John Hickey, Benedict Uzor and Terrence Davy
The key role of an altar server is to assist the Priest on the sanctuary and help the Mass run smoothly. As a requirement, to join the team one must make his/her First Holy Communion.
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legion of mary
Dr. Stacy John-Legere
What is the Legion of Mary?
The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbour on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries
There are 2 praesidia at St Elphege’s RC
- The Seniors: Our Lady Queen of Apostles – in place continuously since the 1970’s. To be a member of the senior praesidium, you must be over 18 years old, able to commit to attend the weekly meetings and carry out legion work.
- We meet on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm promptly in the Parish Hall.
- Our work consists of home to home visitation, visiting the sick and housebound, distribution of rosaries and miraculous medals, parish work as directed by the Parish priest and running the Junior praesidium, among other works.
- The Juniors: Our Lady of Fatima – current group in place since 2010’s. All children of all abilities are welcome; from the age of 7years old. They too commit to attend the weekly meetings and complete their legion work.
- We meet on Tuesday’s at 3:30pm promptly in the Parish Hall (Rosary at 4:10 pm).
- Our work consists of knitting blankets for the elderly in hospital, mittens and hats for new-borns at the hospital, engaging fully in parish life including preparing and saying the Prayers of the Faithful for some of the children’s masses; and annual visits to local care homes.
the union of catholic mothers
In the history of the Catholic Church, women have played a variety of roles and these benefits have affected societal attitudes to women worldwide in significant ways. Catholic Mothers exist to assist women in bringing up their families in the catholic faith and supporting the idea of marriage and family life.
Meetings are held on the first & third Mondays of the Month at 1:30 pm in the Ward Room. You are warmly welcomed to join.
The Office of the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist (EME) or Eucharistic Ministers (EM) exists in the Church by the fact of these Canons:
Can. 230 §3. When the need of the Church warrants it and ministers are lacking, lay persons, even if they are not lectors or acolytes, can also supply certain of their duties, namely, to exercise the ministry of the word, to preside over liturgical prayers, to confer baptism, and to distribute Holy Communion, according to the prescripts of the law.
Can. 910 §1. The ordinary minister of holy communion is a bishop, presbyter, or deacon.
2. The extraordinary minister of holy communion is an acolyte or another member of the Christian faithful designated according to the norm of can. 230, §3.
From the above norms, the Office of the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist (EME) or Eucharistic Ministers (EM) in the Church, out of necessity, assist the priest in taking Holy Communion to the sick in the parish. The parish has dedicated number of EME/EM who visit the sick and home bound parishioners every Friday or as arranged between the sick/family and the Parish Office.
The activities of the EME/EM are coordinated from the Parish office. Members are recruited via request by the Parish Priest and undergo a course/training before commissioning by the Bishop of the Archdiocese in the Cathedral or any other suitable venue. They also assist the priest at the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass, especially at the weekends.
Parishioners who may have the need for the services of the EME/EM should contact the Parish Office for arrangements.
Amanda Hill and Terence Pereira
Everyone is welcome to join the bible reading team especially the young adults who have been confirmed.