Mary Immaculate Church, Waverley

Groups & Ministries

Groups & 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 our Parish community.

If you wish to volunteer in our Parish, please check out the Volunteers Page for more information, under the Administration page.

Groups & Liturgical Ministries

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

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 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

Mary Immaculate Mother’s Prayer Group
The Prayer Group is meeting on the first Wednesday of each month (during school term) 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 –

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. For more info, please contact Tim McCarthy on 0435 013 733 or