Foundational Teams & Ministries
Welcome to The Parish of St John Vianney ~ Growing together as a community!
Anyone who is visiting the Lake Macquarie Region and attending the Liturgies at Morisset and Cooranbong is most welcome. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable time with us.
St John Vianney Parish operates under the Moderator Model of Leadership, with a Parish Leadership Team who are responsible for the operational needs of the Parish.
The Parish Leadership Team consists of seven Lay Leaders, each of whom are responsible for one of the Foundational Teams within the Parish. All of the teams and groups within the Parish fall under one of the five Foundational Teams.
Parish Leadership Team
Foundation One - Identity and Community - Leader: Jenny Douglas
Foundation Two - Worship and Prayer - Leaders: Uta France
Foundation Three - Formation and Education - Leader: Daphne Peterson
Foundation Four - Mission and Outreach - Leader: Emily Palmer
Foundation Five - Leadership and Structure - Leader: John France and Juliet Hutchins
If you are new to St John Vianney’s Parish, we warmly welcome you and invite you to write your name in the “New Parishioners” Book at the Church door, or contact Foundational Leader, Jenny Douglas on 4973 6859.
We especially welcome and encourage our Parishioners new and old, young and young at heart, to join our Foundational Teams and Ministries.
Below is a list of each of the teams and/or groups that belong to each Foundation.
All parishioners are welcome … bring a few tools, share your ideas.
Planning, visioning and attending to gardens and surrounds of both parish sites, Morisset church and Cooranbong church and cemetery, is carried out all through the year by a small but enthusiastic group.
Thought is given to establish gardens that are pleasant and safe, but needing minimal maintenance. Working bees are organised on a needs basis, advertised whenever possible in advance in parish bulletins, and geared to attend to a variety of tasks, including planting, pruning, mulching, weeding, mowing, feeding and watering.
To contact anyone on the Team, ring parish office.
Commencing February every year, this group meets every 2nd Friday of the month between 9.00am and 12.00pm in the Parish Centre, finishing with an end of year Morning Tea early December, this group has been going for over five years and has been very productive. Last year (2009) we made 50 rugs and have already produced seven this year (2010). We have eight or nine ladies who regularly attend, but we have several other ladies who knit squares for “Wraps with Love” and send them into us for sewing up. Twenty-eight ten inch squares make a wrap. Members of the group also attended the “Knit-in” at Lake Macquarie Gallery in August.
Besides warming cold humanity, we enjoy the social contact each time we meet. It is another form of community building. We welcome ten inch knitted squares from anyone. If you can’t knit, donations of 8ply knitting yarn or baby wool would be gratefully accepted. If you want to learn to knit, come along and be taught! All welcome!
Knit with the group or knit at home and bring it in. Knitting contributions go towards:
“Wraps with Love” organization: squares for rugs
“Precious Babies” SIDS & KIDS: clothing for premature and still born babies
Aboriginal Outback Communities: jumpers for the children
Soldiers serving overseas: caps for warmth
Mission for Seaman
Enquiries: Contact Foundational Leader, Jenny Douglas on on 4973 6859 (or just turn up).
PARISH POSTIE NETWORK
Bonnells Bay Zone at present has 110 families, which is the largest number of familes in the Parish.
LITURGY OF WORD WITH CHILDREN TEAM
FUNERAL MINISTRY TEAM
MINISTRIES FOR MASS AND LITURGY
Musicans and singers of all ages and talents interested in joining the Music Ministry for regular Mass & Liturgy or seasonally (Christmas and Easter) please feel welcome to contact the Parish Office.
PRAYER GROUP: CHARISMATIC [SHALOM]
A Chasimatic Prayer Group meets every Thursday afternoon in St John Vianney Church at Morisset. Meetings are held in church 12:30pm each Thursday, (except school holidays).
Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commence by singing in praise and worship of God. We read The Word of God, we listen and reflect on what the Lord is saying to us.
We pray in response to requests and needs of each other, our families and friends, our parishioners, our schools, parish groups, SVDP, our priests, our nation and the world.
We pray for all those who are suffering in any way. We pray for the granting of prayer petitions placed in the special “petition” boxes at the back of churches. These petitions are confidential as we never read them and are they are eventually destroyed.
