Community

Rotas

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St Peter’s 

Eucharistic Ministers, Readers and Music Ministry: Rotas will be posted in the NEWS section of our website every three months.

Teas & Coffees :  Please sign up online

Cleaners Cleaners’ Rota 2016/2017

St Philip’s

Rotas are not currently available online.

Alpha

Alpha Course is currently on Tuesday afternoons from 1 30- 3 10 p.m. at St Peter’s Primary School, Carisbrooke Avenue SK7 5PL. There is no meeting on October 24th becasue of half term

Alpha also begins at The Wellspring Centre in Stockport on October 8th for ten weeks starting at 12 30 pm.

 

 

 

 

Alpha is a ten-week course exploring the Christian faith. It is open to anyone of any creed or faith. Alpha provides an ideal beginning for anyone who has no previous knowledge of the Christian faith, whilst equally idea for anyone wishing to refresh or refocus their faith. A typical Alpha evening at the Parish Centre starts with a light meal, followed by a DVD presentation and group discussions held in a informal relaxed atmosphere. The course is also held in our two primary schools following a similar pattern starting with coffee and snacks. Maybe you feel burdened by life? Or thirsty for something new? Why not try Alpha or mention it to someone else?

Contact: Rachel McKay – 0161 487 1659

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During Mass

Altar

Altar Servers

There is a wonderful tradition of Altar Service at St. Peter’s and the current team do an excellent job. They are a great asset to the liturgical life of the Parish and play a vital role on Sundays and Holy Days. New members are always welcome, once a child (boy or girl) has made their First Holy Communion they are eligible to join the team after attending a training session. You will notice some of our Servers wearing medals. This is because they have been enrolled into the Guild of St. Stephen, the patron of Servers. Some of our juniors Servers will be enrolled this December; could you be one of them?

Contact: Fr Peter 0161 483 3476/ Dave Pickup / altar.serving@outlook.com

Camera Operators

Your Parish needs YOU! For each Mass, we need someone to operate the camera that streams each Mass or Service across the globe; primarily to the sick and housebound in our own parish. No great technical understanding is needed; all that is required is to change the shot at the appropriate time by pressing the button on the parish tablet from your pew. Training for new team members is available. This is a new ministry developing in our Church as New Evangelisation grows.

Contact: Conor Gallogly – conor.gallogly@hotmail.co.uk

Children’s Liturgy Group

The group aims to explain the Gospel stories to young children aged 3-10 in ways meaningful to them. We operate during the Sunday Mass during term time. After the opening hymn we process out of Church. We pray and then the children work with day’s Gospel in a way suited to them. After the Homily we process back into Church and display our work and discuss the Gospel with Fr. Peter. Our catechists are not all teachers, just adults who enjoy talking and helping children learn.

Explorers for Years 6, 7 and 8. Come and find out why, what and when of the Gospels. Also at 10am Mass.

Contact: Janice Ormerod – 0161 456 6157

Choirs

The Junior Choir is open to boys and girls from the age of 7. As well as singing regularly at Mass, the choir frequently perform in special services, concerts, entertainments and festivals, sometimes with the adult choir. Practices are on Friday 5.30pm – 6.15/30pm in term time.

The Adult Choir sings regularly at Mass on Sundays and special feast days and takes part in concerts and festivals with considerable success.Practices are on Thursday, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. There is no audition required for either choir – just come along to a practice and give it a try.

Contact: Eileen Rigg – 01625 872948

Eucharistic Ministers

We need approximately 60 parishioners to carry out this vital ministry on rota. Because of its central part in the Mass, ministers renew their commitment periodically. In addition, some ministers volunteer to take the Eucharist to housebound parishioners. We are always pleased to see more volunteers. More people are becoming housebound and ideally we need 24 ministers to operate on a three week rota. This ministry is open to anybody after Confirmation. Please speak to Father Peter if you are interested in this ministry.

