Parish Groups

Altar Servers

Any child, girl or boy, who is in primary five or above, is eligible to become altar servers. Parents or guardians are required to fill out a consent form. New servers welcome

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Apostolic Work

Apostolic Work is a voluntary organisation, made up of people who work in different ways to provide help for those who suffer and are deprived. It originally helped foreign missions by supplying vestments, sacred vessels etc.

Today, the members share in the missionary apostolate of the Church through prayer, by knitting, sewing, baking etc. and by providing material and financial assistance to foreign missionaries. Money is raised through voluntary subscriptions, sales of work and an annual fund raising day (notified in the weekly Parish Bulletin) held in the Parish Centre.  This money goes directly to Churches, clinics, food, water, medicines, street children and those who are in great need.  Volunteers needed.

 Contact: The Parish Office

 

Baptism Team

This is a group of Parishioners who, in pairs, visit the homes of parent/s who have asked the Parish Priest for their child or children to be Baptised.

At a time arranged through the Parish Office, team members go to the home of the parent/s and sensitively go through the Baptism Rite ceremony and explain the meanings of the signs and symbols used.

 The aim is to help make the parent/s comfortable with the special event which is the Rite of Baptism and to understand the importance of the ceremony and the faith hopes that the Church has for each newly Baptised child.

 Team members assist parents in completing the documentation for the child; in particular the name slips which the Priest will use during the ceremony.

 Parishioners, especially those new to St. Anne’s, always have a warm welcome for team members who are often invited to attend, where possible, the ceremony for which they have given help.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Basement Club

This group meets weekly in the Parish Centre where around seven leaders from the Parish host for a few hours some eighteen children and young adults with special needs or physical disability.

 The club aims to promote independence skills and facilitate the particular interests of members. On offer are games, snooker, arts and crafts, colour-in books and music. In addition the club has its own small computer suite and from time to time special guests visit to entertain and help motivate members.

 There is, of necessity, a high ratio of helpers to members, so new volunteers are always welcome.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Bereavement Support Group

The aim of the Group is to care for our bereaved Parishioners through caring for and listening to them and remembering their loved one.  We do this by helping with the Mass of Remembrance every November and the Mass for Children Lost at the Dawn of Life held after Easter; praying through our Prayer Circle; delivering our Prayer Card to recently bereaved families; maintaining our Parish Book of Remembrance.

 We also run a listening service for those who need to talk to someone outside the family/friend circle – this is carried out in complete confidentiality by volunteers who have been trained by Cruse Bereavement Care.

Cruse Bereavement Care promotes the well-being of bereaved people and enables anyone bereaved by deathto understand their grief and cope with their loss.

 If you are bereaved and wish to talk in confidence, please contact the Parish Office.  Leave your name and phone number and a member of the Group will contact you.

 

Charis

Charis is an Ecumenical, Charismatic Community of about one hundred people who live mainly in South and West Belfast.  The Community was founded about thirty years ago. It is a Covenant Community, whose members, after a period of formation, make a lifelong commitment to share their lives with each other in growing as disciples of Jesus Christ.

It is a Transgenerational Community involving married couples and people from all age groups who are called to be missionaries in their daily lives.  A cluster of seven families live in the Greystown area of the Parish.

 Some members are involved in evangelisation amongst university students and young people in the Poleglass, Twinbrook areas of West Belfast.  We meet as a Community for a prayer every Thursday in the Church of Ireland Chaplaincy in Elmwood Avenue.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Child Care Committee

St. Anne’s Parish has been at the forefront in the early formation of a Parish Child Care Committee with robust and transparent policies firmly established with the aim of ensuring the promotion of safe child care practices in all parish related activities involving children and young people.

 Thus there is a shared responsibility between Priests and the laity.

Members of the Child Care Committee play a key role in identifying those who in our Parish who work alongside children and young people and those of our volunteers who require vetting and training.

The Committee has clearly defined roles and the Diocese of Down and Connor offers valuable support through training and the development of best practice guidelines in carrying out their vital role in the protection of children and young people. 

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Children’s Liturgy Group

The Children’s Liturgy takes places during the 6.30pm Vigil Mass on Saturdays and the 12 noon Mass on Sundays.

Children leave the main congregation for part of the Mass and go into the Sacristy where they hear and explore the Scriptures in an age-appropriate way involving a discussion or activity.  The prayers and order of the Mass is adhered to as much as possible helping the children to better understand the Sacrament.  They celebrate the Liturgy of the Word at their own level and rejoin the congregation for the second part of the Mass.

