Conception Parish, Hawthorn
Contributions for our parish purposes
This brochure will help you to:
Our parish has a diverse group of parishioners. Many parishioners give significant contributions having regard to their income. Other parishioners, who have many blessings and high incomes, might not have considered thoughtfully how to engage in or contribute to the parish - whether in relation to our activities, or financially. We hope this brochure will help you.
How thanksgiving contributions and donations are used
The Immaculate Conception Parish uses thanksgiving contributions from parishioners, donations and legacies as follows:
a) Conduct masses and parish activities of our parish (see below)
b) Supporting our Church's outreach into the local community through the priests supported by us (see page 4);
c) Bricks and mortar, both maintaining our current church assets and planning for development of our parish (see page 5).
The bank building has been restored and added to to create administration offices and also a large space for our parish community interaction. These restorations incurred significant costs.
Masses and Services of the Parish
Our contributions are used to pay the staff supporting our parish, to meet the running expenses of our masses at both of our churches (Immaculate Conception and St Joseph's) and for basic property maintenance.
The major staff supporting our parish are:
· Marg O'Loughlin, parish co-ordinator, who looks after weddings and our sacramental activities, and co-ordinates the interaction of St Joseph's school and our parish activities, and the activities after Mass.
· Liz Frazer, business manager, co-ordinates the financial and thanksgiving program activities, maintenance and property needs (using conservation architects and tradespeople) and as secretary to both Parish Pastoral Council and Parish School Education Board.
As you can see their activities are wide-ranging, including:
a) Strong roles in developing the life of the parish;
b) visiting the sick and elderly.
Our property maintenance expenses are substantial, arising from the age and significance of our churches.
The Immaculate Conception church needs increasing remedial maintenance (remember when the cross fell off the spire?). A stonework survey has been completed on the church and cost for repair and restoration will be in the vicinity of $1.4 million.
As well, we in the Parish willingly contribute to the life of the children in our community:
Supporting a community of priests bringing the word of God to the community and our Parish
We, at the Immaculate Conception Parish, are privileged to engage the community in Hawthorn and elsewhere in a number of ways which indirectly and in various ways bring the word of God to the community.
Our community of priests, which is supported out of our contributions, comprises "our priests" to whom we also pay as small income:
and the following priests whom we house (although they are funded elsewhere):
Through them we support the Overseas Missions through the Levy each Jesuit pays into Province Area, some of which goes to India, Thailand and other overseas Australian Jesuits.
How can I help to fund these activities?
|Bricks and mortar:
Parishioners and community interacting in the Bank Building
The Parish has owned, for many years, an assembly of properties including the Bank Building, Manresa Hall, and the Kindergarten, in addition to the Presbytery.
Most of these properties have generated minimal income, and in fact have been consuming funds in their maintenance and limited upkeep.
On an ongoing basis, we have now developed a more commercial tenancy arrangement in relation to the Manresa Function Centre, which now operates as the Billy Lids Centre.
However, in addition to the capital works funded by borrowings, we will be spending substantial funds on heritage and consultant expenditures (heritage consultants, Heritage Victoria and fees of this nature) reflecting the Parish commitment to the community to maintain the historical environment for which we are responsible. This will cost the parish money.
How can I help to fund these activities?
To help us with these conservation-related activities we invite our parishioners to assist. To do so, please direct your funds to the thanksgiving activities, designated on the left hand side of the envelopes. (back)
How Can I help? Guidelines for Giving
We all know the theory: that we should give money to support God's work in our local church and further afield.
This section should help you work out what this means in practice, to:
Here are some tips that might help you:
Step 1: How much should I give?
Some of the gifts you make might be tax-deductible:
consider how much you are going to set aside from your total income to
the contribution sacrificial to you, and appropriate. Remember
that in our world a hamburger and chips cost $5, and a round of coffee
and cake, or drinks, for friends will cost you $20, or a restaurant meal
will cost you more than $30, and even a magazine will cost you $5-$9.
youre considering a much more significant contribution your
contribution to the work of the Church in our community and beyond.
about how our parish and the Church can help you to channel your
contribution to the welfare of the community and the spreading of
2: To whom to give?
In the Old Testament , the tithe was channeled by God to those who needed it - to the priests and Levites who had no source of income and to the poor of the land. In the New Testament, Christian giving is directed to meeting the needs of those who labour amongst us in the Lord, as well as towards the poor. As Paul puts it in Galatians 6: "Let him who is taught the work share all good things with him who teaches "; and then a few verses later: " So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
practical terms, this means directing our money not only towards our
parish, but to the work of the gospel further afield, and to the poor.
Conception Parish and beyond
Immaculate Conception Parish community of priests receive all their
support from the personal giving of Immaculate Conception Parish people,
and a significant proportion of our gifts should go towards supporting
this community of priests.
weve outlined above, Immaculate Conception Parish reaches beyond its
church buildings into the community, through the activities carried out
by or led by Immaculate Conception Parish priests and our staff.
Consider the work of our parish school, the religious instruction in
Government schools, the upkeep of our buildings, the support we give to
the visiting of the sick and elderly, and the other activities.
of your overall giving might go to other religious and charitable
purposes, like St. Vincent de Paul Society,
Salvation Army, etc.
But think about your total contribution, prayerfully.
Its an important part of your overall contribution to society.
can use the following table to work out how to divide up your giving,
starting with your monthly or weekly gift (D or E from Step 1 above):
Step 3: How to give to Immaculate Conception Parish
We ask that you consider two things:
Ways of organising your Giving
3. Planned giving envelopes: You can obtain planned thanksgiving envelopes by filling out the form overleaf or by request from the parish office. You can then use the planned giving envelopes by placing them into the collection bowls circulated at Sunday masses.
Who To Contact About Thanksgiving contributions
To facilitate your giving, we have included a separate form which can be printed and used. Do not try to make a payment via this site as we are not set up for online contributions. To access the printable form, click here.