Planned Giving to St Benedict’s Ealing

There are two ways in which people can give regularly to help with the running of this parish:-

The preferred method is with a standing order setup via a bankers order. This form is available from the Parish Office and after completion should be returned to the Parish Office where the required reference numbers will be added prior to sending on to your bank or building society.

If you pay tax in the UK, please consider giving with Gift Aid. Gift Aid is a Government scheme that allows the parish to reclaim the tax that you have paid on your donation – if you are a UK taxpayer. It works like this:-

  • If you are a taxpayer and give £10 to the church you will have paid tax on that amount.
  • The church can get £2.80 of it back with Gift Aid – so your donation of £10 would become worth £12.80 – and it wouldn’t cost you an extra penny!
  • Standard tax payers need only sign a form which allows the money to be claimed.
  • Higher tax payers should also claim on their annual tax returns as this amount can be included in the tax deductable allowance

All you need to do is to tick the box for gift aid donations on the bankers order form.

The second method for planned giving is by using special envelopes provided by the Parish. To use this method please contact the parish office for an application form. Gift aid is also possible with this method with the same advantages to the Parish. Please tick the box on the form and after completion return it  to the Parish Office.

When working out how much to give regularly please consider two key questions:

Does my giving reflect the importance of the parish in my life?

  • It is said that you can prove anything with statistics, but the fact of the matter is that many people in this Diocese give less that than £1 a week.
  • For some that is a sacrifice and they shouldn’t give more.
  • But for others it probably could be more. Does what you give reflect the importance of the Parish in your life and what you can afford?
  • Nobody can tell you how much you should give, it is a personal decision. However Cardinal Hume once suggested that people who work should consider donating an hour’s pay per week.
    • So if you earn £10,000 that’s about £5. It may sound a lot but it is less than one day’s congestion charge in central London.
    • While, if you earn £20,000, its around £10 – equivalent to the price of a delivered large pizza.
  • Can you afford that amount every week or each month? If you do not work but receive an income the same rule can apply – based on one fortieth of your weekly income.

Remember: Any new or existing commitment you make can always be changed at any time.

What happens to the Parish when I am not here?

  • It is not always possible to come here to Mass every week, for example, you may be away on holiday, however the costs of running the Parish continue to be incurred.
  • Please therefore consider committing to a regular amount each week – to give even if you can’t come to Mass. This would enable the Parish to plan ahead knowing that your gift would be coming.

Remembering Ealing Abbey in your Will

If you wish to consider leaving something to Ealing Abbey in your will you may simply wish to state that the money is to be used for the general purposes of the Trust of St Benedict’s Abbey.. You may wish to specify that you would like the gift to be used in some specific way; for instance for the benefit of the Ealing Abbey Parish, or for the Monastic Community of Ealing Abbey, or for the Benedictine Institute. A special leaflet has been produced to help you with this. It may be found in the Church porches or obtained from the parish office. If you would like to discuss this matter with the Abbot or parish priest or a member of the parish finance committee please do not hesitate to ask.

Other Donations

If you would like to make a donation to the parish for some specific purpose please contact the Parish Priest. Please remember that by signing a gift aid declaration form you will enable the value of your donation to be increased considerably..