All the Leaders involved are vetted and monitored on an ongoing basis by qualified and approved professionals using the Safeguarding Regulations for the protection of our children.

 A registration form must be completed before a child joins the Group and this can be obtained from a member of the Welcoming Ministry or the Parish Office.

 New volunteer Leaders welcome.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Christian Life Community (CLC)

The Christian Life Community (CLC) in the Parish is a group of people who meet together every two weeks in the Parochial House to help each other to know Christ better and to find what He is asking of them in their daily lives.  Our particular way of living as lay Christians is inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola – bringing together faith and living so that we are aware of Christ in every part of our daily lives. 

Christian Life Community is an international community that does not have a rule book, but a set of general principles which are both flexible and inspiring.  These include the three characteristics of spirituality (living prayer), community and mission. Through prayer and community each of us discover our own call to serve Christ at home, work, in our Parish and in our local community.

CLC might be for you if you:– are searching for space in your life to reflect deeply and pray – want to meet and share with others – are trying to work out how God is calling you– want to integrate your faith and life more closely – are interested in Ignatian Spirituality – are interested in joining CLC or are already a member

 New members are welcome

 Contact: The Parish Office

 

Church Cleaners

The Church Cleaners are Parishioners who sacrifice their time and labour by regularly cleaning the Church.  The group consists of four teams and each week, on a rota basis, one of the teams cleans the Church.

 It is also a sign of reverence for the ever-present Risen Lord.  The group is open to all Parishioners who would like to help to clean our place of worship.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Dunmurry Churches Together

Dunmurry Churches Together consists of the Presbyterian Church, the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, the Church of Ireland, as well as St. Anne’s Catholic Church.

Through informal meetings, made up of members from each of the Churches, inter-church worship events in Advent, in Christian Unity week, and on Easter Sunday morning are organised. These moments of meeting are very important. The attendance of Parishioners of St. Anne’s and their support is very necessary and encouraged.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Eucharistic Adoration Apostolate

Eucharistic Adoration is the adoration of Jesus Christ truly present in the Holy Eucharist.

The Eucharist is the sacrament which really, truly and substantially contains the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ under the appearance of Bread and Wine. It is the great sacrament of God’s love. The word ‘Eucharist’ means ‘thanksgiving’.

Our Catholic Church fosters devotion to the Real Presence through public adoration of the Holy Eucharist, notably through exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction and Forty Hours Devotion.

 Eucharistic Adoration takes place in our Church after 10.00 am Mass until 9.00pm every Wednesday and Thursday, and on Saturday morning until noon. Over one hundred committed volunteers attend on a weekly basis for a specified one hour for personal meditation and prayer. New adorers are encouraged and always welcome to join in this special time for prayer.

Contact: see joining cards in Church porch

 

Finance Committee

This is a consultative body established to assist the Parish Priest in the sound and proper administration of the Parish.

This is done by clarifying issues and making recommendations enabling the Parish Priest to be fully aware of all aspects of Parish finances when making decisions about financial matters.

The committee of ten is chaired by a lay Parishioner with the Parish Priest in attendance. Membership of the committee includes skills in banking, teaching, IT, private business and public affairs.

Other financial activity:

Gift Aid Scheme

Parishioners who pay income tax can increase the value of their contributions to the Parish simply by having a Gift Aid Agreement.

 This scheme is easy to operate and can be done at no cost or inconvenience to Parishioners.  Contributions to the Parish must however, be made by collection envelope, standing order or cheque – cash put on the collection plates is not eligible for Gift Aid.

 

GIFT Programme

See Youth Faith Development.

 

Parish collection envelopes

The weekly collections at Sunday and Saturday masses are vital for the general upkeep of the Parish and to help reduce debt. The weekly white envelopes are used solely for this purpose. The monthly green envelopes are used to help maintain the Church. Other yellow envelopes are used throughout the year for “Special collections” such as for needy Parishes and the education of Diocesan Priests.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Florist

The Church florist prepares and maintains the flowers throughout our Church every week.  She applies her creativity to design ever changing beautiful displays.

This includes altar flowers as well as the decoration of our Church for annual celebrations such as Easter, Christmas etc.

 

Folk Group Choir

Saint Anne’s Folk Group provides music, both instrumental and vocal, to enhance the liturgy at 12 noon Mass on Sundays.  We also provide music at a number of Parish Liturgies, e.g. Penitential Services, Advent and Lent Prayer Services.  We work with the other Church Choirs in the Parish to sing and play at inter-Denominational Services during the year.  We also come together for special Parish events. 

