Parish Ministries

Parishioners interested in any of the following ministries in the parish are invited to contact Fr. Andrew, our parish priest or the parish secretary. Brief background and information regarding each of the ministries is provided below.

Background

To perform a liturgical ministry within the Eucharistic celebration is a call to participate in a special way in this marvellous mystery: the dying of Jesus, his rising and coming again. Those to whom the Church entrusts this sacred ministry are called to a most “important office of immense love”. [Pope Paul VI, “Immensae Caritatas”, 25 January 1973.]

The above document outlines the following criteria for the selection of Acolytes and Ministers of Holy Communion:

“The person …should distinguish himself/herself by Christian life, faith and morals: striving to be worthy of this great office, cultivating devotion to the Holy Eucharist and acting as an example to the other faithful by piety and reverence for this most Holy Sacrament of the altar. Let no one be chosen whose selection may cause scandal among the faithful”

Candidates must be baptized practicing Catholics.

Acolytes

Acolytes are required to be at least 21 years of age and in the Archdiocese of Perth are required to serve under the terms of a five year (renewable) Faculty of Service from the Archbishop.

Desirably, intending candidates complete an introductory course drawn up by the Archdiocesan Liturgy Office. The Liturgy Office runs annual workshops on areas related to the Acolyte ministry.

Because circumstances vary from parish to parish, the practical training of Acolytes is given largely at the parish level. This is the case in our parish of Floreat Wembley.

 

Altar Servers

Altar servers play a very visible part in the parish liturgy. Girls and boys of any age intending to be altar servers in our parish must have made their first Holy Communion.

Altar servers do not need to commit to any length of service or other ongoing duties and may cease service at any time and for whatever reason.

In our parish,  new servers are mentored by a senior server for a number of weeks until they are competent in all the various duties carried out by the altar servers at mass. 

Once trained, servers nominate which weekend mass they normally attend and are then included on a roster to serve at that mass usually each third weekend but this can vary.

Music Ministry

Our parish is blessed with many talented musicians of varying styles and ages. We are always on the lookout for singers and instrumentalists to join the various music groups in the parish, please contact the Parish Secretary on 9387 1158  if you would like to join this ministry.

Saturday 6.00 pm - mass St Cecilia’s - a youth-oriented choir.

Sunday 7.30 am - mass Our Lady of Victories – a traditional choir.

Sunday 9.30 am - mass St Cecilia’s

1st - 2nd - 3rd Sunday of the month - family choir

4th Sunday of the month- a youth oriented choir. [Lead by Alexander Circosta]. 

5th Sunday of the month- African choir.

Singers from all of these groups come together to form a combined choir for Easter, rehearsing through Lent.

 

Special Ministers of the Eucharist

To be a Special Minister of the Eucharist a person must be at least 17 years of age and is commissioned for a period of two years and then may be re-commissioned or conclude their ministry.

In the first half of each year, the Archdiocesan Liturgy Office offers a number of workshops for new Special Ministers preparing to be commissioned in their parish. Additional training is given in our parish on how to approach the altar and other ceremonial concerned with the distribution of communion.

Once trained and commissioned, Special Ministers nominate which weekend mass they normally attend and are then included on a roster at that mass usually each third weekend but this can vary.

In addition, some parishioners have been trained to take communion to parishioners who are unable to come to mass.     Communion is taken to these people either in their own homes or to nursing homes etc. on Sundays or other days of the week by arrangement.