Parish Pastoral Council: Our new Parish
Pastoral Council was elected on Sunday 25th March
2012. The new Chairman is Martin McBride, Secretary:
Marie McGirr, Vice Chairperson: Geraldine McHugh.
The chairman for the day was Mr Brendan Fee, Chairman
of the local Football Club. We congratulate all
for a good evenings work, and we pray that the
parish will grow in Christ from strength to strength.
We thank the outgoing Chairman: Phil McDonagh
and Secretary Myrnae McCloskey for a job well
done. They are remaining on the new council, and
we are very happy about that.
who acts on behalf of St Michael’s Trust
will deal with all matters concerning Parish/Diocesan
property or other legal matters. This will avoid
any misunderstandings or misinterpretations, and
ensure a more professional approach which is so
important in a new age and time. It will also
avoid any accusations of cover –up, danger
of cover- up as all people in the Parish will
always be given expert information on their own
Parish. Openness and transparency rather than
rumour, should be part of parish life. The Priest
of the Parish is only a professional in his own
area of competence. He is not a legal expert,
but he must carry out his duty of service to the
Faith Community. He should seek the help and advice
of people who have professional expertise and
competence to help him in his work. He is to guard
the Sacredness of the Eucharist, the Word of God,
the Sacraments and the Environment both inside
and outside the Church in which they are celebrated.
He is to ensure that all parishioners are respected.
With the Child Protection Committee he is to insure
that all children live in a safe parish environment.
He is to insure that all Diocesan regulations
are in practice in his parish. He is a Faith Leader
in the Parish to ensure that the community is
built on justice without which there can not be
forgiveness, faith, or trust in Jesus who is at
the centre of all parish activity. This involves
total lay involvement in all parish activity in
which there are numerous ministries. “We
are different part of the Body of Jesus. “We
are a holy people, a consecrated people, a priestly
people set aside two worship and give glory to
St Mary’s Community Centre –
Bookings and Access:
or organization who wish to use the Community
Centre should contact Barry Jackson (028 89541196),
Pat Comiskey (028 89541820) or Martin Owens (07754
517845) to arrange a booking and obtain centre
keys. Advanced written bookings are essential
to avoid double booking and the availability of
the Centre. Written requests for centre bookings
should be sent to Martin Owens, Community Centre
Secretary, 14 Edenmore Crescent, Tempo. BT94 3HQ.
note that keys are only available from the above
named people. This is a result of damage being
caused, lights left on and the building left in
a poor state of cleanliness by a person or persons
unknown, because the proper booking procedures
were not followed. These measures are being introduced
to facilitate the smooth running and safety of
the Community Centre. Thank you for your co-operation.
who hasn’t completed a Gift Aid form will
find one at the back of the Church. Anyone who
has stopped paying tax is asked to kindly let
Aid in Pobal Parish
In April 2006 we received approval from H. M.
Revenue and Customs that Pobal Special Fund is
a charity for tax purposes. This allowed us to
reclaim U.K. Basic Rate Tax on donations from
Parishioners, provided they had completed a Gift
Aid Declaration. We were also able to reclaim
tax on donations made from 1st January 2004 when
our records commenced. We give below the amounts
reclaimed in each Tax Year.
2004-5 £ 5,130-70
2005-6 £ 4,742-97
2006-7 £12, 374-13
2007-8 £ 15,681-66
been a great help in paying for the Church Renovation,
the Car Park at Cradien and other Parish development,
and is recognition by the government of the benefit
our Parish Community made to society.
to thank all our Parishioners for their generous
response to our appeal for finds and we are very
happy to confirm that the “green envelope”
will finish in March 2009. We still have to complete
the Cemetery and other on- going Development and
would encourage those who can afford it to contribute
a bit more in their weekly envelope.
have not yet signed a Gift Aid Declaration the
main condition is that donors have to pay the
amount of income and/or Capital Gains Tax equal
to the amount of Tax reclaimed by reclaimed by
are liable to reimburse the Inland Revenue the
relevant amount if they have not paid Tax equal
to the amount reclaimed.
Gift Aid Declarations are available at the back
of the Church, and if you wish to discuss it,
or wonder whether you qualify, you can contact
Martin 02889541826 or Eugene 02866325496.
have already signed a Gift Aid Declaration you
do not need to sign another declaration.
stop paying Tax you must tell us so we can stop
our reclaim process.
may cancel the declaration at any time.
John Halton P.P.