St Simon Stock parish is a significant contributor to Missio giving some £1,758 through its red box collections in 2019 a 15% increase on 2018. This is an exceptional effort and has only been bettered once.

The boxes are collected at masses every quarter during the year in January, April, July and October and returned the following week.

For those who are not aware of the work of Missio, its aim is to bring the hope of the Gospel where there is turmoil, poverty and uncertainty in the world, and where the Church is new, young or poor.

Your prayers and contributions through the Missio red boxes help to continue to sustain missionary priests and sisters around the world who are helping those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees and marginalised that may find welcome and comfort in our communities.

Last year 29 missionaries were unlawfully killed worldwide – 18 priests, one permanent deacon, two religious men, two nuns and six lay people. They lived and worked caring for people living in poverty, helping children and supporting development and faith projects. Such statistics will not hit our media in the UK. These missionaries must not be forgotten so please remember them and the work they do in your prayers.

Examples of how our contributions help our friends overseas can be found in the quarterly magazine Mission Today.

Should anyone want a red Missio box please contact Adrian Hockney (01634 862877 or e mail



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