Donations

PARISH PLANNED GIVING SCHEME 

Throughout the ages the worshiping community has traditionally supported the Church. We are therefore most grateful to those who still continue to give generously, big or small, through the Offertory contributions as well as special donations.  These contributions pay for bills such as heating, lighting, maintenance of the building and grounds and upkeep of the Church and Presbytery. Catholic parishes in England do not receive State funding so we reply on Offertory collections to meet all running costs.

Our Planned Giving Scheme is essential for the finances/budget planning of the parish and we are very thankful to all who support the parish in this way with weekly Offertory donations. You may also like to consider giving by weekly or monthly Standing Order via your bank. One big advantage of this for the parish is that it keeps your contributions constant even when you cannot be in church on a particular Sunday. 

Also, if you are a UK tax payer, please consider joining the Gift Aid Scheme. For every £1 you contribute, the Government will give us an extra 25p at no extra cost to yourself. Last year, thanks to those who gift-aided their contributions, we received over £6,000 from the tax man!

Envelopes are issued to those who wish to sign up to our Planned Giving Scheme. If you would like to start using the envelopes, please complete a pledge card from the back of the church and place it in the box provided - you have complete control over your contribution amount and frequency.

Finally, whilst we encourage all parishioners to use Offertory Envelopes as it's a great way to help our parish finances, we do not want anyone to give more money than they can afford. We are aware that many of you are affected very badly by the current economic climate. So please, do not feel under pressure to contribute more. 

Many thanks!

If you are new to the parish or changed address please inform the presbytery (parish office).

Please see below list of other Donations for 2017.


Thank You's

A BIG CHRISTMAS “THANK YOU”! 

A HUGE word of gratitude to everyone who has contributed in so many different ways to our celebration of Advent and Christmas this year here in the parish. It has been a really blessed time made possible by all your help – you give so generously of your time and talents and so bring our parish alive! And also to all of you for your Christmas cards, beautiful words and wishes and very thoughtful presents – we are very touched indeed. God bless you all!

CHRISTMAS FAIR 

Thank you SO much firstly to everyone who helped with this year’s fair – all your hard work and commitment is very much appreciated. And thank you also for all of you who came to enjoy the fair – although the weather outside was “challenging” with snow and freezing cold it was lovely to see you all enjoying the warmth and the joy of the fair together.

ROMERO - A Night to Remember!

Thank you to all of you who joined us on Friday evening for the performance by RISE theatre of their incredibly powerful and moving play about Blessed Oscar Romero. Having sold only 2 tickets with a week to go (!) it was a joy when over 100 people of different ages came for the performance – we almost ran out of chairs! I am sure that for all who saw the play, it will remain with us for many years to come. Oscar Romero helped the voiceless, poor & oppressed majority of El Salvador find their voice and gave them fresh hope in one of the darkest hours of their history. Here are some more of his inspiring words:
  
“The citizen of heaven must first be a good citizen on earth. Those who want to take part in the promises of eternity must firstly collaborate with God in justice, peace and love in this kingdom of earth.”
 
“We must create a society in which peace is not simply the silence of cemeteries but where peace is the joyful dynamic of a God of peace.”



THANK YOU FROM FR JOSEPH – Fr Joseph has now left after this a three-week holiday with us. During this time we have managed to raise over £1600 to support his parish work back home in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Huge thanks to all who have contributed to this via the recent Table Top Sale, Quiz Night and Friends of Abeokuta meeting. 



QUIZ NIGHT - Nov 17

Thank you to everyone who took part in the International Quiz Night on Friday 10 Nov. There were some ingenious names thought up on the evening, including:

·         Team Supreme
·         Strategic Solutions
·         3 & 5
·         Lucian Pols
·         Chelsea
·         Hot to Trots
·         Team Blessed Adrian
·         St Peter
·         Jesus is my Homeboy

The quiz led evening took teams through a set of 5 rounds plus a Bonus Round.  A bring and share of delicious dishes included noodles, Australian salad, and spicy fish (which Fr Joseph cooked specially for the night) as well as cakes and desserts. After Round 3, Fr Joseph said grace before the meal and later gave a talk about how Our Lady of Fatima has been a long-standing source of support for its sister Parish in Abeokuta. At the end of the night, concluding with the last 2 rounds and the bonus round, the team with the winning score and duly awarded the winners’ trophy was Team Blessed Adrian and Fr Richard presented a range of prizes to everyone who took part.

It was a pleasure to have been quiz master and present the quiz, which took some time to compile.  Special thanks go to Eric and Elroy for providing music and IT technical support (scoreboard program from Mark Destouches) throughout the evening, but the biggest thanks  once again goes to everyone who took part in making the night a huge success! - Elizabeth Uwalaka



FATIMA CENTENARY CELEBRATION WEEKEND - Oct 17

HUGE thanks to everyone who contributed in so many different ways to our Special Weekend Celebration. It was a way of giving thanks to God for the gift and graces of this year & for the gift of our parish community.
 
