Below are various organizations and groups currently running in St Aidan’s, including their role within the parish and when they meet.
Where possible, names of contacts have been given.

Catechists

The catechists are a group of people in our parish who share their faith with adults and children. Catechists help with the preparation programmes for: Baptism, Confirmation, first Confession and Communion. There is a group of people who help with Children’s’ Liturgy on a rota basis at 11am Mass on...

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Children’s Liturgy Group

Children’s Liturgy sessions run during the 11:00 am Sunday mass during term time. Children, who have not yet made their First Holy Communion, are invited with parents to attend. Two Catechists run each session which involves an opening prayer, reading of the Gospel and explanation of it, with creative activities related to...

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Special Ministers of Holy Communion

The parish has a team of Special Ministers of Holy Communion commissioned by the diocese to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion on a rota basis. In addition many Special Ministers of Holy Communion regularly take Holy Communion to the sick and housebound in their own homes or care...

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Readers

The readers group provides a very important part of the Liturgy by proclaiming the Word of God during Mass. Contact Colin Wilding

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Choir (11am Mass)

The Choir is a group of singers and musicians from St Aidan’s parish. Our aim is to lead the congregation and help them play a full part in the hymns that form part of the Liturgy. The Choir are present at the Sunday 11am Mass and other special services throughout...

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Laundry for the Church

The small altar linen used at every Mass is washed on a weekly basis. There is a rota of people who take it home on Sunday and return it to the sacristy the following week. More help is always appreciated, contact Liz More the sacristan or parish office coulsdon@rcaos.org.uk

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Parish Council

The Parish Council is a consultative and advisory body made up of elected Parishioners and exists primarily to support the Parish Priest in the running of the Parish. The council meet every two months and the minutes are posted on the notice board in the Church Hall.

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Finance Committee

This group exists because of the requirement of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Southwark that all parishes have their own finance committee, separate from any parish council or other church groups. It deals with all financial matters in accordance with pre-agree procedures and operating instructions. The current members of the...

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Liturgy Committee

The liturgy group meets regularly to discuss with Father Peter the planning of  the Liturgy in the parish.. Recent meetings have prepared Liturgy for Lent, Easter and Pentecost. The group consists of parishioners with various interests and involvement in the Liturgy i.e. music, altar servers, special ministers, readers etc. Other...

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Premises Team

A small team of parishioners are responsible for all aspects of maintenance and health and safety of the Church building, the Hall and the grounds. Please report any issues to staidanspremisesteam@gmail.com

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Parish Pastoral Development Group

A diverse group of Parishioners have formed a group to discuss the longer term development of the Parish Mission and Vision. The group meet monthly and are working to establish what our priorities should be as a parish and how we can collectively build a Christ Centred, vibrant and engaging...

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Youth Ministry

The St Aidan’s Youth Ministry team are a group of parishioners who have formed in response to Pope Francis’s call; “The Church has decided to examine herself on how she can lead young people to recognise and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask...

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul. (St. Aidan’s Conference)

The Society was founded by Frederick Ozanam in France in 1833. It was named after Vincent de Paul, a Priest who did much good work visiting the sick, poor and needy in France in the 17th century.  The Society of St Vincent De Paul is a lay Society that helps...

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Justice and Peace

St. Aidan’s Justice and Peace group exists to support the whole parish to act justly, live simply, and walk humbly with our God in practical ways such as:   ·         Supporting CAFOD e.g. by raising money, signing petitions and contacting MPs. ·         Supporting the MANNA CENTRE for the homeless, with...

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Lourdes Group HCPT

HCPT is a registered charity offering pilgrimage holidays to Lourdes. There is a strong group of volunteers within the parish who travel annually in a group, looking after sick, disabled, disadvantaged and terminally ill children and adults, for a week’s pilgrimage holiday. We stay together at Hosanna House, (which is...

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Money Counters

There is a rota of people who work in pairs to count the weekly church collections. Each pair is on duty about once every two months. Counting day varies from Sunday to Wednesday depending on what day and time the team find is convenient. New people are welcome to join...

