GROUPS AND MINISTRIES

AGAPE CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP

AGAPE is a Greek word meaning the unconditional love that Jesus has for each of us. The AGAPE Charismatic Prayer Group was established in late May 2001 with the blessing of the Parish Priest and is affiliated to the Joshua Prayer Communities and Ministries which is now known as “Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) Brisbane.  AGAPE functions as part of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and accepts the authority of the Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane and holds weekly group gatherings every Friday evening providing faith formation opportunities for the community.

ALPHA

Alpha is part of our Parish Adult Faith Formation Program that is included in the journey of those wanting to become a Catholic. It is a short, practical introduction to the Christian Faith. The course is ideal for those who want to learn more about the Christian faith, in a loving atmosphere with no pressure and just friendly conversation. It also has proven to be a wondrous blessing for church going Catholics wanting to enter more deeply into their faith. The course runs for approximately 10 weeks on one evening per week. Each evening begins with sharing a community meal, followed by an Alpha film episode and small group discussion. Alpha is run in all Christian denominations and is highly recommended in the Catholic Church. In 2018, over 4,500 Catholic parishes and organisations around the world ran Alpha with over 265,000 participants. Should you wish to know more about this life changing program, please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.

ALTAR SERVERS MINISTRY

Children and young people who have received their Sacraments are invited and encouraged to serve as Altar Servers at the Holy Masses. This gives young people the opportunity to grow in their faith through active participation. It is also a beautiful honour to be able to serve at God’s Altar.

A roster is prepared and distributed every quarter which advises times and locations when each young person is required to serve at Mass. Training sessions are held for new servers at various times of the year.

Please connect with Luisa Laughren at ym.darjin@bne.catholic.net.au | 0432 330 509 should you wish to know more information.

CARE AND CONCERN

Ecumenical Care and Concern is a small group of volunteers who came together in 1979 when they saw a need to ease the burden felt by many families who found themselves in hardship and situations of stress. The volunteers have banded together to continue to help those in need in the local community in ways such as visiting, providing emergency meals or transport seniors to local medical appointments. Seniors from nursing homes and the Parish are invited to lunch and entertainment two times a year to help maintain that connection with these invaluable members of our community.

LITURGICAL MINISTRY

The celebration of the Eucharist and other Sacraments is central to our life as Catholics. We are to celebrate the Liturgy in a reverential way that is faithful to our Catholic Tradition and engage us to be living witnesses of the faith.

The Liturgical Ministry Team assists the Parish Priest to plan and prepare various Liturgies and Ceremonies during the Church Calendar. Meeting times for the Ministry are advertised in the Parish Newsletter and various social media platforms.

MUSIC MINISTRY

Joyful celebrations of the Eucharist, with music and worship, help build and strengthen faith of the assembly. In essence, communal singing led by Lead Music Worshipers help unify, celebrate and be in communion with God and each other.

We are blessed to have a diverse group of talented Lead Worshipers who offer their personal gifts across the weekend Masses and various Liturgies and Ceremonies throughout the year.

Please connect with Luisa Laughren at ym.darjin@bne.catholic.net.au | 0432 330 509 should you wish to be a part of this wonderful Ministry.

SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL DARRA JINDALEE CONFERENCE

SVDP is an international Catholic Organisation of lay people, founded in Parish 1833 by Blessed Frederic Ozanam and his university student companions. It is a spiritual society, with members committed to assisting the poor and needy  to ensure that the spirit and rule of the Society is observed in all activities. St Vincent De Paul is the Patron of the Society.

Each Parish Conference is “twinned” with a SVDP Conference in a poor or developing country. Our Parish Conference has a ‘twin’ in both India and Pakistan. Christ’s teaching, teaches us to be compassionate towards the poor and disadvantaged. This is the motivation of the Society and its members.

SVDP has also been instrumental in ensuring that Ministries within the Parish and Parish School as well as post Funeral Hospitality, Sacramental Programme and Youth Ministry have been supported.

Should you wish to support this vital Ministry in any way, please contact the parish office for further information.

RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTIONS IN STATE SCHOOLS

Religious Instruction is an essential Ministry that brings the Gospel story to children in state schools. Volunteers use a Government approved Ecumenical Programme that helps students learn about God, Jesus and the Salvation story.

Volunteers need not be qualified teachers as all lesson plans and resources are provided, though they need to share in the love of working with children and God.  A commitment of one to two hours a week is required to provide consistency for the children.

Please connect with Judi Dwyer at sacramental.darjin@bne.catholic.net.au | 3715 8517 to find out how you can support this important Ministry.