Dear members of the diocese,
Recent economic changes, including new rules about priests’ salaries, have resulted in many questions among members of our diocese. People may particularly wonder how the Church in Finland will survive under the new circumstances. Therefore, I wish to clarify how the members of the diocese can support the Church financially. At the same time, I also want to underscore their obligation in this matter.
In the Catholic Church, every parishioner is obligated to support the Church and the parish, also financially, according to his or her ability. In the Catholic Diocese of Helsinki, starting from the beginning of year 2018, this is implemented as follows:
Every Catholic above 18 years of age has the obligation to pay 1,5% of his or her taxable income to the membership fee bank account of his or her own parish. (Obviously, one does not need to pay, at least the full amount, if under grave economic hardship). The recommended method of payment is a monthly automatic transfer to the membership fee account of the parish.
Each parish regularly gives about 10% of the income it has collected to the use of the diocese. The diocese needs this income for upkeep of common functions, including, among other things, supporting those parishes which are not financially independent.
This guideline does away with all previous directions about financial support for the Church. However, one may still also support the diocese directly, just as before. Also, members of the diocese are still obligated to pay the annual subscription fee for the diocesan newspaper Fides, which is sent to every Catholic home.
Thank you to all those that already support the Church!
Helsinki, Jan. 8, 2018
+ Teemu Sippo S.C.I.
Bishop of Helsinki
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Account Numbers for the Membership Fee (Jan 2018)
Pyhän Henrikin katedraaliseurakunta
FI61 1014 3000 2118 01 – Viite: 1009
Pyhän Marian seurakunta
FI65 1023 3000 2047 89 – Viite: 90010
Pyhän Birgitan ja autuaan Hemmingin seurakunta
FI40 1547 3000 0005 98 – Viite: 90010
Pyhän Olavin seurakunta
FI65 1045 3000 1121 43 – Viite: 90010
Pyhän ristin seurakunta
FI08 2236 1800 0045 66 – Viite: 90010
Pyhän Ursulan seurakunta
FI91 8000 1501 8884 41 – Viite: 90010
Nasaretin pyhän perheen seurakunta
FI65 80001470 2353 84 – Viite: 90010
Pyhän Joosefin seurakunta
FI86 8000 1801 5788 58 – Viite: 90010
FI78 1014 3000 2374 91 – Viite: 90010
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