THE SACRISTY GROUP
Attends to the liturgical paraphernalia associated with the routine celebration of the liturgy. Such things as the provision of hosts, altar wine, laundering of altar cloths and maintenance of vestments are attended to by Sr. Margaret Burchell, Bryant Daniese, Jan Gaffy, Therese Harkin, Barbara O’Hagan, Pat Peake and Maree Ransom.
SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUP
This group is co-ordinated by Ray Johnson along with many parish volunteers who liaise with Catholic Care, Politicians and Sr Brigid Arthur to gain access to detention centres to determine the needs of the families. Home visits, furniture and food gathering and raising funds to bridge the gaps is all part of supporting these families which is an important initiative run by the Parish. Contact Ray on 9800 2626.
A group who offers the opportunity to be connected and part of a community in the context of a Christian way of life by welcoming new parishioners, encouraging social interaction before and after liturgies and provision of tea and coffee after Mass. The coordinator for this group is Ray Johnson.
THE PARISH CHOIR
Rehearses every Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm and puts special energy into preparation of music for Masses at Easter and Christmas. The Choir sings at 10:30 am Mass on at least two Sundays a month. Our Choir Director is Sr. Anne Byrne IBVM. New members are always needed and welcome. Just come along.
FAMILY MASS MUSIC
On the First Sunday of the month at 10:30 am there is the Family Mass at St Thomas’ and, during the school year, different classes prepare and participate in this Mass. We have a small group of musicians who have been playing and singing for about 5 years now and we warmly welcome anyone interested in sharing in this prayerful time. We usually have a practice before and enjoy a cuppa with all families and parishioners afterwards. Our contact is Lynne Shaw.
On the first Friday of the month, from February to December, Mass and lunch are organised for parishioners and friends. Mass begins at 11:30 am followed by lunch and entertainment in the school hall. We end the year in December with a catered three course lunch provided by volunteers who also assist with serving and entertainment with a Christmas theme. Our parish contacts are Margaret Grandy, Wendy Ashton and Jackie Delmas.
BIBLE STUDY GROUP
If you are interested in learning more about the Bible, come along to St Thomas’ Biblical Study Group which meets at 7.30 pm every second Thursday in the Presbytery. This is an opportunity to discuss and reflect on Scripture so that together we can come to a deeper understanding of the Bible. The process is designed to be informative and simple. No academic qualifications are necessary. Our coordinator is Quentin Bailey.
ST THOMAS’ ROSARY GROUP
A group of parishioners who meet at the church on Monday nights at 7.00pm to say the Rosary. Our contact is Patricia Northrop and Kevin Gleeson.
ST THOMAS’ PRAYER GROUP
Meet on a monthly basis to read and reflect on the Gospel. An opportunity for individual prayers of thanks and petition. Our contact is Joan Morgan.
ST THOMAS’ MEDITATION GROUP
This group meets in the quiet room in the Church every Tuesday at 7:30 pm. The one-hour meeting includes quiet music, a recorded talk on meditation by a Benedictine monk, Father John Main(1926-82) and other mediators including his successor, Father Laurence Freeman. We have 25 minutes of silent meditation, followed by a brief discussion period. For further information please contact Philip Collins or Geni Hunt.
ST THOMAS’ SOCIAL GROUP
Our emphasis is on providing affordable enjoyable opportunities for social and community life in our parish. Our events such include:
- Day and Bus Trips
- Walking Groups
- Film & Theatre Nights
- Book Clubs
- Card and Scrabble Nights
- Open Garden visits
These are all coordinated by this group providing many opportunities for parishioners, young and old, to meet together and form friendships. Feel free to talk to any of our contact people if you have any queries or suggestions. Our social group is set up for you, the parishioners. Details of events are advertised regularly in our Apostle Magazine and weekly Parish Newsletter or on this website. Click here for more information on upcoming events.
ST THOMAS’ TENNIS CLUB
St Thomas the Apostle Tennis Club is one of the oldest groups in the parish. Founded in the early 1950’s, the club has participated in the Victorian Catholic Lawn Tennis Association ever since. We field teams, both Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles, in VCLTA. In conjunction with the school, we have set up lunch-time coaching sessions and now have almost one hundred youngsters in the coaching program run by our accredited coaches. As well as our formal competition activities, we also run a social tennis program. We are always on the lookout for new members, particularly playing members. Our contact person is the Club’s President, Darren O’Loughlin.
Please contact the parish office for more information or to register your interest on 9878 0818.