Community Organisations

Community Organisations 2017-03-17T20:35:31+00:00

COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS

Cathedral Community - Singing Group

The spiritual life of our parish is underpinned by our community which is active in so many different ways in and around the Cathedral and also in Norwich and Norfolk. Here you will find information on the wide variety of activities taking place regularly in the parish.

CATHEDRAL COMMUNITY PASTORAL COUNCIL – The Cathedral Community Pastoral Council, consisting of all Cathedral clergy and a wide range of elected representatives meets once a month to consider a variety of matters relating to pastoral and social life in the parish.

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CATHEDRAL GUIDES – The Cathedral Guides provide a welcome to visitors to the Cathedral and help fulfil part of the Bishop’s mandate to be a welcoming church to all who visit. If you would like to join the team or find out more about them we would be delighted to hear from you

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CHILDREN’S LITURGY GROUP – The Children’s Liturgy Group comprises a number of parents and suitably qualified adults who serve as catechists at the Cathedral, providing special classes for younger children during the 9am Mass on Sundays and assisting in the preparation programme for First Holy Communion.

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CLEANERS – The Cathedral Cleaners help the caretaker with light cleaning in the Cathedral – chiefly dusting, polishing and vacuuming. New members are always welcome, so if you are able to help, even for a short time and would like to join the team or find out more please do get in touch.

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COLLECTION COUNTERS – The Collection Counters are responsible for counting the weekly collections and work in teams of two people. They meet in Cathedral House, usually on a Monday morning. If you would like to join the team or find out more about them then please let us know.

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COMMUNITY GARDEN GROUP – We work to restore and maintain the beautiful Cathedral Garden

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DAYTIME PRAYER GROUP  We are a traditional prayer group, praying readings, psalms, the rosary and intercessory prayers. The prayer group takes place at The Lodge, 133, West Pottergate – a short walk from the cathedral – and starts at 10.40am each Monday in term time.

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DIOCESAN COUNCIL OF THE LAITY – A community of the Laity comprising representatives from every parish in the Diocese, working with the Bishop

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EMBROIDERY GROUP – The Embroidery Group meets on Tuesday afternoons in The Narthex. Its aim is to enrich the Cathedral with new furnishings and vestments. If you are interested in finding out more, do get in touch.

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EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS – The Eucharistic Ministers are responsible for assisting the clergy in distributing Communion at each of the Sunday Masses

[including the Anticipatory Mass]. They also take Communion to sick and housebound parishioners, either after the Sunday Masses or during the week. If you would like to join the team or find out more about them please contact one of the clergy

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FLOWER GROUP – The Flower Group decorates the Cathedral for all occasions. If you are interested in flower arranging and would like to join the team, help in any way, or find out more about them then please let us know.

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HOSPITAL VISITORS – The Hospital Visitors are responsible for visiting the sick, mainly in the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. If you would like to join the team or find out more about them please contact the Parish Secretary.

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JUSTICE AND PEACE GROUP – The Justice and Peace Group covers the whole Catholic community in Norwich. Its primary aim is to promote greater understanding of the issues in development, peace and the environment. It has close links with CAFOD and Traidcraft as well as other local organisations.

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KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA – The Knights of St Columba is a fraternal organisation of Catholic men dedicated to the work of the lay apostolate. Membership is open to Catholics aged 18 or over.

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ABNEY’S CATHEDRAL SHOP VOLUNTEERS – Volunteers are responsible for staffing Abney’s Cathedral Shop during opening hours. If you would like to find out more about them then please contact the Shop Manager.

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OFFERTORY COLLECTORS – The Offertory Collectors are responsible for taking the collections at the Sunday Masses in the Cathedral and ensuring that the money is safely handed over to the MC at the appropriate time. If you would like to join the team or find out more about them then please contact us

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SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (ORDO FRANCISCANUS SECULARIS – OFS) – Come and follow Jesus Christ in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi! The Norwich Fraternity meets in the Parish Room at St. George’s Church, 223 Sprowston Road, NR34HZ on the 1st Sunday of each month from 4-6 p.m. Everyone is always most welcome to come along and join us.

