Bishop’s Annual Appeal

“Our faith calls us to help one another through prayer and action. This year our appeal will support two important ministries—enabling me to provide a dignified retirement for our diocesan clergy and ensuring that our parish communities stay connected during this time of pandemic. While I acknowledge the pressure that some households are facing at this time, if you are in a financial position to give, I would be very grateful if you would consider giving generously to this appeal.”

Most Rev Brian G Mascord DD
BISHOP OF WOLLONGONG

Caring for those who have cared for us—
support the retirement and health of our clergy

It is the responsibility of our diocese to fund the support and care for the retirement and health of our diocesan clergy who have dedicated their lives in service of the Church. Each year, this support is partly funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.

Your donation to this appeal will help Bishop Brian ensure a dignified retirement for our diocesan clergy through suitable accommodation, transport assistance and holistic health care. Currently, there are 14 clergy in retirement. It is likely that we will have an additional four clergy retiring over the next five years. As a matter of priority, we need to ensure that we have the resources to continue to care for our ageing clergy.

Staying Connected during this time of pandemic—
support local parish ministries

2020 has been a turbulent year and our parishes have responded to the important need of staying connected with their communities in new and exciting ways through the provision of online Masses, digital faith resources and greater connection via social media platforms. Accordingly, this year, the Bishop’s Annual Appeal will also support local parish ministries—staying connected in 2020.

Your donation to this appeal will enable Bishop Brian to provide additional practical resources to our parishes to continue to stay connected with their local communities in meaningful, accessible and faith-giving ways.

Ways to donate

Given that we are still limited to the number of people who can attend Mass and collections are being conducted differently, this year’s Bishop’s Annual Appeal has moved to an online format. You can make your donation* in a variety of ways:

ONLINE—CREDIT CARD

The easiest way to donate is via our secure online credit card payment option at the following link. If you would like to support both the care of retired clergy and local parish ministries, we invite you to consider making two separate donations.

Make a credit card Donation

EFT, CHEQUE OR MONEY ORDER

We also accept donations via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), cheque or money order. In order to make a donation via EFT, cheque or money order, complete the form below and we will email you our bank account or address with details with instructions on how to make your payment.

PHONE

If you can’t leave home or would prefer to donate over the phone, please call one of our friendly team members at the Office of the Bishop on (02) 4222 2446 from Monday to Friday: 8:30am–4.30pm, to make your donation.

 

* Donations made to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal are non tax-deductible.

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