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The Catholic Faith Exploration (CaFE) Group meets together to explore their faith in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Topics for discussion are presented by a series of videos produced by the Catholic Evangelisation Service. Watch the newsletter for details of future sessions.
The Gerrards Cross Section of the Catholic Women's League was founded in 1958. The League is a national organisation with 4,000 members in England and Wales.
We are affiliated to other CWL organisations in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. We are also members or the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO), which is concerned with the rights of women and children throughout the world.
As CWL members were involved in the first Family Fast Day collections, we support CAFOD as it's natural successor. The League has a strong spiritual base with retreats, days of recollection and an annual pilgrimage to Aylesford Priory. We support our own CWL charities - Relief and Refugee, Social Welfare, Our Ladies Catechists and the Services Committee.
We were involved in the beginning of the London Run for the Homeless through our connections with Burnham Section and we continue to raise funds for them each Christmas. We support local charities such as Thames Hospicecare and we lay a wreath on Chalfont St Peter's war memorial each Remembrance Sunday.
We welcome women of all ages as members. Our motto is Charity, Work and Loyalty. We work, but we also enjoy social events in a friendly atmosphere.
We meet on the third Wednesday in the month, (except August) at 2pm in the First Committee Room.
If you are interested and would like to know more please let the Parish Office know and they will put you in touch with Doreen Pooley or Maureen Burrows.
The Holy Cross ecumenical charismatic prayer group meets on Monday afternoons from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at member’s homes in the parish. The meetings include praise, sharing from Scriptures, teaching, prayer and personal ministry. Newcomers are most welcome.
This is part of the 9am Sunday Mass and is run during term time by adults, assisted by teenagers. The children are grouped by age, from Reception to Year 6, to learn about the Word of God through activities and songs. There is also a popular Advent Workshop, helping the children to prepare for Christmas. New children and helpers are always welcome.
Today the Church acknowledges that the entire worshipping assembly exercises a ministry of music. Some members of the parish, however, have a special gift to lead the liturgical music. Different groups provide the music at the variety of services which we have in the parish.
Children from various schools sing and play musical instruments at 9am Mass each Sunday. The choir also sings at other services where children of the parish are particularly involved, including the First Holy Communion celebrations and special Christmas and Easter services. There are also opportunities when the choir participates in services in the community to bring comfort to the elderly and sick.
Practices are held each Thursday in the Parish Centre from 3:00pm until 4:30pm. We also have some talented musicians who accompany us each Sunday. All are welcome. If a child is keen to join please come along to the Parish Centre on a Thursday.
We are a small, friendly group of singers and musicians aiming to help and encourage the congregation to participate more fully in the Mass through music. We usually play and sing twice a month (typically the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month). Musicians and/or singers of all ages are and will be very much welcomed – we are always looking to increase our numbers.
The adult choir meets mainly for the services at Easter and Christmas. The singers cover all age groups singing in harmony both traditional and modern church music.
The youth music group, for singers and musicians aged 11 and upwards, offers young people a chance to join together in praise of God through music. Rehearsals are held Sunday at 4pm before the youth Masses in the church – usually the last Sunday of the month at 5:30pm. Please contact the Youth Co-ordinator if you are interested.
The choir at Denham has been building in strength and numbers over the last few years. We have a small core group that gets bolstered now and then with some of our singing chums from St Joseph's. Richard Cottle, organist and choir leader, has written arrangements for the hymns and Mass parts. The first Sunday of each month is a sung Mass, while all the other Sundays include nice hymns, music and sometimes soloists to support the Mass at this lovely Church.
Sarah Hampel, one of our Choir's 'leading lights', has attended the Church since it was built in 1961 and was the church organist for many years. Her mother, also a stalwart of the Holy Name, co-founded what we now know as CAFOD by starting the annual family fast day.
Linked to the National Churches Together ecumenical movement, every two to three months this group comes together to share what is going on in each other’s church and to run events together.
The group consists of one Minister and one lay person from the following churches: St Peter’s Parish Church, Gold Hill Baptist Church, All Saints Church, St Joseph’s Church, The Methodist Church, St Andrew’s Church, St James’ Church and St Mary’s Church.
The church needs cleaning every week! New helpers for our rota are always welcome; the commitment is for a couple of hours every four weeks. We normally clean on a Thursday morning but if you can help any time we’ll find something to suit your schedule. This is an invaluable service to the parish which would otherwise need to be contracted out.
Coffee, tea and most importantly conversation is available after the 9am and 11am Masses most Sundays. There is a rota of volunteers who set up before the Mass (9am in the Parish Centre, 11am in the First Committee Room) and provide this service of welcome all parishioners. Please come along!
Counters work on an eight week rota – we would welcome new members.