U.C.M.(Union of Catholic Mothers)
The Union of Catholic Mothers was founded in 1913 to promote marriage and family life. It provides fellowship and friendship and a blend of social and spiritual activities. It is open to all women married or single. In our parish we have had a UCM foundation for about 50 years and we make a considerable contribution to all social and fund raising events. The U.C.M. has interesting speakers and often open their meetings to the parish. The UCM sends representatives to diocesan meetings and study days. This year a small group attended the UCM Pilgrimage to Walsingham and they are planning a visit to Aylesford.
The UCM meets on the 3rd Monday of the month, starting with 7.30pm Mass followed by a meeting in the Parish Hall. If you are interested in joining you can be assured of a warm welcome at any of their meetings.
The Choir sings at the 10.30am Sunday Mass and on special Masses (i.e. funerals and weddings). If you are interested in joining the Choir, please contact the parish.
The Spiritual Group organises spiritual events in the parish, among them Days for Recollection and the Annual Wintershall Stations of the Cross pilgrimage in Bromley.
SOCIAL AND FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
The Social and Fundraising Committee organises parish events (i.e. Parish BBQ, Quiz Evenings, Afternoons for Elderly Parishioners, etc) during the year and also raises funds for the parish charity.
The Finance Committee meets every quarter to assess the financial situation of the Parish and to approve future expenditure of the Parish. The current members are: Monsignor William Saunders, Jim Chester, Brian Taylor, Leo Simmonds and Nadia Galindo-Slim.
If you have anything that would like to be brought up in future meetings please do not hesitate to contact any of the members.
GUILD OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
An association, mainly of men (but also open to ladies) who have a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. They attend a monthly Holy Hour with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Guild Prayers and Benediction at 5.00pm on the first Friday of each month. The 10.30am Mass on the first Sunday of each month is also said for the Intentions of the Guild.
Our Children's Liturgy Group gather in the Church Hall during the first part of the 10.30 Mass on Sunday morning. The Group is aimed at children from pre-school to First Holy Communion age and there are regularly more than 35 children in attendance. A team of parent volunteers read the gospel to the children, pray, sing and prepare craft activities and lessons which help the children focus on the day's liturgy and learn about the Church's year in a fun and accessible manner. The children join their families and the rest of the congregation in church just before the Offertory Procession in which they all take part. One Sunday each month we have a special Family Mass where all the children are present for the whole service, some doing the readings, bidding prayers and singing with the choir. We also hold Liturgy 'bring-and-share lunches' once a term, which are open to the whole congregation and are always well attended, joyful occasions. Further information and training is available on the Deanery Children's Liturgy Website.
Eucharistic Ministers (or to be more accurate Extraordinary Ministers of The Eucharist) assist at Masses with the distribution of the Blessed Sacrament under both kinds. They also take Communion to the sick and housebound within the Parish.
Ministers are provided with 4 monthly rotas which start in Jan, May and September. Special rotas are produced for Holy Week and Christmas after Ministers' availability has been ascertained.
Readers read the Epistle and Responsorial Psalm at most Masses and also compose and read the Bidding Prayers for Sunday Masses (including the Saturday vigil).
The counters are formed by a group of parishioners who work in pairs to count the weekly collections. For further information contact the Parish.
GIFT AID SCHEME:
The Gift Aid scheme is open to all income tax payers who wish to subscribe to the scheme. It is very easy to join, all that needs to be done is to fill in a form to send for approval to the Diocese and once approved a box of envelopes is assigned to the donor. The donor places it's weekly Mass donations in the envelope (the normal amount the donor usually donates, it doesn't have to be an additional amount). At the end of the fiscal year, the parish can claim back from the government £0.25 for every £1 donated. It's really a great way to help the parish without the donors needing to do anything additional or donating additional money. The donors money is worth more for the parish.
If you are an income tax payer and wish to join, contact the Parish Secretary at the numbers on the Welcome Page.