Covid19 has impacted upon our lives in ways that we could never have imagined. That has been true also for the life of our parish. Never did we think that we would go three months without celebrating a public Mass as happened during the lockdown from March to July. Special family events like baptisms and weddings had to be postponed and special parish celebrations such as our Confirmation and First Holy Communions ceremonies had to be pushed back to the autumn. The restriction on numbers attending funerals meant many families had to face the pain of grief alone and robbed us as a community of a chance to honour those who died and to pay them a fitting farewell. Even now, the restriction of a maximum of 50 people in our Churches for Mass and other celebrations, because of their size, dramatically changes the feel of community that has always been so central to our gathering and our prayer.
These changes have also had a significant impact on the finances of our parishes. Our parish depends almost entirely on the collection at our Sunday Masses to meet the running costs of the parish such as light and heat, church supplies, insurance, rates and property tax, etc. The fact that we weren’t able to celebrate Sunday Mass for four months and can now do so only with limited numbers means that, despite the continued generosity of many parishioners, parish income has fallen dramatically. Looking at our income from the beginning of January to the beginning of September this year compared to the same period last year, Monkstown Parish [Monkstown, Shanbally & Ringaskiddy] has dropped from €34,800 to €22,060 and Passage West Parish has dropped from €19,600 to €10,800. These figures represent a 37% and 45% drop in income, respectively. We have endeavoured to reduce our costs as much as possible, but this is difficult when you consider additional costs associated with Covid19 such as signage and sanitising materials. Facing into winter it is difficult to see where we can cut costs further. Unfortunately, it costs the same to heat a Church whether you have a congregation of 50 or 150.
We are very conscious that we are not alone to facing this challenge. Almost every club and community association has seen their income significantly reduced. We also realize that family income has fallen for many in our community and that many are facing uncertain futures. We in no way wish to add to that burden. However, if you can, we would ask you to please support our parish as best you can in these challenging times. Collection baskets are available at all our Masses, both weekday and Sunday. If you are not able to be with us in person at present but join us in our live stream maybe you might be kind enough to consider making a donation by post. Some parishioners have asked for our bank details to set up a standing order or to make an online donation and I include those details below. These details are also available at any time from Cathy in the Parish Office. I hate asking for money in what I know are difficult times. I only ask because we need to meet the running costs of the parish which is our parish and belongs to all of us. I thank you in advance for your understanding and your generosity. Fr Seán
Parish Bank Accounts
PASSAGE WEST PAROCHIAL A/C
BIC: AIBKIE2D IBAN: IE09 AIBK 9341 7879 4470 62
MONKSTOWN PARISH A/C
BIC: AIBKIE2D IBAN: IE49 AIBK 9343 1321 4151 48
Monkstown Parish incorporates Shanbally, Ringaskiddy and Monkstown.