Altar Servers - Guild of St Stephen
Young boys and girls are welcome to become altar servers as soon as they have made their first Holy Communion. After serving for a year, they may apply to be enrolled in the Guild of St Stephen and receive their Guild medal. This ceremony takes place annually, usually on 26th December, Boxing Day, the feast of St Stephen the patron of altar servers. All other servers also renew their commitment at this time. Older children, young people and adults are also welcome. There is no upper age limit for servers.
Bible Study Group
We are a friendly and welcoming group which meets on Wednesday evenings at 8pm to further our knowledge of the Bible. We are guided by Bible studies on the Old and New Testament which encourage lively discussion and thoughtful prayer. Contact: Paula Scatchard
CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development)
CAFOD is the official international development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, founded in 1960. Cafod works in more than 50 countries across the world, funding development programmes to lift people out of poverty and to raise living standards. It is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee, which responds to emergencies throughout the world. CAFOD obtains funds from the Catholic community in England and Wales, particularly from Fast Days which are held twice a year, in Lent and October. CAFOD Christmas cards are also sold in the parish.
Contact: Anne Towner
This is not a parish organization but some parishioners are members. It is an international Association of practising Catholic laymen who meet socially with other like minded Catholic men and their families. Members meet at least once a month, in local branches, known as Catenian Circles. They offer friendship, social activities and support, based on the shared values of their Catholic belief and practice. They also are concerned with the welfare of widows and children of deceased members.
Contact: Gerald Soane
Parish catechists volunteer to prepare children and young people for the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation, and also prepare adults for reception into the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Catechists are offered training if required. If you are interested in becoming a Catechist please contact the Parish Priest.
The church is a dual-purpose building with the weekday church divided by a screen from the hall. For weekend masses the whole space is used and chairs have to be put out in the hall. There is a rota of volunteer chair movers for this task
Contact: Paul Sharp
The Children’s Liturgy of the Word is an integral part of the Sunday Mass. It is led by volunteer Children’s Liturgy Group members and provides children with an understanding of the Word of God in an easy to understand format.
Children of school age meet with in the Upper meeting room during the 9.30 mass for a time of prayer and various activities, based on the Sunday Readings. They present their work in the offertory procession and return to the main assembly at that time.
Children of below school age, 2-5 yrs, meet in the reception area, with a parent or other adult, for a Liturgy of the Word suitable for pre-school children.
Contact: Parish office
Christian Aid week is held annually in May and the parish supplies volunteer house to house collectors in collaboration with other local Christian churches.
Contact: Eamonn O’Domhnaill
The altar linen, and other items used in the sacristy, are laundered weekly by volunteer parishioners.
Contact: Parish office or Sacristan
CSF (Clergy Support Fund)
This pays for support of sick and incapacitated priests and retired
priests. It contributes to nursing/residential care if needed, according to the priests own means.
Contact: Diocesan Website
This is a fund-raising group to which members pay an annual subscription for one or more numbers which are entered into a series of cash prize winning draws, ranging from £10-£200 throughout the year. The total available numbers is 180, and you can enter as many numbers as you like. Profits are paid into parish funds. The subscription year starts in June.
Contact: John Druce
Coffee, Tea and other refreshments are available in the reception area after the 9.30am Mass on Sunday. There is a rota of helpers.
Contact: Marian Thurley
Collectors are responsible for taking the Offertory Collection during mass and any special collections after mass. They are also responsible for counting and recording the number of people in the congregation. One of the Eucharistic Ministers on duty usually asks people to ‘collect’ and you are welcome to offer your services.
Volunteers count the Sunday Offertory collection money and any special collections every week on a rota basis.
Contact: Parish Priest
The parish is a member of ‘Churches Together in Carshalton’, which comprises eight churches, and is a member of ‘Churches Together in England’. We have an annual Unity service during the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity in January, Lenten house groups and a Walk of Witness on Good Friday, as well as other activities together. Parishioners are actively encouraged to work together with other Christians. The parish has members on the SW Area Unity Commission, who represent Sutton Deanery, and we have a member on the Southwark Diocesan Unity Commission.
Contacts: Rosemary Sewell and Theresa Fox
Eucharistic Ministers (Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion)
Members of the parish are invited by the Parish Priest to undertake this ministry. They are commissioned by the Archbishop after a time of instruction. Their duties are to take Communion to sick members of the Parish, to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and to lead ‘Services of the Word and Holy Communion’ when needed. They must attend a Day of Recollection each year and renew their commitment annually on the Feast of Corpus Christi.
Finance and Property Maintenance
Every parish is required by Canon Law to have a Finance Committee which advises and assists the Parish Priest in managing the parish finances. Every year parishioners should receive a financial statement detailing parish income and expenditure. The Finance Committee is also responsible for Maintenance.
The members of the group are Eamonn O’Domhnaill ( Parish Treasurer), Marian Thurley, (Gift Aid organiser), Jim Fox, Paul Sharp, Theresa Fox, Evelyn Druce.
Members of the flower arranging team prepare flower displays for the church, usually for the regular liturgies, but also for other occasions such as weddings and funerals. They work on a rota basis and welcome other volunteers for the team. There is a collection box in the porch for donations for flowers and we have special collections before Easter and Christmas.
Contact: Yumna Joubeily
The Archdiocese of Southwark is a registered charity and therefore can reclaim from HM Revenue and Customs basic rate tax paid on donations to the church, provided the donor has signed a Gift Aid declaration. All tax-paying parishioners are encouraged to take part in the Gift Aid Scheme.
