Canon Law (Canon 537) states ‘In each Parish there is to be a Finance Committee to help the Parish Priest in the administration of the goods of the Parish’.
The Committee also handle the routine of dealing with civic decisions, which affect the smooth running of the Parish.
Every January the Committee prepare a Financial Statement which is presented to all parishioners on a designated Sunday.
The members of the Committee are:
Fergus Carolan (Chairman), Sean Drew, Mary Fitzpatrick, Phyllis Barrett, Michael Keaveny and Fr. John.
The Finance and Administration Committee thank all who contribute to Church Funds.
The Offertory Collection
Better known as the Plate Collection, the weekly Offertory Collection is taken up at the Offertory of all weekend Masses each Sunday in Kells and Girley churches.
Weekly Envelope Collection
At the beginning a box of Planned Giving Envelopes is delivered to each home in the Parish. The Box contains
- A coloured envelope for each Sunday of the Year. This contribution augments our weekly plate collection for the upkeep of the Parish.
- A white Offering Day envelope for the 6 Offering Days of the Year – Christmas Day, Candlemas(Feb), Easter, St. Colmcille (June), August and November. This collection defrays the living expenses of the priests of the Parish.
- A List of Dead and Name Sheet (with the October envelopes). This envelope may be returned to the Parochial House before November 2 (All Souls Day)
Annual Dues Collection
This door to door annual collection has a long tradition and our volunteers collect during the Summer months. It is used to augment the Offering Days envelopes.
Standing Orders / Direct Debits
Some parishioners find it difficult remembering to bring their envelope to Mass each Sunday. Also coming back from holidays and finding 3 or 4 envelopes unused can be daunting.
So many have opted to pay by Standing Order.
Simply fill out the form at the Parish Offfice.Tell us what breakdown between Weekly envelope and Offering days you would like. You can pay monthly, quarterly, half – yearly,or even yearly. We will credit your contributions to our Account Books from the Church Bank Statement.
PAYE Charity Reclaim
The Church as a designated Eligible Charity under Section 45 of the Finance Act 2001 can reclaim a percentage of your PAYE, if you pay PAYE. Annual contribution to our weekly and offering envelopes or via Direct Debit must be €250 or over. If you pay tax at 20% we can claim 20% of your contribution. If you pay at 41% we can reclaim at least 41% of your yearly contribution.
You are under no obligation to participate in this Scheme.
Once again we thank all our parishioners who support financially our policy of providing well maintained and heated Churches, while offering an efficient parish administration in arranging and conducting Masses, Baptisms, Marriages, Funerals, First Communion, Confirmation etc.