How is the Sunday collection used?
The Sunday collection, the normal income source for the Church, is divided into two parts.
Two thirds of the collection is used for the running of the Parish.
The other third supports the clergy in the Parish and Diocese.
15% of everything goes to the Bishop to help with Diocesan expenses.
Each year special collections are held for local and international needs.
During Lent we have an extra Sunday collection for the 'Caritas' Lenten Appeal.
Does the Parish have a Planned Giving Programme?
Yes - the Planned Giving Programme is a simple way for parishioners to plan their giving.
Contributors are free to increase, reduce or stop payments at any time, just by contacting the Parish Office.
Planned Giving is a weekly, monthly or quarterly commitment of money.
It acknowledges giving and sharing as essential parts of our Christian living.
People may contribute by using the gifting envelopes, by automatic payment, or by cheque. Tax receipts are issued each year to these people.
This programme helps the Parish greatly, especially in its planning.
How do I join the Parish Planned Giving Programme?
To plan for the future properly, the Parish needs a regular income. To help with this, may we suggest an Automatic Payment (AP)? This makes giving more regular which helps your budgeting as well as ours. It also means that those whose circumstances may result in them attending a Sunday Mass at places other than Howick on some weekends, still get to contribute to their home Parish. The parish has expenses when you are not there too. It also helps give of your 'first fruits', rather than from what money is left over. Click here to download an Automatic Payment Form.
Some of you may prefer to establish an Automatic Payment through the internet banking platform provided by your own bank if you have not set one up already. To do this you will need to include your current planned giving number as part of the bank reference details. We have included the relevant details on the Automatic Payment Form for your convenience.