ST THOMAS’ CARING GROUP
Under the heading of:
- Reliability and
The Caring Group of volunteers provide occasional help to parishioners in need by prayer, support and emergency meals. They also supply, on request, a catering service for bereaved families following requiem Mass.
If you are aware of a particular need, our co-coordinators welcome your personal contact or a phone call. Contact persons for this are Maree Ransom and Helen Newton for the parish and Janette Mannix for the school.
ST THOMAS FAMILY PLAYGROUP
Playgroup provides an opportunity for families with young children aged 0-5 years to get together in a relaxed, friendly environment. It allows parents - usually mothers (occasionally we have some dads) - to get to know other parents of young children so they can share and swap ideas and experiences. It gives children an opportunity to be with other young children and to begin the first steps in socialising with others. Most importantly, it is a fun time for both adults and children. We meet each Wednesday of the school term from 9 to 11 am in the portable room in the school yard. This is located on the right hand side of the church car park. There is a duty roster to provide morning tea and set up the activities. The cost is $23 for Playgroup Victoria membership and $10 per term per family. The contact for this is Tatiana Gibbs & Spiros Papadopoulos.
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 coordinated 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.
FIRST FRIDAY LUNCH
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.
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 front meeting room in the Presbytery every Tuesday at 7.30pm. The one-hour meeting includes quiet music, a recorded talk on meditation by a Benedictine monk, Father John Main(1926-82) and other meditators including his successor, Father Laurence Freeman, 25 minutes of silent meditation, followed by a brief discussion period. For further information please contact Philip on 0410 668 140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday afternoons at 4pm with Geni Hunt at the Retirement Village Centre Forest Hill on Hawthorn Road. Contact Geni on Ph: 9802 2078.
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.