St Patrick's Parish Guildford

Parish Priest:

Father Peter Blayney

 

Pastoral Associate:

Sr Helen Cunningham OP

Our Parish Ministries & Groups

Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council is a consultative body in co-operation with the pastor, it aims to develop, implement and improve parish initiatives to help parishioners' continuing efforts to live as effective Christians in society, as faithful disciples of Jesus - to continue his mission of love and service in our world today.

Members of the Parish Council meet bi-monthly on a Wednesday evening (6pm - 8pm) in the Parish Office.


Ministry of the Acolyte

In the Guildford Parish the role of the Acolyte is to be a servant of God during the Holy Mass, ministering to the sick and housebound.

Parish Outreach to the Elderly and Sick

Some parishioners, who through no fault of their own can no longer attend Mass or receive Holy Communion.  It may be that they are ill, or an older parishioner no longer able to get around.  Please notify Father of any person in this situation and he will arrange for an Acolyte to call every Sunday and bring Holy Communion. In so doing,  parishioners are kept within the reach of the parish and, should the occasion arise, arrange for them to receive the Sacrament of the Sick.


The Manning Foundation

The Manning Foundation is the parish's outreach to the poor and needy in our local community.  Central to success of the Manning Foundation is the work of the planning and organisational committee and home visitations to those seeking the assistance of the Foundation.  

The Parish invites young and middle aged men (minimum age 18) to assist the home visitation work of this parish ministry. If you would like to become involved in the visitation work, or any other aspect of the Foundation please contact the parish office.

The work of the Manning Foundation is supported by the parish community. Each parishioner is invited to support the work of the Foundation to put into practice our Gospel values by prayer, moral and financial support.

Outreach to the poor and needy is a direct expression of sharing in the mission of Jesus. The Manning Foundation is one means by which the Parish Community at St Patrick's can assist the support of those in need.

Committee Members meet 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00pm in the Parish Office.

Contact Mobile Number for the Manning Foundation is: 0497 973 311.


The WELCOME Group

Across the Diocese of Parramatta all parishes have been invited to reconsider how welcoming the parish is to regular and new parishioners.  A committee has been formed to facilitate this initiative within our parish community.

Your suggestions regarding this aspect of our parish life woud be most welcome. Members of this committee meet Bi-Monthly on a Monday at 9:30am in the Parish Office.


Music for Worship

The Music for Worship group is made up of a group of parishioners who share a love of music and worship.  We meet once a month at 9:45am in the Parish Office to choose songs relevant to the liturgy for the weekend masses. 

We are always looking for people who are interested in joining this group.  If you love worship through music please come along and join this vibrant group.

Our Music for Worship group also comprises singers and organists who share their talents to enhance our liturgies.  Please contact the parish office to leave your details, if you would like to join the Music for Worship group as a singer or musician.


Lectors (Readers)

Our Lectors (Readers) play an important role in the Liturgy of the Word as proclaimers of God's Word. At St Patrick's Guildford Lectors (Readers) assist at all masses by proclaiming the first and second readings. 

If you would like to undergo training in the proclamation of the Word and become involved in this parish ministery please contact  the parish office.


Rite of Christian Initiation - Adults (R.C.I.A)

Jesus has asked all of us to go and tell the Good News, to spread the Gospel.  If you know anyone who has expressed an interest in learning more about our faith and has been considering joining the Catholic Church, this spiritual journey may be the right time for him or her.  Anyone interested in learning more can ring the parish office and a member of the R.C.I.A. team will contact them.

There is also an introductory pamphlet about the R.C.I.A. available from the parish office that can be given to any prospective candidate.


Preparation for Baptism of Children

For enquiries call the  parish office.


The Altar Society and Floral Decoration

The Altar Society is a group of parishioners who have volunteered to help with the upkeep of  our beautiful church.  We have a great number of people, men and women, who are rostered once every five weeks to make our church a more prayerful place by keeping it clean. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in joining this group.

Floral decoration of the Church is another beautiful way of sharing your God given talents.  We are in great need of people who have this talent to offer their services. So please offer your services to us, Your Parish.


Children's Liturgy

Children of St Patrick's Parish gather on the First and Third Sunday of each month, during the 10.00am Mass, to participate in a Children's Litugry.  These liturgies for children are not held during the school holidays or when otherwise advised.


