Ministries

As disciples of Jesus we are called to serve but how?

That depends how I, or others, discern the talents with which I can serve, remembering that my talents are God’s gifts. You are asked to reflect on the following ministries, humbly and honestly. Remember, humility is truth.

Mass Ministries

Coordinator: Anne Sheehan
NB: Training is required, at least once a year, for these ministries and ongoing formation is necessary

  • Minister of The Word: Ministers of the Word (Readers) boldly and effectively proclaim the first or second scripture reading at the Mass they attend.
  • Minister of Communion: Ministers of Communion assist by distributing Holy Communion at Mass or Sunday Celebrations of the Word and Communion.
  • Mass Assistant (Lay Presider): Primarily at Sunday Eucharist, welcomes the Assembly to the celebration, and assists the Presider where necessary during the liturgy. Presides at Sunday Celebration of Word and Communion in the absence of a priest.
  • Musician and Singer: The Church’s liturgies and our prayers of praise are enhanced by music. Please consider sharing your musical and singing talents with the faith community. 1st Saturday of the month is practice for all ministers.
  • Altar Servers: Students who have received their First Holy Communion are able to serve at the altar. Training monthly.
  • Procession of Gifts: Involves helping to prepare for the Liturgy of Eucharist by bringing the community’s gifts of bread, wine and money forward.
  • Welcomers at Church: hand out bulletins and greet parishioners as they arrive.
  • Hospitality Minister – each section of the Church: a new ministry aiming to recognise and greet by name the people in a small section of the congregation – building a warm & welcoming community that recognises and welcomes visitors and newcomers.
  • Sacristan: Sets up before the liturgy, usually Sunday Mass, by ensuring all sacred vessels, Lectionary, elements of bread and wine etc. are ready for the celebration. Ensures all is put away after Mass.
  • Children’s Liturgy Leader: Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a time of prayer for young children (Prep and older) during a weekend Mass. Leaders lead the children in a simplified Liturgy of the Word in a place other than the church. Age-appropriate material is provided. Blue Card is necessary.
  • Children’s Liturgy Assistant: Being a second supportive adult presence during Children’s Liturgy. No active participation is required.
  • Sacred Space Decoration: Creating a sacred space through the use of flowers, banners, art and symbols assists us in prayer. Knowledge of the Church’s liturgical year assists theses ministers to create this sacred space.
  • Collection of Monetary Gifts: A simple task of supervising the collection boxes, their movement through the pews, and delivering the collection to the gifts bearers.
  • Liturgy Preparation Team Member: This group prepares Sunday and special occasion liturgies, and identifies the liturgical needs of the parish, meeting on the 1st Thursday of the month.
  • Children’s Christmas Mass Helper: This Mass, celebrated on Christmas Eve, requires additional preparation, including rehearsals with children prior to the Mass. Help is needed with costumes, music, liturgy preparation, rehearsals.

Sacramental Ministries

Contact: Anne Sheehan 4151 6666
NB: Training is required, at least once a year, for these ministries and ongoing formation is necessary

  • Baptism Liturgy Presider: Baptisms of Infants are celebrated after Mass on particular Sundays of the month. Baptism leaders baptize infants and assist the priest at
    baptisms, on a rostered basis.
  • Baptism Preparation Team: The Baptism Preparation minister leads a preparation session with a group of parents who have asked to have their child/ren baptized. Preparation sessions are held on the 1st Sunday of the month.
  • Children’s Sacramental Team: The Team consists of catechists and assistants who are responsible for preparing children to celebrate the sacraments of Penance (Reconciliation), Confirmation and Eucharist. Planning meetings are held before the beginning of each program.
  • Marriage Formation: a new ministry working collaboratively with the priest to prepare couples for marriage. Training & Program available.

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

Contact: Anne Sheehan 41516666
R.C.I.A. is the process for those interested in the Catholic faith or discerning an interest in the Catholic Church. The R.C.I.A. Team needs people willing to welcome people inquiring about the Catholic faith, and plan ways of organizing and implementing the process in the parish.

  • Catechist: The R.C.I.A. catechist leads the catechetical sessions of each stage of the process. A commitment of 1½ hours each week, excluding school holidays; less, if more catechists are available.
  • Prayer Partner: Those preparing for initiation into our faith need our prayers. Your prayers are needed. You may wish to pray for a particular catechumen or candidate.
  • Sponsor: The R.C.I.A. sponsor journeys with the catechumen or candidate and accompanies him/her to each catechetical session.

