As well as the ordinary collections for the parish funds taken up every Sunday, there are special diocese-wide collections taken up on some weekends and Good Friday to aid projects of the local and universal Church.They are listed here:

Lourdes Invalid Fund
This collection subsides the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for individuals whose health and/or means would otherwise prevent them from travelling to Lourdes. It also subsidises the travel of essential care personnel. It is administered by Canon Jim O’Donovan, The Presbytery, Ballinlough, Cork.

(Good Friday) Holy Places (in the Holy Land)
The collection taken up at the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday is sent to the custodians of the places in the Holy Land where Our Lord? Passion took place. These funds are used to maintain the Holy Places.

Irish Bishops’ Commissions
This collection helps fund the work of the Irish Bishops’ Conference and its agencies and commissions.
List of the agencies and commissions

Parish Pastoral Services
This collection part-funds the training of parish assemblies and parish pastoral councils and funds on-going support programmes for parishes provided through the Pastoral Development Office.

Peter’s Pence
The Peter’s Pence collection is sent to Rome. It is used by the pope to support special charitable projects in developing countries as well as defraying expenses of the work of the Church.
Full Information

Education/Students of the Priesthood
The proceeds of the collection go to the Diocesan Education Fund which meets the cost of seminarians’ fees at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and also contributes to post-graduate studies of priests of the diocese.

Propagation of The Faith (Missions)
This Mission Sunday collection goes to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and is used to support the young churches throughout the world in the establishment of parishes, dioceses, training of catechists and building of seminaries, etc.

Marriage Care Collection
This Marriage Care Collection supports the work of C.M.C.C. and Accord in the diocese




Diocesan Needs January 20th  January 19th
Lourdes Invalid Fund February 10th February 9th
Irish Bishops Commissions March 10th March 8th
Holy Places April 19th April 10th
Clergy Collection (Easter) April 21st April 12th
Diocesan Needs April 14th April 26th
Parish Pastoral Services May 12th May10th
World Meeting of Families May 26th  
Peter’s Pence June 30th June 28th
Diocesan Needs July 14th July 19th
Priesthood Education September 29th September 27th
Diocesan Needs October 13th October 11th
Propagation of the Faith October 20th October 18th
Marriage Support November 17th November 15th
Clergy Collection (Christmas) December 25th December 25th

1.  There is no (Second) Special Collection on the first Sunday of each month to facilitate the monthly church door collection of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.