Parish Groups

As believers in Christ we are joined together as a congregation to do the work that Jesus commissioned his Church to do. St Paul often tells us that we all have gifts or talents and below are some of the ways our parish members are contributing to, or taking some kind of responsibility for, the growth and direction of the Parish of St James. No matter which area in which we share our talents it is a ministry in service to the Lord.

Below are the many different parish organisations and their contact details.

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Altar Servers
Buildings and Grounds maintenance
Catechists
Child protection
Children’s Liturgy
Church Cleaning
Churches Together in Orrell
Communications
Eucharistic Ministers
Finance
Flower Arranging

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Marriage & Family Life Representatives
Mill Hill Missions, APF
Parish Administration
Parish Social Centre
RCIA – (Right of Christian Initiation of Adults)
Readers
Repository
Sacred Music
Sacristan
Safeguarding

 

Altar Servers

Open to adults, young adults and children who have made their First Holy Communion.

Contact: Fr. Gerry   Tel. 01695 622476. frgerry@stjamesorrell.co.uk

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Buildings and Grounds Maintenance

The Grounds of the Church and Cemetery are maintained under an annual mowing contract. The Church buildings are inspected regularly by a parishioner who reports to Fr Gerry any areas in need of maintenance. If you believe an area is in need of inspection please use the contact number below.

Contact: Site Caretaker: Mr Brian Davies   – Tel. 01695 623271    or email to   info@stjamesorrell.co.uk

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Parish Catechists

To catechise means to teach: more specifically, to teach by word of mouth. Within our parish our catechists are involved in assisting parents in leading their own children in the ways of the Faith. The catechists work closely with Fr Gerry.

The Catechists are:

Senior Catechist – Mary Culligan

Contact: Mary Culligan 01695 622476.

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Child Protection / Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

The Parish follows the safeguarding requirements of the Archdiocese of Liverpool in ensuring that children and vulnerable adults are kept safe. All Volunteers who work with children and Eucharistic Ministers have been subject to an enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check. Safeguarding involves having responsibility for keeping our children, young people or vulnerable adults safe from harm. When all our parishioners, especially volunteers, are aware of safeguarding issues and report any concerns, we can make a real difference to the safety and well being of the vulnerable members of our community.

Our Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator at St. James’, Orrell is Mrs. Jeanette White – Tel. 01695 622476    or email at stjamesorrell@live.co.uk
The Safeguarding Officer for the Archdiocese of Liverpool is Deacon Des Bill – Tel. 0151 522 1043.
The Safeguarding Administrator for the Archdiocese of Liverpool is Mrs Sylvia Cawley – Tel. 0151 522 1043.

Anyone with knowledge, suspicion or worry about such abuse should contact the

Safeguarding Department – Tel. 0151 522 1043 or email to safeguarding@rcaol.co.uk

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Children’s Liturgy

Our Parish welcomes the full participation of children in the celebration of Mass.
Special provision in the form of Children’s Liturgy is made at the 10.30 Sunday Mass for children aged 3 – 13.
Shortly after the start of Mass, the children leave for their own Liturgy. They return to join the Mass just before the Offertory. The children are split into 3 groups so that they can celebrate the Liturgy of the Word in a manner that is appropriate to their level of understanding.

Pre-school – Yr 1 in the Parish Room.
Y2 – Y4 in the Presbytery dining room.
Y5 – Y8 in the Presbytery sitting room.

“Children’s Liturgy” is actually the Liturgy of the Word for children. We hear the Gospel of the day at a level the children can understand and enjoy. This is reinforced with discussion, prayers, songs, drama and craft. We try to raise awareness of God’s love, the humanity of Jesus, the seasons of the Church and the understanding of symbols in Mass. Our aim is to make the children’s experience of Church meaningful, whilst helping them to grow in the faith of the Catholic Church and develop as full and active members of our Parish community. All Liturgy leaders have been CRB checked, a requirement by the Catholic Church for all those who work with children and vulnerable adults. We are always looking for new helpers to enable us to offer children’s liturgy. If anyone would like to help, please come and see what we do and chat to one of our team. If you would like more information or would like to help in any way please contact our liturgy co-ordinators; Marguerite Mohammed or Anne Finch.

Contact: Fr. Gerry    Tel. 01695 622476.

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Church Cleaning

Cleaning is a very important area of service particularly when we consider that the purpose of any ministry is to bring glory and honour to God, we give Him our best. We want our beautiful Church building to be a blessing to God and to all who worship in it. Serving on this ministry team is an opportunity for fellowship with others as well as with the Lord. There are 5 groups on a rota who clean the Church on different days thus trying to fit in with busy schedules. Currently the rota days are Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Churches Together in Orrell

Details will appear here soon.

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Communications / Parish Administration

The Parish Secretary is Jeanette White who provides the secretarial and administrative services for the parish. Jeanette co-ordinates and prepares the bulletin.

We endeavour to keep Parishioners informed of events in the Parish and Pastoral Area by issuing regular Newsletters which can be accessed via the Bulletins page of this website. The Focus Group Newsletter and the Pastoral Area Newsletter can all be accessed via the Notice board page of this website.

