How to support your parish
Your generous giving both supports the parish's mission, and is an expression of your discipleship of Jesus lived out in the Church. Your giving supports a range of important ministries which are described below.
A drop down box will give you the option of making a donation to the first collection (support our priests), second collection (support our parish), the Charitable Works Fund, or a donation for a wedding, funeral or baptism.
This secure system provided by the Commonwealth Bank will give you the option of having your receipt emailed to you.
Our Parish Fund (Second Collection)
The Our Parish Fund (envelopes and cash) and Planned Giving (direct debit and credit cards) are for the works of the Parish. These funds support all of our parish ministries, meet the administration costs including electricity and insurance and maintenance of the parish buildings. Pledging a regular donation, no matter how small gives us a reliable source of income to meet our own financial commitments and work towards further enhancing our parish ministries.
Download a pledge form here (PDF 364.9KB) to set up a regular donation by EFT, credit card or cash envelopes.
The Clergy Fund (First Collection)
The Clergy Fund, as well as Stole fees from Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, are for the support of the Priests and Bishops in our Diocese. After covering the household expenses of the clergy in our Parish, the balance of the Collection is passed over to a pooled fund that provides Stipends for all active Priests, supports our retired clergy and pays medical costs. A portion of the collection (15%) is allocated to a fund to support the Bishop (and retired Bishops) and his office.
Personal mass offerings and gifts remain with individual Priests.
Charitable Works Fund
The Charitable Works Fund (CWF) is held three times a year and provides funding for charities that directly support the people of our Diocese. These are primarily:
- Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) which resources our catechists in State Schools
- Catholic Care Hospitality Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Practitioner Program
The Charitable Works Fund (CWF) is tax deductible. Donate to the CWF here
Peter's Pence: conducted on the first weekend in July and sent to the Vatican as a response from the faithful to support the charitable activities of the Holy See.
Project Compassion: conducted during Lent each year for Caritas, the Catholic organisation that provides humanitarian assistance to people in need. Project Compassion is tax deductible.
Catholic Mission: taken annually to support the spreading of the Gospel in places around the world where Australian missionaries work. Catholic Mission is tax deductible.
St Vincent de Paul: held twice a year for the Winter Appeal and Christmas Appeal. There are also 'Poor Boxes' with the SVDP logo in the Church.
Holy Places: held on Good Friday to promote missionary work of the Church and support education, health and medical and social works for the people of the Holy Land and to preserve and restore the sacred historical sites.
Devotional Candle Stands
Money placed in the boxes at the candle stands goes to the Parish Fund to support all the works of our parish.
Paywave/Tap and Go
There are Paywave machines in each church which accept Visa, Mastercard, ApplePay and Samsung Pay. The machine in the foyer is set to $10 per tap. These donations go to the Parish Fund and are used for the renovation and maintenance of the church building.
A bequest is a donation left to your local parish, given via your will. A bequest to your parish will help the faith community which has meant so much to you to continue its good works and its loving outreach. It is also a means by which you can plan a lasting gift for your parish which might not be possible in your lifetime.
In receiving a bequest, a parish may be able to use the gift to attend to much needed maintenance and improvements to the church and other Parish property or put the gift towards building a new church or refurbishing their existing one. These kinds of gifts help the Parish free up other income to use towards pastoral care programs.
No matter the size of the gift, a bequest of any kind in your Will can make a significant difference.
The following are some examples of how a bequest may be given:
- A Specific Bequest: A detailed gift, for example, an item of property, shares or an insurance policy
- Percentage of your estate: Nominating a set percentage of your estate for your chosen beneficiaries
- Residuary Request: Nominating a beneficiary to receive any leftover monies from your estate
- Whole Estate: Nominating your entire estate for your chosen beneficiary
For more information on how to lodge a bequest, please visit the Diocese of the Broken Bay website.
If a payment or donation has been made to Catholic Parish of Epping and Carlingford in error and a refund is required, please contact our Parish office by phoning (02) 9876 2853 alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note any approved refunds will be returned using the original method of payment. Payments or donations from credit cards will be refunded to the same credit card used to make the donation.