Check this week's newsletter for up-to-date information on all groups.
Scripture Study Group
The Scripture Study Group meets regularly to examine Biblical texts together: we gather on Saturdays mornings in the Library.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul meets regularly; members are involved in a variety of active pastoral work in the parish, including home visits, hospital visiting, and work with the poor and marginalised.
Wednesday Morning Group
The Wednesday Morning Group is for older people aged over 60. It meets for most of the year on Wednesdays after the 10am Mass for coffee and conversation, as well as hearing occasional talks by visiting speakers. There are also day trips to sites of Catholic interest from time to time.
The group meets in the Parish Centre after the 10am Mass on Thursdays during term time, and offers mothers the chance to meet other Catholic mothers, to have a chat and make new friends, as well as providing support for parents trying to bring up their children as Catholics. We usually light a candle and say a prayer with the toddlers in Church before having a coffee and a discussion about some aspect of the Faith.
Book ClubThis is open to everyone aged 18 and over, and meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 8pm for most of the year. We discuss books by Catholic authors, on Catholic themes, or from a Catholic perspective.
For children who have not made their First Holy Communion, and for their parents, there is a Children's Liturgy at the 9:30am Mass on Sunday.
The Children's Liturgy is structured as an act of worship, and includes prayers, a hymn and the reading of the Gospel for the day. A few minutes are spent explaining and talking about the Gospel: the older children are encouraged to take part in the discussion by answering simple questions. Pictures and colouring pencils are provided as well.
A few times a year, special events are organised, such as processions and Benediction, to tie in with important stages of the Church's liturgical year.
Children's Liturgy takes place in the Guild Room, to the right of the main entrance to the church, and lasts from the start of Mass until the Offertory.
Facilities for babies, children, and their parents in church
At all Masses, the Lodge area is available for children and their parents - a loudspeaker link from the church allows parents to continue to listen to Mass. A baby changing unit is provided in the disabled cloakroom.
Catechism classes for children are offered at the Oratory throughout the year, for a range of ages from pre-First Communion through to Confirmation and beyond. First Communion classes begin in October and continue until the First Communion Mass in June. Confirmation classes begin in April or May and continue until the Confirmation Mass in November near to the feast of Christ the King. Children at our parish school of St Aloysius on the Woodstock Road receive religious instruction and usually prepare for these sacraments in school time, whereas these classes are chiefly for those at non-Catholic schools who need instruction in the Faith.