parish ministries

Our Ministries’ Members have the choice of joining one of the following ministries to help around the Parish. If you are already a Member in any of those ministries please view your roster below. Thank you for your time and effort.

New volunteers please contact the Parish Office for more details about joining any of the ministries.

Hospitality Ministries:

Why do we have welcomers/monitors and refreshment ministries?

As a welcoming parish we love to greet visitors at the door with a smile, show and assist them to the seats, show them to the toilets, grab a glass of water or a tissue if needed.

Offering refreshments after mass is a very rewarding ministry. The smiles and thanks you are getting when passing the cup of coffee with a biscuit will make your day. It always comes with a chat: how are you going/how is the family? Feeding the kids between their sacramental session and mass starting will make you new friends and getting to know their parents. In the bible we find Peter saying: 1 Peter 4:9–10 NIV Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

Our Parish Vision is: To know, love and serve Jesus by sharing our gifts through our baptismal mission.

What is your gift you want to share with our parish community?

Welcomers / Monitors’ Ministry

Monitors and welcomers provide a welcoming environment, to assist the parishoners and guests as the need arises while on the premises and answer inquiries related to our Church life.

The volunteer is rostered usually monthly for an hour of service which takes place before and after mass.

Monitors 6 pm SaturdayVIEW
Monitors 9.30 am SundayVIEW
Monitors 5 pm SundayVIEW

Duties

Monitors are required to ensure the Parish complies with mandated state Covid rules.

Monitor tasks:

  1.  Arrive 30 minutes before Mass. Collaborate with the monitors and wardens to ensure all task are performed.
  2.  Sign in with QR with your own phone, put on mask and use sanitiser.
  3.  Before you start, familiarise yourself with current COVID directives. If unsure check with the parish office.
  4.  Check QR codes, sanitiser, counter, spare masks, tissues, church mobile are on table (look on kitchen bench and cupboard for more supplies).
  5.  Prepare the cleaning sheets for altar servers, musicians and cleaning. Follow the instructions on the monitor sheet. At the end of mass ensure all sheets are complete and put on the table in the meeting room.
  6.  Open inside doors to church while outside doors stay locked. Encourage choir and altar servers to lock doors behind them when coming early to practise.
  7.  When all monitors are in their place with phones at table and counter at inside door let parishioners in.
  8.  Open the 2 sets of double doors so no one has to touch the door handles.
  9.  Encourage signing in with QR under portico/check QR sign in. Greet and welcome each person as they arrive and offer assistance if anyone needs help.
  10. Encourage using sanitiser and advise on sitting in pews with green stickers.
  11. Count how many people have entered the church and if capacity is reached, set up chairs under the portico for people to sit on.
  12. Check no one is sitting in pews with stickers saying DON’T SIT HERE.
  13. One monitor to organise money collection (choose 4-6 collectors who have to wear gloves and mask while collecting, put money in collection boxes in foyer.
  14. After mass open all doors including side doors (at 9.30am Mass) and direct parishioners out from the back pews first after last hymn finishes.
  15. Discourage loitering in foyer or front of church. Parishioners who want to talk to Father should be directed to meeting room.
  16. Offer bulletins to take home.
  17. Make sure all sanitising and cleaning including church, foyer and toilets is done and appropriate papers are signed.

Thank you for your service
For any enquiries contact parish office 0434 705 176

  • For any enquiries please contact parish office 0434 705 176

Refreshments Ministry

Our refreshment ministry members will make coffee and tea in the kitchen and offer water and cordial for the children. Some will bring home made cake or cupcakes. Some offer the biscuits from the kitchen cupboard.

To serve in this ministry involves following hygiene regulations, setting up cups and cakes, serving after mass, cleaning up and getting rid of rubbish when finished.

The volunteer is rostered usually monthly for an hour of service after mass.

