Supporting St Mary’s
The mission of St Mary’s is funded largely by direct giving from those who worship at the church.
St Mary’s is unusual for a Central London parish in lacking endowments of property or investments for the general ministry of the Parish. Our continued life depends on the generosity of those who believe that its distinctive witness to the love of God - through the catholic tradition within the Church of England - is worth handing on, as a living faith, to future generations.
If you would like to support the mission of St Mary’s financially, you may use the link below to make a one-off donation using the secure web pages administrated by the Charities Aid Foundation. Registered with the Charity Commission as 1134828.
Regular Giving and Gift Aid
Materials on Christian Stewardship from the General Synod's Giving for Life resources including a small booklet available in our resources section. You can respond to this by downloading your own standing order form or obtain the bank details of St Mary's to do so online by clicking here.
When we give generously we:
- connect our giving with our faith, seeing giving as a response to the giving of a generous God.
- understand that our giving enables mission and ministry, rather than simply paying the bills.
- feel that we are valued by the church and our gifts are appreciated as an essential component of the Church's mission.
Gift Aid increases the value of donations to St Mary's by allowing us to reclaim the basic-rate tax on your gift. If you pay higher rate tax you can claim extra relief on your donations. If you claim age-related allowances or tax credits, Gift Aid donations can sometimes increase your entitlement. The Gift Aid scheme is for gifts of money by individuals who pay UK tax. Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it is worth £12.50 to St Mary's.
Return all forms or send any questions to Kris Romanski, our treasurer.
In addition to regular and planned giving, you may choose to sponsor music or flowers as follows:
Sponsoring Music at the High Mass
In co-ordination with the Director of Music, you could choose and sponsor the music for an entire High Mass or just a particular motet or mass setting. This may be something which might appeal for a special occasion.
Contact the Director of Music through the general enquiries link.
Sponsoring the Flowers
Donations to the Flower Fund are welcomed at any time.
With the exception of penitential seasons and other occasions when flowers are not appropriate, you may sponsor flowers throughout the year be it in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a significant event such as a birthday, wedding anniversary, baptism, year's mind or feast day. Typically a single bowl of white and cream flowers at Our Lady or the Sacred Heart will cost about £65 and at St Joseph £55. On certain occasions, flowers can be given at the High Altar with the two bowls costing roughly £110. A minimum of two weeks' notice is required. Payments are made in advance.
Contact the Flower Arrangers through the general enquiries link.
Austin Farrer | The Crown of the Year
The alms for which your generosity is asked are nothing exterior to the sacrament, but a part of it. If you were living in the days of the ancient church, you would be bringing not money, but cakes of bread and flasks of wine. All would be placed upon the altar; part would be consecrated for the eucharist, the remainder would be given to the sick and poor. Now you bring money. But your money is still presented along with the bread and wine, and it still means the same thing. The offering is your offering; it is you yourselves who are laid on the altar to be consecrated, and to be made the body of Christ. Your gift is a token of yourself. I break the bread for the death of Christ, and we are all sacrificed to God in Christ's death, dying in him to our own will, and receiving Christ our true life in communion.