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Thanksgiving Offering Contribution

We would like to thank you all for your moral and financial support especially due to the large loan we have taken for our church renovation.  We do appreciate the generous donations of parishioners who have asked how they may contribute. There are three methods – Envelopes, Credit Card Deductions or Direct Debit from a nominated bank account. Simply fill in a pledge card for envelopes and credit card, If you wish to do online payment method, Direct Debit Forms are available at the Church Narthex. You can drop this Form at the Parish Office during business hours: Mon–Fri 9:30am-2:30pm. Alternatively, you can drop it off at the After-Hours Drop Off Chute outside, next to the Parish Office Entrance under the window.

 

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Thanksgiving Receipts and Envelopes

We thank you once again for your generous contribution to St James the Apostle Thanksgiving Program.

Receipts and Thanksgiving 2021 Envelopes are now available at the Play Plaza this weekend and next weekend.

Receipts for parishioners who are contributing through Credit Card and Direct Debit will be sent via email before the year ends.  School Families will receive their Envelopes at the start of the School Term next year.

If you are interested in helping to support St James Parish through the Thanksgiving Program, Please get in contact with the Parish Office on 9401-6367 or email [email protected]

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Dear Parishioners, people have been asking where we stand financially as a parish with the current drop in thanksgiving. The parish contributions over the last few months have dropped significantly. Although this has left the parish in a financially vulnerable position, it is encouraging to note that despite all the hardship, the parish income stands at roughly 60% as compared to last year’s. The graph below, prepared by Angel (our bookkeeper), gives a clear indication of this comparison between March-June of 2019 and 2020.

We thank those who continue to support the parish through the on-line direct debit and credit cards, or by any other means. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the parish office. We understand that not everyone is able to make a financial contribution at this time, but for those who can, we are reaching out to you. All support, moral and/or financial, is very much appreciated at this time, as the parish relies on your encouraging response for its continued functioning.

Thanksgiving or Church Extension
On-line contributions to can be made directly to the Parish Bank Account through an Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT).
Account name: St James the Apostle Parish
BSB: 083-347
Account Number: 646205822

For Thanksgiving please use your Thanksgiving Envelope number and your surname so we can attribute your donation correctly. Eg: If your Thanksgiving number is 123, and your surname is Smith, then use the reference “123-Smith”.

For Church Extension, please use as reference your surname and -ChExt. Eg: Smith-ChExt.

 

Presbytery Donation
On-line contributions to can be made directly to the MSSP Hoppers Crossing North bank account:
Account Name: Missionary Society of St Paul
BSB: 083-153
Account number: 869470113
Please use as reference “Presby-” and your surname. Eg: Presby-Smith

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Dear Parishioners,

We hope that you enjoyed a blessed Easter, and in the difficult circumstances related to the coronavirus, you have had the opportunity to be with and enjoy time with your family and loved ones. We are aware that this is a difficult time for everyone, especially the most vulnerable.

Our plans to celebrate weekday liturgies at Thomas Carr College, and weekend masses, including Easter liturgies, at the Paulist Centre had to be abandoned because of restrictions related to COVID-19. You may of course follow the celebrations on our Parish website and/or Facebook page. We do miss physically seeing you.

As you know, work on the church extension started in mid-February 2020, and they have continued at a steady pace since then. The old presbytery was the first to go, and Fr Jude and Fr Silvio are settling in the new presbytery in Hilden Close.

We are now on Stage 2 of the Parish project, which is the restructuring and the renovation of our parish church. This is going to cost the Parish $ 2.3 million. That is a hefty sum to pay, but we are confident that with your help, we can do it. A loan contract was signed before the coronavirus made an appearance. Our contractual obligation is to pay it back in 20 years’ time.

We would like to thank you all for your moral and financial support as the parish does rely on your generosity. We remember the spirit of the parish pioneers whose vision provided us with the opportunity to worship, educate children, and getting together as a community.

We do appreciate the generous donations of parishioners who have asked how they may contribute. In response to the question that people are still asking, there are a few options available:

1/ You can drop off your Thanksgiving envelope at the Parish Office during business hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm. Alternatively, you can drop it off at the After-Hours Drop Off Chute outside, next to the Parish Office Entrance under the window.

2/ Donations towards either Thanksgiving (1st collection to support operational running costs of the Parish) or towards the Church Extensions, can be made through an Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) directly to our Church bank account.

Account Name: St James the Apostle Parish
BSB: 083-347
Account Number: 646205822
For Thanksgiving please use your Thanksgiving Envelope number and your surname so we can attribute your donation correctly (Example: if your Thanksgiving Envelope number is 123 and surname is Smith, use the reference “123-Smith”).
For Church Extension, please use reference “[your surname]-ChExt” (Example: Smith-ChExt)

3/  For Presbytery donation (2nd Collection), you can transfer directly to our MSSP Hoppers Crossing North bank account.

