Our parish has been twinned with the parish of Blauuwbosch in South Africa Natal province since 1985. This arose from our diocese being twinned with the diocese of Dundee SA. The initiative came from our Bishop Thomas in response to a call for help from Bishop Michael Rollandes, a Franciscan priest from Essex.
We support the work of the missioners by having two cash collections during the year. The money is used by their St Vincent de Paul group to buy food and subsistence needs for the many unemployed and sick parishioners. They very much appreciate our support.
CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International. Across the world we bring hope and compassion to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. We work with people of all faiths and none.
Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world.
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Churches Together in Billericay is an ecumenical forum and focus for inter-church action in the town.
Its objectives are to join to join together in prayer and grow the people of God so that, in the fullness and unity of the Spirit, they bring the Gospel to every person in the district of Billericay.
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The 'Catenians Association', formed a little over 100 years ago, is a social organisation for Catholic Men and has around 10,000 members, mostly in the UK, but also in Ireland, Malta, Zimbabwe, Australia and India. Our aim is to increase the depth and richness of the Catholic Community through friendship and social and charitable activities.
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Justice & Peace Group Developing Countries 100 Club
This is a project to raise money for the poor by supporting small Third World charitable organisations, e.g. contributing to the relief of poverty by missionaries. Each year 100 supporters pay the annual subscription of £24 and each month there is a draw resulting in £100 being donated to a small Third World charity and a further £100 being won by a subscriber. Naturally, the number of 100 Club members fluctuates slightly, so, there is always a need for more members, to keep the number up to 100. If you are interested in joining, please contact Joan Keane on 01277 651773, who would be very pleased to hear from you.
The Brentwood Catholic Children's Society is a children's charity for Essex and East London. They believe that every child should be loved and supported. Some children experience great hardship and suffering and so the BCCS provides counselling for children and young adults whose wellbeing, and mental and emotional health, could be at risk.
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