GIFT AID -New Offertory Envelopes The new envelopes have now been distributed for the coming year. Please do not use old envelopes from the previous year as your new envelopes will have a different number. Currently 21 boxes of envelopes reserved for those who have signed a Gift Aid Declaration have not been collected. Your offering must be in a numbered envelope which corresponds to the number on our records. Every year we have to update our list for the purpose of making a valid claim to HM Revenue & Customs, so it is important that we know that everyone named, wishes to remain in the Gift Aid Scheme. If you have been unable to collect your envelopes, we can arrange to deliver them provided you contact us to confirm your wishes and your address. If you are currently on the list and you are no longer a taxpayer, please ensure that we are informed of the date that your circumstances changed. This notice does not apply to those who have elected to make their donations by Standing Order unless you wish to leave the Gift Aid Scheme. If you are a taxpayer not currently gift aiding your offerings and wish to be added to the list, please contact us so that we can provide you with a Gift Aid declaration form. Please bring this notice to the attention of anyone who is unable to attend the services or access the Parish Newsletter. Thank you for your help.
Thank you to those of you who are arranging to make your parish offering by standing order or cheque. Some of you have kindly reminded me to stress that the parish bank account name is “Prestatyn Catholic Church,” and, as you may have discovered, the bank will only accept cheques made out to that payee. Any variation, however slight, will almost certainly result in the cheque being rejected by the bank. Apologies to our Rhuddlan members of the parish family for this but any change in the payee name to include Rhuddlan would require closure of the present parish account and the setting up of a completely new one. Owing to the strict security measures governing us as a charity, this is a very complicated process which, from our experience, can take some considerable time.
If you wish to set up a standing order, please see the latest notice below from our Gift Aid co-ordinator, Pauline Mylchreest. Thank you to all who have now set up standing orders; this is very helpful indeed.
IMPORTANT NOTICE – PARISH WEEKLY OFFERINGS AND GIFT AID
Offerings - Gift Aid and non-Gift Aid Thank you to all those of you who have sent helpful information regarding your offerings to the Parish via bank transfers. I have acknowledged all your messages so if you haven't received a reply within a day or two of sending the information please check that it has been delivered. If you wish you can set up a standing order or make a payment with your bank either by phone or online using the following parish details Prestatyn Catholic Church NatWest Bank, 33 Lord Street, Wrexham. LL11 1LP Bank Sort Code. 55-81-42 Account Number. 08305374 Once you have set up your standing order please inform us of the date of the payments and the frequency, e.g. weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually or just the date if it is a one off payment. You can email this information to me at email@example.com and I will then be able to keep a record for the parish accounts. Prior to the lock down the numbered envelopes for those who Gift Aid their offerings were prepared for distribution. As many have now elected to pay by standing order these numbers will have to be re-allocated for ease of recording and audit of accounts so it would be helpful to know now if you have chosen to pay through your bank. As always please check that you pay enough tax to cover the amount that we claim back from your Gift Aid offerings as well as claims by any other charities that you support. If you donate items to charity shops and have signed individual Gift Aid forms for them you should receive notification of how much they have claimed on your behalf-it all adds up! If your circumstances have changed and you can no longer Gift Aid your offerings kindly inform me of that date so we do not make any further claims on your behalf. Could you also let me know of any change of name or address? Thank you once again for your help. I hope you are all well and that it won't be too long before we are back in our churches.
Kind regards Pauline Mylchreest. (Parish Gift Aid Co-ordinator)
GOVERNMENT OF WALES COVID-19 REGULATIONS – The Senedd announced the move to Level 0 of the Covid-19 regulations on Friday 07 August, ending most of the statutory requirements which have been in place since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. However, we ask, in the interest of safety, that everyone entering either of our churches for Mass continue to wear a face-covering. We shall maintain the use of the “one-way system” and the distribution of Holy Communion at the end of Mass in Prestatyn because of the very limited space in the church. We shall also retain 2m socially distanced seating in Prestatyn church hall for those who may have been advised for health reasons to continue to observe it. The “one-way system” and the distribution of Holy Communion at the end of Mass in Rhuddlan will be discontinued and the normal routine will be resumed. It is not proposed to re-introduce hymn-singing at his stage. These measures will be kept under review as the state of the current pandemic evolves.
DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION TO THOSE WHO ARE HOUSEBOUND. THROUGH ILLNESS OR INFIRMITY It is now permitted for Ministers of the Eucharist to resume visits to parishioners at home; however, these visits are subject to the following conditions:
1. Ministers must wear face-coverings whilst they are present inside the parishioner’s home and use hand sanitiser at the beginning and the end of the visit.
2.Ministers must verify that the parishioner to be visited has not been advised to shield for health reasons or to isolate for any other reason. Only ONE home visit may be made in any one morning, or one afternoon (i.e. a maximum of TWO home visits each day).
3. Parishioners may receive Holy Communion at home if they are housebound, that is to say, continuously prevented from leaving their home through infirmity or illness. If you are prevented from coming to Mass at the weekend for any other reason, such as lack of transport, but would regularly leave home at other times for reasons such as shopping etc, with transport provided by a friend or family member, please explore the possibility of arranging similar transport to Mass. If family members or friends cannot offer similar transport at weekends, then you may wish, instead, to arrange to come to Mass during the week, when it is celebrated daily in Prestatyn and on Tuesday mornings in Rhuddlan. See this newsletter for the times of weekday Mass. *****************************
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) has resumed in Ss Peter & Frances, Prestatyn at the usual time of 10:30-11:00 on Saturday.
PARISH LEVIES- where does your collection go?
We have now paid over our parish’s yearly levies to the Diocese of Wrexham for the services which the Diocese provides for the church in North Wales. The amounts were as follows:
Diocesan Commissions & Services - £2,026 TOTAL - £13,862
This amounts to 33% of our weekly offertory collection for the financial year ending 05 April 2021.
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It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.
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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – we shall shortly begin our preparation classes for those children who are eligible to make their First Holy Communion. If your child will be seven years old by 01 November this year, they are eligible to receive this sacrament. Please see Fr Terry or Deacon Mike to make arrangements for them to take part in the preparation classes.
TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE SYNOD: MASS IN HONOUR OF ST RICHARD GWYN 15:00SUNDAY17 OCTOBER AT ST MARYS CATHEDRAL, WREXHAM LED BY BISHOP PETER BRIGNALL
This Mass will be the opening ceremony for our diocese for the Synod which has been called by Pope Francis and which he opened in Rome on 10 October. In calling this Synod, Pope Francis is launching what has been described as the most ambitious project to reform the Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council began, sixty years ago. Over the next two years, each Catholic parish in every diocese around the world will be invited to discuss a range of subjects, including priestly celibacy and the ordination of women.
Everyone is invited to this Mass, instead of attending Mass in our parish next weekend. However, we are also inviting one or two parishioners to attend as our official parish representative(s), and to receive the Icon of the Blessed Virgin and the copy of the “Adsumus Prayer” (the prayer said at the beginning of Church Councils and Synods), which will be presented to each parish by Bishop Brignall. Please see Fr Terry or Deacon Mike if you would like to represent our parish.
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL - once again this year, our parish is taking part in the Christmas shoebox appeal organised by the Wrexham-based charity Teams4U. The plan, as in previous years, is to fill shoeboxes with small gifts for needy children who live in some of the poorer regions of south-eastern Europe. Full details of how to take part in the project are given in the leaflets which are available at the back of church. If you would like to take part again, please leave your shoebox in the hall in Prestatyn before or after Mass. These will be collected at 10:00 on Monday 15 November. They will then be sent by truck to Romania in early December.