Parish Apostolates

Altar servers: The altar server group is open to Catholic boys and girls, who have received their First Eucharist. Servers are rostered into groups, serving weekday and weekend Masses and Friday Benediction. They are a joy!  Their service is greatly valued in the parish. There is always room for more servers however.  Their commitment to the big Liturgical times e.g. Easter and Christmas is outstanding. The Coordinator:  Mrs Jacqueline Toakley (Chair of the Pastoral Council & Diocesan Director of Catholic Missions) & Fr Francis Afu (Vocations Director) is the Chaplain.

Altar Society: This group is responsible for the care of the Cathedral Sanctuary. The work is shared by groups of parishioners on a rotating roster. Weekly activities involve cleaning, arranging flowers and other light duties as required. Kerry and Margaret Barrett are currently the Sacristans at the Cathedral – their dedication and handwork makes for a great difference to the Cathedral interior.

Armidale menALIVE invites all the men of the parish to meet for sharing, Catholic formation and prayer on Wednesday evenings 6pm Fr Tim Mcarthy Meeting Room Holy Family Parish Centre 132 Dangar Street Armidale.  Please bring your Bible, writing pad and pen along. All men are welcome. For more information Contact Cathedral Office or armidalemenalive@gmail.com 

Cathedral Choir: The Choir is an essential part of the Cathedral.  These parishioners offer the utmost dedication and service to the Liturgy and to the various celebrations during the course of the year.  The Choir currently practises Saturday mornings at 11am in the Cathedral.  The Director of Sacred Music and the Cathedral Choir is Mr Warwick Dunham.

Catechetical Ministry: Parishioners are trained to attend Other than Catholic  Schools and “hand on” the  Catholic Faith. They are a truly dedicated group, cordinated by Mrs Kerry Steller (Parish Pastoral Worker)  – Chaplain is Fr Francis Makperr Afu.

Cathedral Cleaners: The Cathedral requires cleaning weekly. A contractor cleans carpets but volunteers are needed for lighter work (cleaning of glass/statues etc.)

Catholic Women Connecting Armidale Branch: (CWC) is affiliated with the Catholic Women’s League Australia and is dedicated to upholding the dignity of women through education and encouragement of their participation in social and community life.  The CWC promotes the spiritual, social, cultural and intellectual growth of women within the framework of the Cathoic faith. CWC advocates respect for all people with particular focus on women and children.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: This ministry is currently under review.  Due to major changes in Church Professional Standards and fastidious attention to Child Care Legislation and Best Practice, the Administrator and the Pastoral Council are preparing to rebuild the Children’s Sunday Liturgical Catechesis programme and modus operandus.

Collectors: At each of the Sunday Masses in the Cathedral, a team of parishioners in this Ministry collect contributions to meet the needs of the Parish, Clergy and Catholic Schools.

Counters: The funds collected each weekend require counting and a small band of parishioners continue this ministry mainly on a Monday morning early.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: These Ministers of Holy Communion assist the Priest to distribute Communion to the faithful. Currently thirty one parishioners are trained and commissioned for this ministry. Some sixty four parishioners receive communion at home/ nursing homes outside of Sunday Mass. This beautiful ministry to the housebound, aged and infirm connects them with the parish community of former times and with the Eucharistic Assembly as members of the Body of  Christ. This parish ministry is coordinated by Mrs Kerry Steller (Parish Pastoral Worker).

Laudato Si....Study Group focused on Catholic teaching on Care for Creation...Chapain Fr Ron Perrett....usually meet Mondays in Fr Tim McCarthy Meeting Room Holy Family Parish Centre...check with parish office for details or see Parish Bulletin on website.

Morning Teas: Family groups and others take turns to provide parishioners with refreshments after 10am Mass on a roster system.

Music: Groups of parishioners provide leadership for the congregation on Sundays and special days. Choirs are also formed for special occasions throughout the year.

Readers: These proclaim the Word of God to the assembly during the Liturgy. There are currently forty four Readers undertaking the ministry of the Word in Cathedral Liturgical life.

Welcoming Ministry: Groups of parishioners choose this Ministry, which can involve welcoming parishioners and newcomers, distributing materials (Mass sheets etc.) and selling publications.

YCAG (Young Catholic Adults Group):  This Group consists of a core group of five young Catholic adults mainly engaged in Post-Graduate Studies at the University of New England who are committed to daily Mass and Catholic evangelical ministry to young adults.  When the wider group meets of a Friday evening for a meal and for ‘koinonia” they number around fifteen to twenty five. Their witness in the parish is remarkable.

All enquiries to the Parish Office

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