We are now able to take online offertory donations for weekly parish collections and second collections. Please click the button below for more information.
Doubtless, you will be aware that the parish has to fund itself, so the weekly collection pays the 'service charges' the 'housekeeping cost' of resident priests and for the maintenance of the parish properties; additionally, there are Diocesan levies for various necessities, such as the wages for Diocesan administrative staff which also come out of the parish funds.
When making any donation to the parish, week by week, it is helpful to be aware of our own domestic costs (other than mortgages) and, dependent on our income, to support the parish accordingly. Perhaps it is worth noting that some Christian denominations in the UK expect their 'members' to tythe 10% of their income, this is not the case for us, however, if we consider the cost of 'food / coffee on the go' this should inform something of our weekly offertory.
As the parishes are a part of the Diocese, they are part of a registered charity, which means that donations can be 'gift aided' by those who pay income tax. Further details about 'gift aid' are below. If you would like to set up a standing order / bank transfer in support of the parish, or would like to join the gift aid scheme please speak to one of the clergy, who will be able to point you in the right direction of parishioners who look after such matters.
Christmas and Easter Offering In the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, the priests in the parishes are dependent on the donations made in the offertory collection at Christmas and Easter, they are not salaried. So we take the opportunity to remind you that the collection at the Christmas Masses and on Easter Sunday are your personal offering to the priest of your parish. These collections are the major source of income for the year for your priests. By way of an example, for many priests, the Christmas and Easter offering contribute to the replacement cost on the car, which, as you'll be aware, depreciates greatly; so we ask you to be as generous as you can on these occasions. Many thanks.
As a registered charity, the Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust can claim Gift Aid on donations we receive where the donor is a tax payer and chooses to Gift Aid their contribution. Claims to HM Revenues and Customs (HMRC) are co-ordinated by our Finance Team using online software called GiftWise. Gift Aid organisers in every parish volunteer their time to manage online submissions and to ensure that our supporters receive an annual letter of thanks and acknowledgement of their donations.