Liturgical Ministries

We are an active parish which relies on the volunteers from within to help. Each Ministry is an invitation and an opportunity to serve and to be involved in the Parish community.

If you are interested in any of the ministries from the drop down menu above please contact the Parish Office on (02) 9369 9399 or send us your details via New To Parish page.

Acolytes
An official Minister of the Church who assists in the Sunday and weekday Eucharist. Anthony Spratt – 0418 678 502

Altar Serving
Altar Servers assist the Priest before, during and after the Mass and is a ministry of great responsibility.
There is a great need for people who are available during the week to help at Weddings and Funerals. Often the Parish priests are required to do multiple services during the day and need reliable people who can help during the service and afterwards can help tidy and lock up the church.

Altar Linen Group
Once a week we collect the soiled altar linen, take it home and launder it, returning it to the church as soon as possible. We work in pairs, currently on a four-week roster.  Noeline Smith – (02) 9389 9831

Children’s Liturgy
Our Children’s Liturgy is a special time for the younger members of our parish to spend time at mass with age appropriate activities. Younger children are invited to join our “Children’s Liturgy” group during mass for an age-appropriate gospel discussion and activities. The children will return to carry the Offertory Gifts.
Our Children’s Liturgy is currently not running as we are working towards a new program. Please watch this space for future announcements. However our Family Mass is still held on the 4th Sunday of each month during school term on at 10:00am.

Choir
The choir seeks to maintain a long-standing tradition in the parish of musical service to the liturgy. Choir practice is held each Saturday at 4.30pm in the Parish House under the leadership of our Director of Music, Kurt Ison – (02) 9798 9579 or 0430 372 990

Christian Meditation Community
Every Monday at 5:30pm, for approximately 1 hour, Mary Immaculate is offering Christian Meditation in the Parish House. Meditation, also known as contemplative prayer, is the prayer of silence and listening. All are welcome. There is no charge involved. If you have any questions or are interested in coming, please contact Trisha. Trisha Brookes – (02) 9665 9017

Communion to the Sick
Waverley parish is blessed with a wonderful community of senior parishioners. Those who are housebound or who live in aged care facilities are visited weekly and have the sacraments taken to them on a regular basis. Ministry to the hospitalised, the sick, the frail and the elderly is an important part of our parish ministry but it depends on volunteers. We are looking to establish a Good Samaritan Group, a collection of people who can, either on a regular or ad hoc basis, provide support to our senior parishioners. Support could be assisting an elderly person to the doctors or perhaps with their weekly shopping. Barry Blake – (02) 9662 3455

Extraordinary Ministers of Eucharist & Proclaimers of the Word
Readers and Ministers of the Eucharist are needed at each of the four weekend masses. The frequency of commitment depends on the number of volunteers; we are urgently in need of more volunteers. We will provide training and give you every support to take part in these rewarding and important ministries.

Hospitality
Hospitality starts at the door of the church where those attending Mass are greeted and handed the newsletter and hymnbook. On the first Sunday of each month the Hospitality Group organises tea/coffee after the Sunday morning Masses. This enables new parishioners and visitors to meet members of the community. All are welcome.

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee advises the Parish Priest on the management of Parish finances. An annual report on Parish income and expenditure is given to the Parishioners. Anthony Spratt – 0418 678 502

St. Charles’ Prayer Group
The St. Charles’ Prayer Group is meeting on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30pm in the Parish Centre. You are warmly invited to come along and spend some time in prayer and reflection with Father Bernie and other Mums from our community, followed by a light supper. This group will meet in the Parish House for 45 minutes.  If you are interested in joining this group please contact Laura. Laura Neeson – laura@habitatmedia.com.au

Order of Franciscans Secular (OFS) – Holy Spirit Fraternity
The Holy Spirit Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order has been meeting for more than 45 years. Once a month we celebrate Mass together and meet to read Scripture, discuss and explore various topics that relate to being a Catholic and a Franciscan in these times. We participate in other Franciscan activities, on a regional and a national level. We are part of the greater Franciscan Family. We welcome visitors and anyone interested in Franciscan spirituality. Our Meeting is held on the 4th Wednesday of each month, starting at 7.00 pm and finish at 9.30 pm with fellowship over a cuppa. Tim Sheil – 0419 432 315

Society of St Vincent de PaulSVDP
There are over 19,000 members of the Society in Australia, and more than a million world-wide. When you join the Society as a member, you join a local conference in your community. As a member, you join with others in your local community to deepen your commitment to living a Christian life in service to those in our community who are in crisis and those who need a fair go. The Waverley Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul was established in 1885. For the past 114 years it has assisted the less fortunate of our community by providing the basic necessities of life during periods of crisis. Today they have a membership of three, and meet on a regular basis either at Bob’s house or Parish Office. Since the closure of the Bondi Junction Vinnies Centre and its revolution to Kingsford, they have had no requests for home visits by clients. However this does not mean they are inactive; they do other important visitations like going to Matthew Talbot Hostel on a regular basis established close with the Come In Centre located at Paddington Parish. They also make regular visits on needs basis to Nursing Homes. They are always available to offer assistance to the Parish.If you are in need of emergency assistance please phone to make an appointment on (02) 9662 7380. There are many opportunities to volunteer through Vinnies. Bob Taylor – (02) 9389 3150.