The current box of envelopes for the weekly offertory collections can be used up to and including 04 April 2021. We now have to consider the preparation and distribution of the new ones for the financial year 2021-2022. This usually takes place over two weekends in March but this year we have to be mindful of the current Covid restrictions and how they may possibly change over the coming weeks. If you, as a tax-payer, have signed a Gift Aid declaration in the past but your circumstances have changed and you wish to withdraw from the scheme please inform us by letter by 01 March. It is important that we have this information as we do not wish to make an invalid claim. This applies to those who gift aid offerings using the numbered envelopes or pay directly into the parish bank account. If you have decided to make future donations through your bank and so no longer require envelopes, please let us know. If you are making any payment by cheque, please make them out to Prestatyn Catholic Church. If you are a tax-payer and have not signed a form but you wish to gift aid all future donations to the parish please let us know and we can send a form to you via post or email if you provide your current contact details.
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)
SS PETER & FRANCES CHURCH, PRESTATYN
Seating has been restricted to ensure social distancing of 2m. Please do not sit in pews which have been sealed off and do not sit on those parts of the open pews which have been marked off with 2m-length white tape. The church will be cleaned and sanitized at the end of each Mass. Please wear a mask throughout the time that you are in the church. We shall continue to livestream the 11:00 Mass on Zoom each Sunday. Holy Communion will be distributed after Mass until 12:15.Normal weekday liturgies have resumed. For times, see the weekly newsletter.
ST ILLTYD’S, RHUDDLAN Seating has been restricted to ensure social distancing of 2m. Please do not sit in pews which have been sealed off and do not sit on those parts of the open pews which have been marked off with 2m-length red and white tape. The church will be cleaned and sanitized at the end of each Mass. Please wear a mask throughout the time that you are in the church. For the time of Mass on weekdays, please see the parish newsletter.
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. The Parents with Children room replaces the confessional boxes but the sacrament may be celebrated either face to face (with social distancing) or in the traditional private manner as you prefer.
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 - £2,724 TOTAL - £15,095
This amounts to 34% of our weekly offertory collection for the financial year ending 05 April 2020.
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