As mentioned previously, the Archdiocese of Dublin is in financial difficulty. Archbishop Farrell has recently written to parishes, acknowledging how communities and parishes have shown resilience and imagination in their response to the pandemic. He acknowledges that certain aspects of church life have been severely impacted. One of these is parish finances.
The Archbishop explains how the necessary restriction of public worship has impacted the two essential Sunday Mass collections: the 1st Collection and Share collection.
Last weekend I acknowledged the great generosity of the people of Booterstown in sending in Easter Dues amounting to over €52,000, which was transferred to the Archdiocese. However, the Finance Section of the Archdiocese has now been obliged to introduce
Summer Dues, such is the state of the finances in the Diocese.
The Summer Offering collection will be launched next weekend on 20th June. Envelopes for this purpose are being printed and they will be in the church porch next weekend, rather than being distributed in the parish.