SPECIAL DIOCESAN COLLECTIONS

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 Accord in the diocese

2021 2022
Diocesan Needs January 17th  January 16th
Lourdes Pilgrimage February 14th February 13th
Irish Bishops Commissions March 14th March 13th
Holy Places April 2nd April 15th
Priests’ Collection (Easter) April 4th April 17th
Diocesan Needs April 25th April 24th
Mission and Ministry May 9th May 8th
Peter’s Pence June 27th June 26th
Diocesan Needs July 18th July 17th
Priesthood Education September 26th September 25th
Diocesan Needs October 10th October 9th
Propagation of the Faith October 24th October 23rd
Marriage Support November 14th November 13th
Priests’ 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.