Contact: Susan Collins
The aims of the Parish Council are:
- To help the parish discern and determine its vision through discussion, reflection and pastoral planning.
- To foster close understanding and collaboration between the clergy and laity in working for the good of the parish in the light of the gospel.
- To identify and address the pastoral and spiritual needs of all parishioners.
- To encourage the laity to assist the clergy in the effective management and organisation of the parish.
- To assist all groups and organisations within the parish and guide them in working towards a common goal and understanding within the boundaries set by the parish council and the Minsteracres Retreat Centre.
- To raise parish awareness of wider social challenges and foster and encourage appropriate responses.
- To foster and support ecumenical activities within the parish and surrounding district, including full and active participation in the Heavenfield Partnership.
- To ensure the needs of the Parish are served by the creation of appropriate sub-groups working towards the delivery of our shared vision.
- To foster and encourage the active and ongoing participation and formation of all parishioners, with a special regard to children, young people and families.
Contact: Camille Mazarelo
The organists, musicians and singers lead and accompany music at Mass and other Services. Their ministry greatly enhances our celebration of the liturgy. If you play an instrument and/or wish to join the choir, please contact any member of the choir.
Contact: Frances McGhee
The flower team at St Elizabeth’s decorate the church with attractive displays according to the liturgical season and time of year. Anyone interested in arranging flowers is welcome to contact us.
Contact: Rev. David Collins
Every year a faith development programme is presented which enables parishioners to refresh and deepen their life of faith.
Contact: Jan Loughran
For younger children and their parent(s) we offer a “Busy Church” experience during 8.30 Mass on Sundays. Taking place in the library, this provides a play and learning experience broadly based on the liturgy of the day. Children join the service for a blessing during communion before returning to the library.
Justice and Peace
Contact: Jim Darlington
The Justice and Peace Group is open to any parishioner who wishes to take part. The Group supports the aims of the National Justice and Peace Network which works on global issues like the cancellation of Third World debt, groups and commissions around the country, and national and local issues such as poverty, inequality, credit unions, housing/ homelessness, supporting refugees/asylum seekers, and environmental issues. The main work of the Group centres on support for Traidcraft and Cafod, support for the refugee/asylum work in the west of Newcastle. An ongoing series of coffee mornings aims to highlight charitable causes and issues.