The Legion Of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a way for us to work for God's Kingdom. The Legion performs a necessary and exemplary witness to the Gospel and the Church by visiting people, speaking about God, inspired by Mary, Mother of Jesus, and (as Pope Paul VI entitled her) Mother of the Church.

As members of the Legion of Mary we bring Christ to the lonely, the sick, the sorrowful and anyone in our parish who would like us to visit them, whether they are catholic or not.  Please join us in this wonderful workMeetings are held every Wednesday (after the 9:00am Mass) in the Parish Office.

Anyone who would like the Legion to call on them please let the parish office know.


The Sacred Heart Society

The Sacred Heart Society is a group of women devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We meet at 8am mass on the first Sunday of the month.  We pray together the Litany of the Sacred Heart at the end of Mass.  

You are most welcome to join us. 


Catechists

At St Patrick's Guildford we currently have a wonderful group of sixteen catechises who teach in two state schools - Guildford and Guildford West Primary.

Their role is to instruct children from Kindergarten to Year Six, for half an hour, once a week in Religious Education. This provides a wonderful opportunity for children who would not normally hear about the Word of God.

Each catechist is given a manual with lessons outlined for them to follow.  This is an enriching experience for all involved.

You can also be involved by begin a catechist helper in the classroom or prayer partner.

Catechists meet 2nd Tuesday of each term at 9:30am in the Parish Office.

If you would like to find out more please contact the Cathechist Co-ordinator via the parish office.


St Patrick's Senior Citizens 

The Senior Citizens group meet  every Monday from 10.00am to 12.30pm.

First Monday of the month: activities such as carpet bowls, table tennis. hoy and cards. As well, we bring a plate to enjoy lunch together. 

Second Monday of the month: Bingo

Third Monday of the month: monthy meeting and bingo.

Fourth Monday of the month: bus trip 


Once a year we have a week away.

We are open to all denominations, at the moment we have a membership of 83 and the cost is $15.00.  April and Christmas lunch and entertainment is at no cost. 


Hospitality Committee

Cuppa in the hall held every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month after the 10.00am Mass


First and Second Collection Counters

This ministry entails a group of parishioners who count the collections from previous Masses.  Currently there are four groups, so each group is rostered once every four weeks.  We would like to form some more groups.  If you can spare one to one and a half hours on a Sunday morning, please contact the parish office.


Advent and Lenten Programs

During the seasons of Advent and Lent we endeavour to hold two gatherings one in the day and one in the evening, in the Parish Meeting Rooms.  

At these gatherings we read, contemplate and discuss the readings for the masses of the season.  The days and times of these gatherings are advertised in the Parish Guide. Please feel free to come along.

 


Shamrock Youth

As a group, the Shamrocks meet first and third Saturday of each month  after the Saturday 6:00pm Mass, except during school holidays. Young Adults between the ages of 16-35 years are encouraged to attend the gatherings of the Parish Shamrock Youth Group. 

Any enquiries please contact the Parish Office for contact details.

 


 


Parish Pastoral Council: 

Membership of the Parish Council: President: Father Peter Blayney Parish Priest, Sr Helen Cunningham OP, Pastoral Associate,  Chair: Clair Harb, Secretary: Rita Jacobson, Denise Grech, Tony Fletcher, Jim Wall, Raymond Win, Danny Khoury.

From the Code of Canon Law, the Church understands the Parish Pastoral Council to be primarily concerned about pastoral care:

Can.536  §1   If the diocesan bishop judges it opportune after he has heard the presbyteral council, a pastoral council is to be established in each parish, over which the pastor presides and in which the Christian faithful, together with those who share in pastoral care by virtue of their office in the parish, assist in fostering pastoral activity.

§2   A  pastoral council possesses a consultative vote only and is governed by the norms established by the diocesean bishop.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines the parish this way:

2179  "A parish is a definite community of the Christian faithful established on  a stable basis within a particular church, the pastoral care of the parish is entrusted to a pastor as its own shepherd under the authority of the diocesan bishop." [Canon 515  §1]  It is the place where all the faithful can be gathered together for the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist.  The parish initiates the Christian people into the ordinary expression of the liturgical life; it gathers them together in this celebration; it teaches Christ's  saving doctrine, it practices the charity of the Lord in good works and brotherly love:

You cannot pray at home as at church, where there is a great multitude, where exclamations are cried out to God as from one great heart, and where there is something more: the union of minds, the accord of souls, the bonds of charity, the prayers of the priests. [St John Chrysostom].

~  Fr. Peter Blayney

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