At OLSH Parish we offer many opportunities for the members of our faith community to contribute their time and service to the greater good of God, the Church and the community. Below is a complete list of lay-ministries actively at work in our parish. If you feel you are being called to serve the Church through your talents and abilities, we would love to speak with you about any of these ministries to which you would be interested in contributing. To get involved, please feel free to call the parish office or you can sign up here.

Altar Servers

Their primary role is to assist the priest at Sunday Mass and other special liturgies. We invite parish youth, both boys, and girls, from fourth to twelve grades to serve in the ministry. Training will be provided. The experience of assisting in this ministry is invaluable.
Commitment: Weekly
Contact: Fr Raass

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

These parishioners assist the presider in offering Holy Communion at Mass; and bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound of the parish. Some ministers bring the Eucharist to area nursing homes and hospitals. A training session is held annually for new members. Commitment: as needed and by monthly schedule.
Contact: Sr Anne Surtees, Liturgy Coordinator to learn more or join this ministry. Tina Buenviaje for rosters and scheduling


Commentators read the announcements and introduce the clergy before a Mass. Lectors proclaim God’s Word at Mass. A training session is held annually for new members.
Commitment: Once a month, by monthly roster.
Contact: Sr Anne Surtees, Liturgy Coordinator to learn more or join this ministry. Tina Buenviaje for rosters and scheduling

Liturgy Committee

This committee uses all ministries within the Liturgy cluster to plan and organise events for extraordinary liturgical seasons (Advent and Lent). This group includes environment, ministers, and choir. 

Commitment: there is usually a weekly meeting in the months before the particular liturgical season to plan events.
Contact:  Sr Anne Surtees, Liturgy Coordinator

Music Ministry

Music is a powerful testimony of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. New musicians, choir members and cantors are always welcome. Congregational singing is encouraged at all Masses.


Mass Time Choir Contact
Sat 6pm Vigil Mass Paula Thornton
Sun 9.30 AM Sunday Mass Choir Tina Buenviaje/ Cristy Nobleza
Sun 5.30 PM Sunday Mass Choir Tina Buenviaje/ Cristy Nobleza
Sun 11 AM Arrernte Choir David Woods
1st Sundays Children’s Choir Emil Tabbada
Youth Choir Maria Naufahu
Islander Choir Fr Raass



The sacristan carefully arranges the liturgical books, the vestments, and other things necessary in the celebration of the Mass.
Contact: Sue Bain


Parishioners are needed to assist prior to, during and after Sunday Masses and Holy Days. This includes welcoming parishioners, handing out bulletins or special collections and assisting the Hospitality Team.

Commitment: as per your availability to attend.
Contact: Losana Hay, Hospitality Coordinator 

Adult Faith Formation

Faith is a journey that starts with God’s call to each one of us. We experience God in the everyday activities of our lives as we live out our Baptismal call to be priest, prophet and king. (Catechism of the Catholic Church{CCC}, paragraphs 783-786).
The primary source of learning about our faith is the Mass, the Source and Summit of Catholic Christian Life. Our faith is nurtured and grows in the community of believers (CCC, p. 1253).
Adult Faith formation at OLSH Parish takes place in various forms – there are weekly Bible sharing groups that gather together to read and reflect on the Gospel readings and how it relates to their daily life. There are also ongoing groups that gather weekly to read and reflect on Papal Encyclicals, and other Catholic literature. There are workshops, retreats, Spirituality in the Pub and much more. Details can be found in the parish bulletin or events page.

The Parish is always open to suggestions, and volunteers to lead a small group. Speak to the Parish Priest to express your interest.

Weekly Bible Sharing

Bible Sharing Groups gather together with a priest or deacon in the Presbytery once a week to read the Gospel passages for the upcoming Sunday and to reflect on the Word. Members then share their own personal experiences and encounters with the Lord, in the light of the Scripture text.
Simply come along to spend some time reflecting on the scriptures. Bibles/readings are provided and sharing is optional. 

Wednesday 6.15 to 7.00pm in the Presbytery Chapel.
Contact: Tina Buenviaje 

Arrernte Catholic Elders Bible Study

To be updated shortly.
Contact: Fr Olivier

Weekly Reflection Groups (Lent and Advent)

These are small groups of people who gather once a week during Advent and Lent at the Parish hall or in various homes to pray and reflect on Sunday scripture and connect everyday life with their faith. These groups are seasonal and advertised in the bulletin during Lent and Advent. Commitment is once a week, determined by which group you belong to. Parishioners are encouraged to lead a group, materials (booklets and CDs) are provided at a nominal cost. 

