St Leonard's, East Kilbride
a parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell
 
OUR PARISH GROUPS AND COMMITTEES
 
We have a number of groups and committees in the parish. They are:
   
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
SSVP website Meetings are held in the Church House every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. If you wish to contact the SSVP, please do so through their Help Line - 07042 08 52 84. Please call between the hours of 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
 
The Society's website can be found at www.ssvpscotland.com
 
Third World Group
The Third World Group serves tea, coffee and other soft drinks after the 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon Masses on Sundays.
   
Prayer Groups
We have two Prayer/Faith Sharing Groups in the parish. One meets in the Church House on Thursday evenings, after Mass. If you would like to join this Group, all you have to do is to come to the Church House after the Thursday evening Mass.
 
The other Group meets of an afternoon in the homes of members of the Group. For further information, please contact the Parish Office ( Tel: 01355 247471 ; E-mail: stleonardsek@btconnect.com ).
 
Prayer Protection for Families Group
We also have a Prayer Protection for Families Group for parents and grandparents who wish to pray together for their children and grandchildren. At our meetings, we unite in prayer with one another and, during the meetings, we place our children's names in a basket, which we then bring before the Blessed Sacrament on the Altar.
 
The Beavers
The Beavers meet in the Parish Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays. If you would like your child to join, please bring them to the Hall, where the Beaver Leader will answer any questions you may have.
 
The Parish Stall Ladies
We have a small repository or stall in the upper porch at the main entrance to the church. The Stall Ladies sell Catholic newspapers, missals, prayer books, cards and holy objects suitable for various Feasts and events in the liturgical calendar.
   
Choir and Folk Group
The Choir plays a very important part in our Parish, at the Sunday Morning Masses, at major Feast Days, for example at Christmas and Holy Week, and at Funeral Masses throughout the year. Choir practice is usually on a Monday evening at 6:45 p.m. New members are always welcome. If interested, please introduce yourself to a member of the Choir after one of the Sunday Masses or just come along to practice on a Monday evening (but check the weekly Bulletin first.)
 
The Folk Group plays at the 5:15 p.m. Mass each Sunday and at 12:00 noon Mass on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. If you would like to be involved, please speak to a member of the Group after 5:15 p.m. Mass. Alternatively, you could contact the Parish Office, and they will put you in touch.
     
The Estates Management Committee
The Committee is responsible to the Parish Priest for:
  Carrying out periodic inspections of the estate and identifying necessary action.
  Giving consideration to relevant issues raised by other parish groups or individuals.
  Making arrangements for the routine inspection of specialist equipment e.g. fire extinguishers.
  Ensuring that the property is compliant with all relevant Health and Safety legislation.
  Ensuring that effective and transparent arrangements for the commissioning of work on the property are put in place and followed.
  Ensuring that all work carried out meets sector standards.
  Ensuring that a full record is kept of work done at the property.
  Ensuring that there are effective and transparent financial procedures relating to the payment for work done at the property.
  Putting in place arrangements for approving the commissioning of work to be done on an emergency and between - meetings basis.
  Putting in place arrangements for the management of the parish hall.
  Liaising with other parish committees, e.g. Liturgy Committee, Pastoral Committee.
  Keeping the Parish Office informed of all relevant developments.
  Liaising with the Diocesan Estates Manager on all of the above.
       
The Liturgy Committee
The Committee is responsible to the Parish Priest for overseeing developments in each of:
Liturgy of the Word
  The induction and continuing formation of Ministers of the Word.
  Organising the weekly rota for Ministers of the Word.
  Organising the rota for Ministers of the Word at Daily Mass.
Liturgy of the Eucharist
  The induction and continuing formation of Ministers of the Eucharist.
  Organising the rota of Ministers of the Eucharist for Sunday Masses.
  Organising the rota for Ministers of the Eucharist at Daily Mass.
  Promoting respect for the church as the house of God and for the Blessed Sacrament.
Developing awareness of the liturgy in our parish
  Advising on liturgies appropriate to a range of occasions and to the needs of different groups within the parish.
  Explaining changes in the liturgy to parishioners.
  Encouraging parishioners to be more involved in the liturgy.
  Liaising with our schools on sacramental preparation and on liturgies appropriate to the age and stage of pupils.
Communications
  Liaising with other Parish Groups, e.g. the Committee for Estate Management.
  Keeping the Parish Office informed of developments.
  Liaising with the Diocese on all matters relating to liturgy.
  Giving consideration to suggestions made by other parishioners about the liturgy.
     
The Pastoral Care Committee
The Committee is responsible to the Parish priest for:
  Identifying the range of need for pastoral care and support in our parish.
  Identifying the most effective ways of providing pastoral support, e.g. to the sick, the poor, the old, the lonely, the bereaved.
  Coordinating the efforts of parish groups involved in pastoral care.
  Coordinating the work done in the parish to support the Church's mission to the developing world.
  Coordinating the programme of mission appeals in the parish.
  Supporting Catechumens through RCIA.
  Liaising with our schools.
  Promoting the work of pastoral care groups among the youth in the parish through the Pope Benedict XVI Award.
  Liaising with other Parish Groups, e.g. the Committee for Estate Management and the Committee for Liturgy.
  Keeping the Parish Office informed of developments.