Groups

Groups

This is a busy community and many of our parishioners are actively involved in the parish. There are all types of groups in the parish and there’s always room for another person. You’ll always receive a warm welcome so if a particular group is of interest to you, give our parish administrator a call on 01329 832781 and you’ll be put in touch with the relevant co-ordinator.

Care for the environment, promoting peace and encouraging fair trade are concerns of our parish ecology group. The aim is to help make the church more caring towards creation. Part of this group’s work involves managing the local Basics Bank initiative. This nationwide project involves individuals contributing food and toiletry items to the needy. Suitable items include tinned goods and dried food. These can be placed in the special receptacle with the Basics Bank posters located at both the Church of the Sacred Heart and the Church of St. Philip Howard.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Members of the parish community commit themselves to an hour of quiet prayer and devotion before the Blessed Sacrament each week. Others call into the church for a shorter time when they are free. These are the times of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:

Adoration takes place at the Church of the Sacred Heart. If you would like to join the rota please contact the parish office.

Altar servers

Girls and boys may train to become altar servers after making their First Holy Communion. Each of the weekend Masses has its own team of altar servers.

Basics Bank

The Basics Bank is a nationwide initiative that involves individuals contributing food and toiletry items to the needy. These items are made up into parcels for people in a crisis. Suitable items include tinned goods and dried food. These can be placed in the special receptacle with the Basics Bank posters located at both the Church of the Sacred Heart and the Church of St. Philip Howard.

Children’s Liturgy (Liturgy of the Word with Children)

Children who have not yet made their First Holy Communion receive catechises in the hall at both Sunday morning Masses.

Choirs

The choirs at all three worshipping communities play a vital role in helping members of the congregation lift their hearts and minds towards God. They sing at the weekend Masses and sometimes join together for special occasions.

Cleaning

Each of our churches is kept spic and span by a dedicated team of volunteers. An extra pair of hands is always welcome.

Equipes de Notre-Dame (Teams)

Christian married couples who wish to assist each other to develop their married spirituality and relationship meet monthly for a shared meal and fellowship. The parish office can provide you with the details of the current contact couple.

Families of Nazareth

The spiritual teachings of St. John of the Cross, St. Theresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Maximilian Kolbe help members of this group deepen their Catholic faith. The group entrusts itself to God through the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mother, following Jesus in his poverty and humility.

Flower arrangement

A team of flower arrangers work on a rota to maintain the floral displays at each of our churches.

Parish ecology

Care for the environment, promoting peace and encouraging fair trade are concerns of our parish ecology group. The aim is to help make the church more caring towards creation.

St Vincent de Paul

Taking inspiration from the French saint’s dedication to serving the poor, the Society of St Vincent de Paul works around the world to alleviate suffering and poverty in all its forms. At the local level, volunteer parishioners of this society meet at 7.45pm on alternate Mondays in the Sacred Heart hall.

Union of Catholic Mothers

Throughout its 100-year history, the Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM) organisation has worked tirelessly to provide a witness to marriage and family life. Locally, a UCM group meets every other Monday in the Sacred Heart hall at 7pm. All Catholic women and spouses of a Catholic are welcome. The UCM celebrated its 70th anniversary in the Fareham parish in 2016.