Ministries and Groups

Volunteers are very active across our three churches as they support us in worship or help make our community a better place.

Here you can explore our Ministries and Groups and if you would like to volunteer in any way, please contact the Parish Office.

Altar Servers

Boys and girls assist at the celebration of holy mass by carrying the cross, the processional candles, the incense and censer. They also assist the priest during the preparation of the gifts. Altar Servers volunteer at all three churches.


St Francis Xavier Church is open day and night,all the time. We invite everyone to come and spend some time with the Blessed Sacrament. We always need help to cover hours on a regular or call-in basis. “Could you not watch one hour with me?”

Catholic Women's League

The CWL is a blueprint for all Catholic women. Members share their gifts and make a difference. They set a Christian example in the home and workplace by as the largest national organization for Catholic women.

Childrens’ Liturgy

During the 10.30am Mass at St. James, children aged 4 and up spend time in catechesis. All children are encouraged to participate.

Divine Mercy

A message and devotion to Jesus known as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska. Pray the Divine Mercy Devotion every Friday at 3pm in St. Francis Xavier Church.

Eucharistic ministers

Are you being called to assist the Priest with the distribution of the Sacred Host at Mass? The commitment is usually once a month.

Fellowship Committee

Organizes events to draw people together, foster community and fellowship among the three congregations in the parish.

Knights of Columbus

A fraternal service organization for Catholic men based on the principles of charity, unity and faith. Our members work together to help raise funds for local causes and to undertake activities to support the Church and the local community.

Lazarus Committee

Members provide a comforting and supportive service to the bereaved by providing refreshments in the church hall following a funeral. Mourners can come to the hall after the burial knowing that a warm welcome awaits.


Our lectors proclaim the bible readings during the Liturgy of the Word within the celebration of Holy Mass. The time commitment is once every 4 - 5 weeks. Support and guidance is provided.


With almost 1,900 books, DVDs and CDs that parishioners may borrow at no cost, the library is in St. James Church Hall. We open every Sunday after the 10:30 Mass for about 30 minutes.

Marian Shrine

An icon of the Blessed Mother is passed from family to family, allowing each household to spend a day every month in prayer with Our Lady in the comfort of their own homes. More than 90 families currently participate.

Music Ministry

There is a choir at every Sunday Mass across the three churches. They welcome those who want to sing, even if it has been some time. Rehearsals are weekly.

Music At The Noon Mass

Working with schools, we attempt to enrich parish and school worship with a focus on the celebration of First Communion and Confirmation. The music we select encourages the congregation to unite in one voice.

Rosary Apostolate In The Schools

As a part of the New Evangelization, each Rosary Visitor attends one or more Catholic school on a monthly basis from October until April to pray the Rosary in the classroom with the students. Themes for each month are provided.

Rosary Cenacle

We meet at St Francis Church every Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:00 pm and pray three decades of the Holy Rosary. We also read from the Marian Movement of Priest book and consecrate ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Simcoe Manor

Residents often need a little assistance as they attend Mass in the chapel of the care home in Beeton every Saturday morning. The volunteers from our Parish visit the home each week.

Social Outreach Ministry

Reaching out to those who may need Spiritual or social assistance through Holy Communion to the sick. We run the Parish Library & look after the "Care Notes". We also make and distribute Prayer Shawls and Lap covers.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Our mission is to serve the poor with love, respect, justice and joy. Vincentians work in pairs to carry out home visits to assist in meeting the basic necessities of life.


We are the first to welcome parishioners and visitors when they arrive at Church. We also assist the bearers of the gifts, help with the collection and distribute the bulletin. Ushers help at all three churches.

Youth Group

Those those aged 13-19 explore and grow their faith in a meaningful way. There are many opportunities to participate in activities within our faith community, attend special events or to meet up for some fellowship, fun and prayer.