Our Community & Groups

St Mary Magdalen's is well known for being at the centre of a large and lively community, and it is not surprising that lots of people are involved in running the church and the many groups organised around it:

Altar Servers

Altar servers (boys and girls) fulfil an important ministry in serving during Mass. In order to be an altar server you need to have received your First Communion. Please contact us if you would like to become an altar server.

Children's Liturgy

The Children's Liturgy takes place during 09.30 Mass every Sunday. The number of children attending the Children's Liturgy group has increased enormously over the last couple of years. Please click here for more information.

Cleaning Group

This is a friendly group broken up into a rota of teams to ease the burden of cleaning the church weekly, on days suitable for each group (Mondays or Saturdays). A rota for cleaning the altar linen is also drawn up regularly. If you would like to join either or both groups, please contact the parish team.

The Folk Group

The folk group play at 09.30 mass. The group is made up of people of all ages playing guitar, recorder, percussion and of course voices. New members of the folk group are always welcome. If you would like to join, please contact Deborah O'Gorman either at mass or via the church.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist at Mass distributing the hosts and chalice, and those who are able take Communion to the sick and housebound in their homes. Any person who wishes to become a Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should contact the parish team.


Our parish Readers are organized into rotas for all the Masses on Sundays, Holy Days of Obligation and major Feast Days. The readers are coordinated by the Parish Secretary. If you would like to join this team of Readers, please contact the parish team.

St Vincent de Paul Society

Frederick Ozanam was the founder of the Society in France in 1833. It was named after Vincent de Paul, a priest, who spent much of his time visiting the sick, the poor and homeless in France between 1600 and 1660. He has been canonised (made a Saint) because of his good work.

The St. Mary Magdalen Conference made up of both men and women meet fortnightly on a Monday at 8.00pm in the Parish House. This Conference visits those people who are housebound, live in residential houses and are resident in Barnes Hospital. Members of the Conference offer practical as well as financial and material donations. For further information, please contact the Parish Team. New members are always very welcome.

You can also visit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul website.

Montessori School

St Mary Magdalen Montessori Nursery School is situated in the beautiful and spacious Church Hall; it has excellent Ofsted reports and is very popular with the locals of Community.

St Mary Magdalen's Primary School

"St Mary Magdalen's is a good school with many outstanding features, particularly in relation to its Catholic life..." - Archdiocese of Southwark report 2008

"Pupils reach significantly above average standards and make good progress during their time at St Mary Magdalen's..." - Ofsted report 2008

Please click here for full details.