Doorway is the independent charity of Ss Joseph’s and Teresa’s which makes donations to local charities that care for those not as fortunate as the rest of us in the Bristol and Somerset area.
All profits go to four charities, in annual donations, early in each New Year. These charities are St James’ Priory (Bristol), YMCA (Mendip), Emmaus (Bristol) and Catholic Housing Association Service and this year we were able to distribute £1,000 to the charities in total. Total donations since 1998 are £9,200
Doorway started in 1998 selling a wide variety of cards in the narthex of Ss Joseph and Teresa, but has recently branched out to include all manner of religious items, missals, rosaries, mass books and bibles for children of all ages, statues, crucifixes, pendants, missal cards as well as many seasonal items around Christmas, Easter, Holy Communion, Confirmation, Mothering Sunday etc. It now also sells appropriate mugs, necklaces, bracelets, fridge magnets, and book marks.
Once or twice a month a stall is set up in the narthex to encourage sales after both week end Masses as well as having a permanent repository.
Doorway also has a stall at Ss Joseph’s & Teresa’s Christmas Bazaar at Wells Town Hall, and has received donations from the Catholic Women’s League, the Singles Sunday Lunch Club and the church’s sponsored walk
Currently Doorway activities are coordinated by parishioner, Bernard Dromgoole who can be contacted via the Parish Office.
We are also very happy to try and source any religious item that a parishioner may require.
Reaching the Unreached:
Reaching the Unreached (RTU) is a far-reaching, grassroots organisation working in rural villages in South India to help the poorest and most marginalised people, particularly children and women. As well as providing healthcare, clean water, housing, education and support to disadvantaged families, it cares for 1,000 orphaned or abandoned children, many affected by HIV/AIDS. They live with ‘foster’ mothers in four Children’s Villages, are educated in RTU schools and supported through college until they are young adults able to live independent lives. Founded in 1978 by Brother James Kimpton, thousands of children have been given hope and opportunities for the future.
As a parish we agreed over twenty years ago to hold regular collections for this charity and thanks to the generosity of our parishioners it is well supported. In addition, in 2013 and 2014 , when we were fundraising for the restoration of our church roof, we gave a percentage of the funds raised to RTU to build six new homes for families who had previously been living in very poor conditions.
Three parishioners Sharon & Bob Haigh and Deirdre Macguire have recently visited RTU as volunteers and would be happy to talk about their experiences. Connie Lane will be going next year.
For further information see the RTU website: http://www.rtu.org.uk