Get involved

There are plenty of ways to get involved in the life of our community here at St Bede’s.

We haven’t listed everything that we do here, so if you have a skill or a talent you would like to share – get in contact with us!

Liturgy and Ministry

Eucharistic ministers assist the priests in distributing Holy Communion at Mass. They are also available to take Holy Communion to any parishioner unable to get to Sunday Mass due to sickness or being housebound. If you know somebody who would like to receive Communion at home, contact the parish office.

Our readers proclaim God’s word at Mass on a rota basis. Readers should be baptised Catholics and able to read English clearly. Training is provided.

The Bethany Group provides support to those who are recently bereaved. They organise an annual bereavement service for those who have been bereaved in the last year. This is led by our parish priest and is followed by a tea. They also assist the priest during the blessing of the graves at Worting Road cemetery every November.

Our music groups lead worship in a variety of different styles. The 9am Choir sings in four part harmony and welcomes anybody who would like to join. Cantorg combines organ and a solo cantor voice to lead the congregation in song three times a month at the 11am Sunday Mass. The Popley Music Group uses voices and instruments at the 11am Mass once a month. The Filipino Choir members bring their uplifting sound to the 11am every month. The 6.30pm Sunday evening Mass is served by guitarists, piano players and Cantorg on a rotating basis. Some masses are reflective in nature with singing led by the priest. View the St Bede 1617 rota (PDF).

The Lord’s Flock are a charismatic community, gathering together for praise and worship, to learn more about the Word of God and for fellowship on Saturday evenings.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word volunteers present the Gospel to primary school children in an age-appropriate way at Sunday morning Masses. New volunteers are always welcome.

The Kneeler Group aims to provide unique sewn kneelers for St Bede’s church. Over time, we will be replacing the existing grey kneelers in the church with beautiful locally-designed ones. We work at our own pace in our own homes in addition to meeting every other month at St Bede’s and informally in each others homes. If you aren’t able to create a kneeler, why not sponsor one? Contact the parish office for more information.

Prayer groups

Healing on the Streets reaches out to the lost and hurting on the streets of Basingstoke. A team of volunteers from St Bede’s, Basingstoke Community Church and Buckskin Evangelical Church set up our banner at the bottom of Wote Street. Sometimes people stop and have a conversation with us and we have the opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus with them.

The Lay Association of the Sisters of Our Lady of Providence is a spiritual family journeying together as a community of faith, prayer and justice. The members meet regularly to deepen their Christian life. After a suitable preparation, they consecrate themselves to Our Lady of Providence and to Jesus in the Eucharist.

 

Charities and social action

The Association for the Propagation of the Faith (APF) is best known for its red box collections, which can be found in 200,000 homes and raises millions of pounds for the missions. We support all 1,069 mission dioceses throughout the world providing pastoral care and preaching the Gospel. The APF works with the Mill Hill Missionary Society. Its priests, lay brothers and associates work in 27 countries and in every continent.

We have an active CAFOD network in our parish, the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. They work with partners across the world, wherever the need is greatest, to bring hope, compassion and solidarity to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. During Lent we have Lenten lunches in our parish to raise money for CAFOD. This is a simple meal of soup, bread and a drink.They are held in people’s homes and in the church hall. Catch up with the latest events in our area at the CAFOD Portsmouth blog: cafodportsmouth.wordpress.com

The St Vincent de Paul society (SVP) motto is ‘Turning Concern into Action’ and here in Basingstoke, the St Bede’s and St Joseph’s SVP group aims to tackle poverty in all its forms, particularly by visiting the sick and the lonely. Volunteers are very welcome to join and all members of the parish are asked to recommend names of people who might like a visit or some help; the confidentiality and dignity of those we serve is always respected. Funds are used for specific purposes such as a small grant to someone in need; helping our twinned SVP Conferences in Southern India; contributions to social, peace and justice projects here in Basingstoke.

We’re proud to support the Basingstoke Food Bank, providing emergency food for local people in crisis. We donate non-perishable, in-date food – check our newsletter for their latest requirements. Volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need. Doctors, health visitors, social workers, Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Police identify people in crisis and issue them with a voucher. The voucher can be redeemed at a foodbank centre for three days’ emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or coffee and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.

Social and community groups

The Catenian Association offers a social network that provides support to members based on friendships built on the firm foundations of a shared faith. This friendship is developed by attending a meeting monthly followed by a shared meal and by providing a varied social programme in which wives and families are fully involved. Support is both practical and spiritual: by steadfast friendship in times of trouble; by offering financial help when needed and through prayer. This support continues with on-going concern for a deceased member’s widow and dependants.

Black History Month Mass

Basingstoke African Caribbean Catholic Association (BACCA) brings African and Caribbean families together to enable them increase their sense of belonging in the parish and the community on the basis of their faith and common background. We meet every four to eight weeks in the North Basingstoke area and celebrate Black History month with a Mass in October.

The Knights of St Columba are a group of Catholic men who meet at St Bede’s monthly for prayer, faith-sharing and fellowship. We aim to support the Church’s mission and each other. We have members aged in their 20s and others in their 60s. If you’re a Catholic man keen to make new friends and get involved with the life of the Church please come along. Be assured of a warm welcome! Keep up to date with the ‘Knights’ local news in Basingstoke on Facebook. With your generous support of the ‘Lucky Me’ draw, we raise funds which enable them to support charities locally and internationally. It pays better odds than the Lottery, and it is well worth supporting. The funds that aren’t paid out as prizes go to support our charitable aims. You can join by giving your name, address and phone number to the Parish office, or putting this information in an envelope, marked ‘Lucky Me’ Draw, in the Offertory collection.