Secretarial / Parish Office
The secretarial function at St Mary's is manned on a volunteer basis and is concerned with the day-to-day office management of the Parish and the maintenance of parish records and archives.
The job of the Sacristan includes opening the church, switching on lights and heating, putting out sacred vessels, wine, altar hosts, water etc. for all services (Masses, funerals, baptisms, weddings), replacing all candles, altar linen etc. when necessary and after each celebration putting everything away and locking up the church. The main Sacristan role is undertaken by Michael Thompson, although, in effect, a Sacristan team comprising the regular weekday churchgoers operates within the Parish.
The weekly Newsletter is produced and edited by Fr Gerry - please contact him if you wish to submit material for publication in the Newsletter. The Newsletter is made available at the Sunday Mass and is also published on this website.
The Financial matters of the Parish are overseen by Nick Fish. Nick is directly responsible to the Parish Priest for Finance matters but works with Parish Council members on a day-to-day requirements - this is to ensure that there is a clear separation of responsibilities where money is concerned! Nick oversees the keeping of accounts, the operation of the Gift Aid scheme, the collectors and the weekly counting and reconciliation of collections, assisted by a small team of parishioner helpers.