Catholic churches and their clergy rely almost entirely upon the generosity of their parishioners for their income.
Sunday collections – weekly in cash or by cheque, or monthly standing orders. standing orders are the most convenient method for you and for us.
If a parishioner has a windfall, such as a lottery win, bonus or inheritance, they might consider giving a small portion to their church.
We should not forget our church when drawing up our Will; people often think of well-known charities when writing a Will, but we should also remember our church which is, of course, a charity nearer home!
Building Fund Envelopes
Just as our homes require regular maintenance, so does the church – but church renovations tend to be very expensive. Therefore we make building fund appeals from time to time, generally for specific projects. For example this year the organ needed a major repair which cost £10,800 and our building fund appeal raised £3,656.30; the shortfall had to be found from general funds.
Gift Aid Scheme
The Gift Aid Scheme enables the church, being a charity, to claim from HM Revenue & Customs 25p for every £1 given. You have to be a UK taxpayer to join the scheme but it costs you nothing as we are simply reclaiming tax that you have already paid. You must pay sufficient tax to cover the total tax reclaimed on all your Gift Aid donations, and you will be asked to sign a Declaration to this effect. If you are a higher rate taxpayer there will be a further saving for you, e.g. 40% taxpayers who give £100 will benefit from a reduction in their tax bill of £25.
Gift Aided offertory donations can be made in numbered envelopes, or by standing order. Building Fund and one-off donations can also be Gift Aided by writing your name or gift aid number on the envelope.
This is an extremely important source of income for St Anselm’s, the tax refund in 2012-13 being over £16,000.
To join the Gift Aid Scheme and/or to switch to standing orders, please contact Paul Darbyshire, 020 8675 2069.
Other sources of income
Social events, repository, occasional hall lettings, candle money, occasional grants.
Our priests receive most of their income from the Christmas & Easter Offerings, and small amounts from Mass stipends and stole fees.
Christmas & Easter Offerings
These can be made by cash or cheque in envelopes provided or by standing order. They can be gift Aided – the tax refund on these offerings belongs to the parish, not the clergy.
When you ask for a Mass to be offered for a specific reason (generally for the repose of the soul of a deceased person, for someone’s wellbeing or recovery from illness, or for an anniversary) you will be given a Mass card and an offering is customary.
Payments for baptisms, weddings and funerals are also customary.
General costs of running the parish
- Church supplies
- Repairs & maintenance to church, presbytery, offices & halls
- Food & household
- Gas, electricity & water
- Council tax
- Stationery, telephones
- Hall expenses etc.
When you take one from the back of the church please pay for it! The parish loses a substantial sum every year on papers.
Diocesan Development Fund
Your parish is charged over £25,000 p.a.
Most of the money is spent on the Schools Commission which helps schools in the selection of heads & deputies, provides liaison with local authorities, advises on religious education, admissions & appeals, governance, buildings and legal matters. See www.educationcommission.org.uk
Some of the DDF goes to the Southwark Catholic Youth Service which offers consultation, training, support, advice, residential retreats and events for young people and adults working with them, including support for parishes. See www.scys.org.uk
Part of the DDF goes next door to the Centre for Catholic Formation (www.ccftootingbec.org.uk) which provides courses for training catechists, advice on disability matters, RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) etc. and it runs a Catholic bookshop.
Clergy Support Fund
Special collections & appeals
Diocesan Second Collections
These are required by the diocese:
- Cabrini Childrens Society www.cabrini.org.uk
- Pax Christi www.paxchristi.org.uk
- Catholic Education Service www.catholiceducation.org.uk
- Diocesan Seminary Fund
- CAFOD www.cafod.org.uk Lent Fast Day + Harvest Fast Day
- Holy Places: Good Friday
- Ecclesiastical Education
- Catholic Trust for England & Wales (CaTEW) www.catholic-ew.org.uk
- Peter’s Pence
- Apostleship of the Sea www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk
- Day for Life
- Catholic Association for Racial Justice www.carj.org.uk
- Support of Home Mission www.cbcew.org.uk/home-mission
- Needs of the Diocese
- Missio www.missio.org.uk World Mission Sunday + Red Boxes
- Archbishop’s Administration Fund
- Catholic Youth Services www.scys.org.uk
- St George’s Cathedral www.southwark-rc-cathedral.org.uk
Occasionally a speaker will make an appeal for a particular charity, or we may make an appeal due to a world disaster or for local needs.
Examples of these are:
- Syrian Appeal
- Aid to the Church in Need
- Society of African Missions
- Needs of the Parish
St Anselm’s Church is part of the RC Archdiocese of Southwark, Registered Charity No. 235468