Our parish has a variety of groups and committees, many of which meet in our spacious church hall which is pictured above. For more information on our church hall (including booking enquiries) please get in touch by calling us on 01506 510678. If there is no-one available to answer the telephone, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Read more about our parish groups and committees here:
Fabric and Finance Committee
Canon Law (Can. 537) states that parishes are required to have a finance council to assist the parish priest with the administration of the parish. Our fabric and finance committee fulfils this function at St. Mary’s, and accordingly seeks to ensure effective administration of the parish’s assets, prepare annual budgets and accounts, and manage the control and maintenance of parish buildings and assets.
For more information, contact Tony Edwards, chairperson of our Fabric and Finance Committee, on 01506 826724.
Parish Pastoral Council
The Parish Pastoral Council (P.P.C.) seeks to respond to the pastoral needs of the parish and to put our faith into action. Accordingly, everything the council does is motivated by the Good News where we find the teaching of Jesus Christ. The council strives to uphold the Christian values of love, justice and peace and to celebrate God’s presence and actions through liturgy and prayer, in addition to supporting all parishioners on our lifelong journey of faith by presenting opportunities for us all to grow in our faith.
For more information, or to get involved, contact Maria Ford (Chairperson) on 01506 510629 or Callum Timms (Vice Chairperson) on 07817 510850.
During the school term, at the beginning of Sunday Mass, the children are invited to follow the leader of the children’s liturgy into the church hall. Adults are very welcome to accompany their children too. Children of all ages are very welcome to attend.The children participate in a special Liturgy of the Word, helping them to understand the readings from sacred scripture. They also prepare to share what they have learned with the congregation, and also prepare a song which they will sing.
Please encourage your children to attend. Donations of games, puzzles and jigsaws with biblical themes are also gratefully received.
For more information, please contact Maria Ford on 01506 510629 or Theresa McPhail on 01506 536119.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) is the process designed for adults attracted by Christ and his teaching. It supports them as they learn about the Catholic faith and journey through various rites towards entering into the Communion of the Church. Our R.C.I.A. group is attended by those on this journey as well as parishioners who can support them as well as learning more about the Catholic faith too.
All are very welcome to come along to the R.C.I.A. sessions in the church hall on Tuesday evenings, even if you just want to find out more about the Catholic faith.
For more information please contact the parish’s R.C.I.A. coordinator, Callum Timms, on 07817 510 850.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (S.S.V.P.) is a lay Catholic organisation whose mission is to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy. The S.S.V.P. in St. Mary’s meet in the church hall in the evening of the second Monday of each month.The group offer help wherever needed, including visiting parishioners at home or in hospital, donating furniture or offering other help as required. Often concerned friends, family and neighbours will contact the S.S.V.P. and many parishioners have taken the opportunity to enjoy a caravan holiday thanks to the group. To support the society’s work, please place a donation in the wooden collection boxes as you leave the church following the Vigil or Sunday morning Mass.
For more information on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Scotland, visit their website at http://www.ssvpscotland.com. For more information about the society’s work in our parish, if you know of someone who would benefit from their help, and to get involved, contact William Ballantine (Chairperson) on 01506 829033 or Michael Burnett (Secretary) on 01506 202574.
The 200 club was set up to provide funds for our church. There is a weekly £10.00 draw and four draws for £200.00 throughout the year. There are quite a few numbers available just now so why not consider joining? You can join at any point during the year, for just 25 pence per week or £13.00 per year. Yearly members pay in the first week in January.
For more information, speak to Julia Cameron at Mass or call Julia on 01506 828932.
Mothers and Toddlers Group
On Monday mornings during the school term, this group meets in the church hall at St. Mary’s. The group gathers from 10.00am until 12.00pm and children aged from birth to school age are most welcome. The cost is £1.50 per session for one child, or £2.50 per session for two children.
For more information, contact Christine Johnstone at the church hall on 01506 510678. If no-one is available please leave a message.
Music and Movement Group
The group meets weekly on a Friday morning in the church hall, from 10.30am – 12.00pm. Exercises take place from 10.30am – 11.30am, and the final half-hour is reserved for tea, coffee, biscuits and conversation. The group is full at present, however names are being taken for a waiting list. The cost is £2.50 per session.
For more information speak to Jim Hannah at Sunday Mass or by calling him on 01506 500045.