Protecting parents’ rights

The Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill currently progressing through the Senedd will have a detrimental impact on Catholic schools and Catholic families across Wales. This Bill seeks to end the rights of parents to withdraw their children from Relationship and Sex Education and Religious Education. This is a vital right for parents, especially Catholic parents who can’t send their children to a Catholic school, as it ensures these sensitive subjects can be delivered in line with Church teaching.

We are asking that people write to their Members of the Senedd to ask them to halt these changes. If you visit the website link below it will produce a template letter for your MSs. All you need to do is type in your name, address and email and click submit.

http://catholiceducation.org.uk/welshparents

We need MSs to know how serious an issue this is for the Catholic community, so please take part in this campaign and share this with friends and family.

Gift Aid Links

Below are links for the gift aid pamphlet, standing order guidance and standing order form

 

STANDING ORDER INFORMATION

gift aid pamphlet Our Lady St Patrick St Robert

Gift Aid declaration form 2020 Maesteg

St. Roberts declaration Form

 

St. Robert’s Reopening for public worship

Thanks to the tremendous amount of work which has taken place by our volunteers, the Archdiocese has certified that Saint Robert’s is Covid-safe for gradual resumption of public worship/private prayer. There will be Holy Mass at St. Robert Church at 10am on Wednesdays and Vigil Mass on Saturdays at 5pm, beginning Wednesday 5th of August 2020. Due to the restrictions on numbers you may please contact Sarah on 07940267623 to book a place for Mass. Thank you

Our Lady and St Patrick’s Reopening for public Worship

Thanks to the tremendous amount of work which has taken place by our volunteers, the Archdiocese has certified that Our Lady and St Patrick’s is Covid-safe for gradual resumption of public worship.

From Tuesday, 21st July, the celebration of Mass will resume gradually; last day for private prayer, Sunday, 19th July.
Due to restrictions on numbers able to attend at each Mass, you will need to book in advance by telephoning the following Stewards which Mass you wish to attend (please only book one Mass on weekend). We need to know how many people to expect in order to protect your health and safety; please do not attend if not booked.

Please arrive between 20 and 5 minutes before the start time of Mass.

TIMES OF HOLY MASS

TUESDAY 10.00 am Telephone Derek or Denis on 01656 731767(Any afternoon after 2.00pm)

THURSDAY 10.00 am Telephone Collette on 07702023565

SUNDAY : 9.00 am Telephone Derek or Denis on 01656 731767 (any afternoon after 2 pm)

11.00 am Telephone Collette on 07702023565

5.00 pm Telephone Michelle on 07488322929

Standing order form link

Please use the following link to print off a standing order Payment form

Standing order form

Standing order Form

STANDING ORDER PAYMENTS & BANK TRANSFERS

  

TO SET UP A STANDING ORDER OR BANK TRANSFER:

 Telephone your Bank or use your Internet Banking system –

     giving details of your Parish’s Bank Account

  

PARISH OF OUR LADY & ST PATRICK MAESTEG:

  

Bank Name: BARCLAYS BANK PLC

CITY OF CARDIFF, BRANCH CARDIFF, CF1 1SG

 Account Name: ARCHDIOCESE OF CARDIFF

PARISH OF OUR LADY AND ST PATRICK CHURCH, MAESTEG

 Sort Code: 20-18-23           Account Number: 43706869

  

PARISH OF ST ROBERT, ABERKENFIG

 

Bank Name: BARCLAYS BANK PLC

CITY OF CARDIFF, BRANCH CARDIFF, CF1 1SG

 Account Name: ARCHDIOCESE OF CARDIFF

PARISH OF ST. ROBERT CHURCH, ABERKENFIG

 Sort Code: 20-18-23           Account Number: 73394867

OR

  

COMPLETE THE “STANDING ORDER MANDATE”

AND SEND TO YOUR BANK.

  

THANK YOU SUPPORTING YOUR PARISH IN THIS WAY

 

 STANDING ORDER MANDATE

To ………………………………………………………. Bank / Building Society *

Address ……………………………………………………….

…………………………………………………………………………………….. Post Code……………………….

Please set up a new standing order to:

Barclays Bank PLC,

City of Cardiff Branch,

 Cardiff CF1 1SG

Sort Code: 20-18-23

Account Name: ARCHDIOCESE OF CARDIFF

PARISH OF OUR LADY AND ST PATRICK MAESTEG

Account No.: 43706869

Please debit my/our bank account as follows:

Account Name: …………………………………………………….

Account No.: ………………………….

Sort Code: ………………………….

the sum of £…………… (amount in words) …………………………………………….

starting on the………..….. day of (month) …………………………………..(year) ………………

and on the same day every month until further notice.

Signature(s) ……………………………………………………………………………..

……..……………………………..…………………………………

Address ………………………………………………………………   ……………………………………………………………..

…………………………… Post Code …………………

Please cancel any previous standing order in favour of the same beneficiary. This standing order supersedes all former arrangements.

Please send this form to your bank

STANDING ORDER MANDATE

To ………………………………………………………. Bank / Building Society *

Address ……………………………………………………………….

………………………………………………………………………………. Post Code……………………….

Please set up a new standing order to:

Barclays Bank PLC,

City of Cardiff Branch,

Cardiff, CF1 1SG

Sort Code: 20-18-23

 

Account Name: ARCHDIOCESE OF CARDIFF

PARISH OF ST ROBERT ABERKENFIG

Account No.: 73394867

 Please debit my/our bank account as follows:

 Account Name: ……………………………………………..

