Pastoral Assistant
Extra Ordinary Minister of the Eucharist
Reader
Server
Usher

Ministries

Pastoral Assistant

This ministry is taken up at the request of the Parish Priest; it is achieved by attending a year long course at Brentwood covering many aspects of the Catholic faith. After the year the candidate is commissioned by the Bishop at Brentwood Cathedral. There is no set function for the Pastoral assistant and is dependant on the needs of each parish.

 

Extra Ordinary Minister of the Eucharist

This ministry is undertaken at the request of the Parish Priest; there are two main functions. The most visible is during Mass where the Ministers help with the distribution of Holy Communion. The other is to take the body of Jesus to those who cannot attend Mass due to illness. The training lasts for one whole day. The training is led by a Pastoral Assistant.

 

Reader

This is open to all members of the Church and is undertaken on a voluntary basis. After training (about an hour) the reader will be asked to read at one mass every 4-5 weeks. The training is led by a Pastoral Assistant.

 

Server

This can be undertaken by any one who has made their First Holy Communion; it can also be for adults as well. The training is given by the Parish MC.

 

Usher

This is undertaken on a voluntary basis and has the function of greeting people as they enter the Church, handing out Hymn books and news letters etc. The Usher will also help in showing people to their seats and on some occasions help with logistics at Holy Communion.