Catholic Church one of the Biggest Employers in Australia,
survey shows

 

strictly businessA  new report just released by the Australian Catholic Council of Employment Relations (ACCER) has found the Catholic Church to be one of Australia’s largest employers, boasting a workforce of more than 220,000 people.

The reportOur Work Matters: Catholic Church employers and employees in Australia examines, for the first time, the size and composition of the Catholic workforce in Australia.

Conducted by the Pastoral Research Office (PRO) of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), the survey compiled employment data for around 99.5% of Australia’s Catholic agencies and organisations.

It reveals that more people work for the Catholic Church than for Woolworths, or the big four banks combined.

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The Charitable Works Fund
Thank you for your generous support for our Parish CWF Appeal. Your considered donations support our Parish in meeting our CWF quota as well as all those who directly benefit from the good works provided by CatholicCare, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD), St Edmund’s College, St Lucy’s school and the Ephpheta Centre. If you haven’t already made a donation and would like to do so, please use the envelopes in the pews and at the back of the Church. Envelopes can be placed in either collection plate.  Donations to CWF are 100% tax deductible.

strictly businessLast weekend the parish centre was used as a polling station for the council election giving some of our parish groups an opportunity to do a bit of fundraising. GIFT organised a ‘democracy sausage’ sizzle and book stall and raised nearly $500. This money will enable our GIFT cooking teams to purchase enough to prepare about 400 meals to help those in need. St Cecilia’s school held a cake stall and raised $1600 towards new equipment for the school and the Vinnies craft ladies set up a stall selling items they had made and were able to raise $200 towards the many projects they help fund. I would like to thank everybody who was involved in the fundraising activities either on the day or in the preparation leading up to Saturday. I was lucky enough to be able to spend some time working on the sausage sizzle and, as is so often the case at these events, the day became so much more than the money raised. We were able to show our parish to the wider community in such a friendly and vibrant way as well as catch up with many familiar faces.

strictly businessWe recently conducted an audit of the church keys that have been issued within the parish over the years. We need to confirm that the list of key holders we have is still up to date and we are calling on everybody who currently holds a church key to contact the parish on 9949 4455 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know what keys you have in your possession and about when they were issued to you.

Thank you to everybody who donated to the recent Charitable Works Fund collection. Envelopes are available in the Church Foyer or at the office any time if you wish to contribute to the fund. There will be 2 further collections this financial year in November and May.

strictly businessCharitable Works Fund—A donation envelope for the first Charitable Works Fund (CWF) collection for this financial year should be attached to this bulletin, if not envelopes are always available in the Church foyer. The CWF is a centralised fund for the support of charitable and pastoral activities of the Diocese that extend beyond the limits of any single parish. The funds are raised by bequests, public donations and parish quotas. There are three CWF collections in the parish each year to enable us to raise funds towards our quota. Donations to the CWF are 100% tax deductible. The CWF supports five agencies to make a difference in the lives of children and families. 
Catechists - Bringing God's love to 21,000 students in State Schools.

strictly businessCharitable Works Fund

Next week we will be holding our next CWF Appeal. These donations combined with the donations from other Parishes in the Diocese are given to five charities which directly support the people of our Diocese. The five charities that benefit from your donations are:

The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD); CatholicCare Hospital Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Practitioner program; St Lucy’s School; St Edmund’s School; Ephpheta

Our focus of the CWF August Appeal will be on the catechists in the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. We acknowledge the work of the catechists in our Parish and support them with our donations to the Charitable Works Fund. Please give generously and support these incredible people who minister to 21,000 Catholic students in public schools in our Diocese.

Below is a brief overview of the parish income and expenses for the 2016-2017 financial year.

Twelve months ago the number of families in our planned giving program stood at 360. Today that number has reduced to 331. If you would be interested in joining the giving program please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office on 9949 4455.

If you would like a more complete explanation of the Parish accounts for the year please refer to the Annual Report which will be available at the Parish Assembly today or the parish office next week. Chris Burrows

strictly businessYear-end receipts are available in the foyer for everybody who has contributed to the planned giving, Charitable Works Fund or Caritas (Project Compassion) and are not expecting their receipt via email.

 For those who were waiting for their year-end receipt to be emailed we have been able to sort the issues we were having and all year end receipts were emailed out during the week. If you were expecting to receive your planned giving receipt but haven’t, please contact the parish office and leave your name and email address and we will get the receipt out to you.

If you haven’t collected your planned giving envelopes for the 2017/18 financial year please contact the office and we will make arrangements to deliver them to you.

Chris Burrows, Parish Manager

strictly businessYear-end receipts are available in the foyer for everybody who has contributed to the planned giving, Charitable Works Fund or Caritas (Project Compassion) and are not expecting their receipt via email.

 Unfortunately due to technical issues at the Broken Bay Diocese we have been unable to email the year end receipts. Hopefully they will have the problem fixed next week and we will be able to email the giving receipts to everybody then.

