Crisis has 'obliterated' Mullingar parish's income

Mullingar parish has admitted that the Coronavirus crisis has “obliterated” its income – and left it fearful of not being able to pay the bills.

“We have made big cutbacks in spending, but we still have to run the parish and maintain the vital service we offer to our community and the local hospital,” Fr Derek Darby, parish administrator, told The Westmeath Examiner today.

The parish employs a number of staff – but depends completely on the voluntary support and generosity of people each week in the offertory collection to fulfill its obligations to its staff and priests, and to pay the parish’s bills.

“We have already received calls from parishioners who are mindful the parish’s working reserves are now under pressure, wanting to donate or make a contribution,” said Fr Darby.

Stressing that he was aware that in these uncertain times everyone is now under financial pressure, he said since Masses are suspended and the church locally has no income source, any donations will be gratefully received.

“We would appreciate your support,” he said.

There are three ways of supporting the parish:

(i) Weekly envelopes: continue to drop in the weekly envelope to the cathedral. There will be a secure donation box inside the main door of the cathedral.

(ii) Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer to Mullingar Cathedral Current Account

Bank of Ireland, Oliver Plunkett Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

IBAN – IE59 BOFI 9018 5315 7445 47

BIC – BOFIIE2D

Please include your name or envelope number (if you have one) as a reference so the church can acknowledge your donation.

(iii) Cheque or Cash Donation

Donations can be left into the parish office or the cathedral in the secure donation box inside the main door of the cathedral.

Donations received by post will be acknowledged by email/phone call.

MULLINGAR PARISH UPDATE

The Rosary is being prayed each day at 6pm. We invite families in our parish to join together in their own homes, light a candle, and recite the Rosary together.

#MESSAGINGMATTERS:

The parish is very conscious of the impact the current crisis can potentially have on the mental well-being of parishioners who are self-isolating for long periods, the elderly or sick, those out of work, those who are anxious or fearful.

To receive a text ‘message of hope’ from the parish each morning, parishioners are invited to text "Y" to 0831141430 and a text or thought for the day will be sent to those who sign up. Our hope is it helps to keep everyone connected during these times. Parishioners wishing to speak to the Parish Office or a priest should contact the parish number: 044 9348338.

WEBCAM SERVICE IN THE CATHEDRAL

Daily Mass: 7.45am, 9.15am, 10am

Cathedral open daily: 10.30am—8pm (closes at 5pm Sat)

St. Paul’s open daily: 10.30am-5pm

Sunday Mass: 6pm (vigil), 8.30am, 11am, 12.30pm

Daily Rosary: 6pm

Daily Holy Hour: 8-9pm

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