The Finance Committee are responsible for the financial management of the Parish.
The running of the parish is dependent on the contributions of its parishioners and if you would like to support the parish financially, Standing Order Forms can be downloaded here.
The following are some frequently asked questions about the Family Offering and Mass Collections.
Frequently asked questions about the Family Offering and Mass Collections.
1. What is the Family Offering?
The Parish Family Offering is a regular payment made by families in the Parish to discharge the day to day expenses of the Parish including salaries of non-clerical staff, heating, lighting, repairs and maintenance of the Church, servicing the Parish debt and a contribution to a variety of services.
2. Do weekly Mass Collections and Easter / Christmas Dues not cover those costs?
No, the first Sunday Mass collection together with the Easter and Christmas Dues are paid over in full directly to the Diocese. The second Sunday Mass collection (Share collection) goes towards Diocesan services and to support other Parishes within the Diocese. The Diocese pays the salaries of the Priests working within the Parish. Any monies over and above this are retained by the Diocese centrally.
3. Does the Parish not receive any money from Central Diocesan Funds or from the Church or State nationally?
Outside of the payment of the clerical salaries the Parish does not receive any money from the Diocese or from the Church nationally. There is no State funding for activities of the Parish.
4. This is a big Parish. Is every family / house already paying?
This is a big geographical Parish and covers a significant area. There are estimates of a total of 3,600 households within the Parish.
However, only a small percentage of households are currently contributing to the Family Offering. This low and decreasing percentage can be attributed to the fact that some households have moved away and other contributors have died or circumstances have changed such that they can no longer make a contribution.
We are focused on contacting every household within the Parish and asking them to consider making a Family Offering. At minimum we would hope to raise the number of contributions to 800 households.
5. How does a family set about making a Family Offering?
You can sign up for the Family Offering by completing the Standing Order form and returning it to the Parish
Office, or directly to any of the Priests or members of the Parish Finance Committee.
There is an option to pay by Cash or Cheque also. Please complete the personal details section on the Standing Order form and we shall arrange to deliver family offering envelopes to your address by return.
6. How much should I make in the Family Offering?
Any regular amount is welcome and every family should have regard to their own resources and circumstances. An average sum of €20.00 per month has been paid but any sum from €5.00 to €50.00 per month would be very welcome. It is worth noting that if you are a PAYE or Self Assessed tax-payer and donate a monthly contribution of €21 per month the Parish can claim tax back at no expense to you.
If you would like to support the parish financially, Standing Order Forms can be downloaded here.