Our parish supports a number of charities:-
Since 1974 the diocese of Portsmouth has been twinned with the diocese of Bamenda in Cameroon. The Portsmouth Bamenda committee channels support to projects in Bamenda by administering funds raised from the annual Bamenda Sunday collection and from other fund-raising activities. Follow the link below for more information;-
Missio Red Mission Boxes
Missio is the Pope's official charity for overseas mission. We share 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 trains future leader so that the vital work of the church in the world can take place. http://www.missio.org.uk/
St Oswald's Missio reps are Sarah and Andy Hunneman, St Michael's reps are Gina and Geoff Poulter. They can arrange for you to have your own Red Missio collection box for your contributions.
Parish of Sitima, Malawi
St Oswald's church community raises money to support the parish of Sitima, Malawi in central/east Africa. Funds are raised by the Hundred Club; 100-120 members of the club donate £12 a year. There is a monthly draw for a £60 prize , the rest of the money going to charity.
Money raised from sale of coffee and refreshments after Sunday morning Mass at St Michael's has for over 28 years supported "The Safe ". This local charity (previously known as the Pregnancy Crisis Centre) helps women and their partners facing unintended pregnancy make deliberated and informed choices in a supportive and confidential environment. It also offers practical, emotional and social support during pregnancy and afterwards.
The Safe also supports parents bereaved by pregnancy loss from still birth, miscarriage or abortion with counselling by trained practitioners and also by facilitating a bereaved parents' group.
Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth
Caritas is the practical expression of Christian love. Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth does this by working predominantly at parish level, helping to determine and address local needs and to design social action projects which respond to those needs. Many dioceses in the UK have set up a Caritas organisation to help enhance the social impact of the great work already done by parishes and groups. The Diocese of Portsmouth set up our Caritas organisation in 2015 and recruited a permanent director in 2017. Caritas is a sister organisation to CAFOD which supports those who are struggling with their lives overseas while Caritas supports those here in our country.
Caritas is inspired by Catholic Social Teaching, making the clear link between charity and social justice. Our support is open to all irrespective of race, religious beliefs or sexual orientation but with a particular emphasis on those who are most vulnerable.