Liturgy

Preparation for Liturgy

Altar Servers

The mission of the Altar Server Ministry at St. John’s is to provide an opportunity for parishioners to actively participate in the tradition of Catholic worship. As Altar Servers parishioners assist the priests and deacons with processions, blessings, etc. during the celebration of Mass and other sacred ceremonies.

The participation of Altar Servers in our liturgy is an important tradition in the Catholic Church that has its roots in vocational training. Serving on the Altar is a wonderful opportunity for our boys and girls who have received their first communion including older members of the parish, to experience Mass from “within” the Liturgy and grow in Christ.

Altar Servers help set up the Altar with the Sacristan in preparation for mass, and then duties are allocated to each server by the Master of Ceremonies or a senior server.

During the procession to and from the altar and celebration of the mass, the Altar Servers carry out various duties which include carrying the cross and candles together with the thurible and incense boat. Duties during mass include holding various holy books for the priest to read from, preparation for Holy Communion, and finally removing sacred items from the Altar before the final blessing and processing from the Altar back to the Sacristy. Participation in this ministry is very rewarding, and we will provide all the training and guidance you will need.

We are in need of more altar servers and look to the parish to help us with this essential ministry.

Contact John Delaney (Master of Ceremonies) after Mass or via the Parish Office on 01225 464471 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) meets twice a month during term times on the first and third Sunday. We are a fun group usually of ages from babies up to children of secondary school age. Older children often enjoy helping the younger ones and the mix of ages works nicely. We meet during the 10am Mass on a Sunday in the parish room in the presbytery, and welcome children to bring their parents with them or come alone. All volunteers are CRB checked.

Our activities are linked to the message of the Gospel and are aimed to appeal to children. We may be singing, colouring and cutting out a scene, acting out a story, having a discussion, doing some origami or listening to a story – we like the sessions to be lively and encourage the children to engage and enjoy their time at church. The re-enacted papal vote complete with cardinal hats and white smoke for the conclave was a definite highlight! We return to the Mass at the Offertory and like to bring our work to the front to show the priest and the congregation what we have done, as well as bringing the gifts of bread and wine to the altar. CLOW is run by Catherine and Jo – please contact via the Parish Office on 01225 464471 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Church cleaning

We employ a Church cleaner, Nigel Ball, who works four days a week. His duties include the cleaning of the Church, parish hall and the complex site around the Church. In addition to this the church is cleaned on the first Wednesday of each month by a team of parishioners. We meet at 10.30am after the Mass and sweep the church and polish the benches. We also clean the candle holders whenever possible. The small band of cleaners are always looking for assistance.

If you can help in anyway please contact Eileen Vickers on 01225 428186.


Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic ministers assist the priest in distributing Holy Communion at Mass and take Holy Communion to the sick and housebound of our parish usually on a weekly basis. Eucharistic ministers must undergo a formal training programme and be commissioned. They are normally nominated by other parishioners for this special ministry and approached by Canon David in the first instance. Coordinator Gervase O’Donovan can be contacted via the Parish Office on 01225 464471 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Flowers

The Flowers group provide weekly flowers for St John’s except during Advent and Lent. We are a small team who would welcome anyone who has a gift for flower arranging. Training will be provided.

Contact Christine James and Katie Spinks via the Parish Office on 01225 464471 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Readers

New volunteers are always welcome to join the Readers` Team at St John`s to proclaim the Word of God at Mass. This is an important ministry of service to our sisters and brothers in our Parish Eucharistic Community and it brings opportunities for spiritual growth and blessings in the lives of those who proclaim the Word of God on a regular basis at Mass.Induction will be offered to those without previous experience together with the opportunity to become familiar with the sound system in the church. You will be asked to take a turn at reading once every 5 or 6 weeks at the Saturday evening or Sunday Mass which you normally attend.

We welcome everyone who wishes to become a Reader. The rota is prepared every 4 months. Before it is published you will be asked to indicate your availability for reading during that period. Don`t worry if, because of your work or study commitments, you are only available to read occasionally. Please be assured that is not a problem; we are as flexible as we can be in preparing the Readers` rota so that everyone`s availability can be accommodated.

If you would like further information please contact the Readers’

Co-ordinator, Tom Dunne Parish Office on 01225 464471 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sacristan Team

The ministry of sacristan involves the preparation of the sacred vessels for use in Mass, and the cleaning and safe storage after Mass.

To prepare the vestments and missals for use in Mass. To ensure the ciborium and chalices are prepared for the celebration of the Eucharist. To check the provision of Eucharistic ministers, readers and a team for the offertory procession. To ensure the Church is prepared for the celebration of all the celebrations of the sacraments.

Contact Eileen Curtis via the Parish Office on 01225 464471 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Welcomers

Our team of Welcomers greet the faithful as they arrive at church and hand out Mass sheets and hymn books. The Welcomers are also available to assist parishioners and visitors, to answer questions and help people to feel at home. Further help is always required especially at Christmas and Easter and other special occasions. All volunteers are welcome.

Please contact Sue O’Donovan via the Parish Office on 01225 464471 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Parish Watchers Association

The Church is open each day, seven days a week from 8am until 5pm in the winter and 6pm in the summer. The parish watchers assist in the ministry of welcome for our visitors and enable our church to be an oasis of calm in the midst of our busy city. Please contact Sharon Crabtree via the Parish Office on 01225 464471 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..