The Parish today
The Parish of St George and St Teresa is a vibrant and dynamic community enriched by the activities of many groups organised and run by the lay community – from the wardens in church to the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist; from the choir, music and altar serving to the sacristy and flower arranging; from badminton to the walking group. These groups cater for all ages and interests. We are very blessed in having many people who contribute financially and voluntarily to the life of the Parish.
Please find below a list of the different activities taking place in the Parish, together with a brief explanation of each activity and information outlining how you can play a part. We welcome all who wish to be involved.
Altar Servers - The Guild of St Stephen
We have many altar servers, mostly boys and girls of school age, and also a number of adults. The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. Once altar servers have successfully completed their training and been on the altar for at least one year they are awarded a bronze medal of the Guild of St Stephen. New servers must have already received their first Holy Communion and training starts every year in September or October. Existing servers who have trained in other parishes are also always welcome. Those wishing to become servers should speak to the Parish Priest. Organisation of the training and rota is done by Rita Salloway (01564 730150, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The money counters are responsible for counting the collections. Those wishing to become a money counter should speak to the Parish Priest. The rota is organised by John Murray (01564 777234).
The aim of the church cleaning groups is to keep the church, sacristy and narthex clean and tidy every week. Each group takes great care and pride in the work they do. For more information, please contact Mary Shelton (07818 255582).
The Catenian Association
The Catenian Association provides practising Catholic laymen and their families with friendship, social activities and support. There are three Circles – Solihull, City of Birmingham and North Warwickshire. Please see www.thecatenians.co.uk for more information.
Children’s Sunday Liturgy
The Children's Sunday Liturgy takes place every Sunday at the 10:30am Mass during the school term time. The aim of the group is to teach the Gospel of the relevant Sunday to children in a way they can understand. For more information please contact Isabel Cusack (01564 776778, email@example.com).
Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
The Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion. Those wishing to become a Eucharistic Minister should speak to the Parish Priest. The rota is organised by Jackie Hildreth (0121 705 0760).
Church wardens are responsible for ensuring that people are looked after when they enter the church to attend the Sunday Masses. They are also responsible for taking up and securing the offertory collection. If you would like to become a Church warden, please speak to the Parish Priest. The co-ordinator is Kevin Moroney (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Padre Pio Prayer Group
The prayer group prays for our Parish, the sick, worldwide affairs, all who suffer, for peace, for the needs of those who come to the group and make it viable. More information to appear soon.
Parish Centre Social Committee
The Parish centre social committee tries to organise a couple of social events a year and is always open to new ideas. For more information please contact Steve Worrell (01564 200373) or Veronica Chapman (01926 403648).
Parish Pastoral Council
The council aims to create a strong bond and partnership between the Clergy and the laity, and advise and assist the Parish Priest in all matters relating to the Spiritual and Temporal life of the Parish. For more information, please contact Tony Taylor (01564 205238).
There is a piety stall in the narthex where you can purchase religious items such as rosaries, cards and booklets. The person responsible for the piety stall is Isabel Cusack (01564 776778, email@example.com).
The Rosary group meets on Fridays after the morning Mass. If you would like to join the group, please contact Debbie Burrell (01564 771658, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Parish Finance and Property Committee
This body oversees the Financial Affairs and Property Maintenance of the Parish Church, Centre and Presbytery. The Chair is John McDonald : 01564 776734.
THE SVP is a Catholic charitable society whose aim is 'faith in action'. The SVP group do daily deliveries of food & supplies to Foodbanks and homeless shelters, as well as to drop in centres for asylum seekers & refugees. Due to the current situation, our Foodbanks have been struggling to meet demand for the most deprived areas of Birmingham, and there has been an increase in the numbers of local individuals and families needing support. Therefore, the St George & St Teresa SVP Foodbank Support Group was established in April 2020, in order to help meet these additional needs. The group needs urgent donations of food, cleaning products, toiletries and baby products on a large scale. Cash donations or cheques (payable to St George & St Teresa SVP) are also greatly received & will be used directly to support the needy. Donations can be dropped off throughout the week at local addresses (see attached Volunteers list), as well as Vernon James Butchers Bentley Heath, Palmers School Uniform shop on Knowle High Street & Tesco Balsall Common, for the Foodbank team to collect, sort & distribute. You can also arrange to have your donation collected by contacting Angela Robinson on 07711 579540. If you’d like to get involved, or volunteer to help in any way, please call Cathy Grimley (Coordinating) on 07758 447355