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Clogher Diocese Annual Financial Report 2015




Period Ended 31 December 2015.

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Roman Catholic Diocese and Parishes of Clogher Financial Report 2015


The Roman Catholic Diocese and Parishes of Clogher has today published, for the first time, financial information on its parishes and diocesan administration. The release of the financial report for 2015, which has been filed with the Charities Regulator, provides an overview of the funds held by parishes and the diocese and includes the financial activities of the combined parishes and the diocesan administration (curia) for the year. The publication of this information by the diocese is a demonstration of its commitment to compliance with charities legislation, as well as to transparency and accountability.

The financial report makes it clear that all expenditure is in furtherance of the charitable objects of the trust, and these objects are clearly outlined in the accounts. Significant costs are those associated with servicing and maintaining church buildings. Altogether, these came to €1.6m with a further €0.89m being spent on various renovation projects during the year. Church buildings are, for the most part, listed buildings which continually require specialised maintenance and refurbishment.

The report also shows that the diocese has conserved funds to meet future costs, both anticipated and unforeseen.
These funds are comprised of designated funds which belong to the 37 parishes of the diocese as well as diocesan agencies, organisations and institutions. The remaining diocesan funds are almost all restricted funds, held for specific purposes such as Education, Vocations, the maintenance of the Diocesan Cathedral and the care of the sick and retired priests.

The total income of the diocese and its parishes for the year was €14.3m. A total of €11.7m was spent on the charitable objectives and activities of the parishes and diocesan agencies and organisations. Taking into account a growth of €0.6m in investments, this left an excess of income over expenditure across the diocese of €3.2m, which is held by the 37 parishes and the diocesan curia.

In a letter read at all Masses in the diocese this weekend, the Diocesan Administrator, Monsignor Joseph McGuinness thanked all those who generously and regularly support their parishes, the diocese and their priests. He also thanked all priests and administrative staff in parishes and diocesan organisations for their work in achieving compliance with the recently-enacted charities legislation, noting that support for the work of the Church is vital in every local community:

A great strength of our Church is its presence and ministry in each local community. Over recent years, both Irish society and the Church have witnessed much change and upheaval and this change is going to continue to challenge us into the future. That is why your ongoing and continuing support is vital. Vital too will be input of lay people in each and every parish. In this regard, I especially thank the many volunteers across our diocese who work for the Church so willingly and in so many ways, day after day. Both now and in the years ahead, your role and your contributions, financial and otherwise, will be key to our continuing work across the whole diocese.

The Roman Catholic Diocese and Parishes of Clogher is a registered charity. The diocese is made up of 37 parishes – 20 in the Republic of Ireland, 15 in Northern Ireland and 2 which are divided by the border. Other entities whose financial activities are included in the accounts include St Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg, Clogher don Óige, the Lourdes Pilgrimage and the two diocesan seminaries. Its administrative headquarters is in Monaghan and its financial activities fall within the requirements of both the Charities Regulator in the Republic of Ireland and Charities Commission of Northern Ireland. Over recent years, the diocese – at all levels- has made considerable progress in achieving compliance with the various regulatory requirements north and south and it is committed to continuing on this course.

Shoe Box Appeal 2017

 SHOE BOX Appeal

Can You Help??    

Fillers required for TEAM HOPE Christmas Shoe Box Appeal
Pens; Pencil; Paper, Colouring Books; Markers ; Sharpeners; Eraser; Copy Books; Toothbrushes; Soap (Wrapped) no liquids; Toothpaste; Hairbrushes; Facecloths, Hats, Socks Gloves; Underwear (New); Scarves; Flip Flops; Sunglasses; Cuddly toys ; Stickers; Skipping ropes / yo yo’s; Small musical instruments; Toy cars; Sweets (must be in date until March 18) dolls; Jewellery for girls age 12-14; Make up for girls age 12-14. If you can supply any of the above items or help in any way to sort Christmas Shoe Boxes.
For more information please contact Janet : 086 8181468 or Ethel: 086 1519964. Thank you for your assistance. Give a child a gift of a Shoe Box this Christmas. Leaflets on table at the back of the Church.              

 All items needed by Friday 3rd November.

Filled Shoe boxes can be left in the Parish Centre with Kathleen



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