Huntstown – Littlepace Parish invites all parishioners to share their God-given gifts of time and talent with the parish. Every ministry offered through the parish relies on the support of volunteers.
There are many ways you can volunteer:
The ministry of altar service draws its history from the example of the disciples in preparing for times of breaking bread with Jesus. This is seen in the action of the disciples bringing loaves and fish to Jesus in order to feed the crowd of 5,000 people (John 6:8) and in preparing for the Last Supper with Jesus (Matthew 26:19).
The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of Mass and liturgy. This is done through specific actions and duties assigned to them. In our diocese there is a strong tradition of children and teenagers serving at Mass, often beginning in primary school and continuing into secondary school.
The Altar Society organises the flowers for the altar and side altars. It also takes care of the altar linen and the shrines.
Role of Parish Baptismal Team Representative of the faith community’s welcome and support for the child to be baptised, and for the child’s family; Share the journey to Baptism with the family – supporting the family’s preparations; sharing the riches and the responsibilities of the sacrament of Baptism; exploring the ongoing support of the family by the parish. Aspects of Parish Baptism Team’s support for parents/guardians
Collectors of offerings
On Sundays and feast days the collectors ensure that the assembly is facilitated in making its monetary offering to the Lord.
Did someone say tea? The Hospitality Group provides tea and light refreshments in the kitchen after some special events throughout the year.
The parish liturgy group works closely with the priest to prepare the Sunday liturgy as well as the different highpoints of our liturgical year – Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. It can also help organise different ministry groups involved in parish liturgies, e.g. Ministers of the Word, Ministers of the Eucharist, altar servers.
While we celebrate the same feasts, year after year, in Church, it is important to remember that the community who celebrates these feasts is different. The birth of Jesus might strike someone anew because they have had a new baby, or because they have lost a child. Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection take on a different significance when we have been bereaved. The work of the liturgy group is to allow the mysteries of each season be experienced, anew and afresh.
Minsters of the Eucharist
What does a Minister of the Eucharist do? The Eucharistic Minister offers communion to other members of the community at Mass, or brings communion to those who are unable to attend Mass; The Eucharistic Minister assists the celebrant at Mass in sharing the sacred Body and Blood of Christ; The Eucharistic Minister acts on behalf of the community when s/he brings communion to the sick or housebound.
Ministers of the Word
What does a Reader/Minister of the Word do? The reader proclaims, reads aloud the assigned reading for this day…so that all of the congregation might hear God’s word; The reader draws us into the message that is being given to us at this time. The reader acts as an instrument for God’s message and they are called to communicate this message to others. The reader is comfortable with the text, becoming familiar with it and coming to know it as God’s word for them and for others. The reader is comfortable with communicating with others – they are called to tell the Good News to those who are gathered; Depending on the time of the year or the day of the week, the reader may read from the Old Testament or the New Testament, may read the Psalm and may also be asked to read the Prayer of the Faithful Pastoral Council The parish pastoral council is a leadership group through which priests and people work together as co -responsible partners in furthering the mission of Christ in their parish. As a group, they think and plan for the parish on an ongoing basis, to respond to present and future needs.
If you are interested in volunteering your time and talents, please complete the form below or contact the Parish Office at 01- 8249651 or email us at [email@example.com](mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org). A member of the pastoral staff will talk to you to learn more about your area of interest as well as to answer any questions you wish to ask.