The reader, traditionally referred to as a lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. They may also announce the intentions for the Prayer of the Faithful and, in the absence of a psalmist, proclaim the Psalm between the readings.
The choir and musicians play a key role in the enhancement of the liturgy and other services. Members of the choir and musicians volunteer their time and talents to preparing suitable hymns for weekend Masses and solemnities, data projection and introduction of new Mass settings and psalms. We always welcome new members to come forward and volunteer to singing in the choir and welcome new musicians, particularly organists and accompanists such as trumpets, violins, and other string ensemble instruments.
The acolyte is instituted to serve at the altar and to assist the priest and deacon. In particular, it is his responsibility to prepare the altar and the sacred vessels and, if it is necessary, as an extraordinary minister, to distribute the Eucharist to the faithful. In the ministry of the altar, the acolyte has his own functions which he must perform himself.
The role of the altar server is to assist at the Altar during the offering of the Holy Mass and other liturgical services. This ministry is open to anyone who has made their first communion and we welcome new members, both young and old, to become Altar Servers.
Our Church cleaners assist in the cleaning of our Parish church. This includes with cleaning the sanctuary area, vacuuming carpets, cleaning glass in Narthex area and polishing brass. Cleaners are split into numerous groups meaning that a few hours per month is all that is required.
Children’s Liturgy is held during every Sunday 10AM Mass (except in School Holidays) in MacKillop Hall. Children join our team of volunteers to read and learn about the weekend Gospel reading, with prayer and fun and creative activities.
Counters assist with the counting of weekly collections after the Sunday morning Mass. Counters are placed into various groups usually of 4 people per team. Counters are usually required for 2 hours per month.
Catechesis is that particular form of ministry of the word which matures initial conversion to make it into a living, explicit and fruitful confession of faith. Catechists are a team of parishioners who have completed Diocesan training. The program is age appropriate, creative and contemporary in order that the young person be motivated to grow in knowledge, understanding, appreciation, acceptance and love of the Gospel. As Catechists we are committed to giving a strong witness of our own faith.
Parish Morning Teas
Members of our parish assist with the Hospitality and social aspect of parish life. This includes set up and pack up of food area, preparing tea and coffee after Sunday morning Mass and serving of finger foods.
Holy Cross Youth
Holy Cross Youth welcomes our young parishioners (Year 7 and above) and their friends for monthly meetings to socialise, pray and discuss their Catholic faith. Holy Cross Youth are always looking for new members so check out our Parish Social Media or Bulletin and come along to their next event.