29th March 2009

Services for the week

  • SUNDAY: Mass 10.00 am
  • MONDAY Mass 10.00 am
  • TUESDAY: Communion Service 10.00 am
  • WEDNESDAY: Communion Service 10.00 am Mass 7.00 pm
  • THURSDAY: Mass 10.00 am Way of the Cross & Mass 7.00 pm
  • FRIDAY: Mass 10.00 am
  • SATURDAY: Mass 10.00 am Vigil Mass, 6.00 pm
  • CONFESSIONS: Saturday, after morning Mass and from 5.30 – 5 55 pm.


Collections: The Offertory Collection last weekend realized £481.06 and the Second Collection, £121.90 Thanks to all who contributed.

Special Collection today for SCIAF (Papal and Episcopal Charities)

Easter Duty Time lasts until after Easter. Catholics are required to receive Holy Communion and, if necessary, go to Confession during this period.

A Plenary Indulgence may be gained by those who devoutly make the Way of the Cross.

Our thanks,gratitude and appreciation to Mrs Margaret Mulholland who has finally given up playing the organ, after many years of faithful service. She has also passed the running of the church shop over to Mary and Larraine – to whom we extend our good wishes.

Tea & Coffee will be available in the Hall after Mass today.

200 Club Winners:

  • 15.03.09: no. 76 – Mrs W Brown
  • 22.03.09: no. 193 – Mrs L Beeby
  • 29.03.09: no.142 – Mrs A Docherty
  • 04.04.09: no. 28 – Paul Boyle

In your charity, please remember Mgr. Brennan, Mary Allison (McAllister), Danny Burns, Patsy Cadden, Mary Elder, Veronica Forrest, David Hogg, George McCallum and all the sick and housebound.

Pope John Paul II and Angus McDonald, whose anniversaries occur about this time.

Paddy Young, who died recently.

Mass Intentions

  • VIGIL: People of the Parish
  • SUNDAY: Helen Ward-Birkby
  • MONDAY: Angus McDonald
  • WEDNESDAY: May McLaughlin
  • THURSDAY [morning]: Maria Corvi THURSDAY [evening]: Lawrence Smullen
  • FRIDAY: Special Intention
  • SATURDAY: Helen Ward-Birkby

About the Gift Aid Scheme

Benefits of the Gift Aid Scheme

  • · You can pay variable amounts
  • · There is no minimum time period
  • · Any UK tax payer can join the Scheme
  • · You can cancel at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone Gift Aid?

No. You must be a UK tax payer and have paid as much tax in the year as we are claiming back.

· Example: If you give £5 each week, we can claim back a further £1.40 for each offering (28p in the £1) as long as you have paid at least £72.80 in tax during the year. ( £1.40 [tax paid on £5] x 52 [number of offerings] = £72.80)

As a tax payer, why should I Gift Aid my offerings to the Church?

By doing so, the Parish can increase its income at no extra cost to you.

What does it involve?

You must sign a simple Gift Aid Declaration form, which states that you wish St Mary’s Church to treat all donations made from the date of the declaration as Gift Aid donations and to reclaim the tax accordingly.

Is there anything else I have to do?

You will have to make your offerings using numbered envelopes (or by Bankers Order or cheque) as all such payments have to be recorded by the Parish.

What if my circumstances change?

Simply let us know.

Who else will know about my offerings?

Be assured that the Church holds all information on Gift Aid offerings in the strictest confidence.

Can I support several charities at the same time?

Yes, as many as you like, but you must make a separate Gift Aid Declaration for each charity.

Can I Gift Aid retrospectively?

Yes, the rules allow us to reclaim tax retrospectively, back as far as April 2000, when the Scheme started.