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Diocesan Second Collections

The Archbishop asks that all Parishes take second collections during the course of the year, for particular causes on specific days or weekends. These either International, National or Diocesan Collections.

Titles link to description below of the collection.


Listed here are the dates for Second collections for 2021:
(These will be / are listed in the 2020 Diocesan Directory on page 173)

Racial Justice Sunday Collection
(3 Sundays before 1st Sunday of Lent)
31 January
Poor Parishes Collection
(Sunday before 1st Sunday of Lent)
14 February 
Holy Places
(Good Friday)
2 April 
Ecclesiastical Education (Priests Training Fund)
(4th Sunday of Easter)
25 April
Saint George’s Cathedral
(last Sunday in April except where impeded)
2 May l
Communications Sunday
(6th Sunday of Easter)
16 May
Catholic Trust for England and Wales (CaTEW)
(2nd Sunday in June)
13 June
Day for Life
(3rd Sunday in June)
20 June 
Peter Pence (unless a box is allocated in church)
(29 June unless transferred)
27 June 
Apostleship of the Sea
(2nd Sunday in July)
11 July 
Catholic Education Service
(second Sunday in September)
12 September 
Home Mission Sunday
(3rd Sunday in September)
19 September 
(penultimate Sunday in October)
24 October 
Archbishops’ Administration Fund
(2nd Sunday of November)
14 November
Catholic Youth Work
(Christ the King)
21 November 

Titles link to description below of the collection.

Other Collections

In addition to the above mentioned collections the diocese

Overseas Missions

Crib Offerings and Lenten Alms
CAFOD Fast Day (Lent) 26 February 2021
CAFOD Fast Day (Harvest) 1 October 2021

Second Collection Descriptions

Apostleship of the Sea:
The AoS is a Catholic charity supporting seafarers worldwide. They We provide practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality, belief or race. Port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors welcome seafarers, offer welfare services and advice, practical help, care and friendship. The Apostleship of the Sea in Great Britain is part of an international network known to the maritime world as Stella Maris. working in more than 250 ports around the world.
90% of world trade is transported by ship. However the life of a modern seafarer can be dangerous and lonely. They may spend up to a year at a time away from home, separated from their family and loved ones and often working in harsh conditions. The AoS relies wholly on voluntary contributions, and can only continue its work through the generous donations of its supporters, particularly in this collection.

Archbishop’s Administration Fund:
This collection helps to meet the cost of the central administration of the Diocese.

Cathedral Maintenance:
St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark, is the mother church of the Diocese. This collection helps to meet the cost of the upkeep of the Cathedral.

Catholic Education Service:
The Catholic Education Service (CES) acts on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference to support Catholic education. They have a strong and positive working relationship with the British and Welsh Governments’, sharing the aims of high academic standards for all and increased parental choice. Catholic schools make up 10% of the national total of maintained schools. There are over 2000 Catholic schools, academies and colleges in England educating over 800,000 pupils. The Catholic Church and the Church of England together provide one-third of all of the schools in the country. The CES is the chief negotiating and advisory body on matters affecting all aspects of Catholic education, and it also provides financial assistance for school transport in rural areas.

Catholic Trust for England and Wales (CaTEW)
formerly National Catholic Fund
The Catholic Trust for England and Wales (CaTEW) (formerly the National Catholic Fund) supports the legal, financial and charitable activities of the Bishops’ Conference, its departments, agencies and offices. This collection helps supply the Bishops of England and Wales with the revenue necessary for the central administration of the Church in this country.

Catholic Youth Services:
Collection taken on National Youth Sunday to support Youth Work in the Diocese and beyond, especially the Southwark Catholic Youth Servive (SCYS).

This collection supports the work of the Catholic Communications Network (CCN) the media office of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The CCN seeks to be of service both to the Church and the world in offering professional channels of communication, and provides support for the Bishops of England and Wales and the wider Church in promoting the Gospel through the media on current issues. Its office is the focus for media enquiries on National matters, and seeks to develop the public profile of the Church and its teaching. The CCN provides up to date news releases, features and podcasts, information from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and trains spokesmen and women.

Day for Life:
This is the Day in the Church’s Life dedicated to celebrating the Sacredness of Life. The proceeds from the Day for Life collection on the last Sunday in July provide core funding for the Anscombe Bioethics Centre (formerly the Linacre Centre for Healthcare ethics), and to assist other life related activities supported by the church, usually by means of grants made to support Catholic charities working in the particular field determined by the theme of the year.

Ecclesiastical Education (Priests Training Fund):
This collection helps to meet the costs of training students for the permanent diaconate and students for the priesthood. It also supports certain forms of ongoing formation of the clergy.

Holy Places:
The places connected with Our Lord’s Passion have always been centres of veneration and pilgrimage. This Good Friday collection is sent for their upkeep, and to help maintain Christian schooling in the area.

Home Mission Sunday:
This collection provides the Bishops of England and Wales with resources to support ‘Home Mission’, the spread of the Gospel in our own country. The money collected enables a breadth of work to be done in support of parish evangelisation.

Missio (formerly Association for the Propagation of the Faith)
Missio is the Church’s official organ for the support of the Foreign Missions. The collection taken on World Mission Sunday goes in its entirety, to support churches, hospitals, schools and vocations in countries where the Church is new, young or poor. Missio works through local bishops, churches and missionary congregations to ensure that resources are distributed equitably and justly – on the basis of need. The money goes directly from England and Wales to the bishops in the mission territories - local church directly helping local church!

Overseas Missions:
Each year one of the religious orders dedicated to missionary work is authorised to collect in the diocese, by arrangement with the parish priest. This provides the people of a parish with the opportunity to help the missionary work of so many priests, religious and lay people, and thereby be joined with the Church in spreading the message of the Gospel.

Peter Pence:
By reason of the bond of unity and charity, the Bishops of the Church with their people join together to produce those means which the Holy Father and the Apostolic See needs to exercise works of mercy and charity, and its Services of the Universal Church.
The faithful’s offerings to the Holy Father are destined to Church needs, to humanitarian initiatives and social promotion projects, as well as to the support of the Holy See. The Pope, being Pastor of the whole Church, is attentive to the material needs of poor dioceses, religious institutes and of faithful in grave difficulties (the poor, children, the elderly, those marginalized and the victims of war or natural disasters; concrete aid to Bishops or dioceses in need, Catholic education, assistance to refugees and immigrants, etc.).

Poor Parishes Collection:
(formerly the “Needs of the Diocese” collection.)
This collection enables the Archbishop to make grants to some of the smaller parishes in the Diocese.

Racial Justice Sunday Collection:
Collection to support the work of the Catholic Church to promote racial justice in our schools, parishes and in wider society.