PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Our Parish Pastoral Council meets monthly and seeks to be involved in three areas:
- By becoming familiar with all aspects of parish life it advises and assists the Parish Priest in policy matters and decision making related to the parish as a whole.
- It seeks to co-ordinate and to stimulate the various lay organisations operating within the parish without regulating or interfering with their mode of operation.
- It continually reviews the needs of the parish and initiates activities, where required, to meet these needs.
ST THOMAS’ LITURGY COMMITTEE
St Thomas’ Liturgy Committee meets on a monthly basis to oversee and co-ordinate all Liturgical activity in the Parish. As well as developing guidelines for Liturgy Preparation Groups, Lectors & Commentators, Special Ministers, Altar Servers and Church Music, the Liturgy committee also has the responsibility of making sure that church maintenance and decoration –wall hangings, flowers etc, are up to standard. Rosters for the various participants in Liturgy are maintained where appropriate and special events on the Liturgical Calendar such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost require careful planning. At present there are fourteen members of this committee. We are fortunate to have a number of experienced liturgists within the group and we would welcome new members who would like to participate. The contact person for this committee is Maureen Johnson.
The Children’s Liturgy program in the parish is held on most Sundays at the 10.30am Mass during the school year. At the beginning of Mass, the priest invites children to attend children’s liturgy in the meeting room at the back of the church. Two parents run the program reading the children’s gospel, joining in some prayers, a simple discussion, and an activity to highlight the gospel story. The children then bring up the offertory gifts and return to the church congregation. It’s an opportunity for younger children in particular to understand the gospel. Parents are more than welcome to accompany little children. Parents, grandparents or younger persons are welcome to join our team. The contact person for this is Janette Mannix.
THE PIETY STALL
In the foyer of the Church, this stall provides a variety of religious items and magazines. A group of volunteers manage the stall at each Sunday Mass. Proceeds from the Piety Stall go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The contact person/s for this stall are Patricia Northrop, Lynn Watson and Verna Hawkins.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL CONFERENCE
Our group has over fifty members and meets at 10:30 am every Monday at the Presbytery. We are among the parish's most important "works of mercy", assisting the disadvantaged across Blackburn, Blackburn Nth., Forest Hill and East Burwood. The work is often challenging, but strongly supported via the State Office of the “Vinnies” in Box Hill. Our gospel oriented activity covers emergency food, clothing, furniture and other material assistance to all in need, plus a weekly bread run, visiting the sick and frail, and support for asylum seekers and refugees. Grace Mizzy is the Chair for this group.
CHURCH FLOWERS AND DECORATIONS
Organised by Marie Ransom, Jan Gaffy & Sr Marg Burchell.
VISITATION OF PARISH FAMILIES
This is co-ordinated by Sr. Margaret Burchell.
PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE
Our Finance Committee is appointed by the Parish Priest in accordance with Diocesan guidelines to advise on all matters of funding and finance in the parish. The members are Max Wittick.(Chair), Fr Terry Bowman msc, Susan Collins, Maurice Gartland, Adrian Spring and Tom Tierney.
Here at St Thomas as a Parish Community we have a responsibility to enhance our community by recognising that everything is a Gift from God—our health, our talents, our family, our friends and the ability to earn income. By using our gifts wisely for our good and the good of others, we can nurture them with growth, to the Lord. If you would like to be a part of this worthy contribution please contact the Parish Office via email email@example.com or on 9878 0818.
ST. THOMAS’ SCHOOL/PARISH HALL
The hall was renovated and extended in 2005. It is fully heated & air conditioned & includes a stage area (audio visual equipment available), a new kitchen & bar area, new bathroom facilities and a large entrance foyer. Ample parking is available in the school grounds. 200 people can be seated at round tables. If a function includes dancing, 150 guests can be catered for. The hall is well suited to cater for dinner dances, wedding receptions, engagements concerts and community events. Please enquire with the school if interested on 9878 8268.
For more information on any of these services or to register your interest, please call the parish office on 9878 0818.