The group is small but faithful to answering their calling to intercessory prayer. Our members also participated in ‘Share the Holy Spirit’ conference and ‘The World Day of Prayer’ this year.
On the second Thursday of each month we gather earlier and share lunch in the Callinan Centre providing an opportunity for social interaction and strengthening the bonds of friendship.
Anyone who feels called to gather together in praise and thanksgiving and to pause to hear His message and pray in intercession for His people is most welcome to join with us.
PRAYER GROUP: CONTEMPLATIVE
People who would like to spend some time in quiet prayer, the Contemplative Prayer Group meets each Monday evening at 6.00pm at the “Callinan Centre” for a time of Contemplative Prayer. Each gathering is a time of letting go of all thinking, asking in words and allowing the Spirit of quiet to reveal the Truth of our existence; belonging to the family of God. Like all things good, there is a learning process, and we have no right and wrongs, just faithful commitment and love.
All are welcome and there is a chair for you with in God’s “no talk room”, so don’t be shy, let us hear from you. Should our time slot not suit our many parishioners and friends who are interested, we could talk about another more suitable time. Also the length of each session is flexible according to the overall needs and suitability. Feel free to come and join us.
Would you be interested in having the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary in your home for a week? Your personal devotion is all that is required. Please consider joining the Rosary Roster. We host Our Lady’s statue for 2 weeks every 3 months. Families are most welcome. A video of the Rosary is available.
Enquiries: Parish Office
CARING MINISTRY TEAM
The Caring Team meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month in the Callinan Centre at 12.00pm. This is followed by the Grief and Bereavement Support Group at 1.00pm. All Welcome.
The Caring Team is set up to care for the sick, dying and bereaved. The task for a number of years has been the provision of visiting the sick, both in their homes, and in Nursing homes/hostels. The further task has been the coordination and the distribution of Holy Communion to the sick of the parish.
As required by the Diocese a record is kept for the Parish so that the Parish Leadership Team is kept up to date with those who have requested visits. Further visitations for confession, anointing of the sick, etc are also arranged by this group.
Visits (usually fortnightly) are made to:
The team provides a Liturgy of the Word without Communion on the second Friday of every month to Bayside Nursing Home.
We are rostered to approx 6 Liturgies of the Word at Morisset Hospital also.
A Memorial Service is held twice yearly in March and September.
New members would be very welcome. Enquiries: Contact Foundational Leade r Emily Palmer on 4973 6859.
Bereavement team meets bi-monthly on the first Thursday of that month at 1.30pm in the Callinan Centre. Enquiries Contact the Parish Office
This team looks after the Facebook page and Website. Contact Foundational Leader Emily Palmer on 4973 6859
GOD START PROGRAM
This Program, which follows on from the Baptismal program, delivers birthday cards, with activities (for the parents to do with their children) on their 1st, 2nd & 3rd birthdays and a prayer book for the child’s 4th birthday. This is a valuable form of contact with young parents before their child begins school.
Those who have been on the receiving end are very appreciative of the program and it is a great way of maintaining contact with our youngest parishioners.
Enquiries: Contact Foundational Leader Emily Palmer on 4973 6859.
SPECIAL EVENTS TEAMS
ST VINCENT de PAUL
This team meets on a regular basis to discuss all matters relating to cemetery and columbarium. Assistance and support is given as needed regarding burials, monumental work and plaque positioning. Fee structures are set, restoration visioned, and maintenance considered working in close collaboration with Garden Team for parish use of the three acre parcel of land at Cooranbong. Usage of the land by the wider community is also considered.
PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL
PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is a group of representatives from the entire parish who 'investigate and weigh up matters which bear on pastoral activity and formulate practical conclusions regarding them' (Canon 511).
The primary focus of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is to promote the Kingdom of God by listening to the People of God, helping them to discover/discern what they need to live the gospel and enabling them, through the Spirit, to fulfil those needs.
The team meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 10.00am in the Callinan Centre.
The Editorial Team has a number of tasks. These include: The publication of the weekly Bulletin, the production of the Evangelising letter to be distributed for the Parish Zone Events, update the ‘Parish Website’. Volunteers welcome.