“Many small people, in many small places, do many small things, that can alter the face of the world.”
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Within the Church
Young people who would like to assist on the altar at Mass are most welcome. Some training required. Contact: Parish Office.
Anointing of the Sick
This Sacrament is made available to those in Nursing Homes every couple of months. If you would like to come along and assist the Priest to visit the homes please call the Parish Office.
A ministry to Catholic children in the Parish’s State Primary and Secondary Schools. More Catechists and helpers are always needed. Training is provided. Contact 4332 2216.
Music is an integral part of our Church life. If you have the desire you would be most welcome to join our music ministry by either singing or playing an instrument. Rehearsals held weekly on Tuesday evenings.
Contact: the parish office on 4332 2216.
Commentators & Readers
If you would like to read/commentate at Mass please contact: Parish Office. Training will be provided if you are new to this ministry.
Compassionate Friends Bereavement Ministry
If you could be available for pre and post funeral visits and help with preparation of the Liturgy for Requiem Mass or Funeral Prayers.
You would be most welcome to join and be trained by our experienced team.
Contact: 4332 2216.
The aim of this ministry is to encourage and foster closer relations with other Christian communities. If you feel called to participate in this ministry please contact: Mary Holding (02) 4334 6421.
Home Visitation Ministry
Anyone who would like to visit those in our Parish who are unable to leave home or have great difficulty doing so and would enjoy or benefit from a visit from our volunteers please contact the parish office.
Parish Pastoral Council
Lay people assisting and supporting the Parish Priest with the pastoral needs of the parish. Nominations and elections to these positions are held bi-annually. Members commit to a two-year minimum term on the council.
Parish-based, family-centred programmes for Confirmation, Reconciliation and Eucharist. If you would like to assist with the running and presenting of these programmes please contact 4332 2216.
R.C.I.A. Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
A programme for those interested in becoming a part of the Catholic community. Tuesday evenings at 7pm. If you feel you could assist with adult faith formation please contact: Fr Stevens 4332 2216.
St Vincent de Paul
Renowned for its work amongst the poor and needy. Always looking for more volunteers to assist with visits, food parcels and good works.
President: Pauline Fowler. Please contact the parish office and we will be happy to pass your details on to our Vinnies Conference. If you would like to help in our local store: 11 Victoria Ave THE ENTRANCE phone them directly on (02) 4332 3776.
Transport on Parish Bus
Drivers are scheduled on a roster basis to provide transport to the 6pm vigil Mass Saturday and 9:30am Mass Sunday via our parish bus. If you have an LR Licence and would be willing to be included on the roster or even be an emergency backup driver please contact the Parish Office.
We also require volunteers to assist our bus drivers in picking up and dropping home parishioners for the weekend Masses. Some passengers need help getting on and off the bus.
EXTERNAL AGENCIES NEEDING YOUR HELP:
Pastoral Carers Wanted at Reynolds Court
If you could spare and hour each week the residents at Reynolds Court Apartments in Bateau Bay would love to meet you.
Enquiries: Geoff 0429 453 250.
Sara's Place is a new Pregnancy Help Centre at Unit 13, 24 Watt Street Gosford. They offer pregnancy counseling services, support for single pregnant women, abortion alternatives, post-abortion grief counseling and education information on life in the womb.
There is an urgent need for volunteers to give a day, a week, fortnight or month to assist at the centre. Volunteers would be trained.
Parishioners are asked to support Sara’s Place by volunteering, praying for pregnant women experiencing a crises pregnancy or post termination grief, or contributing financially, however small, to the running of the centre. Enquiries: Paul 0408 677 432 or Dr Hurley 0407 923 684.
Fr Chris Riley's Youth Off the Streets
Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for young people aged 12-21 who are facing challenges of homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency, exclusion from school, neglect and abuse. We support these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal traumas such as neglect and physical, psychological and emotional abuse.
Since opening in 1991, Youth Off The Streets has grown from a single food van delivering meals to young homeless people on the streets of Kings Cross to a major youth specific agency offering a full continuum of care through delivery of a wide range of services.
Our 25 services include crisis accommodation, alcohol and other drug services, counselling, accredited high schools, outreach, residential programs and a mentoring program. Volunteers support us every step of the way.
Go to www.youthoffthestreets.com.au/
Palms is a Catholic organisation which has been sending volunteers on mission for over 50 years. Our global volunteers mentor and exchange skills in countries across Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Positions exist in education, health, administration, agriculture/farming, trades and other areas.
Enquiries: (02) 9518 9551 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meals on Wheels
Seeking Volunteers that can give a few hours each month or week.
Whilst age and disability may reduce some people’s capacity to get out and about, Meals on Wheels help make it possible for them to stay in their homes, where most are happiest, and maintain their independence. Delivery of nutritious meals, social interaction and a friendly check of a client’s wellbeing by Meals on Wheels volunteers can help people live the lives they choose.
Address: 6/10 Pioneer Avenue, TUGGERAH, NSW, 2259
Phone: 02 4357 8444
Could You Be a friend to someone? Compeer, a special work of St Vinnies, matches volunteers in friendships with someone who is lonely and in the recovery process of a mental health challenge. Training is provided. Contact 0436 111 102 or 4341 0432 or www.compeer.org.au
We provide a range of foster care options to meet the needs of the
children we work with. As well as respite and temporary care for those children whose families are going through troubles or breakdown, our Find-a-Family program offers adoption and permanent family care to children aged from birth to 18 years who have been permanently separated from their birth families by the court because it is not safe for them to remain at home. The different types of foster care are:
To find out more please visit our website: www.barnados.org.au