Parish Organisations

Christ Church is a very active parish and there are many groups and organisations which meet regularly at the Church or the Parish Hall. For more details, contact the representative of the group concerned at The Priory.

Ascent Movement The Ascent is a Christian movement for older people who have retired from active working life and are looking for friendship with a spiritual dimension within their parish. The Ascent, in a nutshell, could be called a spiritual friendship group. Our parish group meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at the Priory at 1.45pm.
Contact: Eileen Tatt Website:

Christchurch Women's Association The aim of the Association is the promotion of both spiritual and social companionship among its members. We meet in the parish hall on each second Thursday of the month.
Contact: Jacquie Day

Church Cleaning With more than 1000 people passing in and out of church on Sunday and another 100 or more each weekday, regular cleaning is a major operation. More willing hands are needed to join.
Contact: Parish Administrator

Emmaus Group We pray regularly for the sick, the bereaved, our deceased relatives, friends and parishioners. We have a prayer service for the sick each Tuesday morning, after the 9.00am Mass, followed by coffee and chat in the hall.
Contact: Shirley Williams

Finance Committee The finance committee is an advisory body, established in Canon Law, to help the priests in the administration of the goods of the parish.
Contact: Tony Crowe

Flower Arrangers A voluntary commitment of parishioners in order that the church may always be honoured by a fresh supply of flowers, beautifully arranged for most occasions. It is a delightful chore!
Contact: Laura Wilson

Fundraising Committee A group of people who plan fundraising events, including the Summer Fair, Christmas Bazaar, Quiz evenings and Harvest fair. All monies raised go towards the Church/Hall renovation project which includes plans for a new Church entrance with improved access for all and toilet facilities.
Contact: Fr John Fricker CRL

Greenwich Handicapped Fellowship This is a voluntary organisation based in Blackheath. A monthly Mass is arranged at a different church in the Deanery to which all are welcome. Help is always needed.
Contact: Jim Cuthbert

Hall Committee Our parish hall, Christ Church Centre, is a valuable parish resource. The Committee is charged with the management of the hall on a self-supporting basis, at no cost to the parish. It is responsible for the day-to-day running of the hall and for repairs and renewals. Income is derived from the letting of the hall both to parish and outside organisations, with charges to parish organisations being kept to the lowest possible level.
Contact: Parish Administrator

Legion of Mary Our objective is the spiritual formation of members through prayer and action under ecclesiastical guidance. A parish group was formed in 1996. Meet every Tuesday at 11:00 am at the Priory.
Contact: Muriel St Hill

Mercy Associates We meet for prayer at the convent, McCauley Court, Glenure Road  on 1st Friday of each month.
Contact: Sisters of Mercy

Parent & Toddler Group Meet every Wednesday during term time in the Parish Hall 9.30-11.30am.
Contact: Mary Minhane

Refreshments after 9.30am & 11.30am Sunday Masses Refreshments are served after these Masses in the Parish Hall and this is a good opportunity to meet and welcome our friends we see each week at Mass. If you would like to help with refreshments, please contact the parish office.

Repository Our parish repository is open after the Sunday morning Masses to sell a number of religious items. 
Contact: Geraldine Smith

Society of St. Vincent de Paul  Our parish group meets fortnightly on Mondays at 6:30 pm at the Priory. We concentrate on visiting the housebound and the hospitalised in the area and we assist the poor in the parish. 
Contact: Pat Tims


Catechetical Groups

Altar Servers
Contact: Fr John Fricker, CRL or Peter Eastwood

Catechists - Children's Liturgy This liturgy takes place every Sunday at the 9.30am Mass. In the children's liturgy, the catechists aim to involve the children in the Mass at a level that suits them and to introduce them to God's love for us. In the Upper Room (younger age group) and in the Priory (up to 1st Communion age) the catechists are concerned with the first part of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Word. This is adapted to the children's needs before they rejoin their parents for the offertory procession.
Contact: Vicky Davis

Catechists – Communion Preparation begins in October with First Confession being celebrated in the following March and First Communion in May. Children should have reached the age of eight by the time they make their First Communion (Year 3).
Contact: Fr John Fricker, CRL and Dave Runham

Catechists – Confirmation Candidates should be in Year 8 at the beginning of the programme which is in November each year and the Sacrament is normally celebrated the following June or July. Parish-based sessions are held on a Wednesday evening from 7pm to 8pm.
Contact: Tricia Murphy

Catechists - Journey in Faith This is for people who don't belong to any Christian church, but want to know more about our life and belief - perhaps with a view to eventually joining the Catholic Church and also for those who already belong to the Christian Church but are thinking about becoming Catholics. The group meets every Tuesday evening.
Contact: Fr John Fricker, CRL

Choirs There are various choirs in the parish for children and adults.
Children’s Choir meet after the 9.30am Mass on Sunday in the new Parish Meeting room.
Contact: Helen Chittenden

Chamber Choir meet on Tuesday at 6.15pm in the Priory.
Contact: Jenny Clifford

Christchurch Singers meet on Tuesday at 7.45pm.
Contact: Brenda Willis

Liturgical Groups

Special Ministers of the Eucharist Because of the numbers attending Mass in our parish, we have a team of Special Ministers who assist the priests in distributing Holy Communion. They also meet together for prayer and reflection on the nature of the Blessed Sacrament. Some ministers take Communion to the sick at home or to those in hospital.
Contact: Richard Jackson

Special Ministers of the Word (Readers) Readers are those who proclaim the Liturgy of the Word at Mass and other services. At Mass they read the first two readings and the bidding prayers.
Contact: Jennifer Sims

Our Catholic Schools

St. Mary's Junior and Infant School
Glenure Road, Eltham SE9 1UF
Headteacher: Miss M Jackson

St. Thomas More Secondary School
Footscray Road, Eltham SE9 2SU
Headteacher: Mr M Ryan