Contact: Maureen Horton – 0161 483 1590 (Housebound)/ Tony Martin – 0161 483 7720 (Church)

Folk Group

We’ve been together now for over 30 years (well, some of us). We play/sing most Sundays, at the 10:00am Mass; not at all in August. Young musicians are welcome to join us after they reach Grade 3 in their instrumental exams. That way, we don’t have regular weekly practices, as most of our members are able to pick up new pieces quickly. We also play and sing at big feast days and celebrations.
Contact:  Steph Leyden – 0161 456 6285

Readers

We are always looking for people to read at Sunday or weekday Masses If you would consider putting your name on the rota for Sundays please contact Fr Peter. Copies of the current rota are available from the Sacristy or on this website.

Contact:  The Parish Office or Fr Peter  – 0161 483 3476

Welcomers

A recently re-formed group focussed on trying to make our church community as welcoming as possible for visitors and parishioners. We’ve created leaflets to explain what happens at Mass, at funerals and baptisms; we offer suggestions in the weekly newsletter and we’re exploring initiatives to work towards our goal. If you’d be interested in joining us, you’d be very welcome – of course!

Contact: Anne-Marie Bailey via the Parish Office

Ecumenism

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Churches Together in Hazel Grove brings together representatives from the Christian churches in our town for shared prayer, action and fellowship. Committee members meet regularly and help to organise such events as worship and scripture study during Christian Unity Week, Lent, Pentecost and other key moments, plus the Covenant Renewal Service, which commits the churches to striving towards greater unity. Anybody interested is welcome to join our representatives on the committee.

Contact: Cath Smith: 0161 612 3592
swazimum@hotmail.com

 

High Lane Christian Care are an ecumenical group formed in the 1970s under the auspices of St Thomas’s (Anglican), Whindlehurst Methodist Church and St Peter;s. The activities of our volunteers in High Lane have evolved somewhat over the years. We currently organise a luncheon club on Thursdays for elderly/lonely/housebound residents of High Lane – a hot meal is served in St Thomas’s Church Hall – transport can be provided if required.On Monday mornings in the Conservative Club we have a drop-in cafe – drinks, snacks and a good chat. Committee members visit various elderly/lonely people in their homes on a regular basis. Because of it’s perennial needs, one service which has never altered is the provision of transport from High Lane to and from medical appointments. Volunteers are always welcome for all activities.

Contact: John Waring  – 0161 427 7326

Faith Exploration

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Alpha

See above

CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration)

The CaFE course is a series of sessions exploring various aspects of Catholicism. The course is held in the parish centre meeting room, in a relaxed setting, starting with a prayer, video and then ending with group discussion. Coffee and refreshments are served.

Contact: Teresa Thiele – 01625 260 602 

Lending Library

A free lending library with a varied selection of spiritual reading material is housed in the bookcase at the back of Church (next to side door). The books range from those suitable for young children through to teenagers and adults. We have some light reads and some more weighty books – there is something for everyone!

Contact: Ann Bonner – 0161 456 6152

RCIA

This programme follows the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults into the Catholic Faith. We call  it  the  Enquirers’ Group, and it is for any non-Catholic interested in becoming fully initiated into the Catholic Faith. Meets between September and Pentecost and all meetings are as an LPA group and take place at the Evron Centre on Thursdays.

Contact:  Tony Martin – 0161 483 7720 / Fr Peter

Scripture Study

Parishioners are invited to come together on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the Parish Meeting Room at 8.00pm to listen to and reflect on the Scrip­tures. The Catholic Catechism says the following with regard to the centrality of Scriptures in our lives:

“The Church forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian Faithful to learn the surpassing knowledge Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” Our purpose on a Wednesday night is to deepen our understanding of God’s Word in an informal, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, and thus to engage more fully with God’s love for us as seen in the person and work of his Son, Jesus.

Contact: Mike O’Malley – 0161 292 2663 / Tom Dorian – 0161 483 3631

 

SPY- St Peters Youth

SPY meetings take place on the 2nd Sunday evening of each month at 7.15pm in the parish meeting room. All young people who attend secondary school or 6th form are invited to join us for an evening of fun, games and faith exploration. New members are very welcome.

