Supporting the Parishes

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Supporting the Brighton parishes of St James and St Joan of Arc can take many different forms all of which can make a huge difference to our communities.

We appreciate that some people can donate their time and talent and others can support us through financial contributions.  Our parishes are funded almost entirely by the following generous contributions of parishioners:

  • Regular giving through our Stewardship Program
  • Offerings that we receive for Sacraments: Baptism, First Eucharist and Weddings
  • Payments to the church for hall hire
  • Bequests

Time and Talent

The parishes rely on many volunteers to help us share God’s love. 

Listed below are some of the activities our volunteers undertake.  We appreciate any way you may be able to help, even if it may not be listed here:

During our weekly Mass services:

  • Set and clean-up of the church
  • commentator, reader, collector, special minister
  • children’s liturgy

Keeping our parishioners connected:

  • Hosting a cup of tea following Mass
  • Organising a social gathering, outing or guest speaker
  • Offering to transport a parishioner to Mass
  • Assisting with a parish group
  • As our community grows older, kind individuals visit those who are no longer able to come to Mass. They bring with them friendship, news from the parishes and take them communion. Our volunteers visit private homes, nursing homes and local hospitals.

Financial Giving

We are so grateful to those who choose to support the parishes through a financial donation.  This can take many different forms:

Weekly cash giving on the plate:

  • First Collection/Presbytery – assists with the expenses of the Parish Priest and provides a contribution to the Priests Retirement Foundation, which supports the growing number of retired priests in the Archdiocese
  • Second Collection/Church – provides financial assistance for the basic operating needs of the parishes – insurance, utility bills, staff wages, cleaning and gardening expenses and repairs and maintenance costs of the parishes. It also supports the work of the Pastoral Program.

Participating in our Stewardship Program which offers:

  • envelopes for weekly, monthly, quarterly, biannually or annual giving
  • direct debit set up by you, with amounts and timing nominated by you
  • credit card contributions, at intervals and amounts that suit you

One-off donation:

Donations to the parishes can be made directly to either churches’ bank accounts via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).  Please include your surname and indicate which collection your donation is for.

St James Church

  • BSB: 083 347
  • Account Number: 6633 09906

St Joan of Arc Church

  • BSB: 083 347
  • Account Number: 6434 19112

 

Thank you for supporting the parishes in any way you can.