Financial Affairs

All organisations have expenses and need a regular income to operate and to develop. A Parish depends totally on the generosity of its parishioners to provide that income.

Regular expenses such as gas and electricity, maintenance of the church and parochial houses, insurance, lay staff salaries, security, IT, supplies and other facilities must all be paid for from Parish and Diocesan income.

Also, funds are needed for developing the Parish and taking on new challenges to spread the Good News.

The Finance Committee

The role of the Finance Committee is to advise the Parish Priest on all financial matters relating to the Parish and to co-ordinate the work of the various committees involved with fund raising. Members have the satisfaction of putting their business skills to use for the community.

Together with the Parish Priest, the Finance Committee produces the annual parish budget and statement of financial accounts which is published locally as well as submitted to the archdiocese.

Where Does The Money Go?

Monies collected by Balally Parish is either used by the Parish itself or transferred to the Archdiocese of Dublin. The following sections explain where each source of money is distributed to and specifies the activities which each source of money is used for.

All Balally Parish incomes are used for the maintenance and upkeep of our Church and its Presbyteries.

Balally Parish income is received from the following sources, please click on the title to view details of each income source;

The Family Offering

The Family Offering is the main source of income for the running of the Parish.

The Parish Finance Committee would like to thank most sincerely all the parishioners who so generously support the Family Offering. If you’re already a contributor, please consider how long it is since you reviewed the amount of your contribution and if possible, could you consider increasing it?

We welcomedepend on and appreciate any financial assistance which you can provide.

Family Offerings can be made any of the following means:

  • Family Offering Online Donation (click here)
    • The Online Donation options are:
      • “Donation to Balally Parish” (this is the Family Offering)

      • “Church Lighting Fund” (Balally Parish)

      • Donations may be on a once-off or regular schedule
      • Please create an account with the Dublin Diocese for ease of future donations and for tax relief benefits (see below)

      • Do not log in as a guest donator, which is anonymous and, therefore, cannot be used for tax relief purposes.

  • Cash Contribution (weekly envelope collection)

    • If you would like to make regular cash contributions please contact the Parish Office by phone (01) 2954296 or by email: balallyparish @ gmail.com.

    •  A Family Offering Reference Number will be assigned to you, by the Parish Office, so that your contributions can be summarized for you each year.

  • Standing Order (via your bank)

    • If you wish to donate by Standing Order please download, print and complete this form

    • A Family Offering Reference Number will be assigned by the Parish Office. Please contact by phone or email.

    • You will then need to complete the form and provide it to your bank.

    • Alternatively, you may set up a Standing Order online with your bank using your name and address as a reference and then advise the Parish Office by email or by phone.

      • The Balally Parish bank account details are as follows:

        • IBAN: IE42BOFI90109535932393

        • BIC: BOFIIE2D

        • Account Number: 35932393
        • Sort Code: 901095
        • Bank Address: Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Dundrum, D14 K4A9

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The 400 Club

The 400 Club is a monthly draw where members contribute €10 per month. Half the contribution is given back as prizes and half goes to the running of the parish.

Please contact the Parish Office if you wish to join.

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Parish Bingo

Parish Bingo is held on Friday evening at 8.30pm in the Pastoral Centre and provides a social occasion as well as the excitement of the games at a modest cost to the players.

Depending on attendance, it may generate a small surplus which goes to the running of the parish.

Parish Bingo has been suspended since March 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Donations and Bequests

The Parish receives, from time to time, voluntary donations and bequests. This money is used for the running of the parish.

Voluntary donations can be made through any of the following means:

  • Voluntary Online Donation (click here)
    • The Online Donation options are:
      • “Donation to Balally Parish”

      • Donations may be on a once-off or regular schedule
      • Please create an account with the Dublin Diocese for ease of future donations and for tax relief benefits (see below)

      • Do not log in as a guest donator, which is anonymous and, therefore, cannot be used for tax relief purposes.

  • Via Parish Office

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Offerings for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

Voluntary offerings for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals is money is used for the running of the parish and may be made through any of the following means:
  • Voluntary Online Donation (click here)
    • The Online Donation options are:
      • “Donation to Balally Parish”

      • Donations may be on a once-off or regular schedule
      • Please create an account with the Dublin Diocese for ease of future donations and for tax relief benefits (see below)

      • Do not log in as a guest donator, which is anonymous and, therefore, cannot be used for tax relief purposes.

  • Via Parish Office

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Offerings for Candles at the Church Shrines

Offerings for candles may be given at the Church candle shrines.

