“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Gathering for prayer and worship as a Christian community is the foundation of the Christian Life. From it stems day to day living and gathering together as community in ‘fellowship’. Fellowship has two dynamics, one social, the other in service. We gather as a community to socialise and cement our relationships with one another, but as a Christian community we also reach out to others, especially the most vulnerable. Here you will find a list of groups within our community that exemplify our fellowship.
If you are unsure how to contact any of the contact names listed below, please Contact Us.
Bereavement Support Group
At some time we all go through the loss of someone close to us. The effects of that loss can be immediate or take years to break through. These are difficult times and nothing can take away that sense of loss, but you never have to go through it alone, the All Saints Bereavement Support Group is here to offer support.
We have a network of suitably trained befrienders and counsellors on hand to talk with and offer support. If you or anyone you know would like some support through this difficult period – Contact the All Saints Bereavement Support Group.
St. Michael’s contact: Mike Coombes
The Catechist has an important and defining role. They hand on the truths of the Christian (Catholic) Faith to those preparing to receive the Sacraments. They should always hand on the Deposit of Faith as found in Sacred Scripture and the Teaching of the Church (as summarised in the Catechism of the Catholic Church). The Catechist helps those being taught to find the Truth and inform their consciences.
The Catechist should never hand on ‘what they believe to be’ Truth, but the Truth as handed down by the Church. They have contact with people on a formative level and the teaching that is given ultimately impacts the faith journey of those being catechised and their understanding of God. What an awesome responsibility that is!
Catechists within the parish of All Saints aid the clergy primarily in the formation of Candidates for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, the Eucharist and Confirmation) – both children and adults. It is both a life giving and faith developing commitment for the Catechists themselves.
“The Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples experiences directly the undisputed effectiveness of lay catechists. Under the direction of priests, in fact, they continue with frankness to announce “the Good News” to their brothers and sisters of other religions, preparing them for entry into the ecclesial community through baptism. Through religious instruction, preparation for the sacraments, animation of prayer and other works of charity, they help the baptised to grow in the fervour of the Christian life. Where there is a shortage of priests, the catechists are also entrusted with the pastoral guidance of the little community separated from the Centre. Often, they are called to witness to their faith by harsh trials and painful privations.The history of evangelisation past and present attests to their constancy even to the giving of life itself. Catechists are truly the pride of the missionary Church!”
If you wish to explore helping in this vital and missionary role please contact the Parish Office.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”
(2 Tim 3:14-15)
The Liturgy of the Word with Children is a ritual for the proclamation of God’s Word with Children appropriate to their understanding. It is not a Sunday school, it is a liturgy in which God communicates life to His children and in which they respond with awe, praise, thanksgiving and petition.
During the Sunday morning Mass, the priest invites any children who wish to take part in this celebration to follow the catechists. They listen to a Scripture reading for the day from a children’s bible and then undertake activities and discussion related to the ‘theme’. They rejoin the main congregation at the Preparation of the Gifts and offer their prayer and thanks to God for what they have learned.
“The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ”
(General Directory on Catechesis 80)
Guild of St. Stephen’s (Altar Servers)
The Guild of St Stephen is an international organisation of altar servers. The aims of the Guild of Saint Stephen are:
To encourage, positively and practically, the highest standards of serving at the Church’s liturgy and so contribute to the whole community’s participation in a more fruitful worship of God. To provide altar servers with a greater understanding of what they are doing so that they may serve with increasing reverence and prayerfulness and thereby be led to a deepening response to their vocation in life. To unite servers of different parishes and dioceses for their mutual support and encouragement.
Membership of the Guild is open to any server, without limit of age, who can serve Mass, and who has shown a wish to live up to the objects and standards of the Guild.
Servers will have been given adequate training and reaches the necessary standard before being admitted to the sanctuary and then should serve satisfactorily for a minimum of six months before being enrolled as a member of the Guild.
If you are interested in serving on the altar please contact Mike Coombes.
“I was sick and you visited me”
We have two hospitals within the boundaries of the parish community. The Royal Gwent Hospital on Cardiff Road is the central hospital for the Gwent and surrounding areas. Large numbers of people pass through the Royal Gwent each day, some of whom stay in the hospital for long spells.
St. Woolos hospital at the top of Stow Hill is sizeable and deals with after care and recuperation. It also deals with minor ailments.
There is nothing worse than being stuck in hospital; it often gets lonely and boring. Volunteers are always need to stop by and bring a cheery smile and come comfort to the patients. Even just one hour a week can make a huge difference and help patients to feel connected to the outside world and to the Church!
Contact: Parish Office
Little Voices of St. Michael’s
“He who sings prays twice”
The ‘Little Voices’ are a choir of children from the St. Michael’s Community who often lend their voices at the Sunday Morning Mass, and perform locally upon invitation. Their dynamic and enthusiasm are contagious and they help to offer praise and worship to Almighty God.
Contact: Annie/Maria Catala
Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion serve the community and assist the clergy by helping to distribute the Body and Blood of Our Lord to the sick and housebound. They also assist at the Mass where required.
Given the size of the All Saints Parish we need a large number of volunteers to ensure that sick and housebound who are unable to attend Mass have the opportunity to receive the Body and Blood of Christ on a weekly basis. This involves visiting people at home, in hospital or in nursing homes/sheltered accommodation.
If you can assist even by visiting one person near your home it would be a great help.
Contact: the Parish Priest
Lay Readers assist the Liturgy by proclaiming the Word of God (reading) at the Mass and various liturgies that take place throughout the year.
Readers perform a vital service to the Liturgy. If you are a confident reader and would like to assist in this role, please contact the Parish Office.
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me”
When people come to church they expect a warm welcome. Often people visit for Mass from other parishes other than our own. They will be unfamiliar with St. Michael’s and its functioning. Welcomers stand at the back of the church, greet people as they arrive, hand out hymnbooks and any materials available each week, and answer any questions people may have.
If you are interested in becoming a welcomer contact the Parish Office.