Parish Planned Giving
In addition to traditional forms of planned giving, such as putting envelopes into the collection baskets during Mass, parishioners are encouraged to join their local parish planned giving program electronically, via one of the following two options:
How is parish planned giving used?
A parish is dependent on the generosity of its parishioners to sustain itself and its many charitable and pastoral works. Generally, this support is through two collections at each Sunday Mass.
Planned Giving (which comprises envelopes, direct transfers and direct debits) and any loose cash donated to this collection are banked into a parish account, which is overseen by your Parish Finance Council. The many costs of running a parish are deducted from this account. Some of the expenses covered include:
- Parish operating costs such as insurance, utilities, telecommunications, general maintenance and upkeep of the church, presbytery, buildings and parish property
- Any loan debt servicing for parish buildings
- Parish pastoral programs
- Parish staff salaries, including superannuation
- Car expenses for the priest(s) in the parish
- A diocesan levy towards the costs of running the Diocese (10 per cent).
After the end of each calendar year, an external auditor reviews the parish accounts. A copy of the auditor’s report is given to the Diocese, the Parish Finance Council and is made available to parishioners.