Parish Groups

St Ann’s Parish is a vibrant and active community. This is made possible by the people who bring talent and energy to form the various groups

Safeguarding

With overall responsibility for ensuring that all people within the parish who deal with children, young people and vulnerable adults are CRB checked.  Additionally our Parish Safeguarding Officer, ensures that the Parish is updated with any and all new developments concerning child protection practices and legislation. In the event that anybody has any questions or concerns on this issue, our Parish Safeguarding Officer is the first point of contact.

Contact: Geraldine McWilliams (via the Parish Office)

Finance Committee

The Parish Finance Committee manages the Parish’s finances on an ongoing basis. By far the major source of income is from the weekly collections taken at Mass, and Gift Aided Payments are a most important boost to this. The main items of expenditure are the Diocesan Levy, which is our Parish’s contribution to the financial needs of the Diocese, the running costs of the church and the Presbytery, and maintenance of all the buildings on the site.

A Financial Report is submitted to the Annual Meeting of the Parish, and this includes a summary of the Receipts and Expenses for the preceding year. The Parish finances are managed in accordance with the Diocesan guidelines set out in the Parish Administration Manual which may be viewed on the Diocesan Website.

Finance Commitee Members

  • Fr John Inglis
  • Deacon Kevin O’Brien
  • John Otten – Acting Chairperson
  • Brian Glossop – Treasurer
  • Paul Keysell – Gift Aid Coordinator
  • Paul Smith
  • Godfrey Mitchell
  • Katrina Dunckley – Secretary

Church Choir

We provide music at 10am Sunday Family Mass each week, Christmas and Easter Liturgies and other major feasts throughout the year and as requested for weddings, funerals etc. Given appropriate voices, we endeavour to sing in parts when able. We use the organ and/or keyboard and like to encourage additional instrumental accompaniment when available.

Contact: Mrs Flick Saunders, Musical Co-ordinator

Other Information

When possible we take up the opportunity of going to Diocesan events including the Choirs Festival, Music Weekend and choir days, sing at Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage and join with other choirs for the Deanery Confirmations.

In addition we are a sociable group getting together for meals, drinks from time to time and have an annual party and an outing!

We are always on the look out for additional singers and musicians – a keen interest is the main requirement.

Ave Maria CD

Our choir have recorded Schubert’s Ave Maria.  Copies of the CD are available from Flick Saunders, our Musical Director, in exchange for a ‘silent’ donation.

Monies raised will be used to help  parishioners who would not otherwise be able to attend, to join our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

CD Cover for Ave Maria

Parish Groups

  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Atonement Group
  • Rosary Group
  • Propagation of the Faith
  • Catenian Association
  • St Vincent de Paul Society

Our Mission is to seek and find those in need, to help them in a spirit of justice and to tackle the causes of poverty where we can.

St Ann’s SVP Conference was founded in 1965. Adopting the Society’s philosophy of “Turning Concern into Action”, we visit housebound parishioners, those in local care homes and the sick, bringing them Holy Communion and friendship and offering transport to Parish events.

Through various projects, with assistance from our young members, the Mini Vinnies at St Anne’s School and our parishioners at St Ann’s, we have also been able to support the homeless, people held in immigration detention near Gatwick, families of prisoners at Christmas and contribute to overseas aid projects.

We meet twice a month at St Ann’s on a Thursday evening and new members are always welcome. For more information please email svpstanns@gmail.com, visit the St Vincent de Paul Website, or read our brochure below: