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Parish Groups

Parish Groups

Details of many activities and contacts are given in the Parish Newsletter and on the Notice Board in the church porch. Anyone requiring more information or wishing to become involved in any of the parish activities listed here should feel free to contact the priests of the Parish at the presbytery on 01253 762227 or email:stjohnvianneyblackpool@gmail.com

N.B.  No-one (lay or cleric) works alone (without another adult being present) with children and young people in the parish and all diocesan and national safeguarding policies and procedures are strictly followed.

Catechists for Sacramental Preparation
First Confession & First Holy Communion as well as for Confirmation. Catechists work in teams with groups of young parishioners, accompanying them as they learn more about the faith and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. More volunteers are needed – please speak to Fr Etienne.

Sacristans
The sacristans attend to the preparation of the church and assisting the priest and servers ready for Mass. Our dedicated team would be delighted to have other volunteers join them – please speak to Fr Etienne.

Cleaners 
There are a number of volunteers who clean the church. The main clean takes place on alternate Thursday mornings after 9.15am Mass. This is an important function in the parish and more people are always welcome to help spread the load. Additional volunteers help with laundering of the church linen.  More volunteers are needed – please speak to one of the priests.
          
Ground care
Our beautiful garden is maintained and cared for by much valued volunteers. More are needed – please speak to one of the priests.

Altar Servers
To be an altar server, you need to have made your first holy communion so as to serve Mass on Saturday evenings, Sundays and during the week if possible. This ministry is not simply one we perform as children but a service of Christ throughout life, our priests would appreciate men reconsidering serving once again helping them add greater dignity and reverence to the Holy Mass and the accompanying rites celebrated throughout the week.

For further details please speak directly with Fr Etienne who will offer the necessary training.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Should you be interested in this ministry, please contact the priests at the presbytery who will be pleased to give you further information.

Readers
Should you be interested in this ministry, please contact the priests at the presbytery who will be pleased to give you further information.

Foodbank
As the linked Parishes of St John Vianney & St Monica and St Cuthbert’s, we continue to seek ways to work and pray together as well as contributing to the aid of those in need in a way that is both sustainable and safe. Our parishioner offerings and donations now go to one central distribution point – the SVP at St Cuthbert’s on Lytham Rd.

Anyone interested from St John Vianney’s in offering to help the SVP with this work please speak to Fr Etienne, or alternatively go along to St Cuthbert’s on Monday mornings. Weekly this ‘Drop in’ serves on average 60/70 people added to it families from our schools and further family helps in school holidays. 

Flower-arrangers
We are fortunate in having an enthusiastic team who enhance the beauty of our church in this way. Should you be interested in this very pleasant parish activity, please contact the priests at the presbytery who will be pleased to introduce you. 

Rosary Group
The Rosary Group meets on Saturdays from 11:30, in the Day chapel. Do join them. No invitation needed. The intention of this group is primarily for Vocations to the Priesthood. 

Fundraisers
A team of willing and dedicated parishioners make up the collaborative effort of organising and running fundraising and social events in the parish. Anyone is welcome to come and contribute to these meetings and to make suggestions of what they may like to do to contribute. Keep a look out for the newsletter for information of upcoming meetings. 

The Ladies Group
This group meets every other Monday from 2.30pm till 4.00pm in the presbytery – just check the bulletin for the week it meets and go along. You will be made very welcome!

Children’s Liturgy
On many Sundays (except 1st Sundays & holidays) we provide a special Liturgy of the Word for our Children and it takes place during the 11.00am Mass. It is led by a team of catechists who take turns on a rota to minister to the children in this way. The children are invited to leave the church at the beginning of Mass. When the children have gathered in the day chapel the catechist who is leading, welcomes them and invites them to take part in a simple penitential prayer. This is followed by the reading of the Gospel which is then explained at their level. A short activity related to the scripture of the day usually follows this before the children return to Church at the time of the Offertory. Should you wish to get involved please speak to Fr Etienne.

Churches Together in Marton
The parish is represented in Churches Together in Marton. Ecumenical functions are held throughout the year. Should you wish to get involved please speak to Fr Etienne.

Senior Citizens
The Senior Citizen’s group meet in the Parish Centre each Wednesday. They often go out on trips in the area. All are most welcome – just go along.

Gardening Group
This group meets on Tuesday afternoon from 1.00pm-3.00pm on the Parish Field. New gardeners are most welcome! Just go along and introduce yourself. You’ll be most welcome!

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