Contact: David Small – 01625 876752.

Maintaining Church Facilities

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Altar Linen

Ladies who launder! That is – wash and iron the small towels and purificators needed each week. Men or women are needed for this very practical mission in our Parish. Collect on Sunday, deliver back in pristine condition before the weekend – a simple yet essential task well done.

Church Cleaners

What a lot of sticky fingers we bring to Church! Never mind. Just as long as we can keep the cleaning team rotas beavering away, unseen and largely unsung by most of us, we’ll still be slithering off our benches come next Sunday. Hard work, but go at your own pace. It keeps you fit and is a wonderful niche for any parishioners who think ‘I’d just like to do something practical to help.’ Male and female help useful, especially around Christmas and Easter times.

Contact: Margaret King – 0161 483 4584

Flower Arrangers

These are seriously talented and creative people. Several different styles are seen; often modern and minimalist; sometimes Latin and opulent; always professional and uncluttered. What a wonderful variety they produce for us each week. They give large feast days and special celebrations a joyful setting for our worship. You probably need some creative fingers and/or experience to join this work, but all the teams are so friendly they will give you a hand to know what’s what.

Contacts: Collette Christie – 0161 427 4982 / Chris O’Hara – 0161 456 5975

Grounds Clearing Group

Once or twice a year parishioners gather with clippers, shovels, brushes etc. and black bin bags galore, to keep the church surrounds tidy(ish)!

For further information see the newsletter.

Lending Library

A free lending library with a varied selection of spiritual reading material is housed in the bookcase at the back of Church (next to side door). The books range from those suitable for young children through to teenagers and adults. We have some light reads and some more weighty books – there is something for everyone!

Contact: Ann Bonner – 0161 456 6152

Piety Stall

The Piety Stall is open before and after each Sunday Mass.  We would welcome extra helpers. Small items and cards for all occasions are available from the Sacristy.

Contact:  Denise Noon  – 0161 483 0217

Praise and Worship

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Centring Prayer as taught by Fr Thomas Keating OCSO

Centring prayer is prayer of the heart – God may be loved but not thought, Come and rest in Him. We gather every Tuesday in the Parish Centre at 11.15am. All are welcome.

Contact: Mike O’Malley – 0161 292 2663

Holy Hour with Prayer Ministry

On the last Wednesday of each month at 8pm the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration. At 8.30pm there is also the opportunity for prayer ministry for anyone who would like to be prayed with. Quiet music will be played during this time. All welcome.

Contact: Rachel – 0161 487 1659/ Laura – 01625 876752

Rosary Groups –The Thursday Rosary Prayer Group:

Pray the Rosary using music and scripture on alternate Thursday evenings at 7.00pm in the Members Lounge of the Parish Centre. All welcome.

Contact: Laura Small – 01625 876 752

Children’s Rosary Group:

Open to children/young people of all ages and their parents. We pray the rosary then have some social/craft time. We meet on the first Friday of the month at 6:15pm in the Parish Meeting Room.

Contact: Laura Small – 01625 876 752

Scripture Study

Parishioners are invited to come together on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the Parish Meeting Room at 8.00pm to listen to and reflect on the Scrip­tures. The Catholic Catechism says the fol­lowing with regard to the centrality of Scriptures in our lives:

“The Church forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian Faithful to learn the surpassing knowledge Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” Our purpose on a Wednesday night is to deepen our understanding of God’s Word in an informal, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, and thus to engage more fully with God’s love for us as seen in the person and work of his Son, Jesus.

Contact: Mike O’Malley – 0161 292 2663 / Tom Dorian – 0161 483 3631

Praise and Worship

We are now holding Praise and Worship meetings on the first Friday of the month in the Parish Centre. (This is straight after Children’s Rosary Group). Please come along – bring your musical instrument and join in, if you like!

Contact: Rachel Mckay – 0161 487 1659

Social Justice

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Children’s Society

Over the years the Catholic Children’s Society has ensured that many children who might not have done so, have in fact received excellent parenting and all the love and ability for trust that goes with it. Friends of the Society (home collection boxes) make a significant contribution to its income and more importantly, it means that in our Diocese around 2,500 are in touch with the Society and its work.