Refreshments 6 pm SaturdayVIEW
Refreshments 9.30 am SundayVIEW

Duties

MINISTRY REGULATIONS
• No children under 12 y in kitchen while serving coffee/tea
• Wear your nametag
• Keep kitchen doors closed while handling food and drinks
• Set up table in foyer/outside with biscuits and cakes, cordial/juice and plastic cups (not in front of kitchen window)
• Before opening new biscuit packs check tins and containers for open packs
• Milk (check expiry date) and sugar will be served by you with the coffee or tea! No self-serve!
• Use disposable gloves when handling food plus mask when serving.
• Use tongs for serving food
• 1 person to serve coffee and tea from the kitchen and 1 or 2 serve from the cake table
• Make sure kettle/urn is on before Mass.
• Put everything back in cupboard after use
• Cups and plates to be washed thoroughly with hot soapy water, rinsed and dried before placed on shelf
• Clean table and floor in kitchen and foyer/outside and switch off kettle/urn, remove garbage including recycle garbage
• TXT me for supplies that need refill
• If you are unable to do your roster service, please find a replacement or let Beatrix 0422 925 337 or the parish office on
0434 705 176. Thank you.
• Training will be provided
• For any enquiries contact Beatrix on 0422 925 337

Flower Arranging Ministry

The Flower Arrangers spend around 2 hours on a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning to design these fantastic arrangements so we can enjoy them over the weekend and the following week.

The volunteer is rostered usually monthly for two hours of service which is done usually on the Friday or Saturday to prepare the church for the Sunday masses.

Flower Arranging RosterVIEW

Duties

Flowers are required mainly for the Altar and on the side of Our Lady Statue and St. Joseph Statue.  Additional flowers may be placed in front of the Altar or the entrance for special occasions.

Tasks:

  1.  Bring the previous week pots and flowers to the Flower arranging room.
  2.  Clean the pots and throw all rotten flowers and keep the good flowers and greenery.
  3.  Plan the design of the two main Altar flowers so they would be nearly the same.  Greenery can be found in the vicinity of the church from Palm and other trees leaves.
  4.  Check the sponges inside the pots and make sure they are wet enough to go for a week time.
  5.  Design the two pots and place them carefully on the Altar.
  6.  Use remaining flowers to finish the two other pots or vases which will go on the right and left.
    If there was no flowers available, the artificial flowers can be used.
  7.  Upon finishing the above, the flower arranger/s is/are to collect the leaves that fell on the altar and any other place within the church. If necessary vacuum.
  8.  Clean all the used tools in the flower arranging room and keep in their designated place. Should not change location of tools or artificial flowers without notifying the office.
  9.  Throw the old flowers and greenery in the specified green Garbage bin outside.
    Any plastic wrapping from the flowers can be thrown in the rubbish bin.
  10.  Vacuum the floor and clean the basin.

Skills:
Does not require previous arranging skills. We recommend the arrangers to have some
gardening gloves and a gardening apron (some flowers have colour that can transfer to
the clothes)

Church Cleaning Ministry

Church cleaners provide a key role in the tidiness and upkeep of the inside of the church. It involves vacuuming the carpet, dusting / wiping the statues, tables, pews, chairs, window sills and kneelers.  Cleaning windows and glass doors. Wiping doors and handles.  Cleaning the confessional room and the candle offering areas.

Church Vacuuming RosterVIEW

Duties

Tasks:

Some tips for the Ministry Member
(The vacuum cleaners, dusters, and other cleaning goods are in the lower cupboard
in the kitchen)

  1.  Start by putting up all the kneelers and pick up rubbish that the vacuums can’t collect; dust/wipe down kneelers and arm rests.
  2.  Dust/wipe windowsills and clean windows and glass doors.
  3.  Two people can start vacuuming on either side of church. Power points are located on the back and side walls.
  4.  Clean the confessional rooms, then proceed to the seats and that way meet in the middle.
  5.  Clean candle offering area and dispose of wax and used candles.
  6.  Use disinfectant provided to wipe the back of all chairs.
  7.  Clean out the vacuum cleaner and return to the storage area.
  8.  Pack away cleaning products and dispose of cloths.

Bless you all for being faithful to this very important ministry 😊
Training will be provided
For any enquiries contact the Parish Office 0434 705 176.

Church Foyer Ministry

The foyer cleaning involves wiping all the doors, cleaning the glass, dusting tables and banner stands and mopping the floors. The bathroom toilets will get a good cleaning as well as basins, rails and dryers.

Towels need to be replaced and rubbish disposed in bins.  Floors need to be swept and mopped.

All cleaning products and equipment needs to be packed away in shelves and cupboards.

The volunteer is rostered usually monthly for an hour or two of service which is done usually on Friday or Saturday to prepare the church for the weekend masses.

Church Foyer RosterVIEW

Duties

You will find the vacuum cleaner in the lower kitchen cupboard. The mops and buckets are out the backdoor of the meeting room/church.

