Charities & Fundraising

 PARISH CHARITIES COMMITTEE

Of the 52 weekends of the year on 18 of them we must take mandatory diocesan retiring collections.  Since we avoid taking retiring collections every week there remain only around 4 weekends available to support causes of our own choice. It is the task of the committee on behalf of us all to recommend what choices to make. Each week the parish office is deluged by appeals from national, local and other concerns asking for money. However, it is right that organizations, groups and individuals in the parish have a priority opportunity
to bid for the few weekends available and that the parish supports its own favourite
causes. To achieve this each year there will be a window of opportunity for
people to make bids - forms are available in September to submit bids to the Parish Office by the 31st October.   The Parish Charities Committee will then hold a special meeting in December and make the allocations. Unsuccessful bids may be considered for the following year. 

The parish is committed to provide support to those in need in accordance with the imperatives of the Gospel. To this end the parish will raise funds in four categories:

 

1. Designated Diocesan Collections

These are mandated by the diocese. On average the parish must take retiring collections on 20 Sundays of the year. These include:

Christmas Crib Collection -  Friends of the Holy Land
Catholic Education Service
CAFOD Fast Day Lent
Holy Places (Good Friday)
Lenten Alms
Educ Future Priests
Catholic Communications
Diocesan Missions
Peter's Pence (personal gift to the pope)
Day for Life
Apostleship of Sea
Racial Justice
Home Missions
CAFOD Fast Day Harvest
Retired Priests

Missio  (APF)
Arundel Cathedral
Overseas Missions

A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Trust

 

2. The Annual Appeal for Religious Orders

Each year the Bishops of England & Wales approve a designated appeal to be made in support of a Religious Order.

 

3. Parish Giving Policy

The parish collects money and organises events in support of a number of  specific causes and projects. These are reviewed periodically and  include:

  • Connect2Cambodia - a Parish project led by the parish J&P/CAFOD Group
  • Supporting young people.
  • Christmas Tree appeal - for the homeless
  • SVP  (local)
  • Christmas and Easter Flower collections
  • St Tarcisius after Sunday Mass Coffee Collection  - for various charities
  • Other various causes

  

The 2017 schedule for retiring collections can be viewed by clicking the following link

 

Retiring Collection to End September 2017.pdf

 

 

 

4. Emergency Appeals.

These appeals cover disasters and urgent appeals that occur from time to time. Recently the parish generously supported CAFOD's Philippines Typhoon Appeal (2013) and CAFOD's Napal Earthquake Appeal (2015) .  During national emergency appeals CAFOD works with the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee).

 

 

MISSIO (ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH)


Missio assists each and every one of the Catholic Church's 1,062 mission dioceses and territories to provide pastoral care and preach the Gospel effectively. Missio works in England and Wales with the Mill Hill Missionary Society, the only major missionary society to have been formed in England. Mill Hill was one of the first societies to introduce lay missionaries, and its priests, lay brothers and associates work in 27 countries and every continent.

In England and Wales funds for the Missions are collected through the famous Red collection boxes. These can be found in 200,000 homes and they have helped raise millions of pounds for the missions. Missio publishes a magazine: Mission Today

Missio enables its supporters to live out their own missionary vocation and to take an active part in the universal mission of the Church.The parish strongly supports Missio in its work and mission and regularly sends funds.

Website: http://www.missio.org.uk/apf/index.php