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Web Team

A small team of Parishioners maintain and improve the parish website. Most of the work is performed remotely with occasional meetings in the Parish House. More volunteers are welcome. Contact the webmaster coulsdonwebmaster@rcaos.org.uk

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Task Force

Every last Saturday in the month between 10.00 and 12.00 a group of parishioners get together for a variety of tasks around the Church, Hall and grounds. All are welcome and in all weathers as many jobs are inside. Check the newsletter the week before

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Church Cleaning Group

Volunteers club together to help with the cleaning of the church.  We rely heavily on volunteers to spare as much or little time as they can. Tag teaming works best with 2 volunteers cleaning the inside of the church and the other 2 the entrance and sacristy. Our aim is...

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Social Club Bar

The bar opens every Sunday morning after the 11 am mass where the parishoners can meet for a coffee or alcoholic drink, and discuss the events of the week or possibly the football results of the previous day. The bar can be opened (with prior notice) for special occasions such...

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Social Club and Committee

The aim of the Social Club is to encourage fellowship within the congregation and the community.    The Club is open in the church hall on Sunday’s after the 11am mass.  The congregation and visitors are most welcome to come along and socialise.  The bar is open and is run by...

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200 Club

This group exists to raise money for the parish in the form of, and in accordance with the requirements of the Small Societies Lottery regulations. It consists of a maximum of 200 members who pay an annual subscription, which enters them into a monthly draw at which one member wins...

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Coffee Morning – after Thursday Mass

A group of people organise teas and coffees after 10am Mass on Thursdays. It takes place in the Hall Marian Room. Help with preparation before Mass is always appreciated. Contact parish office coulsdon@rcaos.org.uk

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Lunch Club

Parishioners are invited to join together for a three course lunch on the first Friday of each month for a donation of £5. We meet at 12 o’clock in the church hall and lunch lasts for approximately two hours. The emphasis is on providing a friendly welcome, and it presents...

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Fete Committee

St. Aidan’s Parish Fete Each year, usually on a Sunday in early July, an enthusiastic group of parishioners organise a Parish Fete on the grounds of Saint Aidan’s Primary School. This is not only one of the social highlights of the year but is also one of the biggest contributors...

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St Aidan’s Church Hall Bookings

St Aidan’s Church Hall The Church Hall is a modern and spacious facility that is available for hire by parishioners. When booking the main hall, the smaller Marian Room and Kitchen are additional options subject to their availability and Terms and Conditions of hire. Bookings are subject to a standard...

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Flower Group

Flowers are an important part of the way we celebrate the beauty of God’s creation and are used to enhance the special celebrations in the church’s year. If you would like special floral arrangements to celebrate a wedding or anniversary this can be arranged, and would require at least 4...

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Churches Together in Coulsdon

St Aidan’s parish subscribes to the Covenant of the Churches Together in Coulsdon (CTC) through which it is committed to prayer and action to further the cause of Christian unity. Clergy and lay representatives from all member churches meet as the Enabling Group five times a year to plan joint...

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Croydon Churches’ Floating Shelter

Croydon Churches’ Floating Shelter… offering hope to the homeless through faith in action. During the winter months the various churches of Croydon work together to offer accommodation and meals to people who would otherwise be on the street. The shelter ‘floats’ from one centre to another, with guests staying at...

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LIFE Breakfast

Proceeds raised from LIFE breakfast are a major part of the fundraising for our North and East Surrey LIFE group. The breakfasts raise over £1000 a year, which is forwarded on to LIFE Charity headquarters to aid in the national work of LIFE in protecting the rights of unborn children...

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14th Coulsdon (St Aidan’s) Brownies

Brownies are for girls aged between 7 and 10. We are part of Girl Guiding UK and we meet in the Parish Centre on Monday evenings (during school term time) from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. As demand is high, we recommend putting girls’ names early. Please contact Kirsten Flett...

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2nd Coulsdon (St Aidan’s) Rainbows

2nd Coulsdon (St. Aidan’s) Rainbows Rainbows are for girls aged 5 to 7 years old. Rainbows are the youngest members of the GirlGuiding Association. We meet every Monday during school term time from 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm in the Parish Centre. We run a varied programme each week that includes...

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