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Our members are well versed in Finance and/or Accounting and have considerable experience being part of the Parish community.
Our current members are:
Father Michael Court (Parish Priest)
Paul Dewberry (Operations Manager)
Brian Fitzgerald (Honorary Accountant)
Kevin Gurney (Chair)
Mark Lennon, Joe Zappia, Gayle Anderson
Operations Manager Paul Dewberry
Any of the finance team will be happy to discuss any matter with you, please contact Paul first instance and he will direct your enquiry to the appropriate person.
WHAT WE DO
The Finance Committee works closely with the parish priest, as a consultative body, who is accountable to the Archbishop for the administration and stewardship of the temporal goods of the parish.
Every parish is required to have a Parish Finance Committee, both by adherence to the Code of Canon Law and by the Archbishop. An active, well-formed Parish Finance Committee is a key element for promoting the financial health of a parish, assuring accountability and assisting the Parish Priest with his temporal responsibilities.
🕒🤹🏽💰 TIME, TALENT, TREASURE
The parish reduces its running costs by the generosity of the parishioners who provide their time and talents for free. We have so many talented individuals; electricians, gardeners, cleaners, accountants, carpenters, musicians, the list goes on.
No matter how much parishioners give of their Time and Talents there will always be a need for giving of our Treasures. Some expenses cannot be diminished, eg council and water rates, insurances, electricity, etc.
The parish relies on the generosity of parishioners sharing their treasures via the direct giving program. In 2019 we started to receive income from the Lease of the land at John Paul Village. The majority of these funds are used for Charitable purposes.
The Parish Finance Committee maintains a 10 year financial plan for the Parish, to ensure the path we are following will see us maintain financial viability for the future. In this plan we include the income via the direct giving program and other small income sources. We then budget against this for normal operating expenses of insurances, rates, electricity, salaries, etc, and the natural escalation of the cost of these expenses.
Every five years, we will ask parishioners to nominate Charities of their choice for the Parish Charity Fund to provide financial support to. The most favoured 3-5 charities will then be beneficiaries of our donations.
We conduct a “Matching Gifts” Program for selected Disaster. We will ask parishioners to make their personal donation to a selected charity and send their receipt to the Parish Office. We will then match the total amount donated with a parish donation from our Charity Fund, effectively doubling the amount parishioners donate. To date our Parish has donated over $50,000 via this means.
CHARITIES WE SUPPORT
Thanks to you, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre has been able to provide safety, sanctuary and support to more than 7,000 people through the pandemic, while continuing to campaign and advocate for fair policies that provide a safety net to the most vulnerable in our community.
The Parish Charity Fund donates $6,700p.a. for five years to this charity.
The Parish Charity Fund recently donated $25,000 to Salesian Missions to assist with victims of the Timor Leste floods.
A letter of gratitude was posted in the missions news in June.
View to a 3 minute video from the Salesians in Timor
We also budget heavily for maintenance. The parish owns considerable property, including the two churches, convent, ATY, and the presbytery. We all know of the ongoing cost of maintaining our own homes, so imagine the constant maintenance needs of the parish properties. Aside from regular maintenance we budget $42,500pa for major capital maintenance. In recent years we have used this “reserve” for replacing the plumbing of the church toilets, repairing the water damaged church gutters and eaves, replacing the high section of the church roof and replacing the 30 year old kitchen in the presbytery.
OUR PARISH INCOME
Direct Giving Programme
Our parish expenses are maintained by the generous giving of our parishioners. The basis of this is through the Sacrificial Giving programme, also know as Direct Giving.
If you can help with supporting the Parish by joining Direct Giving Programme, or by increasing your direct giving contribution, please clink on the following link Direct Giving Application or contact the Parish Office on 9520 8277 or at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support.
More information on Direct Giving
Fr Mick's letter regarding Direct Giving January 2020
SJB Prayer Card
The SJB Prayer Card is available at the entry to each Church.
The New Presbytery 2021-22.
We are currently working with Fr Peter and architects to design the new presbytery on the land 80 Banksia Ave, opposite the church.
Read about other Completed Projects (Link)
We include below, links to various Governance Documents of our Parish: (links to a bunch of files images and documents)
Parish Organisational Chart
Statutes for Parish Finance Committees
Terms of Reference for Mission Leadership Team
Guidelines for our Parish Pastoral Council
Terms of Reference for Charitable and Pastoral Works
Application For Funding (Pastoral Works) Printable version - Application For Funding Online
Financial Administration Delegation Authority.
Terms of Reference for Parish Development Committee - coming soon
CHARITABLE WORKS FUND
The Parish conducts three special collections per annum to raise funds to cover our contribution to the Charitable Works Fund (CWF). Parishes are levied 10% of their Direct Giving and 20% of all other income (eg. rent) for the CWF contribution. Any shortfall in the three special collections must be made up from our Direct Giving income.