As reported in recent issues of e-News, thanks to the leadership of our priests in over 60 parishes and the extraordinary generosity of nearly 3,000 families, we are so pleased to share that we have now secured almost £11 million in pledges to the Closer to Christ campaign. This is a truly remarkable achievement and speaks to the genuine commitment to the future of our Catholic faith across our Diocese.
To date, nearly £600,000 in funds raised have been used to help fire up local initiatives and support parish projects. Here, four different parishes from across the Diocese talk about the difference that the money raised through the Campaign has been used for within their respective faith communities.
The parish of St John the Baptist, Andover is already undertaking a number of projects, thanks to funds from the Closer to Christ campaign. These include replacing lighting in the church and running an 8-week Bible Study Course for parishioners. The Finance and Property Committee have also given approval to conduct the following with the funds received:
- Partial redecoration of the Parish Hall
- Complete refurbishment of the Sacristy
- Creating a more accessible entrance to the Parish Hall
- Training for Catechists who deliver liturgy in 2024.