Please click on link below for an update on SCIAF and ways to donate / fundraise
Please click on link below for Bishop Nolan’s message
Don’t worry if you are not able to support your parish financially at this time. Maybe you are having to get by on a reduced income, maybe you are anxious about losing your job. Many people are. In these difficult circumstances you should not feel obliged to give what you do not have.
The diocese, though, has set up a facility online for those who are able to give and who are not already contributing by standing order.
Use the link below, or scan the QR code, to access the page on the diocesan website where you can contribute to your parish by credit/debit card. You can also gift aid your donation.
The most important thing at the moment is not for us to give in the collection but to pray for one another, particularly for all those who are suffering and whose lives have been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
May we support each other by our prayers.
Bishop of Galloway
The link for the diocese page is: http://www.gallowaydiocese.org.uk/parish-collections
Our specific links for St Mary’s and John’s can be found by clicking on either rcsaltcoats or rcstevenston link and follow below the instructions.
You can also use the QR codes In the same way as web links.
There is a change to the opening times of the parish office from this week. The office will be open on a Monday from 9am-5pm and a Friday 9am-5pm. There will be someone in the parish house on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10am-12 Noon, any urgent enquires outwith these hours can be answered by calling St John’s. All emails will be replied to on a daily basis.
You no longer have to book for weekday Masses, but you will still be asked to leave your contact details for our Track and Trace records when attending these Masses. Bookings for Weekend Masses can be made on Monday’s between 09.30am—4.30pm for St Mary’s on 463461 and for St John’s on 07564903401. All Masses/Services will be livestreamed.
Invite you to join them on an online retreat; ‘The God Who Speaks’ for a
weekend of prayer, reflection and fellowship. During this retreat we will be developing and exploring the ways of listening to and responding to the God who speaks to us through people, the Scriptures and nature. This retreat will start on Friday 16th April at 7pm and ends on Sunday 18th April at 12:30pm. Please visit www.minsteracres.org/come-on-retreat. Further details on how to join the retreat using ZOOM will be sent to you once you have booked and paid for a place online.
Please click on link below for more information
Looking ahead to when we may be able to resume normal worship and return to parish ministries, it will be necessary for all parish volunteers to complete their second Safeguarding Induction Training session, if they require a PVG to carry out their ministries. The diocesan trainers strongly recommend that as many volunteers as possible attend this training session online, from the comfort and safety of their own homes, during this
current lockdown. To book a place in an online session at a convenient time for you, please visit www.gallowaydiocese.org.uk/safeguarding-calendar, which will be regularly updated with available dates and times. If you are unsure whether you need to attend, please contact your Parish Safeguarding Coordinator; many volunteers have already attended either in-person immediately before the pandemic, or online during it. Thank you for your commitment to your parishes.
GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION
The Regulation came into force on Friday 25th May 2018, and gives individuals greater rights and control over the use of their personal information. Your privacy is important to the Parish Communities of St. John’s and St. Mary’s. We use the personal data, provided by you for Pastoral support and the administration of weekly collections. The information is held securely and confidentially in electronic or paper format. We will not share this information with third parties without your prior consent. A fuller Privacy Notice is now available on the Diocesan website. www.gallowaydiocese.org.uk/privacy-policy-and-gdpr