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.)