Statement on resumption of the Annual Mission Appeals in Parishes, 2020 >>>>

Post date: May 28, 2020 9:09:02 AM

22nd May 2020

Statement on resumption of the Annual Mission Appeals in Parishes, 2020

We have all recently lived through extraordinary times with the closure of all church buildings, and no public masses in the UK since 24th March.

It means that there has already been considerable disruption to our parish mission appeal programme. It is possible that churches may reopen for private prayer in July followed by a phased and gradual reintroduction of services. It would be unrealistic to assume that Masses will be back to anything like ‘normal’ until October at the earliest.

With that in mind the trustees of the CMU have decided to suspend the Parish Mission Appeals for 2020 given these extraordinary circumstances. It is our view that any resumption of appeals, seeking to prioritise them into the last few weeks of the Church’s year, would be insensitive to the significant pressures on parishes and people. We should be in solidarity with the challenges faced by the people and clergy of England & Wales at this time.

Therefore we are suspending all appeals for 2020 and members should not approach parishes after COVID-19 closures are partially lifted.

It then gives us time to plan for 2021 appeals, to nuance our messages according to the transformed times we find ourselves in and to operate safely within our own contexts.

It is understood that for many of our members this change will come as a challenge – as we are all so passionate about raising awareness of the Church overseas and transferring funds to those same needy missionary projects. However this is the policy we are adopting after prayer and discussion.

Mr Richard Owens, Secretary

On behalf of the Trustees of the Catholic Missionary Union