The Sacristans have two main roles: Security of the sacristy and most importantly, the Eucharist and the preparations needed before and after Mass. They are responsible for ensuring proper respect for the consecrated bread and wine during and after the celebration. They are also responsible for keeping the Tabernacle secure.

Preparations vary slightly depending on the individual mass and presider. At every mass, they are responsible for preparing for both the Liturgy of the Word and Mass which means preparing all the books, vessels, bread and wine, and incense when appropriate.


Jenny Burton 
Telephone: 5152 4781

Liturgy Team                                                   

The Liturgy Team works to promote meaningful liturgies; which help our Parish community worship with faith and devotion.  The focus of the Team is to support our Priests in their role as presider in the community’s celebration of the Eucharist.  Special attention is given to planning liturgies that commemorate the special feasts and seasons of the church year.  From time to time, special informative events pertaining to our faith are introduced and offered to the parish. (ANZAC Day, NAIDOC Week)

Kath Cassidy
Telephone: 5152 3635

Music Ministry  

The primary music minister in the liturgy is the assembled people. At certain times the priest, the choir, the musicians and the cantor have specific roles of their own which enhance the community’s celebration of the Eucharist.

Of special importance are the roles of music director, choir director and music coordinator, who are responsible for preparing, rehearsing and conducting the musical aspects of liturgical celebrations. They have a vital role in choosing the music and helping the assembly take an active part in the singing (cf. CSL 28, 30, 114, 118, and 121).

Josie Boland - Coordinator
Telephone: 5152 2338 (H)

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

The term ‘Children’s Liturgy of the Word’ refers to the practice of inviting children during Mass to gather in the Chapel to celebrate a separate Liturgy of the Word that is more appropriate to their level of understanding.

Michelle Grimsted & Amanda Vowell - Coordinators 
Telephone: 5152 2942

Altar Servers  

Altar servers play a very visible part in the parish liturgy. Girls and boys of any age intending to be altar servers in our parish begin their training in Grade 4.

Altar servers do not need to commit to any length of service or other ongoing duties and may cease service at any time and for whatever reason.

In our parish, new servers are mentored by Michelle for a number of weeks until they are competent in all the various duties carried out by the altar servers at mass. 

Once trained, servers nominate which weekend mass they normally attend and are then included on a roster to serve at a Sunday Mass.

Michelle Grimsted
Telephone: 5152 3106


Contact : Michelle Grimsted

Telephone: 51522942

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

The Eucharist is displayed for veneration in a monstrance and placed on the altar after the 9.10am Mass on the 1st Friday of the month.

To be advised

Communal Rosary

There are several ways of saying the Holy Rosary, but that which gives God the greatest glory, is that of saying the Rosary publicly. It is prayed communally in St Mary’s Church after 9.10am morning Mass/Liturgy of the Word and 9.30am each Tuesday at St Patrick’s Paynesville.

George and Jenny Burton                             
Telephone: 5152 4781

Morning Office:   

In western Catholicism, canonical hours may also be called Offices, since they refer to the official set of prayer of the Catholic Church that is known variously as the Divine Office.  The current official version of the hours in the Roman rite of the Catholic Church is called the Liturgy of the Hours.

A communal Morning Office is prayed Monday – Friday, 8.45am in St Mary’s Church Chapel. 

To be advised

Monthly Mass at Aged Care Facilities and Holy Communion to the Sick and Housebound

In Paynesville parishioners take Communion to residents at Opal Aged Care and those who are unable to attend Sunday Mass.

The Priests take Communion to parishioners at the Omeo Hospital and to those who are unable to attend Mass/Liturgy of the Word with Communion in Omeo and Benambra.  Ensay/Swifts Creek parishioners take Communion to those who are unable to attend.

Residents in the three Bairnsdale nursing homes are able to participate in Mass once each month.

  • Opal Aged Care, 10.30am, 2nd Wednesday of the month
  • Maddocks Gardens, 10.30am, 4th Wednesday of the month
  • Eastwood Aged Care, 10.30am, 1st Wednesday of the month                                               

Many parishioners support our priests in the ministry to the sick and housebound, their family and friends by helping with Mass at aged care facilities and taking Communion to those unable to leave their homes.  Communion is taken from Sunday or weekday Masses to these parishioners.

Parish Office
Telephone: 5152 2942

Weekend Liturgies Rosters       

6pm Saturday Bairnsdale    Christine Shanahan       Telephone: 5156 8704
9.30am Sunday Bairnsdale  Angela Chila     Telephone: 5156 9391
8am Sunday Paynesville Sue Butler   Telephone: 5156 1485
11am Sunday Lindenow    Maria Calvi Telephone: 5157 1331
Omeo Mass/Liturgy of the Word with Communion Leonie Pendergast Telephone: 0467 485 361
Swifts Creek Mass/Liturgy of the Word with Communion Steven & Anne O’Brien Telephone: 5159 4342
Benambra Mass/Liturgy of the Word with Communion Pauline Cook  Telephone: 5159 9276
Week day Liturgy and Liturgy of the Word with Communion Rosters Jo Deboer Telephone: 5153 0423