CaFE stands for Catholic Faith Exploration. It is a fairly new programme of adult religious education and formation. Its aim is to help adult Catholics to grow in the knowledge, love and practice of their faith. There is a similar series for young people called Youth CaFE. St. Andrew’s began its first CaFE course in October 2002 and the response to each module has been very positive. The CaFE programme uses videos in the context of a relaxed and informal atmosphere (so a real café style!) that encourages people to learn more about and to become more enthusiastic about their faith. Contact person: Salvina Bartholomeusz – (020) 251 9034 or 07711332267
C.A.F.O.D. stands for Catholic Aid for Overseas Development. CAFOD campaigns for global justice and financially supports third world countries with contributions collected from efforts such as the twice annual Parish Fast Day collections, Friday Lunches, etc. At St. Andrew’s everyone is warmly invited to the First Friday CAFOD Lunch each month from 12:30pm to 2:00pm in our hall. Contact person: Frances Gilbert – (020) 8689 7319
Catering Grape Vine
“I am the Vine, you are the branches” says the Lord. Our small team co-ordinates and liaises when occasions arise in the parish for catering needs; we are the vine. Everyone in this parish is a branch! Needs for occasions are printed in the Newsletter and the response by parishioners is always reliable and generous. Contact person: Sheila McDowell – (020) 8665 0363
Catholic Nurses Guild
The Croydon Deanery of the Catholic Nurses Guild meets every two months at various venues. We are a support for nurses who may be finding difficulty in their work with moral or ethical issues. We support each other through our prayers and socially and share knowledge with other nurses nationally. Contact person: Patricia Ajisafe (020) 8684 9021; Beverley Lindsay (020) 8684 3620
Charismatic Prayer Group
Catholic Charismatic Renewal Started in 1967 in the United States of America and was started in St. Andrew’s Parish in 2005. The aim of Charismatic Renewal is to help people live their Catholic faith and manifest all the gifts/fruits of the Holy Spirit. In the words of Pope John Paul II, “Because of the Spirit, the Church preserves a youthful vitality. And the Charismatic Renewal is an eloquent manifestation of this vitality today, a bold statement of what ‘the Spirit is saying to the Churches’ (Rev. 2:7).”
Programs and Activities
- Prayer Meetings (involving praises & worship, prayer sessions and bible discussions);
- Bible Study; Charity programs;
- Seminars; Crusades;
- retreat and evangelisation; And
- assisting in the Parish activities.
We have different ministries vis-à-vis Prayer, Evangelical, Singing, New Comers and Children’s’ ministries. We meet in the Church every Sunday from 7pm to 9pm. Come and worship with us.
- Mr. Simon Maduekwe – 07947 493683 (Co-ordinator)
- Betty Kyohairwe – 07833740651 (Assistant Co-ordinator)
At St Andrew’s we have implemented Diocesan guidelines and developed our own safeguarding which is geared to the needs of the parish. Copies of the policy are available in the church porch or upon request from the Safeguarding Team. All volunteers who wish to work with our children, young people and vulnerable adults are provided with an information pack, which contains the policy guidelines and an application forms. A Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure Application is made via the Diocesan Safeguarding Office and references are taken up. Training is organised from time to time to ensure familiarity with the current practice.
The current Safeguarding Team are Josephine Duvwiama, Lesley Brennan who are available to give advice, in confidence, on any safeguarding concerns or to answer any queries on the policy.
