OBLIGATORY DIOCESAN COLLECTIONS

As a Diocesan Church we support the obligatory Diocesan collections:

CATHOLIC EDUCATION SERVICE

The CES negotiates, on behalf of all bishops, with Government and other national bodies on legal, administrative, and religious education matters in order to: promote Catholic interests in education; safeguard Catholic interests in education; and contribute to Christian perspectives within educational debate at national level.

CLERGY ASSISTANCE FUND

This collection raises funds to help the sick and retired priests of our Diocese when they are in need.

HOLY PLACES

This Good Friday collection is for the upkeep of the Holy Places in Palestine.  The object is to keep intact the "monuments of Our Lord's earthly life".

CLERGY TRAINING FUND

This fund is for the training of students for the Priesthood and Permanent Diaconate.  This is an important collection as it costs the Diocese £120,000 to train a Seminarian (student priest) in the 7 years of his formation.

WORLD COMMUNICATIONS

The Church must make certain that her voice is heard through the media of television, radio and the press.  This collection is for the upkeep of the Catholic Media Office in Ecclestone Square, London, through which priests, religious and lay people pass each year.

PETER'S PENCE

These offerings, taken near to the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul (29th June), are sent to the Holy Father who distributes them at his discretion to Churches in need around the world.

CATHEDRAL

Supporting the Parishioners in Portsmouth, for the maintenance and running costs of St John's RC Cathedral.

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA

This is the Church in action amongst the seafarers of the world.  The object is to provide for the spiritual and material well-being of them all, regardless of religion, race or rank.

MISSION SUNDAY

For the work of the Catholic Missionary Society.

BAMENDA

Our Diocese has been twinned with the Diocese of Bamenda in Cameroon, West Africa since 1971.