To be a Sacristan is an excellent vocation to serve the Lord while helping a priest in upkeep of brassware, altar linen and supplies like candles, wine, bread and candles and domestic duties relating to the Sacristy. A small group of Sacristans under leadership and guidance of Fr Stan look after the altar linen and vestments and arrange the correct liturgical colours depending on the time of the year or the type of celebration. They prepare for and tidy up after weekday Mass, weddings and funerals and dress the altar for the Sunday celebration of Mass.
Readers of the Word of God
Fr Stan invites us to take part in reading the Word of God. This is a great privilege and responsibility for those who are asked to deliver God’s Word. It is also the way of spiritual growth as it entitles reflection on the Holy Scripture. It is not only a challenge to communicate the meaning underlying the words in the book but above all the love of the Bible as the Book of Life. There is a rota system.
Prayers of the Faithful/Bidding Prayers
Fr Stan invites us to compose and read specific intentions during Holy Mass on Sunday. These are not mini-prayers but prayers of the whole parish for the Church, certain people and things. The intentions are directed to the congregation. They seek the consideration and prayer of all, for the specific intentions named. If you are interested in composing of reading intentions please let know your desire to Fr Stan and you will be included on a rota for writing/reading these prayers.
The role of welcomers is to assist all who come to the church. As welcomers are the first contact to many people who visit our parish, they help Fr Stan to reach everyone. Before all Sunday Holy Masses welcomers are there at the entrance to the church, give us newsletters and hymn books in a friendly and helpful manner and answer questions about the parish.
Hospitality after Mass
Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits are available after the 8.30 am.
The Parish Repository at Our Lady of Peace & Blessed Dominic Barberi is run by a team of volunteers and is open after all Masses.
In stock are Rosaries, statues, medals, water fonts, holy pictures, Crucifixes and other religious items. There is a good selection of books, Bibles, missals, prayer books, CTS pamphlets, various occasions’ greeting cards and Mass cards.
The cleaners are responsible for ensuring that the church, Advent Room and Bl Dominic Barberi Room always look clean and tidy. Currently there are 32 members. There are 3 in a group to clean, starting on any day from Thursday to Saturday so that the church is clean for Sunday and any other celebration. The rota works very well and currently people take turns once in 9 weeks.