NEWARK-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND
  

 
 
 

 
 
Parish Organisations


Something for everyone!

The parish is rich in its varied groups, organisations and activities. Most of these are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on the ones that appeal to you to learn more.

Contact with any of the groups should, in the first instance, be through the parish office by e-mail to secretary@holytrinitynewark.org.uk or by telephone on 01636 704936. We can tell you more about the group or activity in which you are interested, give you contact details for the representative or arrange an introduction if you prefer. If you are new to the parish this is an ideal way to meet new, like-minded people and find out about parish life.

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PARISH FACILITIES
Holy Trinity Community & Partnership Centre
The Sports Area

GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS
Altar Servers
Catechists
Childrens Liturgy Group
Choir and Music
Church Cleaners
Churches Together in Newark
Eucharistic Ministers
Family/Community Fridays
Finance Committee
Flower Arrangers
Friends of Holy Trinity
Football Clubs
Holy Trinity Ladies Guild
Hospital Chaplaincy
Irish Dancers
Knights of St. Columba (KSC)
Lay Readers
Leisure Club
Fun and Friends! (Parent & Toddler Group)
Parish Pastoral Team
Pink Ladies
R.C.I.A (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
The Repository
Table Tennis

SOCIETIES
The Association for the Propagation of the Faith (A.P.F)
CAFOD
Christian Aid

PARISH FACILITIES

Holy Trinity Community & Partnership Centre for details about the facilities available for parish group meetings and private hire follow this link or telephone 01636 605423.

The Sports Area is located next to the school playground and playing fields and provides all-weather, hard surface facilities for a range of sporting activities. Floodlights are available for play in the Autumn and Winter months. The area must be booked in advance with the parish office (there is a small hire fee). The lights will be programmed via an internal timer to coincide with booked periods of use.

GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS

Many of the following groups meet in the Community Centre. Most meetings are publicised in the newsletter available at Masses at the weekend and on this websitehere

Altar Servers

We would give a very warm welcome to any young person (boys and girls) who have made their First Holy Communion and would like to serve in a very special way with the priest in celebrating Jesus presence in the Eucharist. More details about being an altar server can be found by following this link As well as serving at Mass, social events such as bowling or ice skating, are sometimes arranged.

Catechists

The parish is always happy to hear from volunteers who are prepared to share their faith with young people preparing for the Sacraments. This is very rewarding work and you do not need special qualifications to help but the Diocese do offer a number of training opportunities for those who wish to explore and learn more about their faith.

Childrens Liturgy Group
   

Meets in school term time during the 10.00am Mass on Sunday. This is a pre-First Holy Communion group for children aged 3-8 years; and the aim of the C.L.G is to help the children prepare to take a full part in the Mass. It gives children the opportunity to reflect on and

celebrate the Word of God at their own pace and understanding.

The children enjoy prayer, song, discussion and simple activities based on the Gospel of the day. Once a month the children and parents are the hosts for refreshments served after Mass. The C.L.G tutors are made up of parents.

Choir and Music

The choir sings at the 10.00am Mass on Sundays, and at special celebrations as and when required throughout the year. Music is provided by organ and guitars on alternate Sundays. Practice is held on Saturday at 3.00pm, usually in church. Both modern and traditional hymns are sung. A very warm welcome awaits new singers!

Church Cleaners

Can you give up an hour every 4-6 weeks to join of the teams who ensure our church is kept clean and tidy and a fitting place in which to worship? This is important work for the Lord and new volunteers are always welcomed: the more we have, the more the rotas can be spread over a longer period of time.

Churches Together in Newark

The parish is a member of Churches Together in Newark, an ecumenical group representing 15 Christian Churches throughout the Newark and Balderton area which meets every month to discuss issues of mutual and plan joint activities, services and celebrations which take place throughout the year. All events are widely publicised and all are welcome; three parishioners serve on the committee. Parishioners are also involved in Christian Aid, Justice and Peace, and the work and ministry of Inter-Church families. The parish is committed to praying and working for the unity of all Christians.

Eucharistic Ministers

Commissioned by the Bishop, the principal task of Eucharistic Ministers is to take Holy Communion to our sick and housebound parishioners. Ministers also assist the priest at Mass when required, and conduct Services of the Word and Holy Communion on occasion when a priest is not available for Mass. All assignments are made with the prior approval of the Parish Priest and the Diocese provides training.

Family/Community Fridays

Friday night from 7.30pm at the Holy Trinity Community and partnership centre. The centre is open for families, couples and individuals with the Pool table, table tennis, games, tuck shop and bar. Under 16 years olds MUST be accompanied by an adult. Different events are run each week e.g. quizzes, bingo, Olympic night, cricket/rounders etc for details of what is happening each week check the newsletter. Anybody who is interested in helping out or running an event is more than welcome - just pop along and have a chat.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee, made up of parishioners and an accountant, exists to advise the Parish Priest in financial matters. It prepares the accounts for the parish and diocese. There is a planned giving scheme and a Gift Aid scheme. Wherever possible parishioners are encouraged to pay their contributions via standing order, as this is a more convenient method of payment, and a more secure system for the parish. Bank details are published on the weekly newsletter, or contact the parish office for details. Gift-Aid forms are also available from the office. If you are a taxpayer your contribution could be worth at least another 25p in the pound at no extra cost to yourself.

