Do you wonder what happens to the money you put into the collection basket each Sunday?
At each weekend Mass, in both St. Francis Xavier and St. Clare’s churches, volunteers take up two collections. The proceeds of the first collection pay for the running costs and expenses of the Parish. The proceeds of the second collection pay for the living expenses of our Priests and the running costs of the Presbytery.
In addition, throughout the year we have approximately 8 (eight) special collections that take place on specific Sundays nominated by the Archdiocese of Melbourne, eg. CatholicCare, Catholic Mission, Chaplaincy Sunday, etc. In this Parish these are taken up as a Leaving Collection at the conclusion of Mass.
All monies collected at weekend Masses are counted by dedicated (but dwindling) teams of volunteers at both churches. Some of these Counters have been carrying on this task for in excess of 35 years. On Mondays the total proceeds of all the weekend collections are collated and prepared for banking by another small group of dedicated volunteers.
There are no holidays for Collectors and Counters – their roles are 52 weeks a year, every year. Over the past 15 or so years the number of volunteer Sunday Counting teams (of two) has dropped from something like 12 to 4 at St. Francis Xavier. St. Clare’s counters also work in teams of two. An injection of fresh, young blood is urgently needed to relieve the pressure on these faith-filled parishioners.
Can you help? If you are looking for a way to become involved in supporting your parish on a voluntary basis, this is a great way to start. There are no age barriers! No experience necessary, just a willingness to assist in this important ministry. Please contact the Parish Office to register your interest.