The Parish today
The Parish of St George and St Teresa is a vibrant and dynamic community enriched by the activities of many groups organised and run by the lay community – from the wardens in church to the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist; from the choir, music and altar serving to the sacristy and flower arranging; from badminton to the walking group. These groups cater for all ages and interests. We are very blessed in having many people who contribute financially and voluntarily to the life of the Parish.
Please find below a list of the different activities taking place in the Parish, together with a brief explanation of each activity and information outlining how you can play a part. We welcome all who wish to be involved.
Altar Servers - The Guild of St Stephen
We have many altar servers, mostly boys and girls of school age, and also a number of adults. The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. Once altar servers have successfully completed their training and been on the altar for at least one year they are awarded a bronze medal of the Guild of St Stephen. New servers must have already received their first Holy Communion and training starts every year in September or October. Existing servers who have trained in other parishes are also always welcome. Those wishing to become servers should speak to the Parish Priest. Organisation of the training and rota is done by Mike Fletcher ( firstname.lastname@example.org) and Rita Salloway (01564 730150, email@example.com).
Baby and Toddler group
St. George and St. Teresa's Baby and Toddler group takes place from 12:45pm until 2:30pm on Wednesdays in the Parish Centre. The group is meant for babies all the way through to pre-schoolers together with those who look after them - mums, dads, grandparents and child-minders. There is a lovely and friendly atmosphere and the group helps families enter into the community of the Parish. Just turn up; there is no waiting list. A donation of £1.50 per family per week is welcomed. Refreshments are included. Please contact Lisa Plimmer (07799 037362) or Daphne Morgan (07909 835665) for more information.
The Catenian Association
The Catenian Association provides practising Catholic laymen and their families with friendship, social activities and support. There are three Circles – Solihull, City of Birmingham and North Warwickshire. Please see www.thecatenians.co.uk for more information.
Children’s Sunday Liturgy
The Children's Sunday Liturgy takes place every Sunday at the 10:30am Mass during the school term time. The aim of the group is to teach the Gospel of the relevant Sunday to children in a way they can understand. For more information please contact Isabel Cusack (01564 776778, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Choir and Organists
The aim of the choir and organists is to provide musical accompaniment for the voices of the congregation during services. If you would like to take part, please contact Carolyn Roskell on 07985 217553.
The aim of the church cleaning groups is to keep the church, sacristy and narthex clean and tidy every week. Each group takes great care and pride in the work they do. For more information, please contact Mary Shelton (07818 255582).
If anyone would like to have flowers on the altar either in memory of a loved one or for an anniversary or any other reason, please contact Sarah McGill (01564 772319, email@example.com).
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
The Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion. Those wishing to become a Eucharistic Minister should speak to the Parish Priest. The rota is organised by Jackie Hildreth (0121 705 0760).
'JIGSAW' Youth Group
'JIGSAW' is an acronym for 'Jesus is good, so are we'. The group caters for those in Year 7 to Year 11 and takes place in the Parish Centre in the middle part of every half-term on Sunday evenings from 7pm until 8:30pm. A range of activities take place, games are played, sweets and pop are consumed and the Catholic faith is explored in a fun-filled way. If anybody of Sixth Form age or above wants to become an assistant leader, that would be most welcomed. Please contact Catherine Hogan (07803 616260) and Caroline McCourt for more information.
The money counters are responsible for counting the collections. Those wishing to become a money counter should speak to the Parish Priest. The rota is organised by John Murray (01564 777234).
Padre Pio Prayer Group
The prayer group prays for our Parish, the sick, worldwide affairs, all who suffer, for peace, for the needs of those who come to the group and make it viable. More information to appear soon.
Parish Centre Social Committee
The Parish centre social committee tries to organise a couple of social events a year and is always open to new ideas. For more information please contact Steve Worrell (01564 200373) or Veronica Chapman (01926 403648).
Parish Pastoral Council
The council aims to create a strong bond and partnership between the Clergy and the laity, and advise and assist the Parish Priest in all matters relating to the Spiritual and Temporal life of the Parish. For more information, please contact Tony Taylor (01564 205238).
There is a piety stall in the narthex where you can purchase religious items such as rosaries, cards and booklets. The person responsible for the piety stall is Isabel Cusack (01564 776778, firstname.lastname@example.org).
To proclaim the inspired content of the Scriptures in the midst of the worshipping Community is the ministry entrusted to the readers. If you would like to become a reader, please speak to the Parish Priest. The rota is organised by Veronica Chapman (01926 403648).
The Rosary group meets on Saturday mornings at 9:30am before the Saturday morning Mass. If you would like to join the group, please contact Debbie Burrell (01564 771658, email@example.com).
Parish Finance and Property Committee
This body oversees the Financial Affairs and Property Maintenance of the Parish Church, Centre and Presbytery. The Chair is John McDonald : 01564 776734.
The St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known - the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage. For more information on the SVP in England and Wales, please click here (link to www.svp.org.uk). The Society is very active in our Parish. We provide practical assistance to those in need – for example, by helping with lifts to Church and organising the Soup Run. If you would like to get involved, please contact Frank Eustace (01564 776703).
Church wardens are responsible for ensuring that people are looked after when they enter the church to attend the Sunday Masses. They are also responsible for taking up and securing the offertory collection. If you would like to become a Church warden, please speak to the Parish Priest. The co-ordinator is Kevin Moroney ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
Youth music group
The youth music group meets every second Saturday of the month to prepare for the music of the Mass. The afternoon is spent socialising with fellow young Christians and developing our musical abilities by playing a range of hymns; both modern and traditional in a band setting.