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Friends’ of Saint Anne’s (FOSA)

The Friends of Saint Anne’s is a sub-committee of the Finance Committee involved in organising social and fundraising events for the Parish.  They meet when required to organise major events.

 

The Knights of St. Columbanus

This is an Order of Catholic lay men dedicated to the services of Christ in daily life, in the workplace, the marketplace, in city, urban and provincial areas. The Order welcomes members who are Catholic men in full communion with the Church, who wish to bring to the service of Christ their talents and skills towards the promotion of Christian values and principles in society for the greater honour and glory of God the Father.

Membership is open to those aged 21 years and older. Prospective new members are nominated by existing members. There is provision for junior membership for those aged 18 to 21 years.

The Motto of the Order is: “To restore all things in Christ”. 

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Koinonia John the Baptist

Koinonia (the word is from the Greek meaning communion by intimate participation) John the Baptist is one of the ecclesial movements formed within the Catholic Church after Vatican II, a fruit of the Holy Spirit, to promote effective ways in preaching the Gospel in response to the challenges of living in today’s world of changing situations. It is a community formed in friendship, with a call to evangelise in the power of the Holy Spirit, following the example of John the Baptist who witnessed and pointed to Jesus.  Koinonia reaches out to all the people of God, including the young, the not so young and the elderly.

Koinonia proposes a New Evangelisation according to current Church teaching, by forming people in a biblical mentality and by laying down the foundations of our faith in ‘new ways, new fervour and new methods’ through prayer, praise and scripture proclamation, the encouragement of ‘House of Prayer’ and various courses and training

 The Koinonia John the Baptist Group in the Parish meets every Monday in a Parishioner’s house at 7.30 pm (except school holidays).

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Lectio Divina

“Lectio Divina“, a Latin term, means “divine reading” and describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us.

 In the 12th century, a Carthusian monk called Guigo, described the stages which he saw as essential to the practice of Lectio Divina. Firstly the Scripture text is read over and over so that it becomes part of us and we are transformed by it. Secondly, time is spent meditating on the text seeing its relevance for our lives. Thirdly, meditation leads to prayer of thanksgiving, humility and petition.

 Two Groups meet each Wednesday at 10.30 am and 7.30 pm in the Parochial House to reflect on and pray about the Sunday Gospel. All Parishioners are welcome.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Library (Trust Library)

Saint Anne’s Trust Library exists to help Parishioners deepen their knowledge and awareness of their Christian and Catholic faith and spirituality through reading.

 The Library was established by the Parish Pastoral Council and is located in the Church, in the room behind the right-hand side of the altar.

 All Parishioners – adults and children – are encouraged to browse the books. They may borrow any book and they are trusted to return these within a reasonable period.

 The Library’s stock of reading material has been significantly enhanced by several generous book and periodical donations from Parishioners.

Donations of, or suggestions for, any books etc. which Parishioners have found helpful for their own, or their children’s, spiritual or faith development are always welcome. These may be left in the Trust Library.

A stand containing CTS Booklets is also to be found in the Library.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Liturgy Team

Our Parish Liturgy Team is Parishioners, all of whom are actively involved in the liturgical life of the Parish as musicians, Ministers of the Word and Eucharist and members of the Baptism Team.  Each therefore has a hands-on involvement in the Parish community’s liturgy, and is committed to seeing that it all goes well.

Its principle tasks are reviewing what has already taken place in the Parish, recommending improvements and preparing for future liturgical celebrations.

The Liturgy Team meets at least four times during the year.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Marriage Preparation

“FOCCUS” programme for engaged couples.

FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication Understanding and Study) is especially suitable for couples just engaged.

FOCCUS is an inventory based program for couples who seek to explore their relationship as part of their preparation for marriage.

It is conducted over three one-hour weekly sessions with the couple and one trained facilitator from the Parish.  

 At the first session the couple meets the facilitator and fills in the inventory. It consists of a series of statements and couples individually respond with agree, disagree or undecided. The responses are computer scored and a report highlights the strengths and some of the challenges in a couple relationship. There are up to 18 categories which include lifestyle expectations, personality match, readiness issues etc. The couple decides which categories they wish to work on with the facilitator.  When completed, all couples receive a certificate of attendance.

This is a confidential service between the couple and facilitator.  The cost is £20 per couple which covers the administration fees.

