Rotas and helping out
There are almost unlimited ways in which you can help out and make this “our” parish. If you feel you can do a little bit or a lend a larger hand, the existing volunteers will be delighted to welcome you so that the load can be spread.
In addition to the roles, which are accessed by clicking on those tabs to the right, all parishioners can help in the following ways …
– Helping the Priests and Deacons by Serving at the Altar
– Flower Arranging for the altar and other parts of the church
N.B. Massive thanks are due to every helper including those whom we have missed. Sorry! If you let the office know of our omission we will gladly correct the error.
Young people who have made their first communion are welcomed as altar servers at either Clevedon or Yatton. Full support and training is provided to enable you to enjoy this service to God and the parish.
Please contact the Parish Office tel: 01275 873205 for more information.
On the week to week regular Masses our team of flower arranging help to present a fine display of decorations that contribute to making our church not only welcoming but also easy to pray in. Their true talent is shown on special occasions such as Christmas, Easter and also for weddings. Not only would they appreciate your donations, they would also appreciate your help. They will happily help you gain the necessary skills.
As above, please contact the Parish Office to offer your help. Thank you. tel: 01275 873205 for more information.
Examples of other helping volunteers are listed on the right
Room for your talent
In his “Welcome!” Fr Reg makes the point that in our parish there are people of many shapes and sizes – furthermore there are people of many different talents. However the parish also has a need for a vast array of skills and abilities.
Whether your talent is in Finance, Cleaning or IT you will be of great help. Readers and Coffee makers, Welcomers and Cash Counters and those with maintenance skills all are welcome to share the load of creating the type of ‘welcoming parish’ that Pope Francis urges us to be.
If you can spare a little time occasionally – someone in the parish will be delighted to receive your help.
Please give it a go – thanks
If you wish discuss how you might help please contact Fr Reg at the parish Office tel 01275 873205 or email here
being – this may be their wish! So be it. However our Welcomers (aka Ushers) are there to provide a smile, a greeting and assistance
if it is needed. If you have a question or a concern, please approach one of them.
Days of Obligation. This idiosyncratic ‘hut’ provides a warm welcome to all visitors – do come and join us..
Special / Lay Minister
Special (Eucharistic) Ministers Lay members of the parish, officially known as “Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)” often assist in the distribution of Holy Communion, either during the Mass, or afterwards, by taking Holy Communion to housebound people. If you know anyone who would like to receive Holy Communion, but is unable to attend the church, please inform the Parish Office
To send an email here click here Tel no: 01275 873205
Holy Communion can now be received under both kinds (the Host or the Precious Blood). So one Lay Minister (EMHC – Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion) is needed per Mass.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (formerly Eucharistic Minister) current rota: please click here
Yatton Special Ministers The special ministers at Yatton are Judy Marshall, Breeda Morton and Carmel Wear
We thank all members of the Lay Reading Ministry – they are an important demonstration that members of the congregation are more than passive attenders at a service. They are part of the Liturgy, part of the Celebration of the Mass.
Click on the link here to see the Current Readers Rota– if you have any questions about this rota, please contact the Parish Office (01275 873205)
Click on the link for the Reading Rota for Yatton
“BLURB ABOUT LITURGY GROUP”
In the First Letter to Timothy, the early Christians are urged to devote themselves to prayer for all people, with particular mention of civil rulers. They followed this recommendation, and the Prayer of the Faithful was part of the liturgy of the early church – but, by about the 6th Century, the Prayer of the Faithful had disappeared and only a short “Kyrie eleison” response remained, reflecting a decline in the people’s participation in the Eucharist.
The restoration of the Prayer of the Faithful was among the earliest changes in the renewal of the liturgy after the Second Vatican Council. The Council declared that “The prayer of the faithful is to be restored after the gospel and homily, especially on Sundays and holy days of obligation” thus reclaiming the role of the assembly in praying for the needs of the world.
For the Current Prayer-writers’ rota click >here<
The reading of the Word of God during Sunday Mass is an important celebration in which Jesus is still talking to us and proclaiming the Good News.
Our Children’s Liturgy group consists of children of all ages (up to and including Year 6) who celebrate their own Liturgy of the Word at the 10 am Mass in Clevedon.
In Greyfriars, our parish hall, we welcome the children and immediately involve them in celebrating and praising God through the use of music. With a selection of child-friendly songs and music tracks, the children are encouraged to join in, using a selection of musical instruments, and often moving around the hall in time to the music.
We then concentrate on the reason for our praise, by using readings that have wordings more suited for the children. They are based on the reading for each particular Sunday. We also try to include more familiar prayers such as the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, plus a short form Creed, which is especially for the children.
The group is run by volunteers and anyone interested in assisting would be very welcome. Please contact Sarah through the Parish Office for any questions. Many thanks to Sarah Ivaldi and the Team for their continued commitment.
