GROTTO INAUGURATION will take place on the 8 th of September in the evening at 6 pm in the Garden (if the Climate is conducive). Fr John Williamson OCD is coming from Gerrard’s Cross for the holy Mass and the inauguration of the grotto.
There is no morning mass in St Mark’s church on Tuesday September 8th.
Thanks to all those who donated towards the expenses of the grotto. All are welcome to sponsor in every little way you can.
MASS BY PHONE AND RADIO
Mass by phone is available 24/7 by dialling 01642 130120 thanks to the Diocese of Middlesbrough and Knights of St Columba.
Calls are charged at local rates and may be free if included in your phone contract's minutes. It may be of use to those who don't have the internet. Another resource is RTE1 which broadcasts Mass on 252kHz long wave every second Sunday at 11am.
CHURCH FINANCE / SUNDAY COLLECTIONS Your attention is drawn again to Church Finances. During the period of lockdown the parish income fell dramatically, only parishioners standing orders came in but the bills, Diocesan fees, Education, (St Mark's School) heating, lighting, Council Taxes, Insurances, housekeeping, maintenance (remember the cross?) all continued to pile up.
The gudelines for safe use of our churches affect how collections can be taken during Mass. Setting up a Standing Order is one way of overcoming these issues. Ifyou have not already done this please consider setting one up. It can be done by downloading the direct payment form below.
GIFT AID If you pay tax you can increase the value of the money you donate to the church by £1 for every £4 you give at no extra cost to yourself. You just need to download and complete the 'Gift AidDeclaration' below.
If you already donate by standing order don't forgetto review the amount you donate to see if it is appropriate to increase it.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND EITHER OF THESE FORMS TO YOUR BANK.
Due to the ongoing situation regarding Coronavirus, all Confirmations which had been booked for April, May, June and July 2020 are now cancelled and will not take place until after Easter next year (2021).
Adults that have been prepared for confirmation can receive the sacrament after normality returns by obtaining the usual permissions from the Chancellor, Mgr Eugene Harkness.
Apologies to the candidates on the bishop's behalf, reminding them that, as a 76 year old, the bishop must now remain in self-isolation until the beginning of June at the earliest.
CORONA VIRUS INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE
From: The Bishops Conference of England and Wales
The agreed statements from The Presidency have been released and are published here for your information: