Church Cleaning

We have a stalwart group of parishioners who routinely give of their free time to help keep the church looking clean and tidy. We are very grateful to these people for their contribution, but as with most things, more volunteers are always needed. If you could spare an hour or two, usually on a Friday, once every couple of months, then please contact Sarah King who manages the cleaning rota, or speak to Fr Mathew. Sarah can be contacted using the church cleaning email address on the contact form.

Friday, August 4th, 2017, Read on


In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, the term "lector" or "reader" can mean someone who in a particular liturgy is assigned to read a Biblical text other than the Gospel, the reading of which, at Mass, is reserved specifically for an ordained deacon or priest. This lay ministry is held in high esteem by the Church. Before Vatican II only men who had been ordained to this Minor Order were allowed to read at Mass. Since Vatican II the Church has allowed lay men and women to proclaim God’s Word, but the role of the lector at mass is no less important than before …

Friday, August 4th, 2017, Read on

Church Flowers

We have a few ladies - no gentlemen but no reason why not! - who look after the purchasing and arranging of flowers in the church to ensure the sanctuary always appears at its best. We are always looking for additional volunteers who can help with this task - if you have a skill in flower arranging, or just an interest and would be keen to practice and learn, then please get in touch with Linis Dolby who looks after the flower team to discuss how you can get involved. Use the contact form to send a message to Linis or speak to Fr Mathew …

Sunday, August 6th, 2017, Read on

Collection Counting

After evening Mass each Sunday, one of our teams of counters attends church to count and record the offertory collection(s) for that Sunday. The collection counting rota and procedures are managed by Declan Moore who, being on the parish finance committee, is also the liaison person for technical matters to do with the counting procedure and recording, to ensure that the requirements of HMRC are fully met …

Sunday, August 6th, 2017, Read on

Offertory Procession

The offertory procession is the ceremonial presentation of the gifts of bread and wine by volunteers from the congregation to symbolize the desire of the people that the priest offer the sacrifice of the Mass on their behalf - it is not only the priest who is offering the Mass but everyone present …

Monday, August 21st, 2017, Read on

Altar Serving

In the recent past, we have suffered from a shortage of altar servers at St Mary Magdalens as some of our older servers moved away to attend higher education at universities and sadly younger replacements have not been forthcoming. An attempt is being made to turn this around and Fr Mathew is actively engaging with our young people, male and female, to encourage them to participate in the church's liturgies in this important way, and so contribute to the whole community's participation in a more fruitful worship of God …

Monday, August 28th, 2017, Read on

Upkeep & Maintenance

We attempt to carry out all necessary maintenance and upkeep of the parish property and grounds using volunteer labour and skills available from within the parish. We have a stalwart core group of people who have proved very effective at getting things done but, as always, these are few in number. We are always wanting more people to get involved. We are always looking out for new skills or trades available within the parish who are willing and able to give of their time and talents to help with the upkeep of the church, the presbytery, the hall and the grounds. Are you a plumber? a carpenter? an electrician? a builder? do you have gardening skills? or are you unskilled but happy to give of your time to help? We would love to hear from you.

Please speak in the first instance to Fr Mathew, Jim Poll or use the contact form to get in touch …

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017, Read on

Sunday Coffee

Teas and coffees are available in the church hall after 10:00 Mass each Sunday morning. We have a small team of parishioners, male and female, who provide this service in teams of two each week, taking turns approximately once every 7 weeks. More helpers are always needed so if you would like to help in this way, or have any questions or suggestions, please do get in touch with the organisers using the contact form.
The rota until the end of 2017 is pinned to the notice board in the narthex, or can be downloaded here.
Coffee Rota to Dec 2017.pdf

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, Read on

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