SEPO: Meaning “hope”, is our own Parish Society which supports the work of the Comboni Missionary Sisters in Mongu, Western Province, Zambia. Recent appeals raised money to help empower women through entrepreneurship and literacy programmes at the brand new Women’s Skill Centre in Mongu and surrounding villages.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP): Founded in 1833 by a group of students in Paris. They were challenged to serve the poor of the city and inspired by the example of St Vincent de Paul, they served the local population face to face, as part of their spiritual formation. In 1844 people came together in London and started the first group in Britain. The aim of the SVP is to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need. The concept of need is broader than financial hardship, so visiting people who are sick, lonely, in prison, or suffering from addiction is also a significant proportion of its work. The essence of its work is person-to-person contact and spending time with people is its greatest gift. Its 10,000 volunteer members, motivated by their faith, are committed to meaningful and long term befriending. Inspired by the message of the Gospels they seek and find those in need and offer them sincere friendship. They visit them in their homes, in hospital and in care homes on a regular basis and offer additional practical support such as food, furniture or financial help where needed. They also organise trips and events for older and isolated people.
The SVP offers friendship and practical help to all we visit, without regard to faith, ethnicity, status or sexual orientation. As they visit people in their homes there are strict safeguarding policies and procedures and all visiting members must hold a DBS certificate.
The SVP’s core friendship service is complemented by additional areas of activity – community support projects (including community shops, furniture stores and advice centres), youth work, holiday provision and overseas aid.
We have a local SVP “Conference” in Bletchley. Mr John Scott is its President.
MK Foodbank: Dry and tinned goods can be donated at either Church and will be delivered to our local foodbank.
MISSIO: Since 1922, Missio has been the Catholic Church’s official charity for overseas mission. Known for its “Red Boxes” Missio brings the hope of the Gospel where there is turmoil, poverty and uncertainty in the world, and where the Church is new, young or poor. Missio empowers local people to form and sustain communities of faith and we train and nurture future leaders so that the vital work of the Church in the world can take place.
Missio focuses on four main areas of provision:
- Caring for our Church family and sending missionaries
- Training future priests and sisters overseas
- Supporting children’s faith and development projects
- Nurturing a worldwide missionary spirit
Our Parish Missio Representative is Mr Ron Graham
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN): is a Pontifical Foundation of the Catholic Church, supporting the Catholic faithful and other Christians where they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.Each year ACN funs over 5,000 projects in more than 140 countries around world, helping to support the Church in its mission, and bringing hope and solidarity to millions of people.From priests to catechists and seminarians to Sisters, you enable us to help persecuted and suffering Christians live out their faith.By helping these key Church leaders, ACN is actually reaching out to many more of our brothers and sisters – millions in fact, as the projects that we support have the specific aim of providing pastoral and spiritual support to Christians in parishes and communities all over the world. Often they witness to Christ in the face of persecution, oppression or poverty. In their hour of need it is the hope of Christ that sustains them – as well as your prayers and solidarity.
Our parish ACN representative is Mrs Maggie Osgathorp.
CAFOD: is the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales that seeks to reach out to people living in hard-to-reach places, in war zones and those who are discriminated against. If one of us is hurt, hungry or abandoned, we all are hurt, hungry and abandoned. No one should be beyond the love and support they need to live a dignified life. Cafod is part of one of the largest aid networks in the world. Because of its global reach and local presence, it has the potential to reach everyone. Local experts help some of the most difficult-to-reach people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Whether it’s a single mother living in a remote area, a teenage boy living in a war zone, or a disabled father and daughter who are discriminated against, Cafod helps anyone regardless of faith, gender and ethnicity. Through a local priest, a midwife or a water engineer – Cafod’s global reach is present in the lived experience of local communities. These skilled women and men understand what people need because they are part of the communities they work in. Their commitment, passion and knowledge reach people other organisations can’t.
Our parish CAFOD representative is Mrs Maggie Osgathorp.
We have a monthly coffee morning in aid of CAFOD.