In accordance with a custom of the Church, a priest is allowed to accept a stipend for the request of a Mass to be celebrated for a person, living or deceased. The stipend, which is determined by the South African Bishops' Conference, is R40. Proceeds go to the parish priest. If there is more than one request for the intentions of a particular Mass, the extra stipend is used for the training of priests.
If you wish to have a card to send to someone advising them of the Mass to be offered, this can be arranged through the parish office.
* assist the parish priest in a consultative role in the administration of the parish;
* provide a forum for the discussion of issues concerning financial and related matters;
* provide effective communication between parishioners and the parish priest in financial and related matters.
The parish priest and deacons are ex-officio members of the Finance Council. Other members are those appointed by the parish priest or co-opted by the Council.
At St. Michael's, the Finance Council meets quarterly and the portfolios allocated to its members are Planned Giving, Staff, Property & Capital Expenditure, and Accounts. The Council communicates with parishioners by publishing quarterly as well as annual reports, and by inviting feedback.
The backbone of the Parish finances is the Planned Giving programme - the only way the parish can continue a vibrant offering of a variety of spiritual, pastoral and outreach programmes is through the planned and regular contributions of parishioners.
Parishioners contribute voluntarily on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis according to their individual circumstances. New parishioners are earnestly requested to give serious thought to joining the campaign. (Please note that your contribution can be changed at any time.)
Oh, Heavenly Father, make me a better parent. Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly.
Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me. Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me.
May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power. Let me not tempt my child to lie or steal.
And guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness.
Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me. And when I am out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.
May I ever be mindful that my children are children and I should not expect of them the judgement of adults.
Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and make decisions.
Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests, and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm.
Make me fair and just and kind.
And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children. Amen.
'The Archdiocesan Child Safeguarding Policy, promulgated in October 2015 seeks to support this celebration of life and to guide us in our interactions with the children and youth entrusted to our care.
This Policy states that: Each child shall be cherished and affirmed as a gift from God with an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity which shall be respected, nurtured and protected by all.
1.1. The Archdiocese is committed to safeguarding all children who interact with the Church; Should you wish to read the full policy you can access it on the Archdiocesan website at http://adct.org.za/child-safeguarding-policy-resources/
Our Parish Council has adopted the Child Safeguarding Policy and has begun the implementation of the policy in 2017 through ensuring that all those who are required to have the necessary clearance to minister in the parish have done so. This is an ongoing process and will be repeated each year. The contact details of the Archdiocesan Contact persons are on display in the Parish Centre and the the Church Foyer.'