1. Sweep or vacuum foyer, kitchen and toilet area. Sweep the tiles in front of church for leaves and rubbish.
2. Clean handbasins,doors, handles, mirrors and bench with cleaners and cloths provided in the cupboard in the lady’s bathroom. Check the glass doors for fingerprints. Take away rubbish.
3. Mop all tiled areas.
4. Remove all old bulletins and rubbish that are no longer relevant.
5. Put a current roster for this week ministries on the notice board.
6. Check the water bottle and fill if necessary,make sure clean cups are available.
7. Empty the bin beside the water container. If just water cups they would go into the recycling (yellow lid) bin, if rubbish as well in garbage (red lid) bin.

 

Money Counters’ Ministry

Counting the money of our mass collections of the upkeep and maintenance of our church. They always work in pairs. The Money Counters count all the money of the second collection and makes sure everything is in numeric order and amounts balance. Record the amount on the tally sheet. Both counters need to sign off.

The volunteer is rostered usually monthly for an hour or two of service which is done usually on Sunday after the masses.

Money Counters RosterVIEW

Liturgy Ministries:

Readers’ Ministry

A reader proclaims the readings at mass and leads the Prayer of the Faithful. They are done usually by two partners. One reader for the first reading and Responsorial Psalm and another reader for the second reading and Prayers of the Faithful.

The volunteer will do the preparation at home and an hour at mass.  It is usually rostered monthly.  Ongoing training and formation are provided.

Readers 6 pm SaturdayVIEW
Readers 9.30 am SundayVIEW
Readers 5 pm SundayVIEW

Altar Servers

Description of Ministry

Altar Server Adult(aged 16 and above):

To serve at the altar and assist the priest as commissioned ministers. They set up the altar and may distribute Holy Communion if commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

The volunteer is rostered usually fortnightly or monthly for an hour of service before and after mass.  Ongoing training and formation are provided.

 

Altar Server Junior: (Children after receiving first communion till going to adult server)

To minister at the altar under the direction of an Adult altar server. They carry the cross and candles, ring the bells and carry out other liturgical duties. The volunteer is rostered fortnightly or monthly. Ongoing training and formation are provided.

Altar Server Adult(aged 16 and above):

To serve at the altar and assist the priest as commissioned ministers. They set up the altar and may distribute Holy Communion if commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.

The volunteer is rostered usually fortnightly or monthly for an hour of service before and after mass.  Ongoing training and formation are provided.

Altar Server Junior: (Children after receiving first communion till going to adult server)

To minister at the altar under the direction of an Adult altar server. They carry the cross and candles, ring the bells and carry out other liturgical duties. The volunteer is rostered fortnightly or monthly. Ongoing training and formation are provided.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions we have only one Adult Altar Server for each mass.

Altar Servers Roster 6pm SaturdayVIEW
Altar Servers Roster 9:30am SundayVIEW
Altar Servers Roster 5pm SundayVIEW

Children Liturgy of the word

The volunteer leads the children in the Liturgy of the Word during the first half of the mass where the children have a separate Celebration of the Word according to their level of understanding and ability to participate.

This requires the volunteer to give their time 30 minutes per Mass plus preparation time. They are rostered fortnightly or monthly. Ongoing training and formation are provided.

Children’s Liturgy RosterVIEW

Appeal for Children’s Liturgy of the Word Leaders

We are appealing for members of our parish to please consider joining our Children’s Liturgy of the Word team. In recent years, we have lost many of our helpers and are down to a small number of dedicated volunteers. As with any ministry, the ideal would be to have enough volunteers so everyone would only be on the roster twice a term.
You can volunteer to just assist or you can begin as an assistant and progress to leading the Liturgy.
A typical session includes reading the scriptures, discussing the Gospel message in two groups (younger children group and an older children group), singing the Creed and saying a kid friendly version of the Prayers of the Faithful. If time allows, we finish with a colouring or activity sheet. The whole session takes 20 mins or so and there is a PowerPoint display that guides you. It is not as hard or scary as people may think and everyone is welcome!
Contact the Parish Office for more information.

Music Ministry

Singers and Musicians form a music ministry group to make the Eucharistic Celebration more alive with a liturgical quality of music and vocal support for worship.

The group is rostered weekly or monthly.  Ongoing training and formation is provided.