Contact: watch the Newsletter

Justice and Peace

St. Peter’s Justice & Peace meet in the Parish Centre at 8pm on the first Wednesday of every month, except August. The group aims to raise awareness in the Parish about peace and justice issues including homelessness, global poverty, fairtrade, human rights and many other issues. The group also raises money and activates support for local, national and international charities. New members are always welcome.

Contact: Carmel O’Malley – 0161 292 2663

Lambs (Less-Able in Mind and Body) 

We have been running this happy social group one Sunday afternoon a month since 1994. Its main aim is to put the needs of the less­ able before anything else.  About 20-30 members are welcomed, along with their families, friends and carers. We laugh, we dance, we smile, we dance some more, we make new friends, we dance again and we eat delicious food donated by kind parishioners. This is a group which touches many individuals in our parish. Our celebrations for special occasions bring in many helpers, but if you can ‘t get along, sending in some food would be a great help to us. Meetings are on the last Sunday of the month (except Bank Holidays) from 4.00-6.00pm.

Contacts: Jackie Mackay: 0161 483 6348
Kath Coll: 0161 456 0881
kathcoll@btinternet.com

Lenten Lunches

Each Lent a small team gets together to serve soup-and-a-roll, with tea and coffee, after midday Friday Mass. It started a few years ago as a fund-raiser, and continues to support the Mission in Peru where Fr Ned Wall spent five years.  Now it’s just as much a social occasion, although generous donations always bring us back to the primary aim of this Lenten event. (All soup is home made, so if you have a favourite recipe and a large pan, that might be your way to help for one day).

Contact: Helen Lyons – 07854 928 072

Lourdes Group

If you are 16 or over and would would like to come on the Lourdes Pilgrimage with St Peter’s Lourdes Group, you will be very welcome.

The group meets on the first Sunday of every month from October to July at 7.00pm in the Parish Meeting Room. At these meetings you will get to know the group members and make good friends. We plan our fund raising activities to help with the cost of the Pilgrimage and learn all about your role as a volunteer in Lourdes. Members come back year after year because they find it so rewarding and great fun. As well as helping practically you will be a companion to the Pilgrims, taking them to services, shopping or for refreshments. It is a wonderful experience both spiritually and socially. If you would like to know more:

There is also plenty of scope for adults to come with the pilgrimage either just as pilgrims or adult helpers. Doctors and nurses are especially welcome

Contact: Helen Lyons –  07854 928 072

Diocesan Pilgrimage Website 

Mission (Mission Boxes)

The Association for the Propagation of the Faith (Missio) is an easy way of contributing to the mission work of the Church throughout the world. If you would like a red collecting box for those spare coins, then please phone Margaret.

Contact: Margaret King – 0161 483 4584

SVP (St Vincent De Paul’s) 

St Peter’s has a thriving SVP Conference. We meet on  the  first  Monday of  each month at  8:15pm in the Meeting Room. Members visit older people in residential homes, sheltered ac­commodation and in their own homes. We also provide practical help and friendship wherever it is needed within the local community. Special events such as: the housebound Masses, afternoon teas and lunches mean temporary help is often needed both with the event and for transporting our guests. This may suit parishioners who wish to help but whose busy lives mean they cannot make a regular commitment. participation in this way would be a real help with what is one of the greatest commitments in our parish. New members are always welcome.

Contact: Lorraine Parker: 0161 456 5629
lorraineandbobparker@gmail.com

Youth SVP

The Youth SVP Conference (for young peo­ple aged 13- 18 years) is also thriving under the leadership of a Youth President they meet every Monday evening at Shepley House from 7:00-8:00pm for activities/visits with residents. Shepley House is a residen­tial care home, in Hazel Grove for older people. There is also a meeting on the 4th Sunday of every month in the Meet­ing Room for spiritual development and planning activities. New members are always welcome.

