In recent years, lay members of the Catholic Church have increasingly been involved in ministries which were once seen as being the preserve of the Priest. At St Mary Mother of God we have many people actively involved in these ministries.
Altar Servers have the important task of assisting the Priest, Ministers, Readers and congregation during Mass. There is an open invitation for new Altar Servers (children from the end of school year 4 onwards) to join the training sessions which are run each year. Those Serving continually for over a year may receive The Guild of St Stephen.
Catechists lead our programmes of preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Reconciliation, and Marriage. If you are interested in becoming a catechist please contact our Sacramental co-ordinator.
The Parish Choir sings at 11:30 Mass every second Sunday and on Feast days including Christmas and Easter liturgies.When required the choir can also sing at weddings and funerals.The Church Choir meet on Monday 8:15pm for rehearsals. (Currently suspended).
The church needs cleaning every week!
New helpers for our rota are always welcome.
Speak to the Parish Office if you would like to help this invaluable team.
Coffee morning occurs after the 9:30am Mass. This is organised on a simple rota basis via the Altar Servers.
The 100 Club run the coffee mornings on the last Sunday of every month.
Coffee Morning for Mums and Tots is on Tuesday 2:00pm - 3:00pm and Wednesdays 9:00am - 10:00am.
Lay Ministers of the Eucharist assist the Priest with the distribution of Holy Communion during the Mass. They may also take Holy Communion to members of the parish who are unable to attend Mass because of ill-health or incapacity. Very occasionally, experienced Ministers may preside at “Eucharistic Services” of the Word and Holy Communion, which take the place of Mass when no Priest is available.
Because of the sensitive nature of these ministries, new Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers and Catechists are usually commissioned at the invitation of the Parish Team. Members of the parish are, however, always free to propose names of potential ministers to the Parish Priest in confidence.
A small group of parishioners working each week on a rota basis.
We would welcome volunteers of any ability as training can be given.
This group is responsible for the upkeep of the church garden and its surrounding areas. If you are interested in joining please contact the Parish office.
The Rosary is normally said after every morning mass and before Wednesday evening mass.
Because of Covid restrictions, Currently this is now taking place at 7:30pm on Thursday evenings. All are welcome.
Information about these groups coming soon ......
The Repository (or Piety Stall) is located in the former Baptistry, at the entrance on the left hand side of the church.
We have cards and gifts for all occasions, as well as Mass cards, Rosaries, Crucifixes, statues, etc., together with a small selection of children’s books.
Normally we aim to open after each weekend Mass, but due to current restrictions we can only offer a “phone & collect service”.
If there is anything special you would like to order please call Pat Edwards on 07743180877, and we will do our best to get the item for you.
St Mary's has a successful and long-established Youth Club which opens every Friday evening. The Club operates a strict members-only policy.
To enquire about membership contact The Parish office on 01708 447761.
There is also a regular annual youth pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Young adults are also welcome to take part in the many activities run by the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service.