A sincere thanks to everyone who entered our Christmas Card design project. The six entries chosen are artistic designs by the following: Claudia Crowley, Isabelle Curran, Candy Fitzgerald, Eoin Griffin, Caoilinn Kenny O’Sullivan and Allen Ybanez. All entries received will be on display at the back of St. John’s Church at Masses next weekend. Parish Christmas Cards illustrating the designs chosen will also be available to purchase at the Church porch next weekend and available at the Parish Centre from Monday.
There has been a number of complaints recently regarding some organisations collecting for their church gate collection at the entrance doors of churches in the parish. We ask all organisations to ensure that collections take place outside church grounds and entrances. The only exception by diocesan stipulation is St. Vincent de Paul.
We wish to welcome Fr. Amos Ruto who arrived during the week. Fr. Amos joins Fr Vitalis Barasa, who arrived last month, is also from the Diocese of Kitale, Kenya and will work in Kerry Diocese for three years. They will be based in St John’s parish, Tralee for a year of induction and familiarisation. We welcome them, we wish them every blessing and pray that their ministry in our diocese will bear much fruit.
In the changes to tax relief on donations to charities effective from 01/01/2013, St. John’s Parish can successfully benefit from a tax rebate on contributions of €250 or more per annum. For instance, for the year 2017, the parish received a total of €38,457 from the scheme. The Parish Finance Committee wish to thank all parishioners who continuously and so generously contribute to the parish. Thanks also to all those who participate in the tax rebate scheme and have kindly returned the tax rebate scheme certificate for 2018. A gentle reminder to anyone who may have over-looked doing so. If you are not already participating in the scheme and think you might be eligible, please contact Catherine Dwyer at the Parish Centre for further details.
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