 Account No.: ………………………….

Sort Code: ………………………….

  the sum of £…………… (amount in words) …………………………………………….

 starting on the………..….. day of (month) …………………………………..(year) ………………

 and on the same day every month until further notice.

 Signature(s) ……………………………………………………………………………..

 Address ……………………………………………………………………………..

 ………………………………………………………………………………………….

 ………………………………….. Post Code ………………………………

 Please cancel any previous standing order in favour of the same beneficiary. This standing order supersedes all former arrangements.

Please send this form to your bank.

Covid Secure Certificate

Below is a link to the Covid Secure certificate

https://maestegcatholicchurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/covid-secure-certificate-of-complaince.docx

OUR LADY AND ST PATRICK PARISH CHURCH MAESTEG RE-OPENING FOR PRIVATE PRAYER – SUNDAY, 5TH JULY 2020

OUR LADY AND ST PATRICK PARISH CHURCH MAESTEG
RE-OPENING FOR PRIVATE PRAYER – SUNDAY, 5TH JULY 2020

We have received the Health and Safety Certificate from the Archdiocese confirming that we have met all standards and issues; therefore our Church will re-open for private prayer on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from next Sunday, 5th July.

We thank our brothers Derek and Denis for accepting the leading role to work with
Mr. Chris Jones, the Health and Safety Officer to help us acquire the health and safety certificate to enable us to re-open the Church next Sunday.

Many thanks also to our volunteers who have offered to serve as Stewards and cleaners of the Church. They have given the Church a thorough cleaning and continue to work behind the scenes to enable us to re-open for private prayer.

Due to the serious nature of this pandemic a lot has been done in order to contain the spread of the Virus and to protect the health and safety of Parishioners. We are very grateful for the dedication and commitment of the volunteers. May our prayers and support be with them, that we may be able to have a safe church for our private prayers.

As only a limited number of people can be allowed in the church for a particular time, we have to book a slot to be able to enter for private prayers. May God richly bless you. Stay safe and remain in God’s love and care.

(AS NUMBERS WILL BE RESTRICTED TIME SLOTS WILL NEED TO BE BOOKED)

TO BOOK A SLOT, PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING:

TIMES AND DAYS OF OPENING:

SUNDAY OPENING 11 am to 1 pm – COLLETTE 07702023565
TUESDAY OPENING 11 am to 1 pm – DEREK OR DENIS 01656 731767(ANY AFTERNOON AFTER 2PM)
THURSDAY OPENING 10 am to 12 noon – COLLETTE 07702023565

Since it will not be possible to open both churches at the same time for private prayers, the focus currently is on opening Our Lady & St Patrick’s, and hopefully decide later on St Roberts. One of our challenges is that many of our regular volunteers are in one or other of the vulnerable groups, so we are looking for more volunteers from a wider group than usual to support re-opening.
We need more volunteers willing to supervise and implement the strict hygiene rules during private prayer times; however, you must be below the age of 70 and with no underlying health issues. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edmund or any of the above with your name and contact details.

Attached Health and Safety Certificate.

Church reopening Archbishop George Stack

GEORGE STACK
ARCHBISHOP OF CARDIFF

The Archdiocese of Cardiff and the Dioceses of Menevia and Wrexham welcomes the announcement by the First Minister that churches may be opened for private prayer from Monday 22nd June 2020. In the interests of your continued safety, given the measures that will need to be put in place in the coming days, it seems that Saturday 28th June will be the likely date for those churches who fulfil the health and safety requirements to be opened for a specific time to be announced. With the reopening of churches, certain responsibilities are laid on both the parish and the diocese to ensure the health and safety of those who come to pray. Amongst these are the following:

1. Each parish will need to decide the hours of opening and these times will be published on the diocesan website, once the Risk Assessment has been made and the Health and Safety certificate has been issued.

2. Everyone visiting the church will be required to follow the necessary guidelines and signage to ensure the safety of all.

3. Each parish will need to provide volunteers to ensure the safe flow and placement of people – seating, distance, cleaning, signage, stewards etc.

PLEASE NOTE:
a. That the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday remains dispensed.
b. That social distancing (currently two metres) must be observed – except for household groups.
c. Each person must sanitise their hands on entering and leaving the church.
d. Should a person feel unwell, or has been to an infected place in the past 14 days, he or she should not enter the Church.
e. That the numbers entering the church will be restricted – depending on the seating available. One-way entry and exit paths will need to be established.
f. That churches must be cleaned every day prior to opening, and portions cleaned during the time it is opened. Special attention must be paid to pews and door handles. Where possible, windows should be open. Air circulation helps reduce infection.
g. Hymn books, prayer books, pamphlets and leaflets and other items may not be left around for people to handle.
i. That those who are “shielded” or self-isolating must remain at home and not come to the church for private prayer.
j. Some of our churches will be unable to fulfil these requirements through being too small, or not being able to recruit the necessary volunteer stewards or cleaners. Hopefully, the main church in each deanery will be able to welcome visitors from elsewhere.
k. Face coverings may be worn, but are not strictly necessary. Their use is voluntary and not disrespectful to prayer before the Blessed Sacrament or the sacred space which is the church.
l. Parents and guardians bringing children to the church should be mindful to care for them particularly by ensuring they touch as few surfaces as possible for their own safety.

“I rejoiced when I heard them say “Let us go to God’s house, and now our feet are standing within your gates O Jerusalem”. (Psalm 121:1-2)

George Stack

22nd June 2020 – Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus