Cleaning and maintenance
Each Monday, after morning Mass, a group of volunteers gathers in church to sweep, wash, vacuum, dust and polish before sitting down to a well-earned cup of tea, a biscuit and a chat before going their separate ways. If you can spare an hour or two, you will be very welcome.
Another small group take turns, on a rota basis, to launder the altar linen each week.
There are often jobs that need to be done around the church and the priest’s house, minor things that need repairing or renewing. Again, at present this falls on a few people so it would be useful to have a maintenance team – people who could be called upon as a need arose, including some with trades such as electrician, plumber, carpenter, painter. If you would be willing to help occasionally in such a capacity, please contact us.
While the parish depends on the income from weekly collection, counting, checking and banking the money each week are not the most exciting of tasks and so we are extremely grateful to the people who take on this task. Teams count and record the weekly donations in the Planned Giving Envelopes on a 4-weekly rota while others deal with the other cash collected each week, making sure that each separate amount – loose cash, retiring collections, candles, papers etc. is properly recorded and accounted for before being banked.
In accordance with the Church’s code of Canon Law, the parish has a Finance Committee which meets regularly to monitor our income and expenditure and advise the Parish Priest on financial matters. At the time of writing, thanks to efforts to keep down our basic running costs, we are able to put cash into our reserve fund. If you are interested to see more about the parish finances, summary accounts are posted every six months and can be found at the back of the church near the inner doors.
The Parish Team meet with Fr Sean to discuss issues which affect the Parish, such as the Parish calendar, catechetics, liturgical ceremonies, the hosting of events, comments and suggestions that Parishioners bring to their attention and other matters.
The members currently are Sr Ann Hogan, Sr Ann Heaney (Chair), Sheila Doyle, Chris Hannington, Margaret Maloney, Jim Donoghue, Debbie Eddleston, Claire Carballo (Secretary), Lesley Pippet, Kit Greveson, Irena Cholij,and Fr Sean.