This very important aspect of parish involvement takes care of the weekly cleaning of the church. They meet every Thursday following the 10 a.m. mass and again ‘many hands make light work’.
Maintenance of Church Grounds
We have lovely grounds surrounding the church and house. There is a band of volunteers who undertake painting the fences etc, cutting the grass and tidying the gardens but again ‘many hands make light work’.
The Hall Committee are responsible for the running of the hall. The hall provides a social gathering place for the Community but again volunteers are required to keep these social events running efficiently. If there is a large number of people who are willing to help out in this area the commitment could be on a rota basis
SPRED (Special Religious Education)
This organisation undertakes an educational programme for people with special needs who pray and meet together. These meetings take place on a Wednesday night in the Parochial Hall.
This band of parishioners are responsible for distributing the Parish Community Bulletin which appears approximately 4 or 5 times per year. This aspect of parish life is extremely important because through the Messenger Service communication is maintained. Volunteers for this organisation are always needed. Even if you were only able to distribute a few of the newsletters within your own residential area we would be most grateful.
Altar servers belong to the Guild of St Stephen and is open to boys and girls. Entry is from age 8 onwards. Any boys or girls wish to put their name forward should contact Fr Conroy.
This organisation provides a club whereby young adults from age 17 – 25 can meet within a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the company of other young adults. An opportunity is provided for discussion of topical issues and the young people contribute their talents to the parish family. Over the past two years they have been involved in raising considerable sums of money for an AIDS Clinic in Africa and a number of them attended the Youth Rally held in Toronto in 2002. The club is supervised by responsible adults and meetings are held on a Friday night in the Parochial Hall.
Anyone who expresses an interest in becoming a member of the Catholic Faith is given the necessary information and instruction by members of the RCIA.
The Sunday liturgy and Word of God is explained to primary school children and nursery school children (aged 3 and upwards) who attend 12 o’clock mass. The lessons are prepared by parents of the children.
The Family Mass takes place one Sunday per month at 10 a.m. The liturgy is arranged by some of the young mothers in co-operation with St Stephen’s primary school. This is a very important aspect of our Parish life and community as it encourages families to attend mass together and sets the example of families praying together thereby enhancing the family life within the Parish.
Parish Tapestry Guild
There are meetings for the group on a Wednesday evening in the hall though most of the work is done in the home. So far work completed have been hangings for the Church, and kneelers for the Church. Commissions are taken for these to commemorate family members. The main project for the future is a series of tapestries for the Church to celebrate the centenary of the parish which will revolve around the martyrdom of St Stephen.
St Vincent de Paul Society
This Society help look after the needs of the sick and poor of the parish. On occasions money can be provided to help families over a particularly difficult period. The organisation is open to ladies and gentlemen and meetings take place once per week.
Charismatic Prayer Group
This Group meets in the Parochial hall each Wednesday evening
This Group organise Coffee Mornings and raise funds to send a member of our Parish Family to Lourdes with the Glasgow Archdiocese Lourdes Pilgrimage.
The Choir meetings each Thursday evening in the church at 7.15 p.m. Their remit is to enhance the liturgy of the Sunday 12 o’clock mass and other special occasions such as Christmas and Easter. It is not necessary for members to read music, although this would be helpful, but the main requirement is that they enjoy singing and contributing to the music liturgy of the parish. New members are always welcome.
Readers are necessary to contribute to the reading of the liturgy at all masses both weekdays and Sundays.
This Group are responsible for spiritually preparing the children within our Parish for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Holy Communion.
An opportunity is available for couples preparing for marriage. Meetings take place within an informal setting and couples are given the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and aspirations of their future life together. Please contact Father Conroy regarding arrangements.