The “Guide to Parish Life” is designed to inform all parishioners, new and old, about what makes us think that St Benet’s Parish – including Our Lady of Perpetual Succour at Gillingham – is so special.
The most important sections are those about “Living the Catholic Life”. These include a reminder of the key aspects of our faith – Mass, the Sacraments and our Obligations – as well as the opportunities, within our Parish, for personal contribution and development.
We also explain something about how the Parish is managed, including the financial aspects; how we communicate and consult; and our social and fundraising activities.
The Handbook, together with the Parish Newsletter, aims to keep every parishioner fully informed about Parish activities. This Website complements both, and, as space here on the website is virtually limitless, it can contain additional information or reference documents. It can be more readily kept up-to-date and all the data is in an easily accessible form.
We hope you find the Parish Guide useful and interesting. The material prepared for it, has now been incorporated into the Website. To see a particular website page, just click on the subject title shown in blue on the Contents Page below.
YOUR COMMENTS ARE VERY WELCOME – indeed, some of the early ones have already been incorporated! Please send any comments to Fr Martin or to the editor by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Guide to Parish Life – Contents
(Please click on the blue Subject title to visit the relevant page, as included on the Website.)
Appendices of Variable Information.
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Alphabetical Index (Please click on the blue title above to visit the relevant page.)
|Abstinence||9||History of St Benet’s||A4|
|Adults – Christian Initiation||7||Holy Days of Obligation||9|
|Annual Meeting||13||Inter-faith Group (Waveney)||5|
|Altar Servers||4||Initiation – Sacraments of||6|
|Baptism||6||Knights of St Columba (Lowestoft)||5|
|Benedictine Order||A3||Liturgy Support||4|
|Buildings & Grounds||12||Local Charities||B1|
|Burial||12||Maintenance of Premises||12|
|CAFOD||B1||Management & Administration||10|
|Can YOU help?||3||Marriage||7|
|Catholic Life in St Benet’s||3||Mass Intentions; request form||C3|
|Catholic Schools||14||Mass Times||16|
|Charities||B1||Ministers of the Eucharist||4|
|Children’s Liturgy||4||“Missio” Red Boxes||B1|
|Cleaning Team||12||Our Lady of Perpetual Succour||1, A4|
|Clergy||1, A1||Parish Pastoral Council||13|
|Collections||11||Parish Census & Register Form||C1|
|Confirmation||7||Readers of the Liturgy||4|
|Congo School for Peace||B1||Regular Activities||B3|
|Contacts||B2||Sacrament of the Sick||8|
|Deanery||A2||Sacraments – A Simple Guide||6|
|Downside Abbey||A3||Schools; – St Benet’s||1, 14|
|Evangelisation Team||5||Services, Other||16|
|Family Liturgy||4||Spiritual Development||5|
|Fasting||9||St Edmund’s, Bungay||B2|
|Finance & Fabric Committee||13||St Mary’s Fund||B1|
|Flower Guild||12||Tea & Coffee Teams||4|
|Fundraising & Social||B1||Teachers||5|
|Gift Aid Scheme; form||C2||Ushers – Meeters & Greeters||4|
|Graveyard||12||Vigil Mass – Saturdays||16, A2|
|Historic Churches Trust (Suffolk)||B1||Wednesday Club||B1|