Parish Ministries


Our Parish is supported by a number of parishioners, many working away in the background, who ensure the smooth running of the Parish and enhance its liturgy.  If you would like to support the Parish by becoming a church cleaner, passkeeper, reader or choir member, please contact the Parish Office:  

St Vincent de Paul:

St James’ Conference 

Our aim is to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provisional or practical assistance to those in need.
The concept of need is broader than financial hardship. It encompasses also emotional and spiritual need.
We seek to identify all forms of poverty by promoting social justice and working with those in need.
In St James’ these challenges are met in collaboration with  agencies within our church and with other agencies in the wider community in order to identify need and provide help.
In St James’ we have strict safeguarding procedures and all members who do home visits must hold PVG certificates.
Confidentiality is maintained at all times.
As well as work related meetings and visits, we provide an annual Christmas Social Afternoon which is open to all our senior parishioners and their friends.
It is only through the generosity of our parishioners that we are able to help the many people in need.

Legion of Mary:

The Legion of Mary is the largest official apostolic association of the church with 10 million members. Founded in Dublin in 1921 by the Servant of God Frank Duff, the Legion takes its inspiration from St Louis Marie de Montfort’s much loved classic: ‘True Devotion to Mary’.

The Legion fosters personal spiritual development through the daily discipline of prayer and action “…in the Spirit of Faith and in union with Mary” under the direction of the parish priest. In addition to weekly meetings members commit to a specific apostolic task each week always working as a team or in pairs, never alone, so that the Person of Jesus is once again seen and served by Mary his Mother.

In St Andrews, apostolic work includes a weekly rosary group in Greyfriars school, monthly public rosary, cemetery visits, Communion visits, home visits, book barrow, and ‘door to door’ faith sharing. Last year 1700 homes were visited and 900 miraculous medals distributed. Apostolic work can be challenging but members witness to the tremendous results in their own lives and in the lives of others.

Membership is usually by application. There is a 3 month probationary period and full PVG disclosure will be needed.

Parish Pastoral Council:

The Parish is served by an elected  Parish Pastoral Council.


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