At Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church we have four major ministries:
Ministry to the Ill and Housebound
A significant group of carers regularly visit the ill and housebound in the parish. Hospital visitors are ministers of communion who bring the comfort and healing of Holy Communion to those in hospital and ill at home on a regular basis. This permits the clergy to concentrate on the ministry of reconciliation and anointing as required by those suffering illness or facing death.
Ministry of the Catholic Women’s League
The Catholic Women’s League gathers together catholic women in concentrating on the works of mercy within the ministry of the parish.
The CWL offers special support to those in bereavement by catering funerals. The ladies are also actively involved in ministry to the sick and housebound.
Knights of Da Gama
St Dominic’s Council no 8 is one of the oldest groups in the country.
The Knights are a gentlemen’s organisation promoting devotion to Christ and the united action of Catholic men. In following the ministry of Christ the Good Shepherd, they reach out to the poor and indigent and assist in building community within the parish. Nationally the Knights have a focus on the needs of the elderly. In Welkom the St Francis Haven for the elderly is under the direction of the Knights.
In the national forum the Knights also assist projects of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference in the area of the sanctity of life and respect for the Name of God.
Vincent de Paul Society
The Saint Vincent de Paul society in Welkom assists the needy with food, blankets and clothing.
The society has built up a network of empowerment in the Hani park informal settlement in Thabong. Here food parcels and regular visits ensure that those trapped in the cycle of poverty have some relief to empower their own escape from the cycle.