Contact:  The Parish Office

 

Marriage Preparation Programme with Accord   

It is recommended that the couple also take part in an ACCORD Marriage Preparation Programme which is an Irish voluntary Catholic organisation that aims to promote a deeper understanding of Christian marriage and to offer people the means to safeguard and nourish their marriage and family relationships.

Contact: Accord Marriage Care Belfast, Curran House, Twin Spires Centre, 55 Northumberland Street, Belfast BT13                                            

Telephone          028 9023 3002

Email                 belfast@accordni.com  

Website             www.accordni.co

 Contact: The Parish Office

 

Ministers of the Eucharist

This group of Parishioners assists with the celebration of the Eucharist on Sundays and weekdays as Ministers of the Eucharist.  Their function is to assist the Priest in distributing Holy Communion.  They also visit the Manor Nursing Home to bring Communion to the residents.

To establish the connection between the Sunday assembly and the homebound and sick of the Parish, Ministers are sent from the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist to take Communion to them.  New Ministers of the Eucharist welcome.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Ministers of the Word

This group of Parishioners assists with the celebration of the Eucharist on Sundays and weekdays as Ministers of the Word.

They are commissioned to proclaim the Word of God at Mass from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. At the Ambo the Reader is the spokesperson for the Word of God.

 In proclaiming the word of God from Sacred Scripture, readers exercise their responsibility in mediating the presence of Christ. God speaks to the assembly through them, and the impact of God’s message will depend significantly on their conviction, their preparation, and their delivery.  New readers welcome.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Mothers’ Prayers Group

The mothers meet every two weeks on a Thursday in the Parish Centre.  They pray for their children and grandchildren.  They also strive for personal spiritual growth.  The Group welcomes mothers from other Christian Churches.

During the meeting a mother may share her worries without the fear of anything being repeated outside the meeting as all obey the strict rule of confidentiality.  The other mothers support her in her prayer and she will feel supported by thousands of mothers around the world who are also part of Mothers’ Prayers.  Mothers experience a great peace with the blessing of this wonderful prayer support. New mothers always welcome.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

One World Group

The One World Group meets monthly from September till June, to promote:

 On a practical level we provide:

We raise funds and we support like-minded organisations. We are inspired in our work and prayer by the example and teaching of Our Lord, Jesus Christ who came to “set the downtrodden free”, and are convinced it is better to light one candle and place it on the lamp stand to light the way for others who also may help in their way, rather than hide in the dark.

Contact: The Parish Office

 

Opus Dei

Opus Dei is a Catholic organisation founded by Saint Josemaria Escriva.  Its mission is to spread the message that work and the circumstances of everyday life are occasions for growing closer to God, for serving others and for improving society.

The Information Office is based in Dublin.

Office phone number: Dublin 003531 661 4949

E-mail address:  info@opusdei.ie

 

Parish Centre

The Parish Centre is a high quality multi-use building adjacent to the Church, featuring a range of rooms and catering facilities to meet all needs from small group meetings to concerts, indoor bowls and dancing.

 It is at the disposal of all Parish groups and is run by a small committee of seven including the Centre Manager.

The Manager is responsible for the day to day running of the Centre and ensures that the annual running costs are covered by setting reasonable charges based on the room size, duration of events and frequency of events.

Please contact Gerry Barry, 07745169205 for all enquiries.

 

Youth Faith Development

GIFT PROGRAMME   Growing in Faith Together

This initiative is being rolled out in the Diocese and is designed especially for pupils in post primary education starting with Year 8 pupils. GIFT is a fun, interactive Programme that provides young people with a positive experience of faith, enhances their connection with the Parish community after Confirmation and affirms the on-going faith formation of the entire Parish Community.

On the GIFT programme young people will take part in fun activities, pray together, discuss various topics such as friendship, gifts and relationships and will have a positive experience of belonging to the Catholic Church and their own parish. The programme  will be facilitated by a core group leaders with the help of  parent leaders and other adult volunteers who have training and support in how to share our  faith in a fun and age appropriate way. Young people who have completed the programme return as youth leaders/mentors, which can link to the PJPII Award.  – Volunteers are needed to run this project.   No special qualifications are needed.(just energy and patience!)

Parents are particularly invited to volunteer to help with this initiative but it is open to anyone age 18 and above.

At present only GIFT 1, 2 & 3 are available.  In GIFT 1, the focus is remembering our confirmation and developing unique God given gifts and talents. It will run for 6 weeks.  All leaders receive appropriate training to deliver the GIFT programme. 

To volunteer contact the Parish Office or speak to a member of the Parish Council or Welcome Team.

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