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“Times and needs have changed, but the desire to respond to the Gospel has always found an authentic expression through Father Hudson’s Care.” Archbishop Bernard Longley

How can you – as a parish community, a parish priest, or an individual parishioner – help us to continue helping others?

There are so many ways you can get involved in the work of Father Hudson’s Care.

Many of you will have heard our charity’s name mentioned once a year in connection with the annual mandatory collection held for us at Mass. This collection is held in all Catholic parishes in the Birmingham Archdiocese in September each year. We greatly appreciate the support given to us through this collection as it gives us a chance to remind parishioners of our central role within social care in the Archdiocese, as well as being significant financially. Perhaps if you are a priest reading this page, you will consider using our website to find examples of where we work and how we change lives – it would be wonderful if you could mention these when asking parishioners to contribute to the annual collection.

Additionally, some parishes also choose to support us through our Christmas Crib Appeal, by donating offerings taken at the Christmas Crib, and through our Lenten Appeal, when your parish’s sacrificial almsgiving is donated to us for our work.

Perhaps, if your parish does not yet support us at Christmas or Lent, you could suggest to your priest or relevant parish representative that this be considered in future?

Organising a fundraising event and donating the proceeds to Father Hudson’s Care is another great way to support us: cake sales after Sunday Mass, sponsored walks around local landmarks or parish boundaries, coffee mornings or pudding evenings, car washes or concerts – any of these can help your parishioners get to know each other, have fun together and raise money for a worthwhile diocesan charity at the same time!

Prayerful support is another way you can become involved in the work of Father Hudson’s Care. Perhaps your church community could remember a different aspect of our work (our school-based Family Support workers, our parish projects, our work with older people with dementia, et cetera) in your parish’s Bidding Prayers on a weekly or monthly basis? Or perhaps you could remember in prayer the work of the particular Father Hudson’s Care project which is closest to your parish? This website explains each varied aspect of our work and will help you if you wish to pray for us in this way.

/media/getinvolved/library/parishes.jpgAs a Catholic charity, one of our heartfelt wishes is to bring our work to the attention of every member of the Catholic community. Although we would love to come and give talks at each and every parish, this is simply not possible due to our limited size. However, occasionally we are able to visit parishes for specific talks or events. If this is something you are interested in, please contact us for more information.

Many parishioners who are parents will know that we are active in Catholic schools across the whole Archdiocese; both primary schools, for the Good Shepherd Appeal, and secondary schools with Walk a Mile in their Shoes. If your child’s school receives a visit from one of our School and Parish Fundraisers, please take the time to find out about our work from your child and support the fundraising organised by the school on our behalf. We are very conscious that we reach many Catholic homes in this indirect yet crucial way.

Most importantly, our vision is to assist in building up social care initiatives right across the Archdiocese, wherever parish communities feel led to meet need in their area. If your parish community feels a call to social action, please remind your priest that Father Hudson’s Care is here to assist and advise. Our history began in Coleshill, where Father Hudson started his work over 100 years ago… but we know our work today and in the future is bringing our experience of caring into all parishes, to build an even more socially caring community for future generations.

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