Below are various organisations 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, First Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

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Children’s Liturgy Group

There is a group of people who help with Children’s Liturgy on a rota basis at 11:00am Mass on Sundays in term time; two catechists run each session. Children who have not yet made their First Holy Communion are invited with parents to to go with the leaders to the...

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Special Ministers of Holy Communion

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

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Readers

Readers provide a very important part of the liturgy by proclaiming the Word of God during Mass. Readers meet annually for a session of reflection and formation.

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Choir (11:00am Mass)

The choir is a group of singers and musicians from St Aidan’s parish. Its aim is to lead the congregation and help them play a full part in the hymns and responses that form part of the liturgy. The choir is present at the Sunday 11:00am Mass and other special...

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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 Moore (the sacristan) or the 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 meets every two months and the minutes are posted on the notice board in the church hall. Its members are:...

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Finance Committee

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark requires that all parishes have their own finance committee, separate from any parish council or other church group. The committee deals with all financial matters in accordance with agreed procedures and operating instructions. The members of the committee are: Marcella Touray – Chair Peter...

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Liturgy Group

The Liturgy Group meets regularly to discuss with Father Peter the planning of  the liturgy in the parish, including preparations for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Pentecost. The group consists of parishioners with various interests and involvement in the liturgy, e.g. music, altar servers, special ministers, readers. Other subjects discussed...

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Premises Team

A small team of parishioners is 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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Youth Ministry

The St Aidan’s Youth Ministry team is a group of parishioners 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 young people...

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Parish Pastoral Development Group

This group has been formed to discuss the longer-term development of the parish mission and vision. The group meets monthly and is working to establish parish priorities and consider how the parish can collectively build a Christ-centred, vibrant and engaging community. Contact: Gerry O’Donnell (odonnellgerry@outlook.com).

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

The Society of St Vincent De Paul (SVP) 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. It is a lay society that helps all...

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Justice and Peace Group

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 money, clothes and...

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HCPT (Lourdes Group)

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 convenient. New people are welcome to join the...

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Web Team

A small team of parishioners maintains and improves the parish website. Most of the work is performed remotely with occasional meetings in the parish house. More volunteers are welcome. Webmaster: coulsdonwebmaster@rcaos.org.uk.

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Task Force

Every last Saturday in the month between 10:00am and 12:00 noon 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 work together on the cleaning of the church. Volunteers give as much time as they can spare. Tag teaming works best with two volunteers cleaning the inside of the church and the other two the entrance and sacristy. Our aim is to work to the best of our ability to...

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Social Club Bar

The bar opens every Sunday morning after the 11:00am Mass where the parishioners 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 as First...

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Social Club and Committee

The aim of the Social Club is to encourage fellowship within the parish and the community. The club operates in the church hall on Sundays after the 11:00am Mass.  The bar is open and is run by a rota of volunteers. Parishioners and visitors are most welcome to come along...

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200 Club

This group exists to raise money for the parish by means of a lottery, 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 organises tea and coffee after 10:00am Mass on Thursdays, in the Marian Room of the parish hall. 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 12:00 noon in the church hall and lunch lasts for approximately two hours. The emphasis is on providing a friendly welcome, and it presents the...

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Fete Committee

Each year, usually on a Sunday in early July, an enthusiastic group of parishioners organises a parish fete in the grounds of St Aidan’s Primary School. This is not only one of the social highlights of the year but is also one of the biggest contributors to parish funds. The...

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St Aidan’s Church Hall Bookings

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 rate, a minimum of...

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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 four...

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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 Breakfasts

Proceeds raised from Life Breakfasts are a major part of the fundraising for the North and East Surrey Life group. The breakfasts raise over £1,000 a year, which is forwarded on to Life Charity headquarters to aid the national work of Life in protecting the rights of unborn children and...

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14th Coulsdon Brownies and Guides

Brownies are for girls aged between 7 and 10. The group is part of Girlguiding UK and meets in the parish hall on Monday evenings in term time from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. As demand is high, we recommend putting girls’ names down early. Please contact Kirsten Flett to add your...

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2nd Coulsdon Rainbows

Rainbows are for girls aged 5 to 7 years old, the youngest members of Girlguiding UK. The group meets every Monday in term time from 3:45pm to 5:00pm in the parish hall. We run a varied programme each week that includes badge work, games, craft activities as well as a yearly...

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