If you haven’t collected your planned giving envelopes for the 2017/18 financial year please contact the office and we will make arrangements to deliver them to you.

Chris Burrows—Parish Manager

strictly businessEnvelopes for those who currently contribute to the planned giving program will again be available in the Church foyer this weekend. If you can’t collect your envelopes please contact the office and we will make arrangements to get them to you. From next weekend receipts will be available in the foyer for everybody who has contributed to the planned giving, Charitable Works Fund or Caritas (Project Compassion) and have not received their receipt via email.

On behalf of the parish, as well as the many groups you have assisted throughout the year, we thank you for your ongoing generosity in supporting the work of the parish and helping those whose circumstances, both within our own community and communities around the world, are not as fortunate as ours.

Chris Burrows, Parish Manager

strictly businessPlanned Giving Envelopes

Next financial year’s Planned Giving envelopes are available for collection in both churches. If your envelopes are not in the church please call the parish office, leave your name and tell us which church you would like to collect your envelopes from. We thank all those who make a financial contribution to our parish. If you would like to join the Planned Giving program please contact the parish office.

Charitable Works Fund

Thank you to those parishioners who have contributed to this year's Charitable Works Fund (CWF). Donations are 100% tax deductible and envelopes are available in the church foyer or parish office.

End of year receipts

If you would like to receive your end of year receipt electronically and you don’t currently receive In Touch via email, we don’t have your email address. If this is the case please contact the office with your email address. If we don’t have your email address a paper copy of your receipt will be available on request, please contact the office after June 30 and we will post your copy to you.

Chris Burrows, Parish Manager

strictly businessParish Financial Audit

After many years overseeing the Parishes financial records our honorary auditor, Roland, has decided that a fresh pair of eyes is needed to look over the books and has stepped down from this roll. On behalf of the parish finance committee I would like to thank him for his many years of service. This of course means we are looking for a new auditor to do the annual review of the parish accounts and report to the finance committee. If you have the necessary qualifications and a few hours to spare please contact the parish office and leave your details.

 Planned Giving Envelopes

 Next financial year’s Planned Giving envelopes are available for collection in both churches. If your envelopes are not in the church please call the parish office, leave your name and tell us which church you would like to collect your envelopes from. We thank all those who make a financial contribution to our parish. If you would like to join the Planned Giving program please contact the parish office.

strictly businessParish Financial Audit

After many years overseeing the Parishes financial records our honorary auditor, Roland, has decided that a fresh pair of eyes is needed to look over the books and has stepped down from this roll. On behalf of the parish finance committee I would like to thank him for his many years of service. This of course means we are looking for a new auditor to do the annual review of the parish accounts and report to the finance committee. If you have the necessary qualifications and a few hours to spare please contact the parish office and leave your details.

Planned Giving Envelopes

Next financial year’s Planned Giving envelopes are available for collection in both churches. If your envelopes are not in the church please call the parish office, leave your name and tell us which church you would like to collect your envelopes from. We thank all those who make a financial contribution to our parish. If you would like to join the Planned Giving program please contact the parish office.

strictly businessParish Financial Audit

After many years overseeing the Parishes financial records our honorary auditor, Roland, has decided that a fresh pair of eyes is needed to look over the books and has stepped down from this roll. On behalf of the parish finance committee I would like to thank him for his many years of service. This of course means we are looking for a new auditor to do the annual review of the parish accounts and report to the finance committee. If you have the necessary qualifications and a few hours to spare please contact the parish office and leave your details.

Planned Giving Envelopes

Next financial year’s Planned Giving envelopes are available for collection in both churches. If your envelopes are not in the church please call the parish office, leave your name and tell us which church you would like to collect your envelopes from. We thank all those who make a financial contribution to our parish. If you would like to join the Planned Giving program please contact the parish office.

Charitable Works Fund

The CWF is a centralised fund for the support of charitable and pastoral activities of the Diocese that extend beyond the limits of any single parish. Another organisation supported by the CWF is ST LUCY’S SCHOOL which is a K-6 Primary School to approximately 140 students with disabilities.  Students at St Lucy’s receive education with Catholic values along with the knowledge, attitudes & skills to flourish & participate fully in society.

Funds for the

strictly businessVolunteer Counters
The Parish is looking for new volunteers of a Monday morning to assist with the counting the Church weekend collection. If you able to spare an hour on a Monday morning for a few week a year we would love to hear from you. Please leave your name and contact details with the office or send me an email and I will get back to you.

Charitable Works Fund
The CWF is a centralised fund for the support of charitable and pastoral activities of the Diocese that extend beyond the limits of any single parish. One such activity is the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD):  Over 1000 volunteers receive specialised training to serve over 21,000 Catholic students in State schools in the Diocese. CCD staff work tirelessly in providing quality Catholic education in both primary & high schools. Without your support thousands of students will not receive Catholic education.
Funds for the CWF are raised by bequests, public donations and an assessed amount for each parish. There are three special collections in the parish each year to enable us to raise funds towards our assessment.

