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 to aid projects of the local and universal Church. They are listed here:
Irish Bishops’ Commissions
This collection helps fund the work of the Irish Bishops’ Conference and its agencies and commissions.
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.
Trocaire Lenten campaign
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.
Peter’s Pence / Diocesan Needs Appeal
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.
The proceeds of this collection go to supporting retired and sick priests in our 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.
All cumulative donations to Special Collections, Priests Collections & Parish Funds totalling €250 in a calendar year are eligible for tax rebate. €250 is effectively increased to €362 at no extra cost to you.