Please click on the names below and read more about our groups within the Parish.
Formed at the Parish Meeting on 16th June 2013
The Parish Council meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month, in the presbytery. Full minutes are on the Parish Website or can be emailed to you. Please contact the Parish Office to be added to the list.
Group Details: Set up Altar before Mass, put everything away after Mass. Wash linen.
Group Details: Altar Servers assist the Priest at Sunday or special liturgies. They are drawn from girls and boys age 9 upwards, who have been receiving the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist for a year or more.
The children are rostered on at Mass times usually suitable to their parents; they are expected to attend refresher courses or extra practices especially if they are serving at special Masses.
They receive rosters for about 1 month ahead, and Sunday rosters are also printed in the weekly parish bulletin the week prior to their turn. Please contact the office for more information.
Each week, the Church is cleaned, normally Friday or Saturday, by parishioners who work in teams. There is also a small group who do the flower arrangement.Their turn occurs about once every two months.
They are always looking for new members to join the teams.
Group Details: Children’s Liturgy is held at the 10 am Mass each Sunday during term time.
It is intended for those children who have not yet received Confirmation and First Eucharist usually between 3-9 yrs old
Children who have received these sacraments are expected to take part in the Mass.
Parents are welcome to attend with younger children or children who are new to the parish.
The Children’s Liturgy Team is always happy to have more helpers.
If you would like more information, please contact the Parish office.
Group Details: Members invited by Parish Priest to help with finances with which to run the Parish. Meet monthly or whenever required.
Group Details: The Parish Foodbank is operated by the St Vincent De Paul Society. Donated, non-perishable food items are most welcome and they may be left in the baskets provided at either end of the Church, or donations to the St. Vincent de Paul collection after all Masses are acceptable.
Any requests for food may be made directly to the Parish office and confidentiality is assured at all times.
Group Details: Door greeters welcome everyone to Mass and give out the bulletin and liturgy sheets.
People organize a cup of tea which is available after 8am Mass.
There is always a need for more people to join these hospitality ministries.
If you are interested, please contact the Parish office.
“Legion of Mary”
Group Details: Internationally, the Legion of Mary is an organization with a strong commitment to prayer, especially devotion to Mary, and to apostolic works.
In St Mary’s Parish, active missionaries of all ages spend some time each week carrying out good works, such as visiting parishioners and rest homes.
Auxiliary members support the work of the Legion through regular prayer. The parish has two very active groups, one senior (adult) and one junior (school students and young adults).
Seniors and Juniors meet Friday evenings.
The Parish Liturgy Committee supports and prepares the liturgy celebrated in our parish life. We would welcome any parishioners who would like to be a part of this group.
The committee is always looking for ways to enhance the liturgy with new music. If you have any music that you feel may be appropriate to use within our congregation, please contact the parish office.
If you have any suggestions or questions, please contact the Parish office.
Group Details: Teams of volunteers are required to help count the weekly donations.
“Parish Family Groups”
Group Details: We have a number of Passionist Family Groups operating in our Parish. Each group consists of 20-30, people including children. The groups are formed by trying to match children with similar ages and ensuring a cross-section of ages of adults. Groups consist of a mix of all ethnic groups and resemble an extended family.
Each group is encouraged to develop its own flavour, whilst remaining part of the parish extension of the Passionist Family Group Movement.
New members are always welcome.
Group Details: A small but very active group, which has some wonderful successes. No meetings are involved, just a message via email asking you to pray for somebody’s intentions.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to become involved.
Anybody is welcome to call to ask for prayer, privacy is assured
Group Details: (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Rite of Christian Initiation for Children over 7 years)These programmes are run to help those who wish to know more about the Catholic faith and who would like to become Roman Catholic. If you require more information please contact the office on 8466775 or talk to one of the Priests.
The Rosary is prayed on Wednesday 5.30 – 6.30pm. Our Lady’s Statue is displayed in different homes each week.
Group Details: Our parish has a large Samoan Community who hold a Sunday School for the children each week during term time.
“St Vincent de Paul Conference”
The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic lay organisation, inspired by the Gospels of Jesus Christ. Vincentians work to promote human dignity and justice through personal contact with those in need.
The Mt Albert conference of the St Vincent de Paul society has been in existence since at least 1939 (according to the earliest known minute books) and continues today. Our current President is Cedric Menezes and the Vice President is Kathleen Faughey. Meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm (after 7pm Mass), in the Dan Meachen Room (Church Sacristy).
Our group look after the parish food bank, helping to stock it and deliver food parcels to those in need. We aim to assist with the specific needs of the families or individuals who are referred to us, for example by sourcing furniture and clothing. Our group are also involved in visiting the elderly, lonely, and sick.
The St Vincent de Paul shop is at –
Pt Chevalier: 1201 Great North Rd, Point Chevalier.
If you have any clothing or household items to donate, these can be delivered directly to the shops or small items can be left at the parish office.
If you would like to join our group, have furniture to donate, require assistance, or would appreciate visits from some of our members, please contact Cedric Menezes 846-3825 or Antonia Butchard (secretary) 845-8464.
‘Truly I tell you whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me…’ Matthew 25:40.
Group Details: Our Parish has a large Tongan Community who meet together once a month in our Church at 3pm to celebrate Sunday Mass with their own Priest.