Gift Aid

Joint Penance Service with individual confessions in Our Lady of Lourdes this Wednesday 21 March at 7pm. Thanks to Canon Gaine and Fr Bradley who will celebrate with us the Sacrament of God’s forgiveness. Let’s make the most of this opportunity.
Please come and sing with us at Easter! Practices Thursday 22nd March 6pm at St Joseph and Tuesday 27th March 6pm at St Teresa. Thanks to the Musicians, Readers and Eucharistic Ministers for their availability.
Invite to go to the Chrism Mass Wednesday 28 March in the Cathedral. All altar servers are invited to serve at the Mass. A Coach leaves Our Lady of Lourdes at 5.30pm. To book a place please contact the parish office on 568313 or email
Stations Of The Cross – each Tuesday through Lent, starting 20th February at 7pm. All are welcome. See Webpage for more details.
Quiz on Thursday 22 March at 7.45pm in St Teresa’s School Hall. Refreshments included in price. Adults £3 and students £2. Pilgrimage Group.
Open Mic Night – Saturday 21st April – come along and do a turn! 7:30pm at the School Hall.
Parish Craft Group – Monday March 26th @ 6.30 pm in Notre Dame Convent, Weld Road. Experienced and novice crafters are welcome so we can share learning about crafts such as knitting, crochet, stitchery, paper, or something entirely new.
Open Parish Meeting – Sunday 22nd April at 3pm – St Teresa’s School Hall. How can our three churches work and grow together. See bulletin for more info.
Walsingham Pilgrimage 18th – 21st June 2018. All inclusive £200. Further details from Ann Davies on 01704 573974 or 0771 456 2921.
Read the latest meeting minutes from the Pastoral Council – Available on the Home Page (purple button).
Dates for your diary 2018 – Parish Walk, 7th May – Parish BBQ, 8th July – Summer Dinner Disco, 21st July (tbc).

What is Gift Aid? – Gift Aid is a scheme which allows charities to claim back from the Inland Revenue the tax that you have already paid on the amounts that you give. In April 2000 the Chancellor simplified the rules, to encourage more people to give to charity.

What if I’ve already signed a Covenant? – Your existing Covenant will continue to be valid for the covenanted amount. However, if you increase the amount of your giving and wish us to benefit, you will need to complete a Gift Aid Declaration. The Advantage of the Gift Aid scheme over Covenant is that you do not have to tie yourself into a 4 year agreement, and you can vary the amounts whenever you wish.

How much must I pay to be able to take part in Gift Aid? – You can give as little or as much as you like – there’s no upper or lower limit. You can join the Gift Aid scheme if you are a UK taxpayer and pay tax at the basic or higher rate. Lower rate (10%) taxpayers, including those who pay tax on investment income, can also join, providing they pay an amount of tax at least equal to the amount of any refund claimed by the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

Do I have to tell you what my earnings are? – No

What if I stop paying Income Tax? – Let us know and we will cancel your Declaration.

Who receives the Tax Refund? – The Parish of St Teresa of Avila, via the Diocesan Office.

Can I change the amount I give? – Yes – You can increase of decrease the amount you give at any time without having to complete a fresh Declaration.

Is Gift Aid confidential? – Yes. The amount you give is totally confidential.

Please contact Father Atli for more details.