St. Mary, Help of Christians
We have an occasional Mass to welcome new Parishioners (10:45 Mass on Sunday) followed by a buffet in the Hall. We have a Welcome Group which looks at into ways that we can be more welcoming as a Parish; Coordinator Andrea Williams-McKenzie
“Association for the Propagation of the Faith” - A number of people have a Collecting Box for the Missions, emptied twice a year. Parish Coordinator: Bernard Boyle. More info: www.pontificalmissionsocieties.co.uk/apf
Monthly meeting, usually on a Monday 10:30-11:30am in Priest’s House. All welcome.
Catholic Fund for Overseas Development. This Charity helps with disasters, and with long-term self help projects all over the world. As well as 2 collections a year, people donate to CAFOD via the Wall Box in the Porch, or via a CAFOD envelope in the Sunday collections.
For children not at Catholic School from September 2005 They meet in the Church – Years 1 - 2 Led by Gill Gillespie on Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:15; currently suspended as no children have applied. Years 3 - 6 Led by Gill Gillespie on Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:15
Protecting children and vulnerable adults from any kind of abuse is paramount. In our parish we are learning and striving to achieve this. Parish Coordinators Peter Martin.
At 10:45 Mass, (except School Holidays and 4th Sundays) two groups of children aged 3 – 5 and 5 – 8 are led in understanding God’s Word. We are always looking for more leaders/helpers. Co-ordinator: Julie Moore. Current rota can be seen on noticeboard in porch.
Our Parish joined the Covenant for Unity at Pentecost in 1998. By this we are committed to prayer and action to further the Unity of the Church. Clergy and lay representatives from each Church in Coulsdon meet regularly, to plan United Services, Lent discussions, the Octave of Prayer in January and the annual Renewal of the Covenant at Pentecost. We also cooperate in Christian Aid. Our two Representatives are Mrs Pat Drane and Darryl Cabral. The Clergy also meet regularly – called “Clergy Fraternals” at which we lunch and discuss matters of mutual interest in a relaxed atmosphere. Here in Old Coulsdon the Clergy meet up for a “mini fraternal”.
Every two years/biennially ( for example 2001 then in 2003) those in Year 9 or older can be confirmed. Please ask Fr. John for contact details.
The Church’s official prayer comprises 3 parts: the Mass, the Sacraments, and the Divine Office. The Office assigns set prayers for different times of the day for Clergy. Many lay people pray morning and evening prayer daily, ever aware that they are praying the same words as Clergy and people all over the world. We have morning prayer here at 9:40am in the Lady Chapel on Wednesdays.
Commissioned by the Diocese. We meet twice a year to discuss matters of interest. To become a Eucharistic Minister, contact Fr. John.
Fleur Olliverre conducts the preparation, with parents’ meetings and children’s meetings, beginning in the Autumn. First Reconciliation(1st Confessions) usually takes place in January.
Leads the singing at 10:45 Mass on 2nd and 4th Sundays, when requested at Special Masses . New singers or instrumentalists always welcome. Leader: Rani Samuel.
It is often available for Saturday and Sunday afternoon and evening. Philip and Helen Rendell are our co-ordinators.
As well as visits by Eucharistic Ministers, Fr John visits them every month. Sick people are prayed for in the Bidding Prayers each Sunday – please contact Fr. John.
We meet every 2 months for an hour in the Priest’s House to share concerns and decide action, like writing to MPs, organising petitions, inviting speakers, organising appeals. New members always welcome.
Currently, we have Laura Morrison, Elliot Fitzgerald and Grenville Dias. More Organists or Pianists always welcome.
Every Friday in School time 9:15 – 11am, in our Hall. Parish contact: Kim Clerkin.
Quiet Prayer takes place every Friday from 10:30-11:30am; also Wednesdays in Advent and Lent. Holy Half Hour: Exposition and Benediction at 4pm,on 1st Sunday of the month.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - We meet every Tuesday in term time in the Priest’s House, 8 – 9:00pm. Its open to both Catholics who like to explore their Faith and Practice , and to those who are not Catholics but want to find out more about us. Fr John runs it, and welcomes new members.
There is no umbrella committee or group at present, but anyone can propose and organise a Parish event. The on-going clubs/events are: the Parish Badminton Club on Fridays, an over 60s Christmas Lunch (beautifully organised by The Fernandes family), a very successful new venture is our Quarterly International Lunch in our Hall. People prepare dishes from all over the world. Coordinator of the latter is Eve Mainoo. The folk choir organise the Christmas carolling (see the newsletter in December).
Our Group meet for an hour on Monday evenings at 8pm in the Priest’s House. New members are very welcome – just come along and see if this is for you. They also run Teas and Coffees in the Hall after the 10:45 Mass on the 4th Sunday of the month.
Meets every 2nd Sunday of the month in our Hall; there are 2 groups: Years 3 – 6 and Secondary; See Newsletter for times. Helpers for either group are very welcome and new members too! Coordinators: Jill Gillespie