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Our Thanksgiving Program

 

If you are associated with the Parish of St. Mary of the Angels, in any way, we ask to consider making a regular contribution to the extensive social and community work of the Parish, and also to the upkeep our of beautiful Basilica. You can make your gift online by clicking on the links below.

 

          TO MAKE A REGULAR CONTRIBUTION                       TO MAKE A ONE-OFF GIFT   

 

The gift of gratitude

 

St Mary’s is a truly wonderful parish, with facilities, services and atmosphere for which we are all surely appreciative. While these are certainly difficult times for the Church in a variety of ways, our community is still doing its best to provide a positive and uplifting message. Our beautiful Basilica is the centre of Parish life, the place where we celebrate, gather and worship.

 

We have four wonderful Primary Schools, a strong community program that embraces thousands of people, and our social justice and welfare programs provide help and support to those who need it most.

The parish life we enjoy today is the legacy of the countless people who for generations contributed what they could to ensure that St Mary's could thrive and prosper.

 

We owe them a debt of gratitude - and the best way we can recognise their generosity is to follow their example.

 

Please consider supporting the mission of St Mary’s through your involvement in our Thanksgiving Program.

 

Your regular contribution or gift to St Mary’s will ensure that St Mary’s can continue to be a strong, welcoming and pastorally effective community.

 

 

With every blessing

 

 

 

St Mary of the Angels Parish - Thanksgiving Program 2018

 

St Mary’s is a truly wonderful Parish and we have a great deal to be thankful for. Amid difficult times for the Church our community continues to flourish. Our beautiful Basilica is the centre of Parish life and the place where we celebrate, gather and worship.

We have four wonderful primary schools, a strong community program that embraces thousands of people, and our social justice and welfare programs provide help and support to those who need it the most. The Parish life we enjoy today is made possible through the generous support of the many kind people who contribute to the Thanksgiving Program. We owe them a debt of gratitude and I would like to thank them all sincerely for the vital contribution they make to St Mary’s.

 

If you are not involved in the Thanksgiving Program, but would like further information about how you can contribute to the work of the Parish, please contact Terry Philp on 03 5222 1977 or email terryp@stmarysgeelong.com.au

 

 

What is the Thanksgiving Program?

The Thanksgiving Program is an opportunity to contribute to the financial wellbeing of our Parish by pledging a financial gift. A gift can be made weekly, monthly, quarterly of annually or you can make a one-off contribution at any time.

 

Gifts to the Thanksgiving Program help in the following important ways:

 

Worship             Maintenance and upkeep of the Basilica.

                          Sacramental and liturgy program

                          Hospital chaplaincy

Education           Supporting our Parish primary schools

Community        Providing facilities and support for Parish clubs, groups and organisations and others in the 

                          Geelong community

Social Justice and welfare    Supporting those experiencing hardship.

 

 

Why we need the Thanksgiving Program?

  • In 2018, Parish operating costs will be more than $1.2million
  • Costs are rising but the number of people contributing financially to the Parish is falling
  • The slump in interest rates is impacting significantly on Parish income
  • Additional support is needed to ensure we can maintain our services
  • Our Basilica is beautiful but it is expensive to maintain. Renovation of the sacristy and other maintenance work will cost more than $250 000 in the coming year.

 

 

 

The following are just some of the many groups and organisations in our Parish, and wider Community, that rely on contributions from the Thanksgiving Program:

 

St Mary’s Primary School

Christ the King Primary School

St Robert’s Primary School

St Margaret’s Primary School

Cafe Light

Shirley Mills Theatre

The Pioneer Hall

St Mary’s Parish Pantry

Anam Cara House

Samaritan House

Lazarus House

Hospital Chaplaincy

 Pastoral Support Service

St Mary Immaculate Viqueque

Sacramental Program

St Mary’s Choir

Catechumen Program