Members Garry McKenna [Chairman], Jim McCusker [Vice-chairman], Donal Brady, RoseAnne McCormick, Oliver Magill, Mary Lewis, Aideen D’Arcy
Ex-officio: Father Paul Strain Adm., Father Paul Morely CC, Ann D’Arcy [Minute Secretary]
According to Canon Law: ‘In each Parish there is to be a Finance Committee to help the Parish Priest in the administration of the goods of the Parish’. (Canon 537). To this end, the members of the Finance Committee advise and help the Priests of the Parish in -
Drawing up an annual account of income and expenditure
Preparing the Parish account books for audit
Keeping an up-to-date inventory of all Parochial properties and equipment
Safeguarding the ownership of Parish properties and goods
Ensuring that all Parish properties are adequately insured, maintained and secured and that they comply with Health & Safety Legislation and the Disability Discrimination Act
Overseeing Parish fundraising projects.
All Parishioners are encouraged to make their regular contributions to the Parish in the Weekly Envelopes.
If you have just moved into the Parish and would like a box of Weekly Envelopes please contact the Parish Office.
If you are a taxpayer you are invited to ‘Gift Aid’ your regular contributions to the Parish and then the Parish can claim back from the Government 25p in every pound that you contribute – at no extra cost to you.
‘Gift Aid’ forms are available from the Parish Office and also in the Gathering Space of Holy Family Church and in the Porch of St Therese Church. You can also click below.
Please click here for an exemplar of a Gift Aid Declaration Form
The publication of the “Green Paper” in April 2014 and the “Blue Paper” in October 2014 highlighted Holy Family Parish’s £1.67M debt. During the Public Meeting in the Parish Centre on the Cavehill Road on 12-11-14, one parishioner proposed a specific debt-reduction initiative - “The £5K pledge.”
Parishioners were invited to consider making a pledge to contribute to parish funds the sum of £1,000 per annum for a period of 5 years – over and above their existing financial support for the parish. The proposal was made on the premise that the initiative could proceed immediately - without having to await the outcome of the Consultation Process which will shape Holy Family Parish’s “Vision for the Future”.
The proposer also suggested that:
- This new stream of funding would be ring-fenced for the specific purposes of reducing the parish debt.
- Parishioners could fulfil their payment pledges in the manner which best suited them, whether making monthly payments or an annual lump sum; whether paying by cheque or direct debit.
- The immediate effect would be to reduce annual interest payments on existing debt.
- Potentially, one hundred such pledges, whether made by individual parishioners or households, could reduce parish debt by more than one third within 5 years.
Since November 2014, considerable support has already been voiced for this initiative. Several parishioners have already approached Fr Strain; some parishioners have already made this pledge. Whether acting as an individual parishioner, or whether co-ordinating arrangements on behalf of your household, YOU are invited to express your interest in making “THE £5K PLEDGE” by filling in this leaflet. Alternatively, you are invited to consider if you could make some other level of contribution to this debt-reduction initiative – and to complete the leaflet accordingly. Clearly all pledges will assist greatly in financial planning.
All communications in regard to this debt-reduction initiative should be sent to the Parish Office, Holy Family Presbytery, 226 Limestone Road, Belfast BT15 2HP, in a sealed envelope marked FOR THE PERSONAL ATTENTION OF FR STRAIN.
ALL SUCH COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.
If you are a taxpayer, you could “Gift Aid” your donation so that the Parish can claim back from the Government 25p in every pound donated by you – and at no extra cost to you.
NAME ……………………………………………………………………… CONTACT NUMBER……………………………………..
The Committee meets weekly in Holy Family Presbytery to oversee the running of the Weekly Draw. The venue for the "Big Draw" in week 50 will be announced in the Bulletin and on the website.
Remember, you’ve got to be in to win! £2 per week gives you a chance to win the following:
Weeks 1 to 50 – 2 prizes of £200 & 2 prizes of £100
Week 50 – 1 prize of £5000 and 1 prize of £2000.
PARISH DRAW PROMOTERS –
In addition to the dedicated members of the Draw Committee there is an enthusiastic and tireless army of 90 Promoters who do the foot soldiering around the homes of Parishioners to collect the weekly contributions. All Promoters are eligible for a special Weekly Draw of £100 and in weeks 25 and 50 a prize of £1000 for Promoters with 10 or more members who are fully paid up. They are also invited to an Annual Dinner and Entertainment.
Every year new Promoters are needed – if you have time and energy to spare, why not become a Promoter? Contact the Parish Office for more details.
COUNTING TEAMS -
There are teams of volunteer Counters who carry out their duties weekly for the monies collected in Holy Family Church and St Therese Church.
Each Church is served by volunteer Collectors who pass round the baskets before the Offertory Procession.