing to offer us your help, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Interested?
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Any other enquiries?
Please contact Annette Doutney

The Parish has a Gift Aid Organiser, who from time-to-time needs a few extra pairs of hands. The Gift Aid Helpers are particularly needed over to two weekends each year (usually in May) when Gift Aid is promoted in the Parish, and the Gift Aid weekly offering envelopes for the year are distributed. Helpers are around over these weekends at the end of Mass(es) to help with the distribution of the sets of envelopes, to take information from Parishioners regarding personal changes, and to give people information and forms regarding the setting up of a Gift Aid and/or Standing Order arrangement with the Parish.

New Gift Aid Helpers are always needed.

Interested?
Need more information?
Any other enquiries?
Please contact Denis Cross

Most Parishes have a group who are willing to help with routine maintenance as the need arises, and according to their availability – and Holy Ghost is no exception. There are always going to be maintenance requirements where there are 3 sites … the Church & Crypt, the Parish Centre, and the Priests’ House.

No particular skills are required, as lots of the tasks are simply those routine maintenance matters that crop up in anyone’s home – but working in the maintenance world or being proficient in DIY is an obvious bonus. However, a willingness to help is the main qualification for this group.

Interested?
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Please contact the Parish Office

Several married couples in the Parish help with the preparation of engaged couples for their married life together. The married couples each prepare one or two couples individually during a year. The marriage preparation usually involves 6 sessions, and follows a user-friendly course book. The dates and times of the preparation session are arranged by mutual convenience.

Marriage preparation is very rewarding work, and we are always looking for more couples to help.

Interested?
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Please contact the Parish Office

Missio is the Church’s official world-wide agency for the raising of funds to support its mission Dioceses and territories – which provide pastoral care and preach the Gospel. More information can be obtained by visiting missio.org.uk

World-wide funds are collected primarily through the famous red collection boxes, which are to be found in numerous homes in Holy Ghost Parish. A Parish Missio Secretary co-ordinates a small team, who call on the homes of box-holders twice a year to empty their red boxes, and who deliver a quarterly magazine. Each team-member would be responsible for looking after 6 – 8 box-holders.

Would you be able to join the team?

Interested?
Need more information?
Any other enquiries?
Please contact the Denis Cross

Every Thursday morning, between 9.30am and 11am during term-time, a Parent, Baby & Toddler group takes place in the Parish Centre (27 Nightingale Square).

Parents come for tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat – and the babies and toddlers interact with each other, and play with a good selection of toys. There is a very small nominal charge for each child.

A warm welcome awaits parents with their babies or toddlers on a regular or occasional basis.

Interested?
Need more information?
Any other enquiries?
Please contact Melusine Demortreaux

Prayer is central to the life of any Parish, and from time-to-time specific Prayer Groups spring up, which assist people in both their personal and communal prayer life.

Currently there are no specific Prayer Groups at Holy Ghost, but we are always open to considering requests for starting any such group(s).

Interested?
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Please contact the Parish Office

Parish Readers proclaim the Word of God both at the weekend and the weekday Masses. They are asked always to be meticulously prepared, and to read slowly, clearly and loudly.

For weekend Masses, there is a rota system in operation, and Readers are asked to make alternative arrangements with each other if they are unable to honour an allocation.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of becoming a Parish Reader, we would be very happy to hear from you.

Interested?
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Please contact the Parish Office

Contact: Pauline Staziak
We have a handful of Parishioners who set up for Masses and other Services, and who clear away afterwards. This is done both at weekends and during the week.

Sacristans also keep their eye on the various Church supplies needed, and on the Sacristy and its good running, in order that the celebration of our Masses and other Services are as worthy as possible of God and God’s people.

If you would like to be part of this – please get in touch.

Interested?
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Please contact the Parish Office

Bola ShoderuHoly Ghost has a small Social Committee which exists primarily to support and develop the social life of the Parish. The Committee is assisted by a larger group of willing helpers who can be called upon as and when needed.

The Committee oversees a number of regular Parish events, and is always ready to respond to any Parish occasion where welcome, catering, hospitality and entertainment need to be provided.

Would you be willing to offer your ideas and help, in order to keep the social life of the Parish alive and fresh?

Interested?
Need more information?
Any other enquiries?
Please contact Sarah Jane Cox

The SVP meets in the Parish Centre (27 Nightingale Square) on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month (except August) at 8pm. The Parish group is part of a national and international organization, which has been active in England & Wales since 1844. It is placed under the patronage of St Vincent de Paul, and for more information please visit svp.org.uk

The SVP is dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in any kind of need. New members are always warmly welcome.

Interested?
Need more information?
Any other enquiries?
Please contact Rosa Raman

After the Sunday 11am Mass, tea and coffee is served in the Parish Centre (27 Nightingale Square) by a few Parishioners. Those attending the Mass are encouraged to drop in – if only for a short time.

Would you be willing to help with the setting up, serving, and clearing away – either on a regular or on an occasional basis? If so, we look forward to hearing from you.

Interested?
Need more information?
Any other enquiries?
Please contact Subject?=Contact about Tea & Coffee Servers>John Wardle

This group of mainly (but not exclusively) Senior Parishioners meets on the first Tuesday of the month (except for January & August) in the Parish Centre (27 Nightingale Square) from 10am – 11.30am.

There is always tea, coffee, biscuits and chat – and frequently there is a guest speaker. New faces are always welcome. Maybe you know of someone we could approach to speak to the Friends … maybe you would be willing to do a brief presentation yourself?

Interested?
Need more information?
Any other enquiries?
Please contact Nora Conmee

Many Parishes have welcomers to greet the people as they arrive for weekend Masses, and to look out for any visitors, or anybody who may need assistance. The welcomers tend to hand out the Mass books, Newsletters etc – as well as the hymn books etc at the 9.30am & 11am Sunday Masses.

Such welcomers tend to be regulars at a particular Mass – who would actually be attending that Mass anyway. They would usually be aware of the ‘flavour’ and the ‘rhythm’ of that particular Mass, and would look out for anything that needed attention during the Mass – for example, if somebody became ill, and medical assistance was needed.

Frequently, items need to be handed out after Mass – and welcomers would be responsible for overseeing this, plus a general tidy up of the Church and the Church Porch, in preparation for the next Mass. A minimum of 2 welcomers is needed for every Mass – even the quieter ones.

Is this an ideal role for you – with no commitment to any extra time?

Interested?
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Please contact the Parish Office

Generally, the Church provides many opportunities for young people. To get an idea of what’s on offer visit

scys.org.uk
youth2000.org
catholicunderground.co.uk
nightfever.org

In the Parish, there is a Youth Group which caters broadly for those in the age range 13 – 17 years.

There are monthly events – often with guest speakers in … or visits out, youth led Masses, and opportunities to attend youth events elsewhere as a Parish group.

There is also a Parish Young Adults’ Group providing spiritual and social opportunities for those in the age range 18 – 35 years.

For Latest News on upcoming Youth Group events and activities, click here.

Interested?
Need more information?
Any other enquiries?
Please contact Fr Tom Bakulumpagi