Groups and Societies

Parish Pastoral Council

The Council in its capacity as advisers to the Parish Priest looks to the wellbeing of the Parish and the talent and treasure, both material and spiritual, of which it is composed. It aims to carry out its mission in unity with the Diocese and The Universal Church, to respond to the needs of the Parish and to assist the Parish and all the Groups within it to achieve their pastoral goals.

 

Folk Group

Our Parish Folk Group has accompanied the Sunday Mass since 1976. The aim of the group is to bring the liturgy alive through music and also to encourage the congregation to join in the music of the Mass. The group meets weekly on a Thursday evening and new members, even with little or no music ability, are most welcome.

 

St Vincent de Paul (SVP)

The Society is an international Catholic organisation of lay people. Membership is open to any Christian. The Newport conference meets weekly for prayer and to establish how it can assist persons known to be in need (the lonely, asylum seekers and refugees). Allieviating poverty is a priority and members do much to ease its problems.

 

Gift Aid

The Gift Aid scheme enables the Parish to recoup the tax that parishioners will have already paid on all monies they contribute to the Parish, simply by completing a form.

 

Care for Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

The important task of monitoring and implementing the Archdiocese Child Protection Procedures within the Parish is held by a parishioner appointed by the Parish Priest. This ensures that those working with children meet the legal requirements and fully understand what is required and must be carried out to protect young people and vulnerable adults with whom they are working.

 

Eucharistic Ministers and Readers

The Priest is assisted at Mass by parishioners who read the Liturgy of the Word and Bidding Prayers and distribute Holy Communion. Holy Communion is also taken to the homes of our sick parishioners who are unable to attend Mass.

 

Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy

The Sisters have a house in the Parish. Their mission statement declares that the Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy live their vocation by witnessing God's unconditional love for the whole of creation, in the simplicity of ordinary human relationships.

 

The Welcome Group

A friendly greeting to our Church is assured by this group who welcome the members of our congregation to our Church and provide hymn books, Parish newsletters and order of Mass sheets at the weekend Mass.

 

St. Patrick's Social Club

The club has the use of the Parish Hall and the Family Room. The Club Committee meets monthly to oversee the running and general maintenance of the facilities which can also be hired for all types of function in keeping with the aims and purposes of the Club including social gatherings, family and wedding celebrations, dances, church fayres and other charitable events.

 

The Guild of St. Stephen

Membership is open to boys and girls of First Communion age and above (no upper age limit!) who assist the Priest at liturgical celebrations.

 

Tuesday Ladies Group

Each fortnight on a Tuesday morning a group of St Patrick's Ladies meet for refreshments, and social chit-chat in the Presbytery after the morning Mass.  Various social trips to places of interest are arranged and a good deal of fun and gentle humour is experienced by the members.  There is no formality and if you wish to join, come along to the Presbytery, you will be most welcome. 

 

The Two Hundred Club

This is a popular chance to win a cash prize each week with with larger amounts monthly and annually. Membership is open to all adult parishioners and the subscription fees from the 200 members provide the prizes. All profits assist the funding of the Parish.

 

Outreach at St. Patrick's

Parishioners in St. Patrick's continue to keep a healthy balance between their support of small, well-know local charities which uphold life in all its phases, and more national or global charities which keep us aware of our brothers and sisters throughout the World. Keep up the good work, remember that God loves a cheerful giver!

 

St. Joseph's High School

The school has moved to new premises, near Tredegar House, offering secondary education within the framework of Catholic teaching to children of secondary school age in the Newport area. The school has an excellent record of achievement at all academic levels and supporting sports and extra curricular activities. Transport is available for Catholic families outside of the catchment area.

 

Liturgy Group

The group meets as part of the Parish Council to plan seasonal and occasional liturgies and to encourage all those who take part in the Church's Liturgies. Suggestions from parishioners are welcomed and there is a permanent aim to increase participation of lay people in the liturgy.

 

The Children's Liturgy Group

The group welcomes children from 6 months to 8 years during Sunday Mass when they are instructed in the day's Liturgy with particular emphasis on the Gospel reading. The children are then welcomed back by the Parish when they join the offertory procession to offer, with great enthusiasm, their handiwork to the Priest. The instruction is supervised by five groups of two or more adults who work to a rota.

 

The Church Cleaners

This dedicated group cleans the Church on a Wednesday morning following the morning Mass. Thanks to this group the Church is clean, dust free and with brasses gleaming. Additional help is always welcome and anyone who can devote an hour on Wednesday or at special times such as Christmas and Easter will receive a warm welcome.

 

The Repository.

Located in the Church entrance hall this is open before and after the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses and is run by a team of volunteers working to a rota. Parishioners will find much to interest them including Mass Cards, statues, rosaries, candles, greeting cards and Fairtrade items.



 

Our Parish Needs You.

The societies and organisations of the Parish are only able to function by the unstinting generosity of the people of St. Patrick's community.

 

Please consider supporting our Parish community by prayer, donation or, best of all, joining a group. New members are always welcome.

 

If you require any further information please contact the Parish Priest at:

The Presbytery, 151 Cromwell Road, Newport NP19 0HS. Tel: (01633) 672334
e-mail: pp@stpatricksnewport.org.uk