There are a number of groups and individuals who provide support to parishioners. Some of these are organised by members of the parish, some are local groups and some are local branches of larger organisations. We will include details and contact information for various of these groups in these pages.
Support for Senior Parishioners Many retired people are, of course, leading very active lives. Some retired parishioners are themselves caring for the elderly, looking after sick or handicapped relatives or are in demand to look after grandchildren, or are active in charitable work. Some are giving many hours of their time each week to help in the day-to-day running of the church.
In addition to Mass on Sundays, many retired parishioners find renewed strength and vitality through participating in one of the daily Masses at St Anselm’s, where they also experience a sense of belonging to a loving community.
The Senior Parishioner’s Social Group The Group meets at Christchurch Hall, Cross Road, from 2 to 4 pm on the third Wednesday of every month. A short business meeting is followed by entertainment – a talk, music, a quiz, sometimes tea in the garden. Details of the programme are usually on the Notice Board in the Church Narthex.
The Group arranges Keep-Fit classes (on Mondays), country walks, day and half-day excursions, local get-togethers, and an annual dinner-dance, open to members and their friends. There is always someone to give lifts to members who do not drive. A week’s holiday in Holme Lacey has proved popular.
Contact the Senior Parishioner’s Social Group via the Parish Office
Support for Incapacitated Parishioners Sick members of the parish are visited regularly by the priests, deacon, parish sister, and ministers of the Eucharist; and Holy Communion is brought to them in their own homes, in residential and Nursing Homes and in the hospitals.
Because of the present state of the law, when elderly people living alone are suddenly taken to hospital the Church may not be informed. Parishioners are encouraged to carry a card on them stating their wish to see a priest if they are taken ill and for their nursing care to include fluids, however administered.
The priests also visit the Residential and Nursing Homes in turn to say Mass for the Catholic residents.
St Anselm’s weekly newsletter carries the names of sick parishioners who have asked for prayers; and neighbourly help and friendship are offered to those in need.
The spiritual help given to the dying is one of the highest priorities of the priests, deacon, and parish Sister.
A parish bereavement team meets regularly to pray for the deceased and their families and to offer support to the bereaved. Those who have died are remembered daily at Mass and in our prayers. Their memory is kept alive also in a beautiful memorial book in St Anselm’s church.
Are you finding it difficult to come to terms with your bereavement? Would you like to speak to a member of the parish bereavement team? The work of the team is completely confidential, sympathetic, non-judgemental. We aim to provide a listening ear, to offer support, to extend the hand of friendship, to stand alongside the bereaved on their healing journey.
A team member would be happy to visit you at home or meet with you at either the presbytery, the parish room,the church or we would be happy to speak with you on the telephone should you prefer it.
To make arrangements to speak with a member of the parish bereavement team please contact either the Parish Priest or Sister Ursula.