Thank you for filling out the census cards in March.
After Easter several of our newly formed Parish Subcommittees have met to discuss and agree a way forward for the diocesan Our Mission Together project.
Our Mission Together is about financially supporting our clergy; mission and social outreach within the diocese; and receiving parish funding for special projects.
Our Mission Together will support:
* our retired priests, including our Salesian priests
* the training of priests (currently 8 men in training)
* mission and social outreach projects, for example, the opening of refugee centres run by the charity Caritas who are working in partnership with the diocese.
Each parish in the diocese has been given a financial target to meet over 5 years. Fr Tony has gained special concessions for our Parish in the way we try to meet our financial commitments.
Here is a summary of the Parish meeting on 22 April 2018
What is the target amount for our Parish?
Our Parish has been set a target of raising £95,000 over 5 years
What will we do with the money that comes back to us?
Our first priority, which has already been approved by the diocese, is to make our church more welcoming by having a proper disabled entrance to church for wheelchairs and push chairs and installing an inside toilet with disabled access and baby change facilities.
If you know an architect who could draw up plans, please let a member of the Parish Council know or tell Fr Tony.
Parish finances and raising our OMT target
At the moment, we are breaking even on our monthly income versus expenditure (income £4,000, expenditure, £4,400; shortfall of £400/month, but just covered by gift aid we receive)
Please take a copy of the Parish accounts from the church porch.
We are asking all parishioners to review their donations to the Parish and if a tax payer, to please use gift aid (this increases the donation by 25%).
The gift aid forms are at the back of church or by clicking on the pdf below.