- Josephine Duvwiama (020) 8777 1039
- Lesley Brennan (020) 8665 7947
Children’s Liturgy of the Word takes place each Sunday of the school term at the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses, except for the second Sunday of each month, (which is Parade Sunday for the uniformed groups). The children are called forward by the priest at the beginning of Mass and process into the hall where they explore the theme of one of the Scripture readings using songs, stories, drama, prayer and craft activities. All children aged between three years up the time of making their First Holy Communion are welcome to join us. Children under four should be accompanied by a parent or carer. Contact Persons: Stephanie Fleary- (020) 8665 9346 (9.30 Mass); Liz Fatoba – (020) 8765 0221 (11:30 Mass)
The 9:30am Choir leads the music at the music every week, except the 4th Sunday.Practices usually take place in the church on the third Friday of the month, 7.30 to 9:00pm. New singers and musicians are always welcome, just come and introduce yourselves to one of the choir after Mass. Contact person: Jennifer Da Silva (Choir Secretary) -07712273024 (mobile) or (020) 87718749
The 11:30am Choir exists to provide a lead to the singing at the 11:30am Mass. The music is more traditional in style and from time to time the group will sing an anthem and/or a Latin Mass. New members are always welcome – especially male voices Contact person: Eugenie Fatoba – (020) 8765 0221
The Youth/Children’s Choir leads the music at the 9.30 Mass on the Fourth Sunday of each month. We practice each week after the 9.30am Mass for half an hour. We welcome new singers and musicians aged from 7 to 18. Come and join us praise God!
Contact person: Maxine Thompson 07903401107
There are five teams at present who take it turns to clean the church once a week. This is usually done on a Wednesday. We sweep and mop the entire floor, dust the benches, statues, the Stations of the Cross and the confessional. The carpet is swept and the brass is polished. The toilets are maintained by a contract cleaner. These tasks have to be done weekly. Depending on numbers in the group, it can take a couple of hours or more to sweep and mop the floor before any other work can be done. Two of the groups have an average age of 60 plus! Contact person: Fifi 079327 64273
At St. Andrew’s we have a small team who have taken on the responsibility of producing the floral displays which play such an important part in decorating the church. While the actual flower arranging itself needs to be done by people who have had at least some experience in the subject there are several other necessary tasks involved which require the assistance of a number of other helpers. Contact person: Juliette 07958 537314
Churches Together in Thornton Heath (CTTH)
Churches Together in Thornton Heath is an ecumenical organisation of 11 major Christian congregations in Thornton Heath, [St. Alban’s (Anglican), St. Andrew’s (RC), Downsview Methodist, Holy Saviour (Anglican), St. Jude’s (Anglican), St. Oswald’s (Anglican), Parchmore Methodist, St. Paul’s (Anglican), Pentecostal City Mission and Salvation Army]. Mersham Elim Church also takes part in events. CTTH organises joint events during the Week of Prayer for Christian unity and on Good Friday, but mostly encourages Christians to attend services and events at member congregations where there is a wider interest. CTTH is one of 13 Area Groups that make up Churches Together in The Borough of Croydon (CTBC). Contact person:
Collectors and Counters
At each Sunday Mass there is collection taken up at the Offertory. In addition, on certain Sundays in the year, the Archbishop asks us to take up a second collection for some special cause. This means that each Sunday Mass needs to have its own team of collectors who, between them, will make sure that collection baskets are passed to each part of the congregation and make sure afterwards that the baskets are stored safely before the money is finally taken to where it must be counted. The parish also has four teams of counters who take it in turn each week to count all the money collected at each Mass. They must record the totals for each collection separately as well as the money emptied from each collection box in the church – SVP, Catholic Papers, etc. Contact person for Offertory Collectors: – Mass Organiser Contact person for Money Counters: – Adele Rutledge – (020) 8653 6064
The confirmation course runs every year for young people in year 9 or above. It usually happens on the Sunday afternoons in Lent and Eastertide (4.00—5:30pm), and one Saturday away-day. The enrolment is advertised in the newsletter after Christmas. Adult confirmation of Baptised Catholics normally takes place during the Easter Vigil, and preparation for this is done during Lent. Contact person: via Pastoral Team
The Cub Scouts is the next stage in Scouting for boys aged between eight years and ten and a half years. They meet at St. James the Great School on Thursday evenings. Like the Beavers, they too play games but also earn badges for many different interests the boys may have. We have a full pack of thirty-six boys. The Cubs are very successful and are holders of the District Football, Swimming and Sports Trophies. In the summer we run at least two camps which are always very well attended. Some of the places we have stayed at over the last few years are Oxford, Deal, Hendon and Buckmore Park. Contact person: Sarah Gater, Cub Scout Leader – (020) 8916 1144