Click on the link to view or download the Children’s liturgy leaflet
The Choir – The Serious Bit
What is a Catholic choir and what is its purpose? Well, the members of a choir are ministers, together with all who have a role in the running of the parish. They are servants of God, the parish and the universal Church. Their ministry is to lead the congregation in song during a sung Mass on Sundays, Solemnities and on special occasions such as a wedding or funeral. As a ministry, membership of the choir is not a thing to be taken lightly.
Chapter VI of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, which was solemnly promulgated by Pope Paul VI, says:
- The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy…
Therefore sacred music is to be considered the more holy in proportion as it is more closely connected with the liturgical action, whether it adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, or confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites.
- Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when the divine offices are celebrated solemnly in song, with the assistance of sacred ministers and the active participation of the people.
- Religious singing by the people is to be intelligently fostered so that in devotions and sacred exercises, as also during liturgical services, the voices of the faithful may ring out according to the norms and requirements of the rubrics.
To put it simply, our job is to lead the congregation in song, and to ensure that what we sing corresponds to the Liturgy of the Word for that particular Sunday or Solemnity.
The Practical Bit
We meet together in the church at 7:30 on Thursday evenings and, after catching up and news, we open the Lectionary and look at the readings for the following Sunday or Solemnity. The readings will usually jog our memories and suggest suitable hymns but there are indexes in the hymn books which give specific hymns and psalms for every Mass. We are, of course, bound by copyright and can only sing music that has been purchased by the parish office. By the time we introduce a new Mass setting, a lot of thought, practice and funds have gone into it.
The Fun Bit
Choir practice is the place where the written music comes alive and harmonies are born so regular attendance is very important. Some of us can only read music a note at a time but Vincent McLaughlin leads us with a velvet glove and we have discovered that we can create our own arrangements which blend, in turn, with the very capable voices of the congregation.
Making music together is a rather intimate thing and we have developed close bonds. We are good friends and trust one another. Very importantly; we have FUN! There is nothing dreary about the choir.
However, we don’t make enough “Joyful noise unto the Lord” and need more singers and musicians desperately. All you have to bring is a tuneful voice and/or an instrument and commitment.
Choir Prayer Before Mass
O Lord, please bless this music that it might glorify your name.
May the talent that you have bestowed on us be used only to serve you.
Let this music be a witness to your Majesty and love, and remind us that you are always watching, and listening, from your throne above.
May your presence and beauty be found in every note, and may the words that are sung reach the hearts of your people so they will draw closer to you.
May your Spirit guide us through every measure so that we might be the instruments of your peace, and proclaim your glory with glad voices. Amen.
If you are interested in joining the choir, or have other queries please contact Vincent McLaughlin via the office on Tel: 01275 873205
or email here – or talk to us after Mass on Sunday.
If you have an interest in singing or playing an instrument on Saturday evenings, please contact Tom: email here
The Mass collections are a vital element of the parish funding, so it is important that the monies are accurately counted and attributed. Additional volunteers are always being sought.
If you are willing to assist, please contact Tom at the Parish Office – tel: 01275 873205 or email here
Click here for current Counting Rota
Church Shop / Repository
The Church Shop or Repository sells Christian cards, Bibles, Books, Rosaries, Crosses, Statues and Celebratory items such as for First Holy Communion, Baptism or Confirmation. We also have a small selection of exquisitely hand painted icons made by a very talented local artist and Parishioner. The funds donated for these icons go to the San Damiano Fund for Church Refurbishment.
We take cash or cheques but no cards please. All of our profits go to the Friary to help support our three dedicated Friars. However, we only make a very small profit as the items on sale are for the benefit of our Church Community.
We open before and after the 6:30pm Saturday Mass and 10am Sunday Mass.
Please contact Jenny on by email here
Cleaning the church is good housekeeping – but it is also a demonstration of respect for God’s house and respect for those visiting the church for private or communal worship.
For the Clevedon Church Cleaning Rota click here
For the Yatton Church Cleaning Rota click here
If you are willing to give some time to help keep the church clean and tidy, please contact the parish office by phone on tel: 01275 873205 or email here
Small Altar Linen Laundry
The items laundered usually comprise Purificators, Finger (Lavabo) towels/napkins and Corporals. And from time to time a Priest’s amice and the servers’ white altar gloves. Starch is not a modern requirement.
Please contact Ruth Hale if you can help with the SAL rota via the Parish Office.
Sacristan – currently the Friars are fulfilling this role along with some parishioners. If you feel drawn to this ministry or you would like to know more please speak with one of the Friars or email the Parish Office
Dr Alastair MacLeod, a retired GP and a much respected doctor in Clevedon, was in charge of the laundering of the Small Altar Linen. When he started with this responsibility unknown. Suffice it to say that he was still producing handwritten SAL rotas in 2002, which were photocopied and distributed to a team of eight launderers including himself.
Dr MacLeod was awarded the Bene Merenti Medal on 6 October 2002. He was the last Apostolic Syndic to be appointed in this parish by the OFM in December 1953. The office was dispensed with before his death on 3 May 2006. The Parish History, written by Michael Huscroft and published in 2004, gives further details.