We have numerous parish groups assisting our parish of St Teresa’s. As well as Fr Tom the Parish Priest we also have a deacon, Deacon Tom Douglas.
Deacon Tom works full time for Bristol North Health Care Trust. If you know you are going into Southmead Hospital, let him know and you will receive a visit from the Hospital Chaplaincy Team.
Parish groups cover and help with all aspects of parish life, listed below are the groups. To find out more about them and the work that they do, talk to Fr. Tom or Deacon Tom, they will help you talk to the person responsible for each group.
JOINT PARISHES PASTORAL COUNCIL: We exist to serve the needs of our Parish. The Parish Pastoral Council will endeavour to ensure that all members of our parish and local community receive the pastoral care that they are due. We meet every six weeks and consider areas of parish development. Members of the Parish Pastoral Council represent the diverse nature of our parish, but are always seeking new members so that we are fully representative of the parish. If there is anything you wish to be discussed at our meetings, please let a member of the Council know.
THE A.B.C. GROUP: About Being Catholic-About Becoming Catholic: This group is newly formed every October. It is made up of: people from the local community who wish to know more about Catholicism; people who were never baptised and are enquiring about this sacrament; baptised Christians who wish to be more united with Catholicism; and baptised Catholics who for whatever reason missed out on celebrating their First Holy Communion or were never confirmed. This group is also the Parish R.C.I.A. Group
CHILDREN’S LITURGY: At the beginning of the 10.30am Mass, three times each month, the children of our parish gather on the Sanctuary of the Church. They are then sent by Fr. Tom to explore the Liturgy of the Word and learn how to live it in their lives. Adult catechists help them learn more about the Gospel of the Day, and in various ways the children learn about their faith. They return to the Church during the offertory procession and then share what they have done with the whole congregation after Holy Communion. A rota can be found here.
LITURGY & WORSHIP: At the heart of our faith is the Liturgy and how we celebrate this is important to us. The Liturgy and Worship group meet regularly to plan important occasions in the Liturgical Year, such as Advent and Lent. In their planning they strive to adhere to the wishes of the Church and ensure that the way we worship at St. Teresa’s is reverent and inclusive.
CAFOD GROUP – Within St Teresa’s parish we have a strong CAFOD group. Through raising awareness and supporting the worldwide work of CAFOD, the group ensure that the Parish is aware of the needs of the developing world. Please contact Teresa Harris for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PARISH FINANCE GROUP: This small group meet regularly with Fr. James to monitor Parish finances. They assist Fr. James in determining the correct usage of Parish finances and to encourage such initiatives as the 200 Club, Development Fund, Gift Aid and the weekly collections. They consider the fabrics of the Parish buildings and consider where best to invest the monies so generously given by the Parish community.
CHOIR: St Teresa’s Church Choir gathers together on most Sundays to help with the singing during the 10:30am Mass. Through contemporary and traditional music they help the congregation worship and pray. They will always welcome new members of any ability.
ALTAR SERVERS: We have both boys and girls serving on the altar, as well as a group of dedicated older people who assist at all our liturgies. They help the priest or deacon in the worship of our parish. Training for new Altar Servers is given every September in our parishes.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: These people assist the Priest and Deacons with the distribution of Holy Communion at all the Masses, they are also a vital link between the sick and housebound and those in nursing homes when they take Holy Communion to them. Some of the ministers also assist in taking communion to those in hospital.
PIETY SHOP: We have a well stocked shop selling all types of religious items. The shop is open after all weekend services.