Groups and Societies

YOUNG ADULTS GROUP

As with all Catholic Parishes Our Lady of Lourdes Parish has the mission to bring the saving Gospel of the Lord to all generations, times and places. We do this by handing on the faith of the apostles to each new generation, gifting them with the same faith we have.

The Young Adult Group which had its first meeting on Sunday 4th November is open to all young Catholics from the parish aged between 16 and 35. The main aim of the group is for those participating to learn more about the Catholic faith, to grow in friendship and support of one another and to form intentional disciples of Christ in the 21st century. The group meets every second Sunday evening, one week for catechesis and the other week is more social in nature.

We are continuing with the Pope Benedict XVI Caritas Award students from our parish who attend Saint Andrew’s and Saint Bride’s High School and have signed up to taking part in the parish programme. The group meets every second Sunday evening after the 6.30pm Mass for catechesis, prayer and other initiatives.

Please pray for the success of our mission to dynamically hand on the truths of the faith to the younger generation.

The Oscar Romero prayer has been adopted by our Youth Ministry Team, it sums up what we hope to achieve:

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. 
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an
opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master
builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

LEGION OF MARY

Meet in the Parish Hall on Mondays at 8.00pm.

The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium. The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

Meet in the Parish Hall on Tuesdays at 8.00pm.

SSVP Conferences (groups) respond to needs in their communities.  This usually means visiting people in their homes, in hospital, hospices or in prison. For many people, this visit is all that they need. However, in meeting people in this way, SSVP volunteers get to know people. They may then go on and provide help or assistance in other ways.

WORLD MISSION GROUP
Meet in the Parish Hall on the first Sunday of the month at 7.00pm.
To raise awareness of the needs of developing countries by education and fund raising objectives.
PRO-LIFE PRAYER GROUP
Meet in the church every alternate Wednesday evening from 6.40pm.
The evening includes: Divine Mercy chaplet, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Prayers for the Unborn, Prayers for Scotland, Persecuted Christians and concludes with Benediction.
VOCATIONS PRAYER GROUP
Meets in the church every Friday from 2.00pm.
The time of prayer includes: Stations of the Cross, Prayers for Priests, 3.00pm Prayer and the Divine Mercy Rosary.
MOTHERS PRAYER GROUP
Meets in the oratory after the Rosary on a Tuesday morning.
This group is for mothers new and old to come together for prayer, a chat and for support.
MENS GROUP
Meet in the Hall every third Thursday evening at 8.00pm.
An opportunity for the men of our parish to come together for prayer, hobbies and input.
MOTHER AND TODDLER GROUP
Takes place in the Parish Hall from 10.30am – 12noon on Thursdays.
To foster a happy relationship among the young mothers of the parish in their vocation as Christian mothers.
FRIENDSHIP CLUB
In the Parish Hall from 1.30pm – 3.30pm on Thursdays.
To offer senior citizens of the parish happy social contact by providing a variety of enjoyable activities.
OLOL HIKING CLUB
In the Parish Hall every alternate Thursday at 7.30pm.
Meets to discuss and sign up for hikes to encourage interest in hill walking.
OLOL INDOOR CARPET BOWLS CLUB
In the main hall of the Parish Hall on Sundays from 6.00pm.
To provide facilities for indoor bowling within the parish.
ART CLASSES
In the Parish Hall on Tuesday afternoon.
To help develop or enhance artistic ability with a very experienced art teacher.