Prayer

Our parish has many opportunities for group prayer including:

  • Rosary Group
  • Adoration
  • Cenacle
  • Charismatic Prayer
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Christian Meditation

Using our gift of prayer we are able to pray for the needs of our parish, our country and, indeed, the world. Regular prayer opportunities are found in the parish Monthly insert and bulletin.

Funeral Ministry

Contact: Denise Tuzes 4151 6666
Training and formation necessary, at least annually

  • Funeral Liturgy Presider: Helping bereaved families prepare and celebrate the end of a loved one’s faith journey. The Funeral Presider leads the gathered community in the celebration of the liturgy in the church, funeral parlour, crematorium or at the graveside.
  • Funeral Assistant: Meet with the family members to
    prepare the funeral liturgy and possibly assist the Presider during its celebration.
  • Post Funeral Refreshments: a way of supporting some families on the day of the funeral.

Pastoral Care / Visitation

Contact: Denise Tuzes 4151 6666

  • Visitor to the Housebound: This is becoming a necessary ministry with an increasing number of housebound people needing to maintain contact with the church community through regular visitation.
  • Aged-Care Facility Pastoral Visitor: The Pastoral Visitors take communion to the “enclosed”; celebrate anointing/Masses with them; pray with them; link them to the wider faith community.
  • Minister of Communion to the Housebound: This ministry links the “home-bound” with the celebrating community through the Sacrament of Christ’s Real Presence.
  • Bereavement Group: People exercising this ministry contact the family after the funeral to provide ongoing support where needed, and assist in the organization and presentation of the two memorial services held each year.
  • Hospital Chaplaincy: completion of an approved course of training is required.

Hospitality

Contact: Denise Tuzes 41516666

  • BBQ Cooks: men’s expertise welcome
  • Social Events: On these occasions many hands make light work. Tasks include setting up chairs and tables; catering and serving.
  • Church Noticeboard Caretaker: The entrance and gathering space of our home makes an impression on visitors. So too does our churches. Regular updating of news and information on noticeboards, keeping them visually attractive and tidy are small signs of welcome to the visitor or newcomer.
  • Greeter at Social Events: It is good to feel as though you belong. This sense of belonging begins as we arrive at a parish function. Maybe that is your gift – the ability to make people feel welcome.
  • Hospitality Team/Think Tank: A group who co-ordinates and plans parish activities and perceives needs in order to build welcoming communities.
  • Monthly Cuppas after Mass: “Hospitality Sunday” is held after Mass on the 1st Sunday of the month (St James’) and the 2nd Sunday of the month (all other churches). A group of people is needed to set up tables and refreshments before Mass and welcome attendees after Mass.
  • Welcoming New Parishioners: We would like to be able to recognise and welcome each new member of our parish.

Formation and Education

  • Adult Faith Formation Team: organizes and co-ordinates Adult Faith activities in collaboratioin with Pastoral Team and Liturgical Cycle e.g. theology studies, retreats, visiting speakers, e-conferences etc.
  • Adult Scripture Group
  • Conversations: facilitated discussions focused on specific topic/questions: in Parish Office first Mondays 10.30am & repeated first Wednesdays 5.30pm.
  • Lenten Program Leaders: Host and lead a small group through the Lenten Reflection Program provided.
  • Parish Bookclub: Meets fortnightly to pray, socialise and discuss books relevant to faith formation and spirituality.
  • State School Catechist: lessons are ½ hour once a week. Resources and in-servicing provided. (over 900 Catholic children in the area’s State Schools).
  • School Volunteers: For more information on how you can become involved in your local school contact the Principal.

