The Parish is a diverse and active community that could not run smoothly if it were not for the generosity of an army of parishioners who volunteer their time and talent for the service of the community. Click on the tabs below for more details. If you are interested in joining a group or committee, please contact the Parish Office: email@example.com For our current list of volunteers, visit our Church Management page.
We welcome Parishioners who wish to assist the priest in administering the sacraments of holy communion - the consecrated bread and wine. They may also take the sacraments to those who are ill or otherwise unable to attend Mass.
Readers play an important role at Mass. By reading the Scriptures as part of the Liturgy of the Word, they help the assembly to understand and appreciate the word of God. We also welcome young readers, especially at our Children's masses.
Greeters are integral to the smooth running of Mass. They warmly greet people as they arrive, paying particular attention to the special needs of any physically or mentally disabled person, to parents with small children, to the aged and to guests and newcomers. Greeters assist with handing out mass books, hymn books and newsletters. They also help find people to bring forward the gifts of bread and wine and take up the collection.
Altar serving is open to anyone who has made their First Holy Communion. Although the role often appears to be reserved for young people, we welcome people all ages to be an Altar Server. There are regular courses for people to register their interest and learn to serve mass.
Sacristans prepare the altar and ensure that everything is ready for Mass.
We love to enhance our weekend Masses with music and singing. We have a fantastic choir and organists who accompany the singing at Mass. Additionally, Mr. Chris Donovan, Head at St. Anne's primary school often brings children over to sing at our liturgies. If you are interesting in joining our musicians, please contact the Parish Office who will put you in touch with our Parish Music Group lead, Mrs. Phillipa Watkins. Arrangements for weddings and funerals are made via the Parish Priest.
Our dedicated team of flower arrangers always make sure that our church looks beautiful. Whether you are an experienced flower arranger or a novice wanting to learn a new skill, we are always looking for budding florists to help us out.
Our small but loyal team perform an absolutely vital task of keeping our church spic and span. New volunteers are urgently needed.
At each mass, volunteers take the Collections. We also then need "Counters" to ensure the money is safely counted and banked.
A small group under the chair of Maurice Hutton and supported by Catherine Ahern are responsible for our IT, the parish website and the construction of a Registration Database.
Music is a very special part of our life at St. John's and the parish is fortunate in having a Parish Music Group under the direction of Mrs. Phillipa Watkins. Additionally, Mr. Chris Donovan, Head at St. Anne's primary school often brings children over to suing at our liturgies.
This group plans worship particularly at key moments of the year - Christmas, Holy Week & Easter, First Holy Communion and other such occasions.
Responsible for organising all our social activities within the Parish.
Under the chair of Anne Webster, the Parish Finance Committee (PFC) is responsible to the parish priest and diocese for the resources, buildings and grounds at St. John's. The PFC is currently considering a major Project Development Plan to better utilize the hall for parish use, upgrade the church and make a range of improvements across the property.
Catholic teaching on ecumenism may be found in the documents of the Second Vatican Council: PONTIFICIUM CONSILIUM AD CHRISTIANORUM UNITATEM FOVENDAM; DIRECTORY FOR THE APPLICATION OF PRINCIPLES AND NORMS ON ECUMENISM.
The ecumenical movement seeks to be a response to the gift of God's grace which calls all Christians to faith in the mystery of the Church according to the design of God who wishes to bring humanity to salvation and unity in Christ through the Holy Spirit. This movement calls them to the hope that the prayer of Jesus "that they all may be one" will be fully realized. It calls them to that charity which is the new commandment of Christ and the gift by which the Holy Spirit unites all believers. The Second Vatican Council clearly asked Catholics to reach out in love to all other Christians with a charity that desires and works actively to overcome in truth whatever divides them from one another. For the Council, Catholics are to act in hope and in prayer to promote Christian unity. They will be prompted and instructed by their faith in the mystery of the Church, and their ecumenical activity will be inspired and guided by a true understanding of the Church as "a sacrament or instrumental sign of intimate union with God, and of unity of the whole human race".
At St. John's we eagerly embrace this teaching and actively seek to make it a reality in our area.