Clubs & Societies

Welcome to the ‘Club & Society’ section of this website.

Altar
Servers


Altar Servers are  very important for the smooth running of our parish services. Both boys and girls are able to serve but they must have made their First Holy Communion before they can serve.


They are trained in what they are to do and they are encouraged to serve well and to understand what they are doing and why.

Eventually, after a probationary period, they will be enrolled into the Guild of St Stephen. Servers should be available to serve on a Sunday and also when they are especially needed.

For further information please contact Frank Matovu on 07903318850.


Legion of Mary
at Mary Mother of God


The Legion of Mary is a worldwide association of Catholics who have formed themselves into a body to be of service to the church. Mary the Immaculate is the model and through her its members seek to present Christ to everyone.

The objective is the spiritual formation of all confirmed members of the church through prayer and the lay apostolic work to realize their vocation to holiness. Our parish Praesidium (this is what a parish Legion of Mary group is known as) is called Our Lady Seat of Wisdom. We meet each Sunday at 4pm in the Parish Hall. You are most welcome to join us.

The legion holds a weekly meeting, which begins with the invocation of the Holy Spirit followed by the recitation of the Rosary, spiritual readings, talks and a discussion. The main features of the meeting are the reports of apostolic work assigned to the members. The meetings last no longer than an hour and a half. The legion of Mary undertakes many forms of apostolic work directed by the parish priest and it is also an extension of God’s ministry into the parish. The work takes no more than two hours of one’s time each week. It can range from home visitations, census work, visitation of the lapsed, care of the sick, elderly and housebound, hospital visits etc.

Praying for Parishioners’ intentions - Every Wednesday evening at 7 pm we hold a time of prayer where we place the intentions of all parishioners at the feet of Our Lady and ask for her intercession.

This time together includes some singing, praying the Rosary together as well as the Litany of Our Lady. In the summer months this time of prayer is held in the parish garden before the grotto of Our Lady. You are very welcome to join us.


What we do in the Legion of Mary - We play a role in supporting our priest in the church; some of us assist in the Parish repository, some regularly read at masses, are Eucharistic Ministers, clean the church each week and some of our members also try to be present at funeral masses to pray for the intentions of the faithful departed and their families etc. There are even some opportunities for socialising together! We welcome new members, either seeking spiritual solace or eager to get more involved in the life and ministry of the church. In all our work we aim to raise awareness in people of the spiritual life seeking at all times to see Christ in everyone. Just come along to our Parish Hall at 4pm on a Sunday. You will be most welcome.

Applying for Membership - To be an active legionary it is necessary to apply for membership in a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting and allocates a weekly apostolic task to the members, who generally work in pairs. After a successful period of probation, members are called to make the Legionary Promise (this is only applicable for members over 18 years) which is directed to the Holy Spirit. Realising the necessity for a strong support of prayer, the Legion has Auxiliary members, who associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of prayer in its name. The administration of the Legion is carried out through its various councils at local, regional and national level. The central council, the Concilium Legionis Mariae, meets monthly in Dublin.

St Mary’s Justice & Peace Group
lending support to CAFOD


St Mary’s Justice and Peace seeks to be a visible sign for justice and peace in the Parish community. Our work is based on gospel values and catholic Social Teaching that as Christians we believe in the dignity of human beings and the rights of people to live in peace. We aim take action on the most pressing issues facing our communities, such as youth violence, poverty and supporting the vulnerable members of our community, as well as, getting to know one another.


We seek to identify and raise awareness of injustice and their root causes, whether they occur locally or abroad; through our supportive action to CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development), in order to foster and encourage social change for a better world.

Our Fair Trade Stall Every 3rd Sunday at the Porch - As part of our aim to promote justice in the world, St Mary’s Justice and Peace group hosts a Fair Trade stall every 3rd Sunday for all the Masses. By supporting fair trade we seek to transform the lives of poor farmers who produce the goods in the developing world by enabling them to use their skills and resources for a better life but more importantly, receive a fair price for their goods.

Our Meeting Times - St Mary’s Justice and Peace group meets last Thursday of the month from 8pm – 9pm. We are a small group and always welcome new members to our meeting. Parish Justice and Peace ContactAttracta Asika with contact as 0790 5445938.


The Order of the Knights
of St. Columba


CHURCH – In every diocese, our members are daily assisting the Clergy in their Sacred ministry and by doing so, add strength to the Church in these difficult times.

FAMILY – Within our families, men through their membership of the Order of the Knights, enhance and strengthen family life by striving to be better fathers, brothers and husbands.

COMMUNITIES – In our Communities, the length and breadth of Britain, the Knights of St Columba are working to support and enhance their communities spiritually and materially.

FRATERNITY – All that we do is done in the spirit of fraternity which makes the Knights of St Columba one large family of faith.

YOUTH – Across the country through local and national activities, the Knights are assisting our young people develop and enhance their journey of faith. Follow the link: www.ksc572.org.uk/events.aspx to see some of the activities we undertake..

We follow the social teachings of the Catholic Church and work for the moral and social welfare of our communities and in particular provide help in the development of young people. Our members strive to achieve all these aims through Charity, Unity and Fraternity.

ASSIST US TO OFFER THAT LIFETIME OF FAITH COME AND JOIN US AND PLAY YOUR PART IN OUR HISTORY OF DEDICATION For further Information Call: 07796208025 Visit: www.ksc572.org.uk – Council’s Website www.ksc.org.uk – National Website.

St Vincent de Paul Society
Mary, Mother of God, Ponders End


St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is an international Catholic organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and deprivation in communities by providing practical assistance to those in need – regardless of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender. The Society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844. Placed under the Patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.

Responding to the Year of Mercy Joining the SVP will be a good way of responding to the call to take part in the works of Mercy. Click here to learn more… Those We help - The SVP is non-discriminatory, helping those in need regardless of their faith, colour, race or status. It is non-judgemental and does not make value judgements about those asking for assistance. In short, the Society will aim to help anyone in need if it is within the local membership’s capability.