(Association for the Propagation of the Faith - Red Boxes)
Missio is the registered charity that encompasses four former overseas missionary charities. Each continues to be run as a separate branch of Missio. The Red Boxes are issued by the Association for the Propagation of the Faith ('APF') and the proceeds are split between it (60%) and St Joseph's Missionary Society (the Mill Hill Fathers) (40%).
Some parishioners make regular contributions through banks, but others continue to use the Red Box. As the use of coinage diminishes (a forecast reduction of 61% between the beginning of the century and 2018), the habit of many people to put their small change into the red box each evening will mean that less and less is given in that way. Perhaps a move towards increased regular giving is the desirable future?
Whatever, the important thing is that we continue to support the overseas missions, both by our giving and by our prayers. Please contact the parish office if you would like to have a red box or to make a regular donation directly to the APF.