Parishes Activities and Groups

All the groups that are active within our parishes.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

These are a team of parishioners who, by invitation of the Parish Priest, assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at Sunday Masses.

They also take Holy Communion to those who are sick, housebound or are in nursing homes, giving help to those who are unable to come to church in person.

Please let us know if you know of anyone who may need a visit.

Children’s Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy is the Liturgy of the Word for children and takes place during Sunday Masses. It allows children to participate in the Mass more fully by sharing the Gospel in ways which are appropriate to their age. The Gospel message is brought to them through discussion and activities. Our children are an important part of our parish community.

The Children’s Liturgy is lead by Sue Knight at English Martyrs and is assisted by parents. At St. Augustines we are in an unfortunate position of needing volunteers to restart this activity.

Faith Discussion Group

The Faith Discussion Group at St. Augustines usually meets every second and fourth Wednesdays in the month at 7.30pm in the hall. Refreshments available from 7.15pm. The group usually takes a book or gospel from the Bible, and studies it with help of the Ignatius Study Guides. However other books have been discussed, for example “Sister Wendy On Prayer”. All are welcome: parishioners and non-parishioners, Catholics and non-Catholics, young and old. Come and join us, we have some lively discussions and learn at the same time. Please contact Paul Taylor for information.

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

( Gospel of St. Matthew 4.4 )

Altar Servers

Service at the altar is open to all who have made their First Holy Communion, and is open to both children and adults. In our parishes we are fortunate to have a good number of servers. If you would like to join in serving at Mass please see Fr. Gerry.

SVP / Visiting Group – St. Augustines

The group meet regularily to plan activities and discuss their work. It aims to help people when they are in difficulty, by visiting them at home, providing transport, giving financial support, doing shopping. If you feel that you are able to help people in our parishes then please consider joining the group. Please speak to Rosemary or Sue.

“Go to the poor: you will find God.”

( St. Vincent de Paul )

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

This programme is for all adults who wish to enquire about the Catholic Faith or who wish to enter into full Communion with the Church. You will be helped along the way by the RCIA team, the Priest and your personal sponsor. Please contact Fr. Gerry if you are searching for spiritual meaning in your life and feel that the Catholic Church is for you.

CAFOD Fundraising

Our parishes supports third world projects under the banner of CAFOD through prayer and fundraising. Each year a number of events are organised.

T@3 at St. Augustines.  Every second Tuesday at 3pm St. Augustines holds a Tea and Coffee afternoon in aid of CAFOD. Open to all. It is also a chance for parishioners to meet socially. Raffle and cakes.

APF / Missio Fundraising

Missio is the name of the Pope’s missionary charity. In England and Wales it is also know as the APF ( The Association for the Propagation of the Faith ). AFP works with the Mill Hill Missionary Society to assist overseas mission dioceses, to provide pastoral care and preach the Gospel.

Please consider joining the ‘Red Box’ scheme to donate your loose change. If you would like a Missio / APF red box please contact Rosemary at St. Augustines, or Sally and Helen at English Martyrs.

Social Events Committee – St Augustines

A reflection of the vibrant community at St. Augustines is reflected in its enthusiasm for social events. They are always well supported and provide an occasion for making new friends. Many events are organised during the year – quiz nights, beetle drives, summer barbecues, musical evenings and recitals, visiting choirs, summer fetes, barn dances, walking pilgrimages. These events are always enjoyable and accompanied by a light supper.

This year St. Augustines is also celebrating the 60th anniversary of the building of the church and a number of special events and services are going to take place.

Please contact Ann and Sandy if you have an idea for an event, or if you would like to join their team.

Church Sacristans

Sacristans at both Churches do an important role in preparing the altar and sanctuary for the celebration of Mass and are assisted by parishioners who volunteer to clean the church cloths and vestments. Fr Gerry is very grateful to all those who give so generously of their time to this important role. If you would like to be involved speak to Marisa at English Martyrs or Veronica at St Augustine’s.

Flower Arranging

Our team of flower arrangers decorate our churches for Sundays, for the major festivals and also for weddings. If you have a talent for flower-arranging or would like to help and learn, we are always open to new members. Please speak to one of the team members.