Catholic Youth of Alice Springs

Meets on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, at the JPII Hall. Located behind the church, access via the Presbytery.
Contact:  Sr Patricia FMM or Fr Alex SVD

Children’s Choir

Families with young children are invited to actively participate in the Mass that is especially geared toward children. There are many roles for the children to play, songs to be sung, prayers to be led, while we explore God’s Word for us in our life and partake of his sacred meal. How good it is that our children are learning early in their life that they have a special place at Jesus’ table. Children are also encouraged to join the regular Sunday choir at the 9:30 mass on other weeks.
Commitment: Singing at every First Sunday Mass. Choir practice every last Saturday at 1pm, in the church.
Contact: Emil Tabbada

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word allows children to leave the congregation to celebrate and reflect on the Sunday Gospel reading in an age appropriate way. The children are led through prayers, songs and readings that are adapted to their level of understanding. Attending Mass together is a part of being a Catholic Family, while Children’s Liturgy of the Word allows children to enter the celebration more fully by catering to their needs. Parents can also assist children to engage more fully in the Sunday Gospel by looking up the weekly readings prior to attending Sunday Mass.
At OLSH Parish, children attend the Children’s Liturgy of the Word from 9.20AM every Sunday in the Presbytery.They are then led back to church to join the congregation during Offertory. There are also worksheets for children to take home, provided at the entrance of the Church.

Parents please bring your children aged 4 to 9 to the Presbytery by 9:15AM. You are also welcome to attend and assist the Coordinators, as needed.

To learn more about the Children’s Liturgy of the Word or volunteer for this ministry please speak to the team. Training and resources will be provided.
Commitment: Minimum one Sunday a month during school terms. Volunteer Working with Children’s Check Mandatory.
Contact: Paquita Knight

Church Cleaning 

The Cleaning Ministry ensures that our church is clean, organised, and welcoming to the 500 families and visitors that attend masses each weekend. There are cleaning groups that clean on Saturday mornings, on a monthly roster. There is also a group of ladies who clean on Wednesday mornings from 8.30 AM. They always welcome a helping hand.

We welcome all parishioners to join us in keeping God’s house, you are welcome to join a cleaning group or form your own. Instructions and materials will be provided. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact Sue Bain.

Church Environment Ministry

The Church Environment Ministry is responsible for beautifying the worship space with floral arrangements and other appropriate ornamentations during the different liturgical seasons of the Church (i.e., Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and certain Feast Days). This ministry creates a prayerful and inspirational environment that enhances the liturgical worship and that is representative of the various cultures and talents of the parish community.

To contribute your skills and ideas, or to donate a floral arrangement, please contact Sr Anne Surtees, Liturgy Coordinator on 0407 776 851 or email

Hospitality Ministry 

Members of the hospitality team welcome visitors and new parishioners to attend and become a part of our faith family. This ministry takes care of morning tea after the 9:30 am Sunday mass in the parish hall. Additional participants are always welcome to provide for social events within each Liturgical season. 

Contact: Hospitality Coordinator, Losana Hay 


Retreats are held once or twice a year at St Francis Centre and are open to our entire parish community.  Organised by the religious communities in Alice Springs, or by visiting facilitators on a range of themes, these weekend retreats give families and individuals the opportunity to break away from the “busyness” of life and spend time in talks, conversation and relaxation. There is also a quiet time for prayer, reflection and reconciliation.

For upcoming retreats see the parish bulletin or events page.
To express interest in organising a retreat or talk, please speak to the Parish Priest.

Social Justice Awareness Group

A group within the Parish that raises awareness about the Church’s teaching on social justice issues and provides relevant information on current social justice issues. The group maintains a notice board and information table at the entrance of the Church.
We welcome anyone interested in joining us either as a regular member of the group or as an occasional visitor.

Commitment: Meetings every 4th Sunday at 3 PM, at the Presbytery.
Contact: Kathleen Leahy, DOLSH M: 0400 123 540 E:

Spirituality in the Pub

SIP is one modest but potentially very life-giving attempt to provide a contemporary forum – what better place than in a pub! – where conversation can emerge as a transforming force. It is not “just talk”!

Those who attend SIP come from a wide range of backgrounds – those who are ‘church shy’, or see themselves on the fringe of conventional religious experience; those from within the mainstream Catholic Church and those from other faith traditions; and some with no particular religious affiliations at all. Some do not believe in God. All are welcome.

Competent, articulate people who have something worthwhile to say, both from the ranks of the well known and those less known, give their time voluntarily and generously to help lead us in good, probing conversation. 

Have a friend or visitor? Bring them along for an evening of good food and healthy discussion.

Where: Todd Tavern across the road from the Church provides a spacious and comfortable atmosphere. Meals and drinks available from 6.00pm, for a 7pm start, open to all members of the community. Please inform the Todd Tavern Manager on 8952 1255 if you are attending. Admission is free.
When: Monthly, Friday Nights from 6PM, as advertised in the parish bulletin.

Sunday Mass Pick Up

Members of this ministry pick up people from the Alice Springs area who otherwise cannot get to Sunday Mass. If you have the capacity to volunteer, please contact the Parish Office at or 08 8952 1049 (Mon-Fri 8AM-12 noon)