Parish Groups

Special Ministers of the Eucharist

In our parish there are fourteen Special Ministers of the Eucharist. These are ordinary members of our Parish Community who have made a commitment to assist the priest and people of St. Vincent's parish in the distribution of Holy Communion.
To become a Eucharistic Minister, you should be willing to undertake this office for the service and growth of the Church. You should be resolved to administer the Holy Eucharist with the utmost care and reverence, to strive earnestly to live the Christian life, to grow in holiness, to love your neighbour, to give good example, and to take your faith seriously. You may be asked by the Parish Priest to be a Minister of the Eucharist, or alternatively, after giving the matter due consideration, you could approach the Parish Priest yourself and say you are willing to assist in this ministry. There have been several invitations in the newsletter for parishioners to come forward and offer their services in this way.
The Rite of Commissioning Special Ministers of the Eucharist usually takes place during a parish Mass. The Parish Priest commissions the new Ministers, but it is the Bishop of Shrewsbury who grants the Ministers the faculty of distributing Communion.

Three Ministers assist at the Sunday Morning Mass. One distributes the consecrated Hosts and two distribute the consecrated Wine. On Wednesday and Friday morning, one or two Ministers go forward to help as required. A rota is prepared for the Sunday Mass. No rota is prepared for the weekday Masses.
Special Ministers of the Eucharist also take the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and housebound at home and to those in our local Nursing Homes when needed. Not all Ministers feel able to do this for various reasons, but those who do generally feel it is a very special and worthwhile experience.
In St. Vincent's Parish, our priest cannot be with us to celebrate the Eucharist every weekday. However, there is the opportunity every Monday morning for our community to gather together to celebrate the Word of God and to receive Holy Communion. A Reader leads the Liturgy of the Word at these celebrations and a Special Minister of the Eucharist leads the prayers and distributes the Holy Communion. It is understood that not everyone feels able to do this, but currently we have several Eucharistic Ministers who are willing to do so.
After being commissioned, the Special Ministers of the Eucharist undertake to attend one of the Days of Prayer organised for them by the Diocese, and at the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday, they must renew their commitment before the priest and people of this Parish.

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During the three-year cycle of Sunday Readings (Year A, B, and C), the whole of the Bible is read aloud. The Readers try to read clearly and reverently so that the congregation listens attentively and hears God's message. Sometimes a different voice, a different inflection, or a different emphasis may make even a familiar passage speak to the listeners in a new way, or may have special relevance at certain times in our lives.

We have two Readers at Sunday Mass; one who reads the First Reading and the Psalm (if it is not sung), and the other reads the Second Reading and Prayers of Intercession. There is a rota of readers for the Sunday Mass and Holydays of Obligation at St. Vincent's, and we welcome new volunteers for whom advice, practice, or training can be arranged if required.

Altar Servers

We are a small group who serve at the Sunday Mass each week. Once trained, our role is to assist the priest during Mass. We decide amongst ourselves which task we are carrying out, making sure that everyone has a turn.

If you would like to become an Altar Server and have made your First Communion, please talk to John, Vera, or Rowena.

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Children's Mass

The Children's Mass takes place on the third Sunday of each month. All children in the parish are invited to take part by reading, by making a Bidding Prayer, taking part in the Offertory Procession, or just by shaking a tambourine! The Young People's Music Group lead the music and we ask all families with children to sit near the Music Group at the front of the church. We have percussion instruments which the children can play. For the readings, we use the Children's Lectionary and the children can either write their own prayers or one can be provided for them. Please let us know if your child would like to take part.

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Young People's Music Group

The Young People's Music Group leads the congregation at Children's Masses on the third Sunday of each month. We also sing on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday Morning Masses and have occasionally been asked to play and sing at Parish events.

The Young People's Music Group is for young parishioners aged 5+, but any parents and younger children are very welcome to join us. New members are always welcome. You do not need to be able to play an instrument, but just be able to sing. At the moment we really need some extra singers.

Prayer Group

The Prayer Group started several years ago when about eight of us followed a course called 'Praying Alone and Together' by Arthur R. Baranowski. This gave us examples of different ways of praying, some familiar and some that were new for many of us. Each meeting left us with things to think about until the next time. I believe we all found it helpful in different ways and we decided to continue.

We now meet every other Monday in the Church Meeting Room at 10:30am. During Advent and Lent we meet every week. We read and reflect on the Gospel Reading for the following Sunday and discuss its meaning for us in our own lives. We also spend some time praying for the Intercessions left by members of the Parish on our Prayer Board. The Group is open to everyone and there is no obligation to attend every meeting. Why not come along and join us?

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Flower Group

The Flower Group, set up to organise the floral arrangements in church, was formed in 1990. At present, ten ladies are involved, some from the original group. We meet socially three times a year in order to plan for the forthcoming months. On average, each person is responsible for choosing and arranging the flowers for the main altar and the entrance table about four times a year.

Our most recent joint venture was at Easter when the church was decorated with white lilies, kindly donated by parishioners in memory of loved ones. Being a member of the Flower Group is a very enjoyable way of helping to enhance the beauty of our church. New volunteers are made very welcome, and help is given if required.

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Church Cleaning Rota

We have a rota for cleaning the church and we could do with some more volunteers to lighten the load of those involved. At the moment, each volunteer cleans about 7 times a year and we would like to reduce this, so please consider helping.

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Coffee after Mass

Coffee and tea is offered after Mass on the third Sunday of every month. We have a rota of people willing to serve coffee and tea each month.
Please let Kate know if you could help.

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Welcome Rota

There is a rota for people who are willing to welcome others to Mass on a Sunday by handing them a Mass Book and a Hymn Book and by just being friendly. All you need to do is to come to church by 9:10am.

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