Contact: Marian Thurley
Health and Safety
The Finance and Maintenance group oversees Health and Safety matters. The Diocese has a contract with Precision Safety Services which carries out Health and Safety audits and Fire Audits and advises parishes on policies and risk assessments. This ensures the Health and Safety of all who use the parish premises.
Contact: Finance and Maintenance Group
Home Groups have been established in many parishes as a way to parish renewal. St Margaret’s Home Group meets every two weeks in the home of one of the group members. The meeting follows a format of praise and worship, teaching and exploring spiritual themes, prayer, and intercession for the needs of the group and the parish. The group also organises Penitential services in Lent and Advent, Prayer breakfasts in Lent and a novena before Pentecost.
Contact: Lyn Pougher
Justice and Peace
The aim of the Justice and Peace group in the parish is to focus attention on issues of justice and peace occurring locally, nationally and globally. The group links with the Diocesan Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, and with the National Justice and Peace Network. The parish supports the campaigns of Cafod, Christian Aid, Amnesty and many other organisations. Issues include poverty and debt, climate change, integrity of creation, racial justice, slavery, refugees, fairtrade, justice in work and housing conditions. Catholic Social Teaching underpins the actions of the group and of the parish community.
Contact: Anne Towner
Missio is the principal mission support organisation of the Catholic Church. Missio ensures that mission dioceses have funds to build churches and schools, to lead people to Christ and build a better world. It involves parishes in this work through a fund raising scheme based on ‘red boxes’ kept in parishioner’s homes for donations of money. The boxes are collected periodically for the money to be counted. There is also an annual Diocesan Collection on World Mission Sunday in October.
Contact: Richard Thomson
Music and Choirs
The Folk Group embraces all ages, voices and instruments using modern Christian music. Our Thursday evening practices from 7.30 - 8.30 are lively and friendly. We sing on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 9.30am Mass, and on other occasions as needed.
Contact: Paula Scatchard
There is more ‘traditional’ singing at 11am Mass on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month accompanied by the organ. Contact: Theresa Fox and Mary Ryan
This is issued on Wednesday morning for the week beginning the following Sunday. Local distributors deliver the newsletter to individual homes in the parish and copies are also available in the church porch.and on the parish website.. Items for the newsletter can be delivered to the parish office, or sent by email. If you would like to become a newsletter distributor please contact the
Parent and Toddler group
The group meets in the church every Thursday 10am-11.30am during term time. You and your children are very welcome to join us for a play session. We have many different toys and activities and music and singing sessions. We have a Christmas party and a summer picnic. Refreshments are provided for children and parents/carers. The cost is £1 per week (per family, not per child).
Contact: Rebecca Donohoe
St Margaret’s parishioners join with Holy Cross ‘Living in The Spirit’ Prayer Group which meets on the third Monday of each month at Holy Cross Church, Carshalton at 8pm.
Contact: Estella Begley
There is a display of items of religious interest for sale in the meeting area. This is open after some masses on Sunday, and on request. It stocks cards, rosaries, crucifixes, statues, prayer books and seasonal items. There are also mass cards and others cards in both church porches.
Contact: Catherine Bartley
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA is a process through which Adults who wish to enter the Catholic Church are instructed and received into the church. In this parish the course usually involves weekly sessions from October to Easter. Reception into the Church usually takes place at the Easter Vigil. Meetings then continue until Pentecost.
Contacts: Theresa Fox or Richard Thomson
Rota of Parish Ministries
There is a combined list of the duty dates for the various ministries in the parish.
Rota Organiser: Shirley Orbell
The Sacristans are responsible for:
-The recruitment and training of altar servers and allocation of duties at masses, and membership of Guild of St Stephen.
-Ordering of supplies e.g. altar breads, wine, candles, palms, incense etc
-Maintenance of Altar linen by launderers (on rota), care of chalices and other vessels
-Care and cleaning of vestments and care of altar servers albs
Contacts: Jim Fox, Paul Cavadino, Goldwin Furtado
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
The Archdiocese of Southwark is committed to the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults. There are strict procedures in the Catholic Church for recruiting and vetting volunteers and paid staff who work closely in any capacity with Children and Vulnerable Adults.
These procedures are overseen by the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) and the Diocesan Safeguarding Commission. Every parish has a Safeguarding representative who is responsible for ensuring that these procedures are followed correctly in the parish and for raising awareness of the issues involved.
Parish Safeguarding Representative: Theresa Fox
Social Activities/Fund Raising
There are various social/fund raising events in the parish throughout the year.
- Christmas Party for the whole parish family just after Christmas.
- Coffee Club takes place after the 10am mass on Wednesday mornings.
- St Margaret’s Supper. The Feast day of St Margaret is November 16th and the supper is a celebration for the parish on, or near, to that date.
- Summer Fete takes place in June/July as a fund raising event and a social occasion
- Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch. Every year there is a Christmas Lunch for senior citizens of the parish, or for those with close links to the parish. This usually takes place about two weeks before Christmas.
Contact: Eileen Strivens, Parish Secretary.
Traidcraft is a Christian based organisation, consisting of a trading company and a development charity, working to fight poverty through trade. It creates opportunities for poor producers to produce goods in safe conditions, with fair trading practices, without exploitation and discrimination. It markets Traidcraft fairtrade products throughout the UK. There is a Traidcraft stall in the parish once a month.
Contact: Anne Towner