Administration, Finance & Maintenance

Contact: Parish Office 4151 6666

  • Bulletin Folders: Bulletins are folded every Friday, 9am, at the Parish Office.
  • Counters: Monetary offerings are counted each Sunday at the Parish Office: 10.30am and 5pm.
  • Parish Office Support: maintain parish registers, fold and envelope large mail-outs, delegated tasks.
  • Archive Maintenance: This is a new ministry. Currently one lady is organizing the parish’s history.
  • Events Reporter for monthly edition of “The Review”: News from the parishes is required on a regular basis. This ministry involves attending and recording the events of our parish life and sending it to Rockhampton for printing. Writing skills are an advantage. This ministry could be shared amongst a few “journalists”.
  • Parish Photographs: contribute to the record-keeping of our parish’s liturgical and social life. Photos are needed to accompany articles for The Review, the parish website and Christmas magazine.
  • Parish Facebook Administration: help develop and maintain a Facebook page for Parish Communication
  • Website Administration: working in a team to keep the Parish Website engaging and up-to-date.
  • Carpentry & Small Project: It’s handy to have someone to call on for those small repair jobs or carpentry projects that sometimes arise.
  • Church Cleaning: working in teams, volunteers are needed for Holy Rosary, St Mary’s and St James. Holy Rosary cleaners operate every Friday from 7am – one group. St Mary’s and St James have a roster.
  • Church Linen Washing: Mainly washing the linen articles at the altar – purifiers, corporals, hand towels and sundries.
  • Garden Maintenance: Holy Rosary, St Mary’s and St James’ churches all depend on volunteers to keep garden beds tidied.
  • Sewing: Sewing banners, altar cloths, lectern drapes, baptismal garments for infants and adults, simple repairs etc.

Outreach

  • St Vincent de Paul Member: four conferences in the parish where volunteers can work to offer a ‘hand up’ to people in need. Contact: Regional President 4151 5455
  • St Vincent de Paul Shop Volunteers: Two shops in Bundaberg and one in Bargara service the needs of those less fortunate. Contact: 4151 5455
  • Centacare Volunteers: provide social support to aged people and those with a disability Ph:1300523985
  • Ozcare Volunteers: office support taks to support their community care work. Contact Donna Forbes 4130 8900
  • Mater Hospital Auxiliary: help with hospitality to oncology patients and/or bingo Contact 41539539
  • Carinity Aged Care, Kepnock Grove Auxiliary: supports the residents fundraising to buy equipment that will enhance the residents’ lifestyle. Meets 2nd Friday of the month at 1.30pm. Contact: Lyn Doyle 4151 6724
  • Men ALIVE purpose: to bring men together, to renew their faith in God and to encourage them to become an active force in the church. Contact: Joe McCorley 41516666
  • Catholic Women’s League: for women of all ages; mission: to promote Catholic unity for women and to support the Church and other charitable organisations; meets 1st Tuesday of the month. Contact: Maureen Ewing 4152 1263
  • Relay for Life: Join the team from the Parish for this community event raising funds for cancer research.
  • Pageant of Lights: Join the team from the Parish to take part in the pre-Christmas Pageant of Lights parade. Help with setting up the Parish Parade entry.
  • Blanket Buddies: This is a ministry with great potential. Crocheting blankets or contributing wool for the blankets for various charitable causes is its purpose.
  • Driver to Mass: assist someone who needs a lift to Mass and help them feel part of the faith community
  • Ecumenical Group: Faith sharing opportunities with other Christian denomination as recommended by Vatican II. Contact Maureen Ewing 41521263
  • Passionists Family Groups: A great way of meeting people and offering support in a purely social setting, includes families, couples and singles. Four groups, meeting monthly. Contact: Helen Mackie 4155 6920
  • Playgroup Support: Support for young mothers – help organise young children’s activities & read stories to give Mums a chance to chat. Thursdays of school term.
  • Christmas Magazine Team: puts together the annual parish magazine highlighting events, groups & achievements of Parish

For the Young

  • Altar Servers: Students who have received their First Holy Communion are able to serve at the altar. Training monthly.
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word Leader: Senior students or young adults would be able to lead these liturgies. Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a time of prayer for young children, Prep and older, and occurs during a weekend Mass. Age-appropriate material is provided. Training is required.
  • Minister of the Word: Senior students or young adults are able to proclaim the first or second readings. Training and formation is necessary. Commitment to prayer and preparation is essential.
  • Minister of Communion: Senior students or young adults are able to assist the priest by distributing communion. To serve the community in this way is to serve the Lord. Training and formation is necessary.
  • Musician – Youth Band: The Youth Band plays for the 5.30pm Mass on the 4th Sunday of the month at present. Attendance at weekly rehearsals is necessary. Music can help shape the liturgy and can express our prayers of praise. Drummers, guitarists, keyboard players, and other instrumentalists most welcome.
  • Singers: Singers support and lead the Assembly’s songs of praise. Singers rehearse with the Youth Band, weekly. Singers of good voice are most welcome at any Mass to lead the singing.
  • St Vincent de Paul Buddies days: This is a group of young people who “buddy” themselves with children in 8-12 yrs age group, for friendship and fun activities once a month.
  • Young Adults Group