Spreading the Good News in our parish are:
Care Group - “Glorifying the Lord by your Life”
The Parish Care Team working with the Parish Office provides an important function in our Parish community. In addition to welcoming new parishioners and visitors, the team gives ongoing support to parishioners including in their time of need. The Parish Care team is responsible for undertaking the following:
➢ Co-ordination of Parish Information Packs, which are provided to new parishioners; and
➢ Provision of initial communication with new parishioners.
➢ Organisation of quarterly morning tea for new parishioners;
➢ Provision of light refreshments at extraordinary events co-ordinated by the Parish Council and Parish Priest; and
➢ Organisation of morning tea after the twice-yearly Masses of Anointing of the Sick, if requested.
➢ Provision of transport to and from Mass in emergency situations or in times of need; and
➢ Provision of transport to and from the twice yearly Anointing of the Sick Mass, if requested.
➢ Provision of support to members of the parish community who are unwell, lonely or isolated.
If you wish to volunteer to work with one or more of the above teams please do not hesitate to contact the office by phone or email. If the latter please use the Email section of the Contact page using "Volunteer Care Group" in the subject line. You will be contacted by the group co-ordinator as soon as possible after the receipt of the your communication.
The role of a special religious education catechist is to provide support to teachers and / or teach the faith to children both by word and example. Spreading the Good News Gospel to children in our State Schools is a vital work of the parish. Our catechist support approximately 250 students attending four local State Primary schools located at Bowral, Colo Vale, Hill Top and Mittagong. The group is always looking for more volunteers to give their time to this important service. Please consider becoming a catechist or an assistant to one of our catechist.
The duration of each lesson is between 30 and 40 minutes. Lessons are undertaken at Bowral, Colo Vale and Hill Top on Tuesdays between 9am and 1pm. Lessons at Mittagong are conducted Thursday at 9am.
Please note that it is a prerequisite to:
undergo a Working with Children Police check (there is no charge for volunteers);
undertake a 2 day training program prior to entering a classroom situation;
follow the curriculum provided; and
use the training material and lesson plans provided.
If you would like to be a member of this important and rewarding Parish team please email the office (refer contact page) using the following in the Subject Line "Special Religious Education - Enquiry". The group's co-ordinator will contact you to discuss the program as soon as possible after the receipt of the your communication.
Catholic Women’s League (CWL) Diocese of Wollongong – Bowral Branch
CWL is a National non-government, not for profit organisation, which upholds the dignity of woman and encourages their participation in the church, social and public life. The spiritual, cultural, intellectual, and social development of women is fostered.
Meetings are held at St Thomas Aquinas Parish Hall, 10.30 am on the 3rd Monday of each month.
St Vincent de Paul Mittagong and Bowral Conferences
The Society aspires to be recognised as a caring Catholic charity offering “a hand up” to people in need. We do this by respecting their dignity, sharing our hope, and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny.
For all enquiries contact: Mittagong: Peter - 4861 1922
Bowral: Bruce - 4862 4813
St Therese of the Child Jesus Maubara Orphanage, East Timor
Maubara is a coastal community in the District of Liquiçá in East Timor (Timor-Leste), 40 kilometers west of the capital Dili. In 1999 during East Timor’s struggle for independence from Indonesia, Maubara was the scene of a terrible massacre. Pro-Indonesian forces killed at least 200 people, most buildings were destroyed or badly damaged, and many children were left orphans. The parishioners of St Michael's and St Thomas Aquinas provide much needed financial support to the Carmelite Sisters who currently care for 40 orphans. Your donation would be appreciated, please contact Michael on the number below.
For all enquiries contact: Michael 0487728554