Flower Arrangers

Each volunteer on the church flower rota takes a two weekly cycle to provide and arrange flowers for the church and in particular the altar (except during Lent) at weekends. The whole team meets to prepare special arrangements for occasions such as Christmas, Easter, Sacramental and other special celebrations all parishioners are invited to come and help prepare the flowers for these occasions and details are put in the newsletter leading up to these events. All expenses are paid and training is given where required . Flower arrangers also participate on occasion in local events such as Newark Churches Together flower festival.

Friends of Holy Trinity

FHT is a social organisation, made of parents, parishioners and staff, which supports the school by raising funds to buy additional resources. A variety of events are organised throughout the year, to which all are welcome, and these are publicised through school and parish. Follow the link on our website to Holy Trinity School website where further details can be found about friends.

Football Clubs

Holy Trinity Football Club was founded in 1977. Its aim is the mutual support and fellowship of its members in assisting in the practice of the Faith. There are currently two senior teams and an Under 11s team, and coaching sessions are also run for 7 year olds. In addition, a group calling themselves Fat Dads meet on a Tuesday evening to play football and provide a social forum for yet another sector of our parish!

Holy Trinity Ladies Guild

The Ladies Guild meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2.00pm to enjoy the support and friendship of fellow members and to plan activities in order to raise funds for charity. Regular speakers, visits and social events are arranged. New members are always welcome.

The Ladies Guild Committee is:

  • Chairman - Vanda Parkinson;
  • Secretary - Margaret Callaghan;
  • Treasurer - Elsie Corcoran.
Hospital Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy aims to support the hospital in providing physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their carers. The team offer friendship, a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, pastoral counselling, prayer and Holy Communion depending on the most appropriate needs. The team recognises and respects people who have no religious belief, or beliefs that are not familiar to them, and do their utmost to contact a spiritual advisor of the patients or her/his carers wishes.

Irish Dancers

Two groups of meet in the centre on Monday and Wednesday evenings to learn and practise the art of Irish Set Dancing. The groups aim to provide enjoyment as well as take part in competitions and entertain at local hospitals and events on occasion.

Knights of St. Columba (KSC)

The Order of the Knights of St. Columba exists to support the mission of the Catholic Church and is open to Catholic men aged over 16. In the parish the K.S.C. sells Catholic papers, Christmas cards, raises funds for local and national causes, and provides assistance in church on a regular basis. Monthly meetings every first Tuesday are held at 6.30pm in the parish room.

Lay Readers

Would you like to be more involved in the participation of the Mass? There are approximately 50 lay readers, all volunteers and spanning every age group. Working on a rota system the readers take part in the readings and the bidding prayers at all masses. Readers are also involved with the liturgy at Easter and other important feasts.

Leisure Club

The group aims to provide a setting for the older members of the parish where they can come and spend a few hours over a chat and a cup of tea in a friendly Christian atmosphere. Enjoy a game of bingo, and in the summer months outings are organised. Currently the group meets at 2.00pm every Wednesday.

Fun and Friends!

Fun and Friends (Parent & Toddler group) provides a safe, happy environment for 0-3 year olds to play in and a friendly atmosphere for their parents/carers to socialise in, providing their first link with Holy Trinity School. Sessions are held on Tuesday mornings, 9:15 - 11:15. All newcomers can be assured of a friendly welcome.

Pink Ladies

Our Parish catering team - all volunteers and available to provide refreshments for a variety of Parish events. Always with a welcoming smile!

Parish Pastoral Team

A team of parishioners meet once every two months to facilitate activities and events to encourage and support the spiritual and social life of parishioners.

The first meeting of the newly formed Parish Pastoral Team was held on Tuesday 22nd May 2012 at 8.00pm, Most of our parish groups were represented. Details of the conversations can be found in this document.

A series of Powerpoint presentations used at the meeting can be opened or downloaded here:

Please note: Microsoft Powerpoint needs to be installed on your computer in order to read these presentations.

R.C.I.A (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

A series of talks and discussions are held on a regular basis for adults interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith, often leading to non-Catholics being received into the Church after a period of instruction.

The Repository

The Repository for the purchase of Mass and greetings cards, small gifts, religious items and books is kept in the cabinets at the back of church. On occasion a stall will be set up at the back of church or in the centre at weekend Masses. We do not keep a large stock but items can be ordered on request. Please ask to see the catalogues.

Table Tennis

All are welcome, youngsters and adults, to enjoy a game of table tennis together every Tuesday evening in the Centre.

SOCIETIES

National and International bodies with local representation and supported by the parish.

The Association for the Propagation of the Faith (A.P.F)

The A.P.F is the official Mission Support agency of the Catholic Church. It was founded in 1822 and supports the work of spreading the Gospel throughout the world. Please ask if you would like to become a supporter and contributor to the A.P.F.

CAFOD

CAFOD aims to give information about, pray for and raise funds for our brothers and sisters in the Developing World. Second collections are held in the parish for CAFOD, especially times of natural disaster when overseas aid is badly needed, and Family Fast Days will be publicised and envelopes provided, through posters and the newsletter.

Christian Aid

The Newark Christian Aid Committee is formed from representatives of the churches in Newark. Every Wednesday from Ash Wednesday to September simple lunches are arranged at St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church. The committee co-ordinates the annual Christian Aid Week collection and takes part in campaigns promoted by the organisation.

We have tried to include everybody on the website. If we have inadvertently missed your activity, you have a contribution to make or wish to expand on the piece about your organisation, please submit your copy by email. Pictures welcome (sent electronically if possible please). We will always endeavour to publicise special events and dates on the front page, so long as adequate notice is given.