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.At the beginning of April every year parishioners renew their parish envelopes, if you would like to join the list of those who contribute through the envelope system you can do so by phoning the Parish Office with your details. If you would prefer to set up a Direct Debit payment to contribute to the upkeep of the Parish this can also be facilitated by contacting the Parish Office.  The Parish is indebted to all who continually support our work.

Some of those who use envelopes have also signed up for the Gift Aid programme.   The Gift Aid programme allows the parish to claim some of the tax you have already paid to the government which helps us continue to carry on the work and paying the bills that are part and parcel of parish work and ministry. It costs nothing extra to you as you’ve already paid the tax. If you have already signed up for it all you need do is return the first white Gift Aid envelope in your box.  This year in our parish we hope to undertake a number of minor improvements to our Churches with necessary painting and repair, the investigation of providing a modern disabled toilet facility in the Holy Family Church and outside improvements to enhance Church grounds.  We also hope to begin the next stage of graveyard development in the cemetery at St Mary and St Joseph’s Church.  Gift Aid funds will go part of the way to meeting this huge expense so please think seriously of completing a Gift Aid declaration.  Just click on this link to download a copy of the form and send it in to the parish office at your earliest convenience.  Gift Aid Declaration Form

 

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And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.”And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out [a] and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

Mark 9: 17 -27

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