Parish Collections


Canon Law requires that there be two separate collections in each Parish. 


The First Collection

The first collection is for the support of the Priest’s and Bishop’s of the Diocese. Proceeds from this collection are paid into the Parish House Trust Account together with receipts from Christmas and Easter Dues, Donations for Baptism, Marriages, Chaplaincies and other services.  The following items are paid from the House Trust Account:

·      the personal stipend of each Priest,

·      clergy allowances for books,

·      clothing,

·      retreats and courses,

·      food and housekeeping,

·      housekeepers wages,

·      cathedraticum.


10% of the total receipts of House Trust Account is paid to the Bishop as Cathedraticum.  This is for the support of the Bishop’s.


Any surplus funds in the Parish House Trust Account are transferred to the Diocesan Clergy Trust Fund which provides for the other needs of the Clergy throughout the Diocese including those who are sick, elderly and retired.  This fund meets the medical and hospital expenses for all Priests and provides for those in retirement, whether they are living privately or they are in the care of others.


There are some Parishes where the first contribution is insufficient to support the Parish Priests.  In those cases the Clergy Trust Fund makes up the short fall.


The Priests overseas travel entitlement is paid from the Clergy Trust Fund.  This entitlement accrues every five years.  The Clergy Trust Fund is administered by the Bishop and other members of the Clergy.


The Second Collection

Proceeds from the second collection are paid into the Parish account along with any other Parish income which is not intended for the specific support of the Clergy.  The second collection meets the needs of the Parish and the wider Catholic Church, such as all Parish operating costs eg.

·      church supplies

·      finance charges

·      motor vehicle payments

·      power  and fuel

·      printing and stationery

·      wages

·      labour costs

·      property holding costs

·      insurance

·      rates

·      repairs and maintenance

·      Religious education

·      capital expenditure including loan repayments, furnishings, appliances and their replacement

·      Diocesan and National Allocations

·      other Parish activities, purchases or publications.




Planned Giving


Parishes are required to review their planned giving programmes at least every three years.  Unless a conscious effort is made to keep the giving level up to date experience has shown the level of Parish income falls away.  School leavers and new people to the Parish are asked to adopt the pledging system and support their parish in a meaningful way.


Assistance is available from the Funding Manager in relation to the renewal of the Planned Giving Programme.


The Funding Manager

Chanel Centre, 51 Grey Street

PO Box 4353

Hamilton East

Tel:  07 856 6989

Fax: 07 856 7035