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PARISH GROUPS
This is a vibrant Parish with many groups supporting the aims of the Church. Click on any of the buttons below to find out more and perhaps get involved!

Apostleship of the Sea – Great Britain (AOS GB)

 

95% of British imports and exports travel by sea. 150,000 merchant ships visit Britain each year. Over one million men and women earn their living onboard ship yet many Britons are unaware of their existence.

Seafarers are a hidden workforce separated from home and community. They originate from all over the world but many are now recruited in countries where labour is cheap. Seafaring is a challenging profession in which harsh weather conditions, long hours and minimal manning levels combine with the psychological pressures of loneliness and isolation.

 

To most people seafarers are invisible. But they are our brothers and sisters and the presence of Christ in our midst.

 

Seafarers often work away from home for up to 12 months and face loneliness, danger and exploitation. In today’s global maritime industry, turn around in port is very short, putting seafarers under stress and limiting time ashore

 

AOS GB offers pastoral and practical support to the seafarers who visit our shores. As part of the international network of the Apostleship of the Sea, under the patronage of Our Lady Stella Maris, we work to alleviate the loneliness of seafarers by extending a hand of friendship.

 

Our pastoral teams of port chaplains and ship visitors approach seafarers as friends, whatever their origin and beliefs. AOS reaches out to all seafarers in the name of Christ and enables Catholics among them to attend Mass on board ship or in a local parish.

 

Through effective Christian witness, personal contact and the distribution of Christian literature, AOS works to encourage Christian life aboard ship.

 

 

Ship visitor  Mark Kemis-Betty, Tel: 01305 813895

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Catenians

 

The Catenian Association is an international brotherhood of Catholic laymen, who meet once a month in local branches known as ‘circles’. The Catenian Association was founded in 1908 and in 2008 will celebrate its centenary.

Requirements for membership are:

You must be, and remain a practising member of the Church.

You must be of sound character.

You must be sponsored by a Catenian and recommended as a suitable candidate.

Joining gives you the following opportunities:

Meet other Catholics who share your Catholic values, belief and practice

Become part of a community offering lifelong support and friendship

Mix with other Catholics in business, commerce, public service and the professions

Be part of a group that helps each other and their families in all aspects of life

Provide your family with opportunities for friendship and social activity.

To mark their centenary year, the Catenians will raise funds to provide water in Zimbabwe and will cooperate with CAFOD and other partners.

Meetings take place on the second Monday of each month in the Prince Regent Hotel, and parish contacts can be found on the Church notice boards.

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Choir

 

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Eucharistic Ministers

 

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Penance and First Holy Communion

 

Preparation for the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion is parish based and there are close links with St Augustine’s School.  The Programme used is ‘God’s Greatest Gift’ comprising of a personal workbook for the children and a helpful guide for parents. At present we have two groups running, catering for all the Catholic children in the Weymouth and Portland area.

 

The Programme is split into ten themes and each one links to the Mass, the source and summit of our life as Catholics.

 

Each theme takes a month to work through and the children, with their group of dedicated Catechists, come together for two sessions, learning through a variety of interesting activities such as listening, role play, quiet prayer, stories from Scripture and art work. The parents meet together each month supported by the Priests/Catechist during one of the children’s sessions and the end of each theme is celebrated at a Parish Mass.

 

Coordinator: Anne Hall

 

The next course starts in September 2008:

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Mother’s Circle of the Infant Jesus of Prague

The Mother’s Circle of the Infant Jesus of Prague was founded in 1963 by Alma Stocklin, the wife of an American scientist working in NATO. Mother’s Circle 1 increased in numbers and by 1978 Mother’s Circle 2 was formed.

At that time mothers of children under 16 met to say the Rosary and discuss a reading or topic. Our aim is to help our families grow in knowledge of the Faith. Over 30 years, many joys, sorrows and problems have been prayed for. Our meetings have changed over the years with the majority of members being grandmothers. We are not a fund raising group with most of our members helping in various Parish organisations. We meet on the first Tuesday in the month at 8 pm and the meeting and venue is announced in the Parish Newsletter. New members are most welcome.

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Knights of St Columba

 

The Knights of St Columba are an Order of Catholic Gentlemen dedicated to the service of the Church and fellow man.

 

The Order exists to support the mission of the Catholic Church and at the same time to work for the spiritual and material good of its members and their families. It is non political and democratic. Members of the Order are part of the Lay Apostolate.

 

Any practising Catholic man over the age of 16 years is welcome to join our organisation. See the link to our website for more details.

 

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Catholic Women’s League (CWL)

 

The Catholic Women’s League, founded in 1906 by Margaret Fletcher is an international organisation with 5 million members. We are a registered charity.

 

The objectives of the C.W.L. are to promote and support (under the guidance of the Hierarchy) charitable works at parish, diocesan, national and international levels and to ensure Catholic representation of those interests on  major bodies.  St. Margaret Clitherow is the patron saint of the League.

 

Internationally, the C.W.L. is a founder member of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO)  which brings together 36 million women of all nations who work for the advancement of women and supports Human Rights worldwide.  WUCWO has consultative status at the Vatican and is an N.G.O. at the United Nations.

 

Our meetings are held in St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Stavordale Road on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2.00 p.m. New Members are always welcome. For details, please contact our Secretary, Mrs June Rust, telephone 01305 781958.

 

For reports of our meetings, see our Parish Web Page

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Brownie Guides

 

The aim is to provide a programme of activities that girls of our parishes can enjoy, and at the same time can help each individual to develop as a whole, physically, mentally and spiritually. In this way, she will grow in her understanding of the Brownie Promise and in her ability to keep it.

 

On Pack Holiday the Brownies spend time together with the Pack, sleeping, eating, working and playing together – above all having ‘FUN’.

 

The 2nd WEYMOUTH BROWNIE PACK meets at St Augustine’s Parish Hall each Wednesday in term time from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

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