As much as I would like to avoid mentioning finances at this time, I do need to bring to your attention the fact that because a large majority of income for parishes comes from the Sunday collection, church income will significantly reduce as a result of the current ban on public liturgies. Considering there are 69 parishes in our diocese, this is magnified greatly for our diocese as a whole. While I will endeavour to keep parish outgoings as low as possible, please could I ask those parishioners who can afford it at this time, and do not currently give by Standing Order, to consider donating online.

Option 1: This can be done via the Diocesan website which can be found at https://northamptondiocese.org/donate/ Follow the instructions on the Catholic Diocese of Northampton Virgin money giving page.  If you use this option we ask that you please indicate in the notes section that the donation is for “St Martin de Porres, Luton” or “Fr Simon Penhalagan” (the latter only applies to any Easter Offering that you may wish to give to Fr Simon).  Please note that there is the facility to Gift Aid any donations to your parish but donations to individual priests are not eligible for Gift Aid.  Please therefore do not complete the Gift Aid option for any donation to a priest.

Option 2: You can set up a standing order for donations to your parish using your online bank account. The information required to make the donation is as follows.

Bank; NatWest

Sort Code; 60-06-11

Account Name; 46898093

Account Name; Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust

Payment Ref; St Martin de Porres, Luton

Option 3: Each Tuesday, between 10:00am and 4:00pm, you will be able to call the diocesan finance office on 01604 712065 and donate to our parish. All you will require is to have your debit or credit card to hand when you call.  You can make a one-off donation to cover any missed Sunday offerings or you can call each week.  However, as only one person will be taking these calls, if they are already on a call when you ring, please either call back a little later or leave your contact details on the answer machine.

Thank you for any help you can give.