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Today we take time to speak to you on behalf of the Parish Pastoral Council and its subcommittees on matters relating to finance and the future development of the Parish.
Parish Centre Project
Firstly we wish to make you aware that the PPC and the other committees propose to go ahead with the development of St. Maryâs Hall as a Parish Centre. A Parish Centre will enable the services of the Parish to be run more efficiently, and facilitate the greater involvement of lay people in the running of the Parish â which is undoubtedly the way forward for the Church. It will embrace such worthwhile services as the work of Accord, bereavement and loss counselling, prayer groups, a Parish Office, meeting rooms, a religious goods shop, and a social and welcoming area for all, especially before and after Masses in the
For a number of years now the method of Collection has involved great commitment and generosity on the part of a small number of people, our collectors. On your behalf we thank them sincerely.
Those who would prefer to make their contribution by direct debit may do so by taking a Direct Debit Form from the tables as you leave the Church and returning the form directly to your bank or to the Parish Secretary at the Parochial House.
The Parish also participates in the Tax Rebate Scheme which allows you to donate tax paid on your contribution to the Parish as a Registered Charity. Forms will be sent out to all eligible contributors after Dec. 31st. and you can help the Parish considerably by completing and returning these forms.
Overall, we feel that many people do not support the Parish through the Envelope Collection. Yet the Parish has run at a loss each of the last four years, due to exceptional once-off expenses. These include the provision of our Car Park, the rebuilding of
Finally, we thank you for your kind attention, and hope that we can all move forward together in developing all aspects of our Parish life for the betterment of ourselves and our town.