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Grants available to help parishes share the Catholic faith

Money is available to help parish projects and events across the Diocese of East Anglia which focus on encouraging non-church-going Catholics to come back to their community.

East Anglian parishes have already used the money to run a concert in church for family and friends or to invite Catholic friends to a parish meal.

Are you planning to kick start your youth group, or begin digging a parish Mary Garden? Have you planned to welcome families in a special way to your First Communion Masses? Will you be inviting others to celebrate your patron saint's feast this year? Have you got an even better idea?

The grant application process is simple.

Your project will focus on non-church going Catholics and involve as many parishioners and parish groups as possible. Your project will give Catholics the chance to evangelise.

To ensure financial probity there are some questions your parish will need to answer.

The diocesan Commission of the New Evangelisation will help you with your application. Successful parishes have received up to A?300.

The fund is administered by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

Please contact Rebecca Bretherton, the coordinator of the diocesan Commission for the New Evangelisation for more information: rebecca.bretherton@icloud.com