Lay Ministries in the Parish

In recent years, lay members of the Catholic Church have increasingly been involved in ministries which were once seen as being the preserve of the Priest. At St Mary Mother of God we have many people actively involved in these ministries.

Ministers of the Eucharist

Lay Ministers of the Eucharist assist the Priest with the distribution of Holy Communion during the Mass. They may also take Holy Communion to members of the parish who are unable to attend Mass because of ill-health or incapacity. Very occasionally, experienced Ministers may preside at "Eucharistic Services" of the Word and Holy Communion, which take the place of Mass when no Priest is available.


Readers proclaim the Word of God in scripture and the intercessory prayers during the Sunday and weekday Masses at St Mary Mother of God.


Catechists lead our programmes of preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Reconciliation, and Marriage.

Becoming a Lay Minister

Because of the sensitive nature of these ministries, new Ministers of the Eucharist, Readers and Catechists are usually commissioned at the invitation of the Parish Team. Members of the parish are, however, always free to propose names of potential ministers to the Parish Priest in confidence.

Altar Servers

Altar Servers have the important task of assisting the Priest, Ministers, Readers and congregation during Mass. There is an open invitation for new Altar Servers (children from the end of school year 4 onwards) to join the training sessions which are run each year.