Contact:Lorraine Parker: 0161 456 5629
lorraineandbobparker@gmail.com

Socialising

St. Philip’s Friendship Group

Meets every Friday, 10am – 12noon at St. Philip’s. Facilities are available to share skills and talents – knitting, crocheting, sewing, card making, painting – playing cards, dominoes or board games – or just chatting over a cup of tea or coffee. It is open to anyone of any age, nationality, faith or none. Every first Friday of the month, those who wish may stay for soup lunch. Come along. 

The Catenian Association

The Catenians are an 10,500 strong international brotherhood of Catholic men who value faith, family, friendship and fun and who meet socially each month. There are over 300 groups – known as circles – world wide and gatherings regularly involve wives, children and families.

Catenians enjoy bonds of friendship, support each other including access to a Benevolent Fund, have care for widows of deceased members, offer bursaries to help young Catholics seeking to help others and are active in promoting vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life. Catenians invariably play an active part in parish life.

The nearest Circle to St. Peter’s is the Ringway Circle and meets at Hazel Grove Golf Club on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 8pm. Feel free to come along. Further details can be found here.

Contact

Irish Dancing

Mohan School of Irish Dancing hold classes every Saturday in the Parish Centre from 10:30am – 1:30pm. This Manchester School has been established for over 25 years and qualified more than once for the National and World Championships. We accept new pupils aged 4 years and above.

Contact: Janet (teacher) – 0161 789 8467

Lenten Lunches

Each Lent a small team gets together to serve soup-and-a-roll, with tea and coffee, after midday Friday Mass. It started a few years ago as a fund-raiser, and continues to support the Mission in Peru where Fr Ned Wall spent five years.  Now it’s just as much a social occasion, although generous donations always bring us back to the primary aim of this Lenten event. (All soup is home made, so if you have a favourite recipe and a large pan, that might be your way to help for one day).

Contact: Helen Lyons – 07854 928 072

Parish Centre

The Parish Centre is used for many activities during the week. You can dance on Monday afternoons, Wednesday evenings – line dancing, and selected Saturday evenings dancing. Tuition for children in ballet on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, and Irish Dancing on Saturday morning.

The Centre is used by the local community as a venue for: adult education, meetings of Stockport NHS Primary Care Trust, Stepping Hill Carer Support, Stockport Centre for Health Promotion, the Heart Support Group and the National Blood Service operate regular blood donor sessions.

The Centre is also available for private hire for all social functions: christening parties, birthday parties, wedding receptions etc. Please check availability for bookings.

Contact: Helen Lyons – 078549 28072 (Monday to Thursday)

Contact: Tracy  – 0783 896 0076 (Bookings Friday to Sunday and Children’s Parties)

Meeting Room Bookings Contact: Helen Lyons – 078549 28072

Teas and Coffee after 10am Mass

A rota of volunteers serve tea, coffee and biscuits after I0:00am Mass on Sundays. It is an opportunity to make new friends and meet people in our parish family and for the children to play together. Money raised through donations for tea and coffee goes to support the work of Mary’s Meals and other charities that we support. If you have ideas of how you would like to use the opportunity, e.g. to hold a bake sale, please come along and let us know. If you are new to the parish please come along – we would be very pleased to meet you.

Contact: Maria Oates – 07907 807 140 / Sandra Coleing –  0161 419 9083

Theatre Trips

Trips are arranged at frequent intervals to the­atrical productions in Manchester. Return travel  is by coach from the church car park to the theatre.  Shows are advertised in the Newsletter and sign-up sheets for names of those who are interested are posted at the back of church.

All prices, unless stated otherwise, include coach from Church.

Contact: Tony Martin – 0161 483 7720

Walking Club

We enjoy regular local walks of easy / medium difficulty one Sunday each month, after 8:30am Mass. Stimulating exercise and friendly chat as we go. If we lose our way, we soon get back on track – no hassle! Well behaved dogs are welcome. The first walk of every new year ends with a meal at a local hostelry.

Contact: Tony and Brenda Martin – 0161 483 7720