Please find below information about the Ministry
of the Eucharist, the Ministry of the Word, and the
Guild of St Stephen (Altar Servers) within the
Parish of English Martyrs, Didcot.
The selection of Eucharistic Ministers is the
responsibility of the Parish Priest, who as far as
possible appoints people to represent a fair
cross-section of the Parish in terms of class,
ethnic origin and sex, so that they may be a true
representation of the Parish as a whole.
When fulfilling their duty, the Eucharistic
Minister should not fulfil any other liturgical
function at that Mass e.g. reader or server.
Eucharistic Ministers attend a course of training
sessions in the Diocese which are approved by the
If you are interested in finding out more about
the process of becoming a Eucharistic Minister,
please contact Father David O’Sullivan directly.
The Readings at all Masses at English Martyrs are
undertaken by a group of volunteers – usually two
readers for each Mass. Volunteers are always welcome
and training is available. If you would like to
become a reader, please contact Chris Wilson via
The Guild of St Stephen (Altar Servers)
Any parishioner can participate in a more
meaningful way at Mass by becoming an Altar Server.
It is one of the lay ministries of the Church and
provides an opportunity to explore a new path for
growing closer to God.
Being an Altar Server involves preparing the
altar and sanctuary with all the sacred vessels and
accessories necessary for the Priest to say Mass and
assist the Priest during the Mass itself.
Children are welcome to become Altar Servers once
they have received their First Holy Communion.
Please contact Father David O’Sullivan directly for
more information or to register your interest.