The 2nd Edition of "The Catholic Community in Isleworth" by our parishioner Stuart Bagnall was one of several books published around 2015 commemorating the Sixth Centenary of the Foundation of the Bridgettine Community at Syon Abbey. Details of four such books and where to buy them are included in the following link:
The Catholic Community in Isleworth - 2nd edition by Stuart Bagnall available from bookstores or www.amazon.co.uk This is the story of the growth of a post-Reformation Catholic community in Isleworth, one of the oldest in England, from its earliest beginnings in the last 17th century. It is a fascinating tale of bold and determined men and women working together to overcome ingrained opposition and prejudice and so develop the flourishing community we find today.
What does this mean?
In the Catholic Church the term minister enjoys a variety of usages. It most commonly refers to a person, whether lay or ordained, who is commissioned to perform some act on behalf of the Church.
Here we are concerned with a particular area of volunteering, the ordinary (“lay”) parishioner who would like to participate in the work of the church and in particular those tasks open to them which form part of the Mass.
These include Eucharistic Ministers who distribute communion and Readers who from the pulpit read the passages from the bible selected as appropriate for the day. Other forms of Ministry open to the ordinary parishioner include Ministering to the Sick, Children’s Liturgy, Musician, Catechism for example.
Whilst we are hoping through this website article to interest the members of our church in these very positive and rewarding ways of participating, we do acknowledge with enormous thanks and praise the parishioners who at present volunteer their time and talent each year whatever the task and especially those who have given their commitment of many, many years. You are all so valued and you have given a wonderful gift to St Bridget’s, which will not be forgotten.
It is important to understand not only the spiritual reasons for volunteering your time and talent but also the practical reasons that we are desperately short of help in all areas of the parish. It is always hoped that we will receive a positive response from parishioners when we appeal to them to join in the running of so many aspects of the church. Otherwise we are putting the continuation of some parish activities and events in doubt. We are particularly asking parents whose children attend the local schools to get involved as we have so many families who attend St Bridget's.