Do you remember the good causes, and the regular appeals for all sorts of help that we had in church? The retiring collections for Cafod fast days, and the priests' training fund? We might have thought there were a few too many, but there's no doubt that they needed our support and our funds.

You won't be surprised to learn that they still need us ...you...more than ever, now that face to face requests are more difficult in this situation. Please try and help as much as you can, have a go at online giving, which is fairly easy to do. You will always have your favourite cause, and they will be really grateful if you make the effort for them.

And please don't forget Holy Family Parish at the same time. Our income has also been hard hit. We're going to be facing new challenges soon in the upkeep of our beautiful church. Renovating stonework, preventing damp, replacement boiler and a few others we don't even know about yet!

Making a will

If your parish has served you well in life, please remember that, like all charities, it relies totally on donations and your

generosity for its continued existence, God Bless.

This is an exerpt from a recent Fr Kevin's desk:

'Following a parish finance committee meeting earlier this year, it will come as no surprise that along with all other charities and churches our parish finances have taken a hammering over the past two years.

All the usual parish expenses continued to be paid including all the unseen ones such as insurances, church and house maintenance and health and safety checks etc. And although money continued to come in it was substantially less than usual. You may also be aware that we have some major problems which need to be addressed, decaying sandstone in various areas of the church, plaster cracking and coming away, serious dampness in the Narthex, all three boilers, Church, House and Hall are old, inefficient, costly and need replacing.

And finally, the church would benefit from re-decoration. This obviously comes at a time with increased inflation and when many families are struggling and looking for extra financial support. Our finance committee will meet in November for more discussions and hopefully with up-to-date information regarding the potential costs involved. Thank you for your continued financial support of our beautiful church and associated buildings.'

In view of the above from Fr. Kevin could we add that regular giving by standing order and also Gift Aid if appropriate (ie you are a tax payer) would be a very helpful way to donate with the maximum benefit to Holy Family and the minimum admin for us to deal with. And if you’re not in a position to help us financially please remember that prayer is important too, so pray for us and our work as a parish.

We're starting this new page with links to some of the more well known causes, and we hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to help them, as much as you can. They will be really grateful, and so will we... 

Money - always a difficult subject - what can we do to maintain our giving in the light of the present situation?.  suggestions:

    • Take out a standing order with your bank. If you contact us we can provide the bank details you need and a form to complete.
    • And if you are a taxpayer, help us more by completing a GiftAid form, so that what you give can be increased by 25% at absolutely no cost to you. John and Cath Bowers are now our administrators for this, and can be contacted via the Parish email.
    • The Archdiocese have an online giving page which is quick and easy to use, for both single donations and regular payments, based on your credit card. CLICK HERE to take you to their page and input form. Please note that donations via this route do come to us at Holy Family, so be assured it will be used for the good of the parish.
    • If you do not have internet access or are uncomfortable with these methods please contact us and we will make other arrangements to suit you

    You can understand that we still have outgoings to be paid, and we pride ourselves on prompt payment to our suppliers.

    Thank you for your assistance.

Offertory Envelopes

Thank you to all those who donate via offertory envelopes. Could we also suggest that you give some thought to changing your weekly contributions from cash to standing order and look at Giftaid on your donations if you are a taxpayer. It is a real benefit to the parish and much easier to administer. Please contact the parish office for more information.

CAFOD - Helping people living in poverty with practical help, whatever their religion or culture

WCAFOD logohether you donatecampaigndownload prayers or volunteer you are saving lives and helping us ensure that no one is beyond reach of the love and care they need

 

Have a look at their short video... There are all sorts of ways you can help them, and the world...

 

Update from CAFOD - 10th Anniversary of the Syrian conflict – how your donations have helped the Syrian people

Thanks to your donations, CAFOD has been helping people in Syria since the crisis began 10 years ago. Over 12 million people have left their homes, 5.6 million are refugees in neighbouring countries and within Syria, 13 million people need help. At the beginning, our focus was on delivering food and blankets through our local church partners. Then we started providing education, health and legal services, and helping people earn a living. Our latest projects are supporting children, lonely elderly people, helping women learn to read, and helping people restart their small businesses. We’ve always planned for the long term, standing alongside people who lost everything. None of this work would have been possible without your support of CAFOD. Thank you.

CAFOD are looking for families who would be interested in talking about climate change in church, creating displays or recording short videos. Support will be given. If you are interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  ring 07779804241

Mary's Meals' - simple is best.

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On the basis that some of the best ideas are the simplest, Mary’s Meals provides one good meal to some of the world’s poorest children every school day. 

So we feed the children, and they learn and work better, because they're not hungry. Modest amounts of money make amazing differences to large numbers of children. Their work is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her own child in poverty. Mary’s Meals consists of, respects, and reaches out to people of all faiths and of none.