we support the following charities and concerns through our fundraising, social events and volunteer efforts:
At Saint John’s we have a lunch club which runs every Tuesday to provide food, welfare and fellowship for those in need. This is very dependent upon the support of the local community and if you would like to help in any way, please join us.
We raise a lot of money for the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development, the major charity for foreign aid of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. See the links page for more details.
We are a certified Fair Trade parish and actively promote buying goods and food for which the workers have been paid a decent wage and are given good working conditions. Once a month we offer a selection of goods for sale at Saint Thomas’. Many members of our parish support the Fair Trade shop in Bury St. Edmunds.
If Fairly Traded tea and coffee cannot be purchased from shops and supermarkets locally, Gillian Caple can order it from Traidcraft. Please ask her.
Locally, Sainsbury’s have opted out of using the Fair Trade logo and, therefore, there is uncertainty about the status of their products. Non-fair trade brands such as Nescafe, Lavazza, etc. should not be used in St John’s. Please inspect purchases carefully for the Fairtrade logo.
The Association for the Propagation of the Faith supports missionaries across the globe. We raise money simply through collecting spare change in their ‘red box’ scheme. If you would like to become a collector, please see the links page.
We are half way through the year for our nominated charity, the Medaille Trust. So far, we have collected £284 in the second collection at the beginning of the year plus £966.13 through the orange bucket collections after Sunday Masses and other fundraising, giving a total to date of £1250.13. Fundraising for the Medaille Trust will continue until the end of the year. Thank you to everyone for your ongoing contributions and generosity.
Buckets are in place at the back of our churches. Any spare change will be appreciated (notes and cheques too!) and Jacinta mentioned that gift cards from places like Sainsbury's, Tesco', M&S etc. are useful as people can begin to take control of their lives again and rebuild their self-esteem by choosing their own clothes, toiletries etc.
Jacinta Goode from the Medaille Trust writes…
Thank you so much for inviting me to Brandon and Mildenhall for the Mass Appeal on Sunday. ...
I really enjoyed my time with you.
'The Peace of Christ' works for ...
To do this Pax Christi works to:
You can support Pax Christi by contributing generously and by joining the parish’s Justice & Peace network. Talk to Tom or Gill Caple for details.
We also raise money and offer our prayers for the following charities and concerns:
Apostleship of the Sea,
Catholic Association for Racial Justice,
Catholic Education Service,
Catholic Communications Service,
Catholic Trust for England and Wales,
Day for Life,
Diocesan Youth Service,
Holy Land Shrines,
Sick and Retired Priest’s fund,
St. Edmund’s Fund, and
for the Diocese of East Anglia and Catholic Schools within our Diocese.