The May 2021 appeal highlights the life-changing support that your contribution makes possible.
Charitable Works Fund supports five Catholic agencies and ministries, who are at the forefront of helping families and neighbours in our Broken Bay Diocese. Your gift is appreciated by the thousands of families, students and young people who are reached every year. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and contribute towards your parish CWF quota.
What is the CWF? The Diocese of Broken Bay Charitable Works Fund (CWF) is a Diocesan-wide Appeal that runs three times a year to raise funds for charities in the Diocese.
Which charities does the CWF support?
Donations to the CWF are distributed to five charities that directly support the people in our Diocese. The charities receive the funds as needed. For example, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) does not receive government funding or payments from families that use the service, so the CCD receives a higher proportion of funds than the other charities. The five agencies are listed below.
1. CatholicCare Hospital Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Practitioner Program
Designated Priests and five lay Pastoral Care practitioners visit seven hospitals in the Diocese to provide a listening ear, guidance, ritual, prayer and sacraments when required. This program exists to support people often in their most vulnerable times. Over the last year, the Pastoral Care Practitioners have visited over 3,000 individual patients, 700 family members of a patient and more than 180 hospital staff members. They work closely with Priests and the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
2. Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)
In our Diocese, there are almost 1,000 volunteer catechists (Catholic Religion teachers) who have received specialised training to provide 16,500 school students with a Catholic education. CCD staff and volunteers are committed to providing quality Catholic age-appropriate education in both primary and high schools. Without your support thousands of students in our Diocese will not receive Catholic education.
3. St Lucy's School
St Lucy’s School is a Catholic K-8 school (moving towards K-12 in 2024) in the Dominican tradition for students with disabilities. We provide a holistic education, oﬀering outstanding academic programs taught by special educators. At St Lucy's we view each child individually in order to unlock their unique potential and to encourage them to become independent.
4. St Edmund's College
St Edmund’s is a 7 -12 high school for students with a wide range of disabilities including sensory impairment, intellectual disability and autism. St Edmunds creates a holistic learning environment incorporating academics and personal wellbeing through co-curricular activities.
5. The Ephpheta Centre
Ephpheta means “Be Open” and the Ephpheta Centre provides pastoral care, sacramental services, support and advocacy for all people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The chaplaincy team visits people confined to their homes, nursing homes, hospitals and those in prison, as well as friendship community gatherings catering to people across Sydney and the Central Coast.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are donations to the CWF Tax Deductible?
Yes. All donations over $2 are 100% tax deductible.
How does my Parish benefit from my donation?
Every Parish in the Diocese is set a CWF fundraising target. This ensures that the 5 charities who receive funding from the CWF can continue their amazing work. Your donations are applied to your Parish target. If making a donation online, please nominate your Parish so that your gift can be applied.
What if the Parish goes over the target?
All money raised for the CWF is given to the CWF, to be distributed to the 5 charities identified above. Parish targets are a minimum, so all funds raised are passed on to the CWF. We thank you for your generosity.
If a payment or donation has been made to the Diocese in error and a refund is required, please contact our Finance Department on (02) 8379 1600. 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.
In your generosity... they will find new life.
The Charitable Works Fund is a Registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. (ACNC).