Thank you to those parishioners who have contributed to this year's Charitable Works Fund (CWF). Donations are 100% tax deductible and the 3rd and final collection for this financial year was launched last weekend. Envelopes are available in the church foyer or parish office.

strictly businessCharitable Works Fund
Thank you to those parishioners who have contributed to this year's Charitable Works Fund (CWF). Donations are 100% tax deductible and the 3rd and final collection for this financial year was launched last weekend. Envelopes are available in the church foyer or parish office.

The CWF is a centralised fund for the support of charitable and pastoral activities of the Diocese that extend beyond the limits of any single parish. One such activity is the EPHPHETA CENTRE, ephpheta mean’s Be Open and the Ephpheta Centre provides pastoral care, sacramental services, support & advocacy for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The chaplaincy team visits people confined to their homes, nursing homes, hospitals & those in prison. Funds for the CWF are raised by bequests, public donations and an assessed amount for each parish. There are three special collections in the parish each year to enable us to raise funds towards our assessment.

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This weekend marks the third and final appeal of the financial year to the Charitable Works Fund (CWF). Envelopes for donations are attached to this week’s bulletin and are also available in the foyer of the Church and the parish office. Envelopes can be left on the collection plate or at the office.
As the figures below show we are still short of our allotted quota. In the event there is a shortfall between our quota and the amount donated by parishioners, as has been the case in the last few years, the shortfall has to be made up from general parish funds (the second collection) so your generosity would be appreciated.

2016/2017 Quota $43,312.00

Collected to date $24,938.50

Quota Outstanding $18,373.50

Donations to the CWF are 100% tax deductable. If you have not yet made a contribution or are considering a further contribution any donation received prior to June 30 will be deductable this financial year.

National Attendance Count
During Mass this month you may see someone at the back of the Church counting heads. It is for the annual National Attendance Count and during May all Catholic churches are requested to count the attendance numbers at every regular weekend Mass.

strictly businessCharitable Works Fund

Thank you to those parishioners who have contributed to this year's Charitable Works Fund (CWF). Donations are 100% tax deductible and the 3rd and final collection for this financial year will be held next weekend. Envelopes are available in the church foyer or parish office and will be attached to next week’s bulletins.

The CWF is a centralised fund for the support of charitable and pastoral activities of the Diocese that extend beyond the limits of any single parish. Funds for the CWF are raised by bequests, public donations and an assessed amount for each parish. There are three special collections in the parishes each year to enable us to raise funds towards our assessment. One of these activities is the Catholic Care- Hospital Chaplaincies where designated Priests & lay Pastoral Care Practitioners travel to seven hospitals in the Diocese to provide a listening ear, guidance, ritual, prayer & sacraments when required. This program exists to support people often in their most vulnerable times.

Project Compassion

With Easter a few weeks behind us it is time to send the last of the Project Compassion money to Caritas. We would like any donations for Caritas that have not been handed in to be brought in during the next week.  On behalf of Caritas Australia thank you to everybody who has contributed to this year’s campaign.

National Attendance Count

During Mass this month you may see someone at the back of the Church counting heads. This is for the annual National Attendance Count and during May all Catholic churches are requested to count attendance numbers at all regular weekend Masses.

strictly businessNational Attendance Count

During Mass next month you may see someone at the back of the Church counting heads. It is for the annual National Attendance Count and during May all Catholic churches are requested to count the attendance numbers at every regular weekend Mass.

Project Compassion
Please ensure all project compassion boxes are returned as soon as possible as we will be sending the parish donation to Caritas in a couple of weeks
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strictly businessI have mentioned previously that we are planning to refurbish the parish centre after 20 hard years of service to the Parish. The Parish Pastoral Council together with Parish Finance Committee are in the process of putting together a team to identify what work needs to be done, how best to fund the project and how the parish as a whole can assist.

As a first step the team is looking for a quantity surveyor or perhaps a builder or project manager who can volunteer some time to put together a work schedule and costing for the refurbishment.

Over the coming months as this project moves ahead we hope that we can call on further assistance from our diverse pool of parishioners. If you think you might be able to assist us with some time and expertise as this project moves forward we ask you contact the office, leave your name and phone number and we will be in contact with you later in the year. Chris Burrows—Parish Manager

strictly businessIn January 2010 we upgraded the Parish database system and have the ability to communicate with parishioners via email.

We currently send over 1000 copies of In Touch  electronically. Everybody we can change from post to email saves the parish postage and printing costs as well as making life easier for the volunteers who fold and post In Touch. Perhaps we can even save a tree or two. If you have already supplied us with your email address thank you, if not, and you would like to receive In Touch via email, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and include your name and contact number.

If you haven’t seen an electronic version of In Touch, past copies are available on our website www.northharbourcatholic.org.au.

The colour version of In Touch looks great.