Saturday vigil Masses: 4:00pm and 6:00pm | Sunday Masses: 7:30am and 9:00am

Money Matters

The traditional form of income for parishes is by way of two collections that normally take place at weekend Masses.

How the first and second collections work

In the past there would have been 2 collection plates or bags passed around at weekend Masses. One of our covid -safe measures is to now have the collection bags set up at the main entrance to the church.

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First collection. All of the first collection (loose money as well as money in numbered envelopes, also known as Planned Giving envelopes -see below) goes to the Clergy Fund account and is for the support of clergy in the diocese.

Second collection. All loose money goes to the Church account to fund parish office, presbytery and church costs. Of the money in numbered envelopes, 20% is allocated to the School Building Fund account (this amount is tax deductible) and is used for loan repayments in respect of school buildings. The remaining 80% of the money in the envelopes is deposited into the church account to fund parish office, presbytery and church costs.

Examples of parish office costs include printing and stationery, computer software expenses, subscriptions, telephone, staff wages, insurances, cleaning and waste, power, security, repairs, etc.

Examples of presbytery costs include rates, cleaning and waste, insurance, vehicle expenses, power, repairs and maintenance, etc

Examples of church costs include resources for our sacramental programmes (Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Eucharist, RCIA), training and retreats for Altar Server and other liturgical ministries, Mass supplies (altar breads, altar wine, incense, candles, etc), cleaning and waste, repairs and maintenance, rates, power, coffee machine consumables, other canteen consumables – tea, sugar, milk, etc

Planned Giving envelopes are allocated on request from the Parish Office and are used if you wish to be issued with a tax receipt for the portion of the second collection that is allocated to the School Building Fund (20%). The envelopes are numbered and have separate sections for the first and second collections.

Collections  – if possible, please consider making a regular direct deposit instead of using cash

Our daily lives have changed in many aspects because of the Covid-19 pandemic and we are relying modern technology more and more to keep us connected and functioning.

 For some time, there has been an option to make a direct deposit into the Sawtell Catholic Church bank account instead of putting money/envelopes into the collection bags at Mass. Why are we now encouraging as many as possible to consider this option?

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The benefits of setting up a regular direct deposit include convenience and hygiene, especially during these worrying times (not having to find and handle cash each week and continuity of giving if you are away for any reason including  if you are unable to come to Mass because you are unwell or vulnerable at this time.)

If you are interested in donating by direct deposit, now is a great time: It’s easy – just call Cheryl at the parish office on 6658 3544 and she will talk you through what is involved and give you a reference number for your deposit.

It’s secureyou set the payment up from your bank account; the parish office does not access your bank account at all.  You may change or terminate your direct deposit at any time.

It works in the same way as putting money or envelopes on the plate – you still decide how much to contribute to each collection and 20% of what you donate to the second collection is tax deductible.

Add or Update Your Details

Whether you are new to our parish or have been here for a long time, we would like to hear from you.As well as providing contact details, this form will enable you to provide information about sacraments received and to express interest in various parish ministries. Please complete the online form via the link below or download and complete the PDF version of the form below so we have up to date information about you and your family.

ADD OR UPDATE YOUR DETAILS- ONLINE FORM

Add or Update Your Details PDF

Faith & Prayer

Especially during this period of social distancing, many are looking for different ways to sustain and enrich their spiritual lives. 

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Formed – The Catholic Faith on Demand (St Augustine’s Institute)

Click here to visit the Formed – The Catholic Faith on Demand website.

We’ve created a handy document to help sign up to the Formed website. Remember when creating your own login it is Case Sensitive.

Formed sign up instructions PDF

THE SOUL

A weekly source of spiritual nourishment aiming to provide support for personal prayer, worship, reflection, pastoral care and well-being (From Lismore Catholic Schools Office)

 

Click here for Loyola Press (a Jesuit Ministry)

Download these apps from the App Store (for Apple devices) or the Play Store (for Android devices).

  • Pray As You Go (the reflections have been modified for the Covid-19 pandemic)
  • Magnificat
  • Sacred Space

click here for Majellan Media publications

Artifacts for sale

We have a large number of artifacts that are unable to be used for their original purpose of populating a new church building and we are offering these beautiful pieces of art for sale at heavily discounted prices.

Artifacts for sale

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