Liturgical Ministries

“The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the church is directed; it is also the source from which all its power flows. For the goal of apostolic endeavour is that all who are made children of God by faith and Baptism should come together to praise God in the midst of his church, to take part in the sacrifice and to eat the Lord’s Supper”. (Sacrosanctum Concilium).

Liturgical ministry is an excellent opportunity to fulfill your baptismal call of service to one another. Whether participation is through “behind the scenes” preparation and planning or through a public role of service within the Mass, parishioner contributions help our liturgies to be truly life-giving celebrations. Please prayerfully consider joining one of these ministries.

Altar servers: open to ages 8 to 80. Contact: Michael Weston-Burt at

Cantors: Contact Mandy Horton at

9.30am Sunday Mass

Eucharistic Ministers: Contact Veronica Adnitt; Readers: Jenny Harrison; Universal Prayers and Welcoming: Charles McCarthy at

5.00pm Saturday Vigil Mass

Eucharistic Ministers: Contact Debra Cheeseman at; Readers, Welcoming and Universal Prayers: Carole Morice at

Hospitality: St Benedict says in his Rule “All who arrive as guests are to be welcomed like Christ”.

The Welcome Ministry ensures that all parishioners, but especially newcomers, receive a warm welcome and whatever guidance and help they may need when they come to Mass.

Tea and coffee are served in the Narthex after the 9.30am Mass every Sunday. We need people to fill up the kettle, put out the biscuits, pour the tea and coffee. This is a great way to get to know people if you are new to the parish. Once a month there are refreshments in the Unity Room after the 5.00pm Vigil Mass.


Church Flowers We all appreciate the impressive floral decorations in the Church, especially at Christmas and Easter. If you would like to join the rota of a small team of volunteers who do this work, whether you are an expert or not, contact Hilary Lagden at




St Stephen’s Handbook for Altar Servers (Redemptorist, £3.99)

Handbook for Readers at Mass (CTS, £3.50)

Ministering the Word of God (CTS, £2.50)

Ministering Communion (CTS, £3.50)

Bringing Communion to the Sick (Veritas, £2.50)