Boys and girls who have received their first Holy Commun¬ion are welcome to become altar servers to cover the Masses in Flitwick. Full training is provided and a rota spreads out the commitment. Please contact Roger Wilshaw, email email@example.com.
Drivers provide transportation for parishioners who are unable to get to and from Mass, on by rota. If you would like to volunteer to provide this service to fellow parishioners, please contact Don Perrett telephone 01525 288 278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF COMMUNION
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion assist the priest with the distribution of the Holy Eucharist. This is mainly during Mass at the weekends, but ministers can be asked to take the Holy Eucharist to sick parishioners or lead a service of the Word and Communion on weekdays. Parishioners are invited by Fr. John to be part of this ministry. There is an annual retreat day for all those taking part in this ministry.
Our Mothers’ Prayers group has been meeting each fortnight in a parishioner’s house for sixteen years to pray for our children.
We have a time of fellowship and refreshment followed by the saying of some set prayers and worship. Our most sacred time of the evening is when each mother kneels before the Cross and places her child’s (and grandchildren’s) names at the feet of Our Lord. while the other mothers pray for her intentions.
Many of our prayers have been answered through the years and we thank God for his goodness. 2017 saw our eight members continue to meet regularly and be blessed. Two members attended a day of prayer and discussions with other local Mothers’ Prayers groups at St Mary’s in Dunstable in July.
We also went out to dinner together for a time of fellowship and joy to a local restaurant.
New members have joined us and we thank God for the graces he has given us during the past year.
MUSIC AND SINGING
Music – the church is always looking for people who can play musical instruments, especially the organ or keyboard.
Singing – the church is always looking for singers to join the church choir, The Sacred Heart Singers.
Please contact Hugh Davies to find out more, telephone 01525 403 102.
Our readers make a valuable contribution to the Masses by reading the first and second readings and the bidding prayers at the weekends. Volunteers are scheduled by rota and are required to take part in an annual retreat. Contact Don Perrett, telephone 01525 288 278 or email email@example.com
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
Are you interested in becoming a fully active member of the Catholic Church? To be baptised, confirmed and to come to share in the Eucharist is possible at any age.
The starting point for becoming a member of the Catholic Church is simply making contact with the Canon Bennie, parish priest or Deacon Philip, who will be happy to talk you through the process. They will listen to you and help you to understandwhat God seems to be doing in your life. You will then be introduced to the basic steps to¬wards becoming a Catholic.
THE SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL (SVP)
Like most Catholic parishes we have a conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society – known as the SVP. Dedicated to Turning Concern into Action, members meet every week to plan activities and discuss their work. The key objective of the SVP is to meet need face on and help people when they are in difficulty. We visit people in their own homes and in residential institutions, we provide transport, we can give financial support, etc. – just ask and we will do what we can. We also support those in need overseas and every year we raise funds to help us in our work. Interested? Of course you are! Ring Brendan Spillane on 01525 861 949 for more details.
VISITING SICK OR HOUSEBOUND
Please let us know if you know of anyone who is sick, in hospital or is housebound. We can arrange for someone to visit and bring Holy Communion.
Please contact Deacon Philip, 07711 953 926 or John Flanagan, 01525 406 810.
Visitors and newcomers frequently comment that the par¬ish community are friendly and welcoming. Achieving this sense of hospitality and openness takes a great deal of effort and commitment on the part of many people.
The welcome ministry constantly needs people to offer their time for welcoming at Sunday Mass, for offering hospitality after Mass and for special events and to assist those coming to the Sacred Heart for baptisms, weddings and funerals. Those willing to offer their time should contact Deacon Philip, telephone 07711 953 926
The Sacred Heart Catholic church is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Northampton. For information about our Bishop, Peter Doyle and our diocese, please see www.northamptondiocese.org.