Next Sunday is Sea Sunday
Weekend Collection: £622. Peter’s Pence £159. Very many thanks for your generosity.
There are teas and coffees in the hall after Sunday Mass. Please come and join us.
The July issue of Day by Day is available in the porch at the price of £1.00.
The Easter edition of Light of the North is still available in the porch. Please take one.
PPC The PPC met on Monday 24 June. The main item of discussion was the refurbishment of the hall. A small sub-committee had been formed to take forward this work. Three estimates for the re-painting had been received and it was unanimously agreed that this work should progress as a matter of urgency. Once the painting has been completed it is planned to renew the flooring and consider renewing the lighting.
The following were elected as office bearers - Chairperson – Hilary MacDonald; Vice-Chair – Miriam Hamilton; Secretary – Trish Hallam.
Thanks were expressed to Marlene for her work with the First Holy Communion and First Confession candidates.
Confirmations will take place in June 2020. Fr John will be in charge of these classes with assistance from Anne MacDougall. Classes will commence in September and there will be a meeting of interested parents after Sunday Mass on 25 August.
Our youth group have produced a short CD called "Open Our Hearts". This CD features some of the songs from youth events and was launched at this year’s fete priced £10. Copies may be obtained from the sacristy or repository.
Eucharistic Ministers Get together after Mass on Sunday 7 July for all ministers old and new. Last year’s meeting was most helpful so do come along if you can.
Inverness Street Pastors – are holding an information day on Saturday 24 August. Further information can be found on the poster in the porch. We have had an appeal for affordable accommodation for young people attending a conference commencing 8 July. Please speak to someone in the sacristy if you require further information.
Hospital Mass 4pm Wednesday – urgent help required After the next two Wednesdays there will be no one available to help Fr. John with the Mass. Please let us know if you can help even if you would only be available to join a rota to spread the load. If you would like to find out more do come to the sacristy and we will put you in touch with Catherine who has been doing this for many years.
Gift Aid The parish Gift Aid tax rebate claim relating to the financial year to 5 April 2019 was sent to the Bishop's Office recently. It totalled £6,741 from the main scheme, down from £7,654 the previous year. The reduction is because, for various reasons, we have lost gift aiders. A further £2,000 is due from the separate Small Donations Gift Aid Scheme, which allows rebate to be claimed on up to £8,000 of 'loose plate' donations in a tax year. However, our annual 'loose plate' comes to roughly twice that. If some of those contributing to the 'loose plate' are tax payers and they can be persuaded to join the gift aid scheme, it would be a great help to the parish! All that is required is completion of a simple declaration (name, address, signature, date) and use of our special numbered and dated envelopes, - or some people like to contribute by monthly standing order. If you are a tax payer and not in the gift aid scheme, please do consider joining. The necessary form is available in the porch; the envelopes are available from the sacristy, as is a slip with details of the parish bank account. Thank you.
2-5 August 2019: Monastic Experience Weekend at Pluscarden Abbey – The monks of Pluscarden Abbey are offering a special opportunity to experience at first hand what monastic life is about, during the weekend of Friday 2 August to Monday 5 August 2019. There will be no charge for the weekend. The invitation is extended to single young men, Catholics who practise their faith, aged 18 to 35. Anyone who is interested in attending should get in touch with Fr. Benedict Hardy OSB at: email@example.com
St Columba’s Next Prize Bingo will return in the Autumn.