Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church Rayleigh

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Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church

50 London Hill


Essex  SS6 7HP

01268 742229

Association for the Propagation of the Faith (APF), Reg. Charity No. 1056651

The APF enables us to both spiritually and financially help the missionary work of the Church. Members pray for the work of the Missions and they help finance that work by contributing either through one of the little red boxes, see above, or donating by direct debit. The red boxes are symbolic of this well established national charity, which raises approximately £2.5 million each year and can be found in all Missionary countries. Calendars and booklets describing the work of the Mission are always available in the narthex (porch).Twice a year, in March and September, a member of the parish team of promoters will call to empty the box. When the money has been banked, the Diocesan Organiser is informed of the amount donated by our parish which is usually amongst the top contibutors. Volunteer promoters are always needed and new recipients of boxes are very welcome.

Please contact OLOR Parish Organiser Esther Thomas, tel. no. 01702 204586, if you are interested in helping in any way.

Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society, Reg. Charity No. 1000661

Brentwood Catholic Children's Society provides counselling for children and young adults, up to the age of eighteen years regardless of their beliefs, together with their families, who could be experiencing emotional difficulties. We employ qualified Social Workers or counselling staff to deliver a caring service, structured and intensive where necessary.The Society works in partnership with families and other agencies within the ‘Every Child Matters’ legal framework. The prime focus of the work is to provide an early intervention service with families, children and young people and to enable them to address difficulties that may be impeding their educational, social and emotional development.

The BCCS headquarters are now located in our parish at:

Childcare House

Little Wheatley Chase




Please contact Bernadette Fisher and her team, as follows:

Email (excepting where confidential information is included) to: headoffice@bccs.org.uk

Telephone: 01268 784544

Further information regarding BCCS can be found here: www.bccs.org.uk

CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development), Reg. Charity No. 285776

In every parish the success of CAFOD depends entirely upon the commitment and involvement of many people. As people pledge support, so more serious aims can be contemplated. In our parish CAFOD aims include:

•  Promote parish awareness of the work of CAFOD

•  Keep the needs of CAFOD in parish prayer life

•  Raise funds

•  Encourage and promote all fund-raising activities

•  Raise awareness and support for Trade Justice and workers rights

There is one official fund-raising event annually, the Lenten Fast Day. This is the main source of income together with parish events during the year to raise more money. Your support of these events is always greatly appreciated.

For more information regarding CAFOD please follow the following link: http://www.cafod.org.uk/ or to see its activities in the Brentwood Diocese go to http://www.cafod.org.uk/uk/brentwood

Christian Aid, Reg. Charity in the UK No. 1105851

Christian Aid is a UK and Ireland based international development charity that funds projects in some of the world's poorest countries. Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty – and believes that vision can become a reality. It's current campaignslogan is "Turning Hope Into Action". People are helped to improve their own lives and to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. The charity was formed in 1945 in response to the needs of refugees and Churches in Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War.Christian Aid week each May is the UK's biggest house-to-house collection, raising over £14 million.The week in May is seven amazing days of fundraising, prayer and action against global poverty. By their active support of Christian Aid week collectors are among millions of people who think poverty is an unacceptable scandal. Their actions, commitment and contributions help bring about a better life for people in poor countries all over the world.

If you feel you would like to join the team of collectors next year please contact our Parish Co-ordinator,

Mary Butterworth, tel. no. 01268 741928.

For further information regarding Christian Aid please follow this link: www.christianaid.org.uk .

St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP)

The St Vincent de Paul Society (“SVP”) is an international Christian voluntary organization dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing direct practical assistance to anyone in need. Active in England & Wales since 1844, today it continues to address social and material need in all its many forms.A "Conference" was established in our parish at the prompting of parish priest Father J. Hemming in 1932 and is believed to have been continuously active ever since.In 2014, the Prime Minister David Cameron has recognised the contribution that the Society has been making tocare for people in need in England and Wales by granting the Big Society Award.  Nowadays, the work of the SVP within the parish is mostly to visit the housebound, those who are lonely and to

support families who may be going through a difficult time. A tea party is held twice a year for Senior Citizens which gives once active members of the parish who may now lack mobility an opportunity to meet up with one another. Transport is arranged and the party is enjoyed by all. If you are interested in becoming an active member of our local Conference please contact Father Paul or Conference President Colin Griffin.

Further information regarding the SVP is available here: http://www.svp.org.uk/


HCPT - The Pilgrimage Trust each year organises trips to Lourdes for over 7,000 people. Everyone is welcome to join in, whatever their age or ability.  As a registered national charirty it is organised by area and group. Our local group is Group 60 which is part of the Met East area. The Group 60 leader is David Hart. HCPT work relies on fundraising involving local HCPT groups and a network of supporters.

Further information regarding the HCPT is available here



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