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), Fr. Patrick Boyle P.P, Fr. Joseph Doran c.c., Elizabeth Mahon, Alieen O’Donoghue, Rita Lovett and John Stanton. This committee assists the Parish Priest in the financial management of the parish, plans expenditure and issues a yearly statement of accounts to parishioners. 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.
Collections at Sunday Masses
The first collection supports the priests of our parish, sick and retired priests, priests in low-income parishes and priests working in special ministries throughout our Diocese.
The Share collection provides essential pastoral services supporting all parishes.
Share also provides support to low-income parishes and contributes to initiatives of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.
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 prepares 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 standing order request form here