Children’s Liturgy takes place within the 11.00 am Mass
on Sundays for children between 3-11 years, where the Gospel
is made available to children in a way that is meaningful to
We always welcome new catechists to help out with the
liturgy. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Andy
MINISTRY OF THE EUCHARIST
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 as regards class, ethnic origin and sex, so that they
may be seen as truly representative of the parish. When
fulfilling their duty, the Eucharistic Minister should not
fulfill any other liturgical function at that Mass, eg.
reader or server. Eucharistic Ministers attend a course of
training sessions in the Diocese which is approved by the
Volunteers to join the sacristy team rota are always
welcome. Duties include helping to prepare the altar before
Mass, and overseeing altar servers. If you think you could
help, and for further details, please contact Noel Clifford.
MINISTRY OF THE WORD
The Readings at Mass are undertaken by a group of
volunteers, usually two readers at each Mass. Volunteers are
always welcome. Training is available. If you would like to
be a Reader, please contact Paul O’Rourke.
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. This involves
preparing the altar and sanctuary with all the sacred
vessels and accessories necessary for the priest to say
Mass, and assisting him during Mass itself. Children are
welcome to become Altar Servers once they have received
their First Holy Communion. Please see Fr Phillip if you are
HOLY COMMUNION FOR THE SICK AND HOUSEBOUND
If you, or someone you know, are unable to attend Mass
and would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact Fr
If you or anyone you know is going into hospital and
would like a priest to visit, the onus is now on the family
to arrange this. Please see the list of contacts for details
of hospital chaplains.
SACRAMENT OF THE SICK
If a person is gravely ill and requires the Sacrament of
the Sick, Fr Phillip should be advised irrespective of the
time – day or night.
A wide range of music is used from traditional organ
music to more modern music used by the Music Group. The
Music Group always welcomes new talent – all that is
required is enthusiasm. We are always looking for new
singers and instrumentalists to help out on Sundays. If you
are interested, please contact Sue Hunt .
Flowers for the church are prepared on Fridays.
Volunteers are always welcome. If you think you could help,
please contact Marion Hill.
If you think you could spare a little time during the
week to help clean the church, please contact Anne-Marie
We are always looking for volunteers to act as
‘welcomers’ before Mass. This simply entails greeting people
as they enter the church, and handing out hymn-books. If you
think you could help, please contact Andy Robins .
There is a thriving youth group for ages 10+ which meets
monthly, and serves both St John’s and English Martyrs,
Didcot. The Youth Group aims to inspire children to take an
active interest in their parish. For more information
contact Andy Robins or Phyllis Green.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
St John’s has a very active branch of the St Vincent de
Paul Society. The aim of the group is to provide help and
support to those who need it, through contact and visits to
all types of people, including families and the sick and
elderly. If you would like to become a member of the SVP,
please contact Mary Hill.
We are always open to ideas and comments from everyone in
the parish, young and old alike, so please inform us of your
ideas as to ways in which we can help you to fulfill your
roles in the parish and the community.
We aim to respond to the needs of the parish, and as such
our work is often dictated by the feedback we get from the
various open meetings, the AGM we hold to begin our year,
and comments made from each meeting. We are constantly
working to improve our response to be a community for Christ
You can always read the latest on what we’ve discussed at
our meetings by checking the minutes on the notice-board,
which are posted shortly after each meeting. The Pastoral
Council always welcomes ideas for inclusion on the agenda.
Meetings are advertised in the weekly newsletter.
How about joining the Pastoral Council? Elections are
held every year. Members serve for three years. Further
details are available from the parish office, or from any
The repository is open after Sunday morning Mass. You
will find a wide range of cards and religious items for
sale. If you would like to order specific item, please
contact Anne-Marie Bromley.
PARISH GIFT AID
Through gift aid, the parish can recover from the Inland
Revenue the income tax that tax-paying parishioners have
already made on their offerings. If you give regularly,
please consider using gift aid. Contact the Parish Office.