Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in an area of Parish Ministry. Please reflect on the ways you are called to share your gifts to help our community grow.
Would you like to help at Mass?
When you come to Mass you will notice many people, adults and children, helping. The generosity of so many people builds a community where everyone is welcome. If you are new to the parish or have not been involved in ministry at Mass before, you are very welcome. Once you have chosen an area of interest, print and complete the form and return it to the parish office via the red post box in the church foyer or the post in the driveway near the parish office.
This role is vital to the smooth running of weekend liturgies and may involve some of the following:
- Coordination of collection
- Preparation of hosts and wine
- Assistance to altar servers
- Set up for baptisms after 9:30am Mass
- Open and close Church
Women and men of all ages may assist in this way. You will need to arrive up to 45 minutes early.
No experience is necessary as training will be provided, just a willingness to serve.
As a Reader, you may be involved in some of the following: Proclaim the First Reading, Responsorial Psalm (when not sung) and the Second Reading, carry the Word of God in the procession, welcome the assembled community and lead the Prayer of the Faithful. You will need to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to Mass and liaise with other readers, the music ministry, and do a sound check of the lectern microphone.
Children who are confident readers and have been Confirmed are invited to speak to the Parish team about using their gifts in this way.
Assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ to the assembled community. We are very low on numbers for this ministry at all Mass time. Please speak to Fr Mark.
A vital contribution to hospitality - Your main role as a Welcomer is to greet people as they arrive for Mass to celebrate the Eucharist, hand out the parish newsletter, and make everyone feel welcome in our parish community. If families arrive to present their child for baptism – make them feel welcome and direct them to the Mass Coordinator.
Operate PowerPoint slide show (required at 6pm, 9:30am 5:30pm and occasionally at 8am Mass).
The slide show is provided and mentoring for new and existing operators is available. This role is well suited to older children and youth.
This is an important part of our liturgical celebrations. If you like to sing or play an instrument come and speak to the Parish team or the Music Ministry Coordinator. You are encouraged to also speak to the music group at your preferred Mass time.
Join the team involved in selecting liturgically appropriate music for weekend and special Masses. Create music lists and prepare PowerPoint presentations.
The coordinator is responsible for contacting teachers prior to the weekend, ensuring the Parish Centre, used for children’s liturgy is ready prior to Mass, helping the children as they process out, collecting the classes at the appropriate time, and after Mass, returning the materials to the storage area.
Held during 9:30am Mass throughout school term.
Children’s Liturgy presents the Sunday readings and Gospel to children through prayer, discussion and activities. We need your help to continue!
Parents of young children are invited to lend their support. You may like to start as a helper before becoming a teacher.
Can you help in any of these ways?
- By reading the Gospel and talking to the children? Note: All readings & activities are prepared.
- Supervising preschool/kindergarten children in their activity?
- As a Coordinator
Preparing the readings & activities, using the existing reference library or otherwise, for the weekend.
Community Building and Outreach
In addition to the spiritual life of our community, many practical initiatives operate to support and connect the local and wider community. These ministries are run by volunteer groups, who warmly welcome all newcomers and hope you will soon feel at home and share your gifts and talents. We aim to help our community connect their faith with their daily lives and to see Holy Spirit Parish as a community of people who pray, live and reach out in support of one another.
This is an important ministry involving contact with parishioners who are unwell or housebound. Visits take place at a mutually convenient time. Over a period a close bond of friendship develops. Support and mentoring is given to those who would like to be involved in this way.
The Care Group provides support and assist in times of need. Activities are responsive to needs identified by the community and include:
- Providing meals to families who are grieving or caring for someone who is sick.
- Providing transport in emergency situations.
Please note, meals will be organised for people in need as they are required.
St Vincent de Paul Society is a Catholic organisation founded to assist those in need in our community. The Holy Spirit Conference (group) meets fortnightly on a Tuesday night at 7pm at the Church for approximately one and a half hours. During the week Conference members visit local homes and deliver food parcels and other assistance. New members are always welcome. Parishioners can contribute to the work of our volunteers by bringing food to Mass each weekend to stock the food pantry.
Remember what it felt like to come into a new community? This ministry involves contacting new parishioners by phone or preferably in person at Mass, introducing them to other parishioners and providing them with information about ways they can be involved.
Parish morning teas are a great way for the community to gather and get to know one another. A team prepares for morning tea by setting up (usually on Saturday morning while the church cleaning is being done) and coordinating the clean up afterwards. Everyone is welcome to bring a plate of food to these gatherings.
The Parish Social Justice Group is building a presence within the community and meets every few months.
If you would like to be part of the Holy Spirit Social Justice Group, please contact Peter Peterson on 0437 672 069, or Paul Crowley on 0423 263 214 for more information.
Nothing will change unless we make our voices heard.
You can read our Parish Social Justice Newsletter:
Welcoming new members into our parish community is everyone’s responsibility.
Baptism is a community responsibility. As the first of the Sacraments of Initiation into the Catholic community, together we are responsible for supporting parents as they lead their children in faith.
Would you be willing to share the experience of your family’s faith journey with parents who are attending the session?
Parents attending these sessions are often beginning the journey of teaching their child and can benefit from the ideas and knowledge you have. These discussions are informal and you would be asked to sit in on no more than two sessions per year.
Support and welcome children and families participating in the Sacramental programs such as First Eucharist and Confirmation.
Do you know someone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, or would you be willing to be a companion to someone preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation?
The church recognises the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) as a process of preparation where a person undertakes a spiritual journey. The aim of the RCIA is to assist people from all backgrounds to explore experiences of God's presence in their life.
The RCIA sessions are a mix of prayer, faith sharing, scripture reading with discussion, instruction and dialogue.
Ministry to Youth
Support our Youth Groups!
Spirit Junior Group (Years 5 & 6) - Meets fortnightly on Friday from 5-7pm
Spirit Youth Group (Years 7 – 12) - Meets fortnightly on Sunday from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The gathering usually takes the form of games and activities with time given to prayer and reflection.
We need a group of enthusiastic older youth and adults to help with this ministry. This includes organising food, setting up and cleaning up after dinner and/or help leaders supervise games or activities.
Can you help our Youth Groups by preparing some fun meals and snacks for the Friday afternoon and Sunday evening catch-up?
Anyone is welcomed to help and any contribution is most appreciated!
Contact our Youth Coordinator, Kyla on firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraising And Social Committee
Parish social events are very important; they build community and help raise funds to pay for our parish center and church buildings as well as other pastoral needs.
Community Support Ministries
Maintaining the church building and grounds and supporting the liturgy.
8am-8:45am Sat Mornings
- Each team ensures the Church is clean and well-presented. Tasks include: Vacuuming, dusting fixtures in the church and foyer areas, and cleaning the wet areas (kitchen and toilet).
Assistance is always welcome when we set up for special occasions such as Easter, Christmas and Sacramental liturgies. Help will be requested through the parish bulletin.
As Sacristan you will be responsible for cleaning the precious vessels used at Mass as well as any of the candle sticks and other related items. This is usually completed on Saturday morning during church cleaning.
Purchase flowers and arrange within the church. This ministry enhances the environment in which we pray. (No flowers are required during Lent)
Do you have skills in Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Powerpoint or Publisher? Can you help with ad-hoc jobs to support the Parish Office?
Occasionally the repair or sewing of garments is required. If you can sew please let us know so that we can call on you as required.
Assist a team to tidy the area around the church and office buildings. Tasks include weeding, sweeping, pruning as directed, removing cobwebs and cleaning external windows. This activity is organised on an adhoc basic and all team members are encouraged to attend working bees where they can.