Account Name: Missionary Society of St Paul
BSB: 083-153
Account Number.: 869470113
Please use the reference “Presby-[your surname]“ so we can attribute your donation correctly(Example: Presby-Smith)

We know these are challenging times. Please know that we are with you in spirit and will continue to pray for you, your families and intentions in all of our daily private Masses.

Let us continue to remain connected with each other in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Yours in Love Risen,

Fr Jude Pirotta, Parish Priest
Fr Silvio Bezzina, Assistant Priest
Angel Hartanto, Parish Bookkeeper

 

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Dear St James Parishioners,

In light of the COVID-19 crisis developing everywhere, we are all dealing with these changing and unsettling circumstances day by day. We are very much with you at this time. As you are aware the Bishops of Victoria have determined immediate suspension of public liturgies and celebrations of mass until further notice. Since then we have been approached by several parishioners concerned about how we can continue our commitment to the weekly contribution (1st collection – Thanksgiving contribution to support operational running costs of the Parish, including the recent extensive 2.4 million dollar loan for the second stage of our project of the church extension; and supporting our 2 priests through the 2nd collection).

There are options available to make your contributions:

1/ You can drop off your Thanksgiving envelope at the Parish Office during business hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm. Alternatively, you can drop it off at the After-Hours Drop Off Chute outside, next to the Parish Office Entrance under the window.

2/ Thanksgiving donation can also be made through an Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) directly to our Church bank account.

Account Name: St James the Apostle Parish
BSB:
083-347
Account Number.:
646205822
Please use your Thanksgiving Envelope number and your surname so we can attribute your donation correctly (Example: if your Thanksgiving Envelope number is 123 and surname is Smith, use the reference “123-Smith”)

3/ For Presbytery donation, you can transfer directly to our MSSP Hoppers Crossing North bank account.

Account Name: Missionary Society of St Paul
BSB: 083-153
Account Number.: 869470113
Please use the reference “Presby-[your surname]“ so we can attribute your donation correctly(Example: Presby-Smith)

4/ For any parishioner who wishes to make a donation to the current Church Extension Project, please make your contribution either through EFT to our Church bank account (as mentioned above) or a credit card transaction (please contact the Parish Office for more information).
To attribute your donation correctly, please use the reference “[your surname]-ChExt” (Example: Smith-ChExt)

Please feel free to contact the Parish Office Staff at 9401 6367 should you need assistance or have further question in regards to your contribution or future donation. Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement of each other during this time. Keep safe everyone. Take care and God bless.

Yours Sincerely,

Angel Hartanto
Parish Bookkeeper

 

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Thanksgiving Receipts and Envelopes

We thank you once again for your generous contribution to St James the Apostle Thanksgiving Program.

Receipts and Thanksgiving 2020 Envelopes are now available from the Parish Office Foyer. If you have fallen behind please try to bring your account up to date.

Receipts for Parishioners whose contributing through Credit Card and Direct Debit will be sent via email before the year end. School Families will receive their Envelopes at the start of the School Term next year.

If you are interested in helping to support St James Parish through the Thanksgiving Program, Please see the Welcome Desk for more information and forms.”

 

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Thanksgiving Receipts and Envelopes

We thank you once again for your generous support to the Thanksgiving Program. Thanksgiving Receipts and 2019 Envelopes will be available next weekend 9th December from the Office Foyer.

If you have fallen behind please try to bring your account up to date.

Please note: All School Families will receive their envelopes at the start of the School Term next year.

Receipts for Credit Card and Direct Debit Parishioners will be sent via email.

If you are interested in joining the Thanksgiving Program to support the Parish, please see the Welcome Desk in the Narthex for more information and forms.

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Thank you to all those who picked up their Thanksgiving Receipts and Envelopes over the last two weeks. Thank you to Mark Duggan for hand delivering the remaining boxes. If you did not receive yours, please contact the Parish Offic on 9748 6800. Please note that if you have a child at one of our 3 Primary Schools, you will receive your envelopes for next year at the start of the next school year.

If you are interested in joining the Thanksgiving Program to support the Parish, please see the Welcome Desk in the Narthex for more information and forms.

 

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We thank you once again for your generous support to the Thanksgiving Program. Thanksgiving Receipts and 2018 Envelopes are now available after all masses from the Narthex (foyer). If you have fallen behind please try to bring your account up to date. Please note:  All School Families will receive their envelopes at the start of the School Term next year.  Receipts for Credit Card and Direct Debit Parishioners will be sent via email.

 

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