The parish is very grateful to Allchurches Trust in the UK for awarding us a grant of €10400 to help us pay for the repairs to Sts Alphonsus and Columba church. As you know, because of the pandemic, our fundraising drive has almost dried up over the past year and we still owe €300,000, so it is a good boost to our fundraising.
Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities. Its mission is to equip and empower Christian organisations to have a positive and transformative impact on lives and communities and it welcomes applications from all parts of the UK and Ireland, particularly from areas of social and economic deprivation. The Trust supports the repair, restoration, protection and improvement of church buildings, cathedrals and other places of Christian worship, especially where those changes support wider community use. Its grants also equip Christian charities and churches to help the most vulnerable and tackle social issues, including homelessness, poverty, climate change and cultural cohesion; and it provides funding for projects that support church growth and leadership and share the Christian faith. Allchurches Trust also works with selected partners to preserve the UK and Ireland’s rich history through funding to build and protect sustainable heritage skills.
Public Mass will resume on Monday next at 10am. Our stewards will be on duty, and we would ask you please to continue wearing facial masks, sanitising your hands, and keeping the safe social distance of 2 meters,