The dramatic fall in the numbers attending Mass has, not surprisingly, had a knock-on effect on parish finances. With significantly fewer people at Mass on Sunday, the Offertory collection is much reduced.
But regular parish bills still have to be paid and the amount of money available from the Offertory collection to do so is now much less than it was a year ago, before the pandemic lockdown.
So, to ensure the future financial wellbeing of St Columba’s, we are asking all parishioners to review their offerings to support the work and mission of the parish. This, of course, is in the light of the fifth commandment of the Church which is ‘To contribute to the support of our pastors.’
There are various ways of giving, whether you are coming to church or not. As well as cash in the basket at Mass, they include payment by cheque and standing order. For taxpayers, there is also the option of signing up for Gift Aid which boosts your offering by 25p for every £1 you pay – and at no extra cost to yourself.
Below is a form inviting you to make a pledge of support for St Columba’s and which also sets out all the options. It includes a standing order form.
Do give some thought to this: we all need our church, we all need to support the work and mission of the parish – and we all need to take responsibility for supporting St Columba’s financially.