Contact Us

Address for St Dunstan's Presbytery for all church administration: The Presbytery, Kingsfield Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham,B14 7JN

Parish Administrator:  Tuesdays 12-4pm, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 - 5pm

Office Volunteers:  Monday to Friday, 10am - 12.30pm (for Mass intentions, baptism certificates , and general enquiries)

 

Telephone: 0121 444 1386

 

Parish email: saintdunstan@btinternet.com 

Parish Office email:dunstanoffice@btinternet.com

Safeguarding:  For further information about safeguarding, please click here

The Parish is part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham: Registered Charity No. 234216.

APF Boxes

 

Collecting for overseas missions

 

Members of the congregation may request a Red Box in which  they can  put  any spare small change - or larger amounts -to support mission dioceses on their way to self sufficiency. Periodically, a parish promoter will visit to collect the contents. The  funds are transferred to the central account of the Association for the Propagation of the Faith , or APF, and are then sent directly to local bishops according to their needs.

 

Red Box donations are made regularly in over 200,000 Catholic homes in England and Wales.  

 

Contact:  Leave a message for Damien Tierney at St Dunstan's Presbytery on 0121 444 1386 

CAFOD - Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

 

CAFOD is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. In more than 40 countries across the world, it brings hope, compassion and solidarity to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. The parish Justice and Peace group gives support to the charity by helping with the twice yearly Family Fast Day collections.  

The CAFOD /Traidcraft products are are usually available on the last Sunday of the month after the 10am Mass in the Social Centre.

 

Contact: Miriam Wilcher on 0121 444 3568 or miriamwilcher@btinternet.com

 

Christian Aid

 

Christian Aid is an ecumenical international development agency. Some of our parishioners used to work with our local churches in a house to house collection in May. Now we join with them in various fund raising events.

 

Contact: John van Lierop by email  j.vanlierop@btinternet.com

 

Traidcraft

 

Traidcraft was established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty.  It combines a trading company with a development charity.  It helps many small communities by buying their products at fairly traded prices and advising them so they can improve their products. This enables them to improve their communities by digging new wells for clean water, sending their children to school, or diversifying their crops so their economy is more sustainable.

 

The Traidcraft Stall is open most Sundays in the Conference Room after the 10.00 am Mass. 

 

Palestinian products and homemade preserves (for the Jane Smith Education Fund) also are for sale.

 

Contact: Miriam Wilcher on 0121 444 3568  or miriamwilcher@btinternet.com 

Jane Smith Education Fund

 

The Fund supports the work of the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk and is helping to provide a clean water supply to St Ursula’s High School, Dhekiajulip in Assam, Northern India. For more details please read Window, No. 80, July 2016, p7

 

Contact: John van Lierop by email  j.vanlierop@btinternet.com  

The Asha Deep Project

 

Asha Deep is situated in the Diocese of Bijnor in India.  It has several different homes grouped together for children of different needs: a home for the physically disabled, one for the blind, one for those with learning difficulties etc.  There is also a school for them and for mainstream children.  All those who are able are taught a skill so that they will not be a burden to their families.  There is much misunderstanding and prejudice among local people about disabilities.  The Project aims are to reduce this prejudice through education and to demonstrate how these children are “differently abled”.   After an appeal by Bishop Gratian an informal group was set up to support the project with regular standing orders, occasional donations and by sponsoring a child.

Contact: Miriam Wilcher on 0121 444 3568  or miriamwilcher@btinternet.com

 

Latika Roy Foundation

 

The Foundation, based in India, works with children and adults with disability. We believe when we plan for the most vulnerable, the world works better for everyone. As a Resource Centre for People with Special Needs, providing early intervention, education, training and awareness, we work to empower the most vulnerable to re-create the world so that they are a vital part of it. We challenge injustice and demonstrate what inclusion means.

 

Contact: Brian Rai on 0121 2464896

Sabeel and the Holy Land Group

 

Each Thursday in Jerusalem at 12.00 noon Christians meet for prayer. They call themselves Sabeel which is an Arabic word meaning the Way or a spring of living water. It is a group of all denominations, committed to pray and work for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel. They invite people from all over the world to pray with them using prayers sent out each week via the internet. They call it a Wave of Prayer. The premise is that in their respective time zones people around the world will pray together at 12 noon on Thursday in solidarity with Sabeel Jerusalem and with friends of Sabeel worldwide to create a Wave of Prayer.  To find out more, please go to www.friendsofsabeel.org.uk 

 

At St Dunstan's we meet in the chapel and remember the special intentions sent to us by Friends of Sabeel UK.  This group started after we went to the Holy Land with Father Chris Fitzpatrick in 2010 and saw the problems the Palestinians were having with the Wall of Separation and the check points.  We are also involved in action to raise awareness of the plight of Palestinians and support the group of Palestinian Christians who produced the Kairos Document to help in their fight against oppression and occupation. The Holy Land Group generally meets on the first Monday of each month at the house of a member.   We now have a stall at Kings Heath Farmer's market to raise awareness about the problems for both Palestinian people and the ordinary Israelis and sell their goods.

 

Contact: Gill Myall on 0121 443 5198

Planned Giving and Gift Aid

 

If you are a tax payer it is possible to Gift Aid your donation. When this is done, the Government will give the charity the money it collected in tax on the donation. For ordinary tax payers this is an extra 25p for every £1.00 donated. 

 

Contact:  Peter Trigg or Dawn Feeney at St Dunstan's Presbytery.

Other charity collections 

 

Occasionally representatives from religious orders who work in the Third World are invited to give the homily at the Sunday Masses - and to appeal for help to do their work. (It should be noted that the parish projects and appeals have the advantage that funds go directly to workers active in the field).