Support for our parishes, mission and programs
Together, the parishes, various ministries and services within the Diocese of Bathurst aim to meet the spiritual, educational, welfare and pastoral needs of all who call the Diocese home.
Fulfilling this vision requires careful stewardship of resources and relies on the efforts of committed supporters, in partnership with our dedicated clergy, religious, staff and volunteers.
We give thanks to all who provide the practical support necessary to fulfill this vision.
How is parish planned giving used?
A parish is dependent on the generosity of its parishioners to sustain itself and its many charitable and pastoral works. Generally, this support is through two collections at each Sunday Mass. In addition to traditional forms of planned giving, such as putting envelopes into the collection baskets during Mass, parishioners are encouraged to join their local parish planned giving program electronically, via one of the following two options:
Planned Giving (which comprises envelopes, direct transfers and direct debits), and any loose cash donated to this collection, are banked into a parish account, which is overseen by your Parish Finance Council. The many costs of running a parish are deducted from this account. Some of the expenses covered include:
- Parish operating costs such as insurance, utilities, telecommunications, general maintenance and upkeep of the church, presbytery, buildings and parish property
- Any loan debt servicing for parish buildings
- Parish pastoral programs
- Parish staff salaries, including superannuation
- Car expenses for the priest(s) in the parish
- A diocesan levy towards the costs of running the Diocese (10 per cent).
After the end of each calendar year, an external auditor reviews the parish accounts. A copy of the auditor’s report is given to the Diocese, the Parish Finance Council and is made available to parishioners.
Join your parish planned giving program
Option 1 – Set up a direct debit via the Catholic Development Fund by filling out this form.
Option 2 – Create your own recurring payment via Internet banking. The bank details for your parish can be found within the expanding section below:
Parish bank details
Please include your name in the reference section of your payment details. If you would like to specify your planned giving/donation to the first and/or second collection amount, please note this also in the reference section. You can do this by including ‘1st’ for the first collection or ‘2nd’ for the second collection. So, if you would like to donate to the second collection and your name is John Smith, please enter ‘John Smith 2nd’ in the reference section of your payment form.
Or if you are an existing giver using envelopes, please record your envelope number in the reference field when setting up your internet banking payment.
If you would prefer, we can also email your parish details to you. Email email@example.com with the name of the parish you would like banking details for and we will send the information to you.
Donate to a Diocesan Ministry or Program
Clergy Care Fund
Each year, on Fathers Day, we have a special collection in support of our retired priests. They have given years of service to God’s people and many continue, as health and strength allow, as ministers of Word and Sacrament. They continue to help our local church with their prayers.
I encourage you to give generously to this appeal.
Bishop of Bathurst
Please support the members of our retired clergy – this can be done via BPOINT or arranged over the phone by calling the Chancery Office on 02 6334 6400
Mail: Send your donation to the Fathers’ Day Appeal, Catholic Diocese of Bathurst, PO Box 246, Bathurst NSW 2795
The Good Shepherd Appeal
Good Shepherd Sunday is a day not only a chance to pray and give thanks for the priests who generously serve us, but to recommit ourselves to supporting them. This means a willingness to be generous in our own service, working with them. It also means playing our part in ensuring that their modest material needs are cared for.
Each year, we make a collection on this day, to help meet the expenses of training future priests. At the moment, our Diocese has six young men at various stages of formation and discernment. You can contribute to their support either through your own parish, or directly on-line via BPOINT.
Peter’s Pence Collection
The Peter’s Pence collection helps provide the Holy Father with funds for emergency assistance to those in need. The proceeds enable Pope Francis to assist the most disadvantaged in emergency situations including victims of war, oppression and disasters.
Peter’s Pence represents a small offering, accompanied by grand desires and visions. It is an offering that each member of the faithful decides to give to the Pope so that he can provide for the needs of the whole Church, and wherever it finds itself most in need.
Traditionally, the Peter’s Pence collection takes place throughout the Catholic world on 29 June, the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul.
You can make a donation to the Peter’s Pence collection via BPOINT.
The Bishop’s Special Christmas Mission Appeal
Each year, the annual Bishop’s Special Missionary Appeal is held at Christmas Masses across the Diocese, with the proceeds going to overseas mission projects.
This year, a relationship has been formed between the Diocese of Bathurst and the St Joseph’s Parish and Primary School precinct, Bongaon, West Bengal, Archdiocese of Calcutta, India.
St Joseph’s Parish, Bongaon, is situated on India’s eastern border with Bangladesh. It is a populous region and the parish’s pastoral outreach extends to distant faith communities. St Joseph’s Primary School caters for children from Nursery and Kindergarten to Year 4, and is conducted by the Apostolic Carmel Sisters (AC). The current enrolment is just over 500, with a teaching staff of 15.
The AC Convent comprises three religious sisters, including the school principal. Education remains a tool for evangelisation throughout India and Catholic schools conducted by religious congregations are very highly regarded in a pluralist society.
The Bishop’s Special Christmas Appeal will support the vision of St Joseph’s, Bongaon to expand the current Catholic primary school, by staged developments, to a Year 6 facility by 2021 and then to Year 12 by 2028.
The plan involves the expansion of the primary school area and new secondary school buildings to provide 32 new classrooms. In addition, there will be the equivalent of a further 20 classroom areas for the purposes of administration, staff room, multi-purpose learning areas, computer rooms, interview room, library and stairwells.
You can share the spirit of Christmas and help bring this project to fruition at all Christmas Masses across the Diocese.
You can also donate to the Bishop’s Special Christmas Missionary Appeal via BPOINT.