Our Lady & St Patricks

APF/Mill Hill Missionaries


The Association for the Propagation of the Faith

The Association for the Propagation of the Faith (APF) assists each and every one of the Catholic Church's 1,062 mission dioceses and territories to provide pastoral care and preach the Gospel effectively.

It was founded in Lyons, France, in 1822 by a young French woman, Pauline Jaricot. She began by persuading local working people to support the missions by giving a farthing a week. A century later, when the organisation was established in almost every country of the world, Pope Pius XI made it the official mission-funding society for the Catholic Church.

The APF works in England and Wales with the Mill Hill Missionary Society, the only major missionary society to have been formed in England. Mill Hill was one of the first societies to introduce lay missionaries, and its priests, lay brothers and associates work in 27 countries and every continent.

In England and Wales funds for the Missions are collected through the famous Red Collection Boxes. These can be found in 200,000 homes and they have helped raise millions of pounds for the missions.


Bernadette Loffler is our Parish APF (Red Box) Co-ordinator.  Please contact Bernadette on email (or after Mass) if you would like more information on the Red Box scheme.


**All boxes should be opened at least once a year.  Future collection dates for your diary are June and December each year.  Thank you for your support.**


If you would like to support the Mission and do not have a box, please put your contribution (with your name and contact details) in an envelope marked APF and put in the collection basket.  Thank you for your support.

Many thanks to those who hold the red Mission boxes - in 2016 the Parish collected £1,072.78

For more information on the good work or the APF and Mill Hill Missionary Society visit:





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