Eight parishes across the diocese are the first to provide a secure online donation facility on their websites and social media platforms.
Each household in the parishes will also receive printed literature which explains how people can use the online donate button or set up a bank standing order to regularly contribute to their parish.
Until the Covid-19 pandemic, parishes met their budgetary needs thanks to the generosity of successive generations of Catholics.
People have made it possible for parishes to meet all their bills and priests have been supported also with offerings from the people.
But a lot has changed since March of this year.
The Covid-19 Pandemic led to the closure of churches throughout the Diocese of Cork and Ross for a considerable period of time. As a result, people were unable to contribute to the upkeep of their parish faith community through the weekly Offertory Collection.
This meant a substantial reduction in income for parishes.
Bishop Fintan, with the support of Declan O’Connell, Financial Administrator of the diocese along with priests from across the diocese and parish finance committees are piloting new ways through which parishioners can contribute financially.
The parishes selected to pilot the new donations system are Bandon; Blackpool, The Glen and Ballyvolane; The Cathedral; Clonakilty; Douglas and Rochestown; Frankfield, Schull and Ss Peter and Paul’s Parish, Cork.
People will be able to support their local parish and provide an income for their priest(s) by using one or more of these established and some new methods:
- Contributing to the collections taken up at Mass
- Returning envelopes for clergy offerings or Station Dues
- Using the parish’s new online Donate facility
- Setting up a Standing Order on their bank account
Many people are also living with reduced incomes so church contributions can be spread over an extended period.
The absence of church collections for several months and the reduced numbers of people able to attend Mass have also affected the funds available to the diocese.
Diocesan funds help the diocese to resource parishes in the areas of Mission and Ministry, Catholic Education, Safeguarding, Financial Management, GDPR compliance, vetting services etc.
There is a Donate button on the diocesan website which people can use to make a donation to the diocese.