The following organisations and groups are active within the parish. For further information about becoming involved with any of these groups please contact the parish priest, Fr Benito Velasco, the assistant parish priest Fr Do Nguyen or the parish secretary, Wilma Vertogen on 352 9275.
Currently twelve teams of children in Year 7 & 8 are rostered to serve at Sunday Mass once every four weeks. They are given training by the parish priest and commit to twelve months of service. They also participate in special festivals and funeral Masses if they are available.
Bereavement Care Group
This well trained group assists the priests when there has been a death in the parish. They liaise between family members and the parish and help the family make all the necessary arrangements for the funeral of their loved one.
Catholic Women's League
Meetings are held monthly in the St Joseph's Parish Centre, often with visiting speakers. Members participate in a wide range of activities including visiting sick and elderly parishioners, providing practical and emotional support at times of sickness and bereavement, providing clothing for the needy, supporting mission stations through prayer, correspondence and financial aid, fundraising through sales tables, raffles and an annual cake stall and serving refreshments at special parish functions.
Children's Liturgy Group
The St Joseph's Children's Liturgy Group is made up of teams of parents, each facilitating one Children's Liturgy session a month. Children aged from four to First Holy Communion, are invited to attend a liturgy appropriate to their needs during the 10.00am Sunday Masses.
Children's Music Group
A "kiddies" group is run each Monday morning during the school term in St Joseph's Parish Centre. It begins at 9.00am with a 'cuppa' for the mums and at 9.30am the music with movement begins. If you wish to know more about this group please ring the parish office 352-9275.
The choir participates at Sunday Masses as well as at the Easter and Christmas ceremonies. Practices are held regularly. New members are always welcome, especially if you enjoy singing. If you would like more information please ring Ken Joblin on 021 054 2462 or email him on email@example.com
Church Preparation Group
This group, consisting of florists and helpers who work on a roster system, is responsible for the care of the brass and arrangement of the flowers in the church and preparing suitable displays for various occasions, such as Christmas, Easter, weddings etc.
Faith and Light
The Faith and Light Cornerstone Community numbers more than 60 people and includes those with intellectual and physical disabilities, parents, friends and supporters. The group meets for fiestas on the 4th Sunday of the month in the St Gregory’s Church for sharing news, lunch, prayers, bible readings, mimes and plays and colouring and craft making together. To know more ring the parish office.
An enthusiastic group of people who assist with maintaining the gardens and surrounds of the both churches. People are rostered on at approximately 3 - 4 monthly periods.
This active group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month after morning Mass at St Gregory's Church. The members participate in a wide range of activities including visiting sick and elderly parishioners in their homes or rest-homes, providing practical and emotional support at times of sickness and bereavement and serving refreshments at special parish functions.
A team of three couples run this programme to help prepare engaged couples for the sacrament of marriage. The course is run twice a year. The Church asks that you advise us of your plans six months prior to the wedding date. This allows time for appropriate preparation of the ceremony, and to equip you for your married life together. The first step is to make contact with your local parish priest.
Ministers of Holy Communion to the Sick
Every Friday morning up to six ministers go forth from Mass entrusted with the great privilege of taking Holy Communion to over 60 parishioners. In addition four ministers are rostered on Sunday mornings to go to people at a number of rest homes. They take the bulletin, prayer helpline intentions and religious literature and keep people informed on happenings in the parish. In turn these housebound parishioners pray daily for parish intentions and in this way they are able to feel part of the parish community even though they are unable to attend Mass.
Parish Primary Religious Education (PPRE)
This is for primary age children who do not attend a Catholic school. The parish PPRE programme is held on Tuesday evenings starting at 6.00pm at St Gregory's Parish Centre. Wendy James provides the lessons for the children at two different levels. To learn more about this please ring the parish office.
Passionist Family Groups
Eight groups are currently meeting monthly to participate in a wide variety of activities. With an emphasis on building relationships, helping people feel they belong and a motto of "A Family for All", each group has developed its own dynamic group. It is a place where you can comfortably join other members of the parish for fun and support. For more information see the Passionist Family Groups page.
Prayer and Reflection Group
This group meets for prayer and reflection each Wednesday morning in the St Joseph's Parish Centre. The Divine Mercy chaplet is recited for the various intentions, followed by readings for the next Sunday's Mass and a deeper understanding of the scripture is obtained. There is also sometimes a sharing of thoughts, which can help understand the gift of faith we have been given. Morning tea is kindly provided by the Sisters and provides an opportunity for fellowship.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
A programme of preparation for those preparing to become Catholics. RCIA stresses formation in doctrine, liturgy, Church life, and service and involves the larger Church community in welcoming, instructing, helping and praying for candidates. Please contact Fr Benito, Fr Do or Lauren Butler if you wish to discuss this at any time - or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The St Joseph's Scout troop meets weekly on Monday evenings from 6.45pm to 8.15pm in Timoney Hall (next to the parish presbytery). Boys and girls aged 8 - 11 years are welcome to join. As well as earning badges they also join with other scout groups in various activities such as camping and visits.
St Joseph's Indoor Bowls Club
This active club meets at 7.30pm on Tuesday nights in the St Joseph's School Hall, the season commencing at the beginning of March. The club supports all of the Catholic Tournaments along with visits to and from other clubs.
St Vincent De Paul Society
The St Vincent de Paul Society seeks to relieve those in need without regard to wealth, position, religions, social status or ethnic origin. Their assistance is at a very practical level through the provision of food and food vouchers, furniture and other items to the needy. Assistance with budget advice and benefit entitlements is also offered.
Welcoming New Parishioners Group
The main purpose of this group is to visit and welcome new parishioners. Usually they visit new parishioners in their own homes, providing information about the parish and its activities and learning about what interests they may have.
There are other activities people can be involved in such as:
Taking Holy Communion to the sick
Writing the Prayer of the Faithful
If you would like to learn more about being part of these activities please contact the Parish Secretary on 352 9275 for more information.
Last updated 23 January 2019