Being part of the Eucharistic celebration is integral to Our Lady’s Parish community. When the Church comes together in the liturgical assembly to celebrate the Mass, or any other sacraments, they actively participate in the ‘Parish Life’ as a community.

As Catholics, we share a common set of beliefs, traditions, and values, united as one church, the People of God, bonded through a common faith, a common baptism, and a common worship. This communion of persons is actually the Body of Christ, the universal church carrying out Christ’s mission worldwide.

The Parish Priests, are ordained to act in the liturgy, ‘in the very person of Christ’, on behalf of His people. Priests pronounce the most sacred prayers of our faith, presiding over the celebration of the sacred mysteries, explaining God’s Word and feeding God’s people on the body and blood of Christ. The parish priest is responsible for all aspects of its parishioner’s spiritual lives, especially for the spiritual renewal, evangelization and stewardship that will enhance the ongoing mission of the church. The Pastoral staff carry out the administration of programs and services essential to the life and mission of the parish.

In addition to the ordained ministries, there are roles in the church, assisted by lay people who offer their time and talent at the service of the liturgical assembly. There is a wide variety of services that every parishioner is called to offer so that these talents and gifts God has placed within the Christian community are fully utilized. However, not all members of the parish community will have the time, energy, strength or ability to serve in the various ministries.

Every Baptized person has a duty and the right to be part of the liturgy and part of that duty is to consider and accept and share some responsibility of their God-given talents at the service of the liturgical community whenever possible. The Parish Priests needs the help of their people, especially those who are serious about living out their baptismal right and responsibility to worship.

Parish Ministers engaged in liturgical roles need to prepare for the roles of each ministry they choose and should undergo training and guidance on how to carry them out with reverence, dignity and understanding. We are all accountable to one another for the ministries and services that we undertake. Hence, it is important that the community, through its leaders, discern which ministry is best suited for a person. Those undertaking any of the roles should be responsible and committed.
Being part of a parish group or ministry is required; as it helps, our parish communities come together and share common interests with other like-minded people. It also helps us deepen our appreciation of the Church mission and charity. Committed volunteers run our parish ministries/groups and passionate new members are always welcome.

Working with Children
Depending on the ministry you choose to join, you may need to attain a Working with Children (WWC) check, which is free for volunteers. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in joining any of the following parish group or ministries.

A Word from our Parish Priest

We welcome all parishioners, visitors, and pilgrims to Our Lady’s Parish, Craigieburn & Roxburgh.

Our Faith in Christ Jesus, is one that encourages us not only to live in communion with our God, but also in communion with one another, supporting and assisting each other as we continue to grow and deepen our love of God and neighbour.

Our Lady’s Church is a beacon of faith in our local community and beyond, where Christ is the centre of our liturgical and parish life. Our treasure is the people, and our gem is in our diversity of cultures that come together. We are all on a journey to God and through the liturgy of the Eucharist daily and particularly on weekends; we get an opportunity to join others in our worship of our Living God.

We hope you had the opportunity to worship and participate in our ministries already, but if not we warmly invite you to become part of this great parish.

With Christ’s blessings,

Fr. Varghese Kurisingal

Our Lady's Parish - Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park

Under the patronage of Our Lady, we will create a welcoming, inclusive and caring community by actively celebrating our diversity and by our outreach initiatives.

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