We were also delighted to welcome the beautiful statue of St Anthony to the church, which you will find next to the Sacred Heart statue on the right hand side of the church. We don’t have a church which has lots of spaces designed for statues so please don’t all start bringing in statues of your favourite saint! But St Anthony is a saint to whom I know many of you have a particular devotion and he is also the patron saint of Portugal, having been born and spent much of his early life in Lisbon. He also has a strong link with Fatima – the parish church where the three shepherd children were baptised and worshiped is dedicated to St Anthony. A huge thanks to the statue’s generous donor. 
 
We also celebrated the opening of our parish Fatima Peace Garden, situated on the strip of land between the church and the school playground. Over the last year a dedicated team of volunteers has been transforming this space, so that parishioners can enjoy a real oasis of peace and also to encourage local wildlife. HUGE THANKS to everyone who has been a part of this and we hope that you all enjoy our new parish garden!


2018 Donations

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2017 Donations

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CHRISTMAS FAIR – Dec 17

The final total raised was a wonderful £1,200 – which will pay for exactly 200 new hymn books for the church in the New Year. Thank you once again to everyone who played their part in this. Congratulations also to all our raffle winners – all winners have been informed.


MISSIO - Dec 17

CORRECTION: We raised £255.00 from the recent MISSIO collection. The total collected through the MISSIO Red Boxes this year was a wonderful £1031 – a fantastic effort, thank you to everyone who kindly donated.


CHURCH IN NEED - Dec 17

John Ravi from Aid to the Church in Need spoke at all Masses last weekend. This extraordinary charity has been working since after the Second World War to bring material and spiritual help to persecuted Christians around the world. Their work has never been more important than it is now. See www.acnuk.org to see the urgent work they do. Thank you also for your recent donations for Aid to the Church in Need which totalled £275.00 – very much appreciated indeed! 


SICK & RETIRED PRIEST COLLECTION - Dec 17

To support the basic needs of the sick and retired clergy of our diocese. Your donations help ensure these men who’ve given their lives to the Church are provided for in their elderly and infirm years. The total raised for the Sick and Retired Priests collection was £390.00


TABLE TOP SALE and QUIZ NIGHT - Nov 17

HUGE thanks to everyone who helped with these two events of the last week to raise funds for Fr Joseph’s parish in Abeokuta and Fr Elias’s parish in Tanzania. We raised over £1000 at the table top sale and about £400 at the Quiz Night – awesome!


WORLD MISSION SUNDAY COLLECTION - Oct 17 

Many thanks for your donations to support missionaries and the Church around the world proclaiming the peace and love of Christ. Missio, the Pope’s charity for overseas mission, supports the Church in countries too poor to support itself. This year our prayers/donations focus on the people of South Sudan. See www.missio.org.uk.


CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY - Oct 17

Thank you for your donations in support of CAFOD’s great work.


MARY'S MEALS RAGS to RICHES COLLECTION - Oct 17

Thank you to all of you who brought in bags of clothes, shoes... The wonderful news is that our 890 kgs of clothes raised £498.20 for Mary’s Meals! Thank you SO much ☺


GRENFELL TOWER VICTIMS

Many thanks for your generous donations – we were able to send the Catholic Children’s Society a cheque for £508.53. St John XXIII school also sent a cheque for £516.20 so between us we raised over £1000 – thank you.

PARISH CENTRE FUND

Thank you for all your generous donations – much appreciated! If anyone would like to add to this please speak to Fr Richard. There are now a lot of large bills to pay!

CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS

Many thanks! We raised £95.00.

PENTECOST CAKE SALE

The Pentecost Cake Sale raised £165.00– huge thanks to all who baked, brought and bought cakes! ☺ 

GOOD SHEPHERD

Thank you also for the £495.00 raised for the Priests’ Training Fund to help support the 39 men currently in training for our diocese – much appreciated.

TABLE TOP SALE - Apr 17

A HUGE ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported this – we raised a truly wonderful £701 for Fr Elias in Tanzania and Mary’s Meals! We will be having more table top sales in the future!

CAFOD LENTEN FAST DAY & EMERGENCY APPEAL

Thank you for all who donated – so we raised a wonderful £805.00. We have sent the final collection in response to CAFOD’s emergency appeal to help millions affected by the famine in Central/Eastern Africa. Severe drought, lack of food and civil war mean that over 16 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, northern Kenya and Ethiopia are facing starvation. In South Sudan alone, 4.9 million people - nearly half the population - urgently need food aid. See www.cafod.org.uk.



2016 Donations

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MARY’S MEALS SPONSORED WALK/RUN - Oct 16 
The awesome news is that we collected about £5500! Thank you SO much! 

ONE WORLD GROUP
Our One World Group did an outstanding job this year managing to raise around £7k for Fr Elias and his parish in Butonga, Tanzania by selling donations at Car Boot sales on a regular basis. This was a top priority to help install a reliable water supply so that their community would never run out of water again, especially during the dry season. Well done to the One World Group - what an amazing achievement! See our article in the Easter magazine. 

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