Stewardship & Admin

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Parish Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council consists of the Priests together with a group of parishioners chosen by the parish community. The Pastoral Council's role is to promote the Church's mission to live and communicate the love and values of Christ in our world. The Pastoral Council shares in the responsibility for the ongoing life and development of the faith community, working together with parishioners to provide support for their efforts to live as followers of Christ.

The current council consists of 6 elected members and 6 ex-officio members (being the clergy and those who by virtue of their office are engaged in the pastoral care in the parish) the Parish Priest, assistant Priests, Pastoral Coordinator, School Principal, and a Finance Committee Member.  Please refer to the notice board for current members.

The Term of Office is for 2 years. Parishioners' are asked to nominate and select the 9 elected Parish Council Members every 2 years.


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee advises the Parish Priest on the management of the assets and finances of the parish.The committee prepares an annual parish budget and oversees expenditure on parish projects. It reviews all parish insurances and oversees the annual audited Parish Financial Report to the Archdiocesan Chancery Office.

Members of this committee are selected/appointed by the Parish Priest following advice from existing members of the committee.


Contributions Counters

These are volunteers arranged in small groups or 4 or 5 men and women, who come together generally on a Sunday morning for two to three hours, to count the money collections/donations from the previous week.


Piety Stand

The mission of the Piety Stand is:  To make available religious material to all of our parishioners to help them in celebrating their faith.

The stall is opened before and after weekend Masses.


General Maintenance

From time to time volunteers come together to perform any general maintenance work that may be required. This may include special cleaning projects, working bees etc.


Gardeners

Garden Maintenance volunteers keep the church and presbytery gardens tidy at a time convenient to themselves. This includes the mowing of lawns, the trimming of trees or hedges and the replacement of expired or diseased plants.


Pastoral Helpers

We are grateful to the large team of PASTORAL HELPERS who assist regularly in the ushering at Masses, taking up collections, office administrative assistance e.g. database & record updating, the organizing of various programmes in the parish etc.


Welcome Group (Greeters)

The Welcome Group is a small group of volunteers (men and women) responsible for welcoming people as they arrive for weekend Masses so that everyone is made to feel welcome. They help distribute bulletins, newsletters, prayer and hymn books etc.

On nominated Sundays of the year, the Welcome  Group, assisted by the Social Group, organises light refreshments for all Parishioners after the nominated Mass. This enables new Parishioners and visitors to meet other members of the community. All are welcome.

It is important to involve newcomers in the life of our church quickly. When people come to church, it is important that they feel at home. People want to feel like they are part of the family.

** The sense of belonging begins at the church door. Welcome them to our Church and Parish community **

The Welcome Group includes all current Parish Council Members and trained volunteer Parishioners that wish to be part of the group. Volunteer members are provided with name tags.

There are two Levels of membership:

Level 1: Welcome parishioners attending normal Sunday Mass and are present at each special Welcome Mass.

Level 2: A small group of three (currently) Welcome Group co-ordinators that meet with new parishioners to officialy welcome them into the parish. They hand out and discuss the contents of our OLMC Welcome Pack and answer any questions the new parishioner may have.


Social – Functions Group

The role of this group is to organise and run social activities in our Parish. They will organise activities for Parishioners who need a venue to meet other people and develop relationships.

The group prepares detailed plans for holding major events. This includes:

  • Celebrations in conjunction with Liturgical events E.g. O.L.M.C. Festival/Fair
  • Social events for our seniors, for families, for our youth, for the disabled etc.
  • Social Outings for seniors, for families, for our youth, for the disabled etc.


The group is led by a "Social Group Co-Ordinator" who may or may not be a Parish Council member, however at least one current member of the Parish Council should be an active member of the group. It includes other interested suitably skilled and committed Parishioners.