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There  are three modes for the collection of monies, by Balally Parish, which are directly transferred to the Archdiocese of Dublin;

First Collection at Mass (Diocesan Common Fund)

The proceeds from this Fund are used to support all the priests of the Diocese, that is the salaries of priests serving in parishes, retired priests and priests that are ill. All these priests are all paid centrally by the Diocese. The current, annual salary of a curate priest is €17,250. These monies are collected during Sunday Masses and Masses on Holy Days of Obligation.Online Donations to the Diocesan COMMON Fund (click here)

  • The Online Donation options are:
    • “Mass Collections (Common Fund and Share)”

    • Donations may be on a once-off or regular schedule
    • Please create an account with the Dublin Diocese for ease of future donations and for tax relief benefits (see below)

    • Do not log in as a guest donator, which is anonymous and, therefore, cannot be used for tax relief purposes.

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Second Collection at Mass (Diocesan SHARE Fund)

Monies from the Second Collection (Diocesan SHARE Fund) support the many, central services of the Diocese and also supports parishes, in the Archdiocese, that cannot financially sustain themselves. The supported services include; building maintainance, evangelisation, childrens’ cathecesis, charity operations and lay ministry. These monies are collected during Sunday Masses and Masses on Holy Days of Obligation.

Online Donations to the Diocesan SHARE Fund (click here)

  • The Online Donation options are:
    • “Mass Collections (Common Fund and Share)”

    • Donations may be on a once-off or regular schedule
    • Please create an account with the Dublin Diocese for ease of future donations and for tax relief benefits (see below)

    • Do not log in as a guest donator, which is anonymous and, therefore, cannot be used for tax relief purposes.

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Christmas and Easter Dues (Diocesan Common Fund)

Christmas and Easter Dues: The proceeds from this Fund are used to support all the priests of the Diocese, that is the salaries of priests serving in parishes, retired priests and priests that are ill. All these priests are all paid centrally by the Diocese. The current, annual salary of a curate priest is €17,250. Dedicated envelopes are provided in the Church for these collections during Easter and Christmas periods, each year.

Online Donations to the Diocesan COMMON Fund (click here)

  • The Online Donation options are:
    • “Easter/Christmas Dues/Offerings”

    • Donations may be on a once-off or regular schedule
    • Please create an account with the Dublin Diocese for ease of future donations and for tax relief benefits (see below)

    • Do not log in as a guest donator, which is anonymous and, therefore, cannot be used for tax relief purposes.

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For details on each of these collections please click on the collection titles above.

All of these funds are centrally administered and distributed by the Archdiocese of Dublin.

How can I make my donations more valuable for the Parish, at no cost to me?

Tax Relief on contributions is an important source of funding for the Parish at no extra cost to the contributor.

When cumulative donations of over €250 are made in one calendar year, a refund of tax is available directly to the Parish. The contributor is simply asked to complete a form (CHY3/CHY4, details below). The €250 figure may include Family Offering, Christmas/Easter Dues and weekend Mass contribution amounts (once the contributor’s name is known).

Balally Parish as an eligible charity can claim tax relief on your donation, provided that it is €250 or more within a calendar year. Tax relief on contributions is an important source of funding for the Parish at no extra cost to the contributor. The relief is calculated by grossing up the donation at the specified rate. The specified rate is currently 31%.

  • Example:

    • A donation of €5 per week is €260 per year.

    • With tax rebate this is worth €376.81 to the Parish.

    • The tax rate is 31%, so €260 is 69% of the total donation.

    • To calculate the relief the total donation is calculated as follows:
      €260/69 x 100 = €376.81

    • The refund amount that can be claimed by the approved body (i.e. Balally Parish) is €116.81

    • Once the contributor has a completed the CHY3 or CHY4 form then the approved body can claim the refund in the following calendar year.

    • If you are eligible for the scheme which applies to Self Assessed and PAYE taxpayers and have not completed a CHY3 or CHY4 form please find a copy attached which can be downloaded, printed, completed and submitted to the Parish Office. You do not need to contact the Revenue Commissioners.

Click here to download CHY3 (Perpetual) Form

Click here to download CHY4 (Year by Year) Form

Contributions which are calculated may include Family Offering, Easter/Christmas Dues and weekend Mass contribution amounts (once traceable to the donor). Note that the 400 Club is not included as this is classified as a lottery.

Online Donations

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on people gatherings since March 2020 the online donate button has been established by the Diocese for each parish to facilitate online donations.

The donate button is at the top of the parish website homepage or can be accessed by clicking here

For Balally Parish to be able to capture your contributions, it is important when you log onto the DONATE button that you use your full name and please do not log in as a guest donator which is anonymous and, therefore, cannot be used for tax relief purposes.

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