Activities in the Parish
Through a network of small groups the parish of St Mary’s lives out its Vision and Mission. Each group, however small contributes in a vital way to the growth of the Kingdom of God.
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You will find a full list of Parish Groups and a contact person by clicking on this link: Parish Groups and Contacts
Altar Servers assist the Priest at Mass and other liturgies. Both boys and girls who have made their First Holy Communion are able to become servers.
The Catenians are an association of Catholic laymen who are committed to their Faith, their families, to those in need and to each other. Our primary purpose is to establish a network of friends, which enhances their family life, strengthens their Faith and sustains them in difficult times. We support each other, the Catholic Church, young people and those in need.
Our friendships are developed through meeting together locally once a month and enjoying a varied programme of social events together with our families and the widows of members.
Members of this Parish attend Circle 347 (South Ribble) and meet on the third Wednesday of the month. For more information contact Andrew Wygladala
Eucharistic Ministers (EMs), or Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, are officially appointed by the Parish Priest and commissioned to distribute Communion under both kinds during Mass and also to bring Communion to sick or housebound parishioners.
Ministers or Proclaimers of the Word (more simply known as Readers) read at Mass and other services. New readers are always welcome and training can be provided.
The role of the Welcoming Ministry is to foster a welcoming environment that is outreaching, inviting and inclusive to all members and visitors to St. Mary’s. Our goal is to foster an environment where people feel a part of this parish family; are encouraged to celebrate the Liturgy and the Eucharist while developing a deeper understanding of their faith; participate in ministry opportunities which give witness to God’s love; and continue their faith journey as we grow as disciples of Christ together.
CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. We are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
Drawing inspiration from The Bible, Catholic social teaching and the hopes of people who are poor, marginalised, or oppressed, CAFOD is committed to building a world free from poverty and injustice. It is supported by church members and individuals and has a network of volunteers. St Mary’s has an active CAFOD Group. For more information please contact the Parish Office or click here to visit the CAFOD web site [https://cafod.org.uk
There are several groups who provide music for our Sunday liturgies. These range from a Choir and organist leading the music at the 11am Solemn Mass to the Metanoia led folk group at the 9.30am Mass. All groups welcome new members, especially those who can play an instrument or sing. For more information, please contact the Parish Office.
To keep such a large and beautiful church clean and inviting, we have many volunteers who kindly give up some of their free time to help keep our church clean and tidy.
Knights of St Columba
The Knights of St Columba, founded in 1919, is a national organisation for Catholic men who support and assist the work of the Catholic Church.
Membership is open to practising Catholics from the age of 16. We meet monthly.
For more information please contact the Parish Office or click here to visit the web site: https://www.ksc.org.uk/
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society is extremely active in our Parish, watching out for the needs of our older parishioners. Members make visits regularly throughout the year. SVP meetings are held every 3 weeks and new members and donations are always welcome.
More Information can be found about the work the SVP does at: https://www.svp.org.uk/
The Food Bank
Our food bank provides free basic provisions to local people who are unable to afford the basics in life due to hardship. If you would like to donate non perishable items, please deposit them at the back of Church in the boxes provided. If you would like to get involved on a voluntary basis, please contact the Parish Office.
Festival began modestly in 2000 in celebration of the completion of a major renovation of the church. Though small that year, it was so successful that it was decided to continue on an annual basis and since 2001 Festival has held an evening event every day from the Sunday to Friday inclusive.
In 2002 Festival marked Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee and in this, and succeeding years, generous local sponsorship has seen the addition of an open art competition, an amateur photographic competition (both with fine trophies), floral and other displays, and workshops and an afternoon or evening event each day. There are entry fees for the art competition which carries cash prizes but the digital photo competitions, all concerts, workshops and displays are free to enter and view – donations welcome.
To visit our Festival web site click here http://www.brownedgefestival.org.uk
The Parish Communications Group is responsible for all forms of communication and media within the parish. The Group looks after all aspects of our communications from the social media to the website and live streaming of Masses and other services. The group welcomes new members who feel they would be able to contribute and add to the team. If anyone has an event in the parish and would like to have photos taken please feel free to get in contact. For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org