LAY MINISTRIES

We have all been blessed with gifts, at St Mary’s we encourage all parishioners to share their gifts, to serve each other, to help build a community of faith and to serve God. If you would like to help with any of the Ministries below, please email veronica@smgh.org.au, (unless otherwise specified) or complete a Parish Census and Commitment Form (available at the back of the church) and give it to Father Joseph, place it on the collection plate at Mass or drop it in the letter box at the Parish Office.

Acolytes

Our parish has about 12 instituted Acolytes who assist our Parish Priest at Mass, prepare all items required for Mass, (sacristy items), organise collections/wardens and distribute Holy Communion. They serve on a rotating (July-June) yearly roster. Training as an Acolyte by the Sydney Archdiocese is mandatory before commencing on the roster.

Altar Linen

Washing and ironing of altar linen, etc is done each week on a rotating (December-November yearly roster.

Altar servers

Boys and girls can assist during Mass once they have received their First Holy Communion. Our head Acolyte organises and runs the training for new Altar Servers which is usually done straight after school in October.

Catechists

Our volunteer catechists teach the children in our local public school about Christ. More Catechists needed

Children’s Liturgy

On Children’s Liturgy Sundays, children are taken to the parish hall to hear the Gospel and discuss it at their own level, they then get an opportunity to do some activities which reinforce the message of the Gospel. Children’s Liturgies are held at 10.00am Mass on the third Sunday of the month from February – November. Parents of young children are asked to encourage their children to come along and extra parents helpers are always welcome.

Choir

We are blessed with a dedicated group of parishioners who make up our parish choir, but more volunteers are urgently needed. Singing at Mass on a monthly basis and at special Masses, Christmas Carols, etc. requires dedication and commitment and a willingness to attend practice sessions.

Church cleaning

Vacuuming, dusting, removing rubbish, cleaning the church, bathroom facilities is usually done on Friday or Saturday on a rotating (December-November) yearly roster. 

Commentators

Commentators welcome the congregation at each Mass, announce the Readings, Responsorial Psalm and Prayers of the Faithful. They are scheduled on a rotating (July-June) yearly roster.

Counting

Counting of monies collected is done on a rotating (December-November) yearly roster.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Ministers distribute Holy Communion during Mass. Training is provided before commencing on the rotating (July-June) yearly roster Ministers may also distribute Holy Communion to the sick in their homes and nursing homes

Fundraising

Fundraising activities include cake stalls on Mother’s Day, Easter chocolate sales, a Christmas stall, raffles, a bi-annual Fete, etc.

Greeters

Greeters welcome other parishioners and visitors at Sunday Masses, distribute parish bulletin, assist others as required on a rotating (July-June) yearly roster.

Hospitality

On the first Sunday of each month, tea coffee cakes, biscuits are served after each Mass on a rotating (July-June) yearly roster. Volunteers donate the cakes, biscuits etc

Music Ministry

Can you play the organ or a guitar? New musicians are urgently needed to assist at Sunday Masses on a rotating yearly roster.

Operating power point/computer 

Operating the computer is simple, we have the latest state of the art technology. Anyone who can use a computer can operate the power point presentation during Mass. Please email: support@smgh.org.au

Proclaimers of the Word

Proclaim the Word of God at Sunday Masses on a rotating (July-June) yearly roster.

Social activities

Social activities include bus trips, outings, harbour cruise, tv audiences, Christmas in July lunch, Christmas Carols, Parish Feast Day, etc.

SVDP

If you are considering joining the St Vincent De Paul Society, or maybe want to assist at the Piety Stall – new helpers are always needed.

If you are interested in any of the ministries please contact the Parish Office or send us your details via New To Parish page.