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READERS – The Readers are responsible for proclaiming the scripture readings at each of the Sunday Masses (including the Anticipatory Mass).

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CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP – The Charismatic Prayer Group meets on Wednesday mornings after 10am Mass in Mac’s Bar. We are a lively and informal group who meet together to praise and worship God, share and discuss the Word of God, pray for each other and pray for peoples intentions. All are welcome.

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  • Name: Mr Rob Smith
  • Call: 01603 460764
  • Email: robsmith01 (at) hotmail dot com

RETREAT GROUP – We organise Days of Recollection throughout the year

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ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY – The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) meets on Mondays at 19: 00 in Cathedral House. Part of an international organisation, it operates at a local level to meet practical charitable and social needs.

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STEWARDS – The Stewards provide the first welcome for those who attend either of the two Masses on a Sunday [and the Saturday Anticipatory Mass]. If you would like to join the team or find out more about them please get in touch.

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TAMBOGRANDE – St. John’s Cathedral Norwich has been linked to our twinned parish of Tambogrande Peru since 1978.We support the work of The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Over the years we have supported a wide range of projects from providing capital for wells, bee projects, subsidised school supplies and emergency medical assistance.Since 2010 we have supported the community by paying the salary of Ricardo an agriculture teacher who works in a rural high school. We also pay for Wilma a health worker working in the rural school network overseen by the Sisters.These are vital posts to support. Ricardo teaches the children very practical skills in planting, caring for and harvesting food. Wilma has a variety of roles. This school year she has overseen the school kitchens and their staff, helped monitor the sanitation at the schools and supporting the mothers working in the school snack kiosks.

This support costs nearly £4000 each year. The school year in Peru is from March to December. The great news is we have raised our target for 2013 thanks to parish fundraising, donations and the generous support from The Norwich Catenian Circle.

If you wish to help fund raise please contact the Tambogrande coordinator Sarah Ebelewicz on 01603 506873.

Donations can be left in the collecting slot for Tambogrande in side the porch door. Alternatively there are envelopes next to the Tambogrande information board near the back of the cathedral which can be added to the weekly collection.

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TOWER TOUR GUIDES – The Tower Tour Guides provide visits to the Cathedral Tower which gives an excellent view of the City of Norwich, and beyond. If you would like to join the team or find out more about them then please telephone Cathedral House

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WALSINGHAM ASSOCIATION – The Walsingham Association is a national organisation which fosters devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham and supports the National Shrine (external link). The Norwich branch meets quarterly at Cathedral House. Contact the local branch via Cathedral House.

All our welcome to join the Walsingham Association praying the Holy Rosary with intentions in the Walsingham Chapel (at the Cathedral) at 12 noon and 5:30pm on the First Saturday of every month. There will be a chance to have a drink and a chat in the Narthex after the noon time Holy Rosary.

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WEDNESDAY PRAYER GROUP – The Wednesday Prayer Group meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Narthex. Sometimes the group pray in the Cathedral. If you would like to join the group or find out more about them please contact the Parish Secretary.

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FAITH & FELLOWSHIP GROUP – 

The members of the group are in their 20s and 30s so if you are too then come and join us as often or as rarely as you please.We meet every Tuesday at 7pm for Mass and Adoration at St John’s Cathedral. After Mass and Adoration, we go round to a member’s house to pray or to discuss faith followed by a shared meal.

Our weekly activities in a typical month are as follows:

    • 1st Tuesday: Shared meal in the Cathedral House.
    • 2nd Tuesday: Reflect on the following Sunday’s readings.
    • 3rd Tuesday: Pray the rosary.
    • 4th Tuesday: Talk by a guest speaker or discussion and/or video on a chosen topic.
    • 5th Tuesday: Social evening including pub quiz, cinema, dance and many others.

The group is very international and new members are always welcome. If you would like to meet, eat, pray and hear a speaker on the faith, please contact Peter or refer to the parish Newsletter.

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