Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
At St Bridget’s there are two active groups of lay Ministers of Holy Communion, those who assist the priest at the weekend Masses and those who visit housebound parishioners on Sunday mornings.
Extraordinary Ministers to Holy Communion are those assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion at weekend Masses on a rostered basis.
Extraordinary Ministers to the Sick take the Eucharist to the sick and housebound parishioners on Sunday mornings, the one day when many of those who cannot get to Mass desire to receive Holy Communion. This also provides them with an opportunity to have a chat with someone new each Sunday.
Greeters welcome regular worshipers and visitors with a welcoming smile, and distribute the newly parish bulletin.
Meets each fortnight for prayer and reflection on the following Sunday’s scripture.
Details of time, date and location of the meetings can be found in the weekly bulletin.
A small but dedicated group who care for the flower decorations of the church and the cleaning of the various other parts of the building.
Practice is on advertised Monday’s of the month at 7.45pm. The choir sings at one Mass each month and welcomes new members at its practices. Our youth enthusiastically provide music at the Youth Mass on Sunday nights at 5.30pm.
A dedicated group of parishioners who read at Mass on a weekly basis.
Children’s Liturgy Of The Word
Classes are taken at the 10am mass for children from 3-12 years old. These children’s liturgy sessions engage children in the Sunday gospel through fun activities and to make them feel welcome and active participants in our parish community. All children are welcome.
For further information or to volunteer to assist at the classes, contact Ilse Spillane on 0450 399 245.
Children from year 3, preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and older, are able to help out at Mass by becoming altar servers. All three Masses on a weekend are supported by altar servers.
If your child is interested training sessions are available.
Contact the Servers Co-ordinator Edgar D’Souza at: email@example.com
The parish is a lively and friendly community with a number of active groups:
The Resource Centre offers a service to parishioners where cards and gifts for religious occasions can be purchased. Among the items in stock are greeting cards for Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation etc, inspirational plaques and bookmarks, rosaries, bibles and missals.
St Vincent De Paul
St Bridget’s has a strong St Vincent De Paul conference.
Their primary role is visitation. Members respond to calls to the SVDP call centre for material assistance. They visit the poor in their homes, and are able to give food vouchers, assistance with bills and material aid such as clothing and furniture. Members always visit in pairs, and generally, this takes a morning per month for those who visit. Most of the people visited are in North Fitzroy but visits also cover the Balwyn and Mont Albert area.
Members also conduct “bread runs” where unsold bread from local bakeries are delivered to organisations who serve meals and make up food parcels for the hungry.
The parish piety store in the narthex, raises money for the society’s works.
SVDP run two appeals every year, in winter and at Christmas.
Members also participate in SVDP activity outside the parish, in particular “twinning” with poorer SVDP conferences in other countries.
Members meet on a monthly basis in the parish conference room. If you’d like to ask a question about participating but do not want to feel obligated, please call 1800 305 330.
The Craft Group meets in the narthex after the 8.30am Mass on Fridays. Great friendships are formed in a very supportive environment. Craft ideas are shared as are stories of our lives’ ups and downs.
After Mass Coffee
After Mass each Sunday parishioners are invited to linger for a while and meet fellow parishioners over a cup of tea or coffee. It is an ideal way of making new friends in the parish community and catching up with old ones.
St Bridget’s parish is represented in the North Balwyn Inter-Church Council. Meetings are held quarterly.
Women’s Discussion Group
Meets on the fourth Thursday of the month. Details are notified in the parish bulletin and on the parish website. The group’s objective is to learn and share through discussions on topics related to family life.
Meditation, also known as contemplative prayer, is the prayer of silence and stillness. This prayer of the heart, is praying without words and images. It is a journey from our heads to our hearts; a journey from our ego (our false selves that our minds have created) to our hearts, where God dwells, which will reveal our true, divine selves to us.
Popularised in the secular world for its physical, emotional and mental health benefits, meditation teaches us to be in the present moment, to let go and let God do the work, and thus can have beneficial effects – lowering blood pressure, calming the nerves, and lifting our mood/spirit.
Meditation helps participants grow to know themselves and to know God, and thus to love God, ourselves and our neighbours as ourselves.
Come and join this journey of silence and stillness every Wednesday at 9.30am at St Bridget’s church.
Contact: Susie Hii by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: 7pm, Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the month. Dates confirmed in parish newsletter and Weekday Masses on website
Venue: St Bridget’s church, 48 Sweyn St, Balwyn North.
Join the reflection group in praying with Scripture using the Benedictine Lectio Divina and the Ignatian Imaginative Contemplation methods.
The purpose of contemplating the gospels is to come to know the living Lord Jesus.
Jesus comes to participants from the outside, as the Word of God. With their imagination, they can “see” him, “hear” him, “touch” him. The Spirit comes to participants from the inside, revealing Christ to us.
Contact: Susie Hii 0410 981 080, email: email@example.com
Refugee Action Group
St Bridget’s Refugee Action Group, in partnership with parishes, Holy Redeemer, Surrey Hills and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Wattle Park, the Refugee Action group provides secure accommodation and support to a refugee family.
Donations are Tax deductible. Please contact Chris Barring-Gould (Treasurer) firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to make a Tax Deductible donation online.
The Group meets regularly on Wednesday evenings in the St Bridget’s church narthex.
Everyone is welcome. If you are keen to be involved but are unable to attend regular meetings add your name to the emailing list and participate when and as you are able.
For further details contact: Robert Stewart: email@example.com