Parish Finance Committee
The Parish Finance Committee is required under Canon Law. It meets four times each year. The current members are Pat O’ Connor ( Chair), Dr. Dermot MacDonald (Secretary), Fr. Bernard Kennedy (President), Elizabeth Mahon, Albert Luissa i Tora, Fr. Joseph Doran, Alieen O’Donoghue, John Stanton. This committee assists the Parish Administrator in the financial management of the parish, plans expenditure and issues a yearly statement of accounts to parishioners. The parish auditors are Hayden Brown. This annual audited return includes the expenditure of the Parish Community Centre at Mountainview Road, as it is the property of the parish and held legally by The St. Laurence O’Toole Trust. The legal advisors to the parish are Mason, Hayes and Curran.
This takes place after the homily and is our offering for the priests of the parish, the sick and retired priests of the diocese and priests in special ministry such as chaplaincies. The amount collected is forwarded to the Dublin diocese each week.
The second collection – more commonly known as the Share collection – takes place after the Prayers of the Faithful. This collection is also forwarded to the Dublin diocese and is used to fund developing parishes and those parishes who do not have the financial means to support themselves.
The Share collection is replaced by other special collections on certain weekends during the year.
Christmas and Easter Dues
Christmas and Easter Dues are forwarded to the Dublin diocese. They are not retained for use in the parish.
Payments for funerals, weddings and baptisms
Payments made to the church for funerals, weddings and baptisms are divided as follows :
25% to the diocese, 25% to the parish, 50% to the celebrant
Parish running costs
The parish relies on donations from parishioners to fund the parish running costs. Parishioners may donate using the weekly ‘family envelope’ or by monthly standing order. Approximately 70 parishioners donate using family envelope and another 40 donate by monthly standing order. A small number of parishioners make an annual donation for parish expenses.
Other sources of income include bequests and the tax rebate we apply for annually. There is a small income from the sale of shrine candles and books.
If you do not already donate regularly to the parish we would ask that you would consider doing so. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.
Annually the costs amount to near € 90,000. The Finance Committee and the parish auditors Hayden Brown prepare an annual report. There are over 2000 houses in the parish, and approximately 650 people attend weekend masses.
Under the leadership of Louis Eves a group of men count the Sunday collections and prepare them for lodgement to the bank. This group has a monthly rota faithfully preparing the Sunday and Holyday collections and recording for the finance committee weekly the amounts involved. They are an unseen but very vital group faithful in their commitment.
If you wish to set up a standing order contribution to the parish you can find a direct debit request form here