At the entrance to the Car Park is a notice board with weekly Mass and Service times, but please check the weekly Bulletin for any changes. Notice boards are also in the Church Porches with other information.

We have an upgraded sound system in the Church with a loop system for the hearing impaired.

Items for the Parish Bulletin should be put in writing and marked for the attention of the Parish Secretary; these can be placed in the box in the Sacristy or posted through the Presbytery door.

Contact: Parish Secretary – Mrs Jeanette White    Tel. 01695 622476    or email to    stjamesorrell@live.co.uk

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Eucharistic Ministers

In common with most Parishes we have a number of men and women who serve as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist by assisting in the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass and bringing it to the housebound.

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Finance

The Parish is dependent on the generosity of the Parishioners. The main source of income is the weekly collections at all Masses, Parishioners who are tax payers can maximise their donation, at no cost to themselves, by joining the Gift Aid Scheme. Gift Aid donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor. Charities take your donation – which is money you’ve already paid tax on – and reclaim the basic rate tax on its ‘gross’ equivalent – the amount before basic rate tax was deducted. Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it’s worth £12.50 to St James Parish.

Claiming back higher rate tax. If you pay higher rate tax, you can claim the difference between the higher rate of tax and the basic rate of tax on the total (gross) value of your donation. You can make this claim on your Self Assessment tax return if you were sent one.

We urge all Parishioners, who are tax payers, to consider joining the Gift Aid Scheme; please use the contact details below to request a declaration and standing order form.

Parishioners are involved in the collection, counting, banking and accounting of all monies. The accounts are audited annually by the Archdiocese of Liverpool who also manage the reclamation of Tax on our behalf.

Contact: Parish Secretary –    Mrs. Jeanette White    Tel. 01695 622476    or email to    stjamesorrell@live.co.uk

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Flower Arranging

Flowers for Sunday mass and special liturgical services are arranged by a team of talented and dedicated volunteers. Anyone wanting to help in this ministry should contact Christina Corr at       If you wish to arrange flowers for weddings in St James Church, please contact:

Fr. Gerry on 01695 622476 or e-mail at frgerry@stjamesorrell.co.uk

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Marriage & Family Life Representatives

Bill and Maria Lloyd are our commissioned Marriage & Family Life representatives. Their role is to support and enrich family life by regularly featuring local and national events of interest, being a point of contact for families for help and assistance.

Bill and Maria can be contacted through the parish office or directly on:

Contact: 07791 499607/07786 808684 email: billlloyd113@btinternet.com )

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Mill Hill Missions, APF, “The Little Red Box”

Mill Hill Missions (APF) assists each of the Catholic Church’s 1,062 mission dioceses and territories to provide pastoral care and preach the Gospel effectively. The APF was founded in Lyons, France, in 1822 by Pauline Jaricot. She began by persuading local working people to support the missions by giving a small sum each week. A century later Pope Pius XI made it the official mission-funding society for the Catholic Church. The APF works in England and Wales with the Mill Hill Missionary Society, the only major missionary society to have been formed in England. Mill Hill was one of the first societies to introduce lay missionaries, and its priests, lay brothers and associates work in 27 countries and on every continent. In England and Wales funds for the Missions are collected through the famous Red collection Boxes. These can be found in 200,000 homes and they have helped raise millions of pounds for the missions. Last year our Parish raised £ 3639.99 through the “little red boxes”. If you would like a “Red Box” and play your part in helping support the missions, or could help in emptying the boxes, please use the number below.

Contact:  Edith Easton – Tel. 01942 202018 or edith.easton@gmail.com

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Parish Social Centre

More details of the facilities offered by the Parish Centre can be obtained by following this link.

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RCIA    (Right of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Details will appear here soon

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Readers

The Church Readers are responsible for helping proclaiming the Word of God to the Congregations at weekday and weekend Masses. We have 14 regular readers who, on a rota basis, read at the weekday and weekend masses. Helping people to hear God’s Word is of paramount importance and we would encourage people to come forward and share in this great privilege. If you would like to become a Reader please contact:

Fr. Gerry on 01695 622476 or e-mail  frgerry@stjamesorrell.co.uk

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Repository

The Repository is now up and running under the leadership of Edith Easton and a group of volunteers. The shop is located off the Sacristy behind the Confessionals and has a variety of gifts, Mass Cards, Occasion Cards, Rosaries etc and is open after each of the weekend masses. Catalogues are available to enable you to order specific items e.g. Missals, Crucifixes, Statues etc. Edith can be contacted for special orders, either by a written request via the Parish secretary, or by e-mail or telephone as below.

Contact:  Edith Easton – Tel. 01942 202018 or edith.easton@gmail.com

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Sacred Music

St James Choir

The Choir provide the sacred music for the Church liturgy. Sunday Masses, Funerals, Weddings etc. Choir practice is every Tuesday evening at 8.00pm. New members are always welcome. Just turn up for choir practice. Mrs Barbara Townley is the organist and supervises the choir.

Contact: Mrs Townley – Tel. 01942 222274

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Sacristan

Two members of our Parish have assumed the responsibility of Sacristan. Their role is to arrange the liturgical books, the vestments, and other things necessary in the celebration of Mass for a visiting priest.

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