Parish organisations

Autumn of Life Club

This club is for those who are retired or over 60, particularly those who live alone. The Autumn of Life Club meets up over a meal every 2-3 weeks. Other afternoon meetings could be organised at the Parish Centre if enough people are interested.
Contact: Gina Clark on 020 8464 3742.

CAFOD

We work to raise awareness in the parish of the work of the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development and also to raise funds for their various projects. In this way, the parish is directly helping those of our brothers and sisters around the world who are in need. We meet monthly.
Contact: Jennifer Smith by email on jennifersmith84@btinternet.com or on 020 8467 6505.

Consolation Group

The parish ministry offers a hand of friendship to those who have lost family or friends. We are not counselors; our role is to be there as someone who cares and is willing to listen. The group meets on the last Thursday of every month at 4.30pm in the sanctuary of the Upper Room (further details appear in the newsletter). If this time isn’t suitable, please contact the Parish Office for a more convenient time to meet with someone. You will always receive a warm welcome.
Contact: For more details or more immediate help, contact Mary Crosby on 020 8857 5067 or at crosby.maryb@gmail.com, or call the Parish Office on 020 8402 0459.

Family Group Movement

The aims of the Family Group Movement are to get to know other members of the Parish; to support each other, sharing joys and sorrows; to give example to and involve our children in our Christian sharing; and to build and promote community spirit. To register your involvement, please complete this form and return it to the Parish Office.

Justice & Peace Group

This group aims to shape the society we live in through our words and by our example. We work for solidarity with, and respect for, all persons. We work to create peace in a broken world. We choose the common good, campaigning against poverty. We show our care and concern for all aspects of creation. We ensure justice for all in the workplace and in the community.
Contact: John Warren on 020 8467 7926.

Mums, Dads and Tots

This group meets on Thursday mornings for mothers, father and guardians with young children to get together, from 10.30am until 12 noon in the Club Room (term-time only). There is a charge of £1.00 per session, which includes refreshments.
Contact: Maureen Spencer on 01689 873731.

Repository Library and Bookshop

There is a repository and bookshop off the Church foyer. The library is open on Sundays after Mass, at the same time as the Repository. The Parish library offers books available for short-term loan. Helpers are always needed to open up and sell goods after each Mass.
 Contact: For further information and offers of help, please contact the Parish Office on 020 8402 0459.

Society of St Vincent de Paul

The largest lay organisation in the world, The Society of St Vincent de Paul is concerned with all human problems – from mental and physical sickness and disability, social and economic family problems, and loneliness, to alcoholism, drug addiction and homelessness. Members visit people in their own homes or in hospitals, institutions and nursing homes. We meet once a month to discuss how we can do more to help.
Contact: Father Peter on 020 8402 0459.

Welcoming

SS Joseph’s and Swithun is a friendly and welcoming parish. We believe that first impressions are very important and our welcomers are there to reinforce that by greeting all those who come to our church for weekend Masses. Our welcomers also hand out the weekly parish newsletter as people arrive and are a source of information about the parish to new parishioners and visitors. Welcomers aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before Mass begins and stay for 10 to 15 minutes afterwards to tidy up Mass books, etc, and help deal with any issues or questions that anyone wishes to raise as they leave the church. We always need new welcomers to lighten the load generally for everyone. However, our greatest need is for more volunteers for the 6pm Saturday and 5pm Sunday Masses where the shortage of Welcomers currently means that we are unable to provide full coverage for these Masses.
Contact: Jack Warr or Stephanie Stoner via the Parish Office on 020 8402 0459.