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Donating to the Parishes

Last Updated on April 27, 2021

St. Philip Parish and St. Clare Mission rely on the tremendous generosity and support of its parishioners and the Richmond, Dwyer Hill and surrounding communities to fund their day-to-day operations and to maintain and repair their buildings (the Churches, the Parish Hall, the Rectory, the cemetery and the physical grounds).

Parishioners and other individuals who wish to show their support, financially, to the parishes, have several ways to do so.

Donate by Cash or ChequeMake cheque payable to St. Philip Parish or St. Clare Mission. Drop cash or cheque into the weekly collection basket during/after Mass, or mail it to us at P.O. Box 59, Richmond, ON K0A 2Z0. Please ensure to include your parish ‘Donation Envelope’ number (if you have one) on the cheque and include your full name and mailing address. You will receive a tax receipt from the parish in February the following year.
Donate by Interac E-TransferSet up an e-transfer from your bank’s online banking website, and email us: [email protected].
Please ensure to include your parish ‘Donation Envelope’ number (if you have one) and your full name and mailing address. You will receive a tax receipt from the parish in February the following year.
Special Collections: Indicate on the message line if you would like any or all of this amount to go to a special ‘Diocesan Collection.’
St. Philip Parish’s parishioners who sign up for this service help provide predictability and reliability to the parish’s finances. It also helps to reduce the burden on our volunteer collection counters by shortening the time needed to count the collection on a weekly basis.

To enrol, simply download our Pre-Authorized Payment Form and email it to the Parish Office along with a copy of a voided cheque. PAP donation amounts can be changed or cancelled at any time!

Parishioners using this service are encouraged to keep their yearly box of envelopes for when they wish to donate to the special collections such as ‘Cemetery’, ‘Easter Flowers’, Diocesan collections or other collection requests.

You will receive a tax receipt from the parish in February the following year.
Click the CanadaHelps.org logo to make your secure donation to St. Philip Parish or St. Clare Mission using your MasterCard or VISA. Donations made through this service are subject to a 4% transaction charge that is withheld by CanadaHelps.org, and the net amount is then remitted to the parish. Please consider this when deciding on the amount of donation you wish to give. CanadaHelps.org will issue a tax receipt upon processing the donation.

To donate to St. Philip Parish, select the “01 General Offering – St. Philip Parish” Fund.

To donate to special Diocesan Collections, select “03-Other Purpose-St Philips” and specify where you want this to go in the “Send a Message to this Charity” line.

To direct your donation to St. Clare Mission, select the “04 General Offering – St. Clare Mission” Fund and your donation will be directed to St. Clares Mission.

Why is it important to support the parishes financially?

Just like any other charity or non-profit organization, it costs money to keep St. Philip Parish and St. Clare Mission afloat. For example, the annual operating expenditure budget of St. Philip Parish is approximately $155,000, which goes towards paying for the following items:

  • Paying for the parish priest, the parish office administrator, replacement priests to say Mass and the parish bookkeeper;
  • Diocesan tax on parish revenues (donations);
  • Utilities (heat, hydro, water, sewer, utilities, etc.)
  • Repairs and maintenance on St. Philip Church, the Parish Hall, and other buildings and grounds;
  • Office expenses; and,
  • Pastoral expenses.

In addition, St. Philip Parish also spends about $10,000-$20,000 per year on major projects and renovations to replace and/or renovate the parish buildings and other items within the parish.