Archbishop’s McQuaid’s Letter on Charitable Bodies
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The following letter from the Most Rev. John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, was read out in all the churches of the Diocese of Dublin on Sunday, 18th September, 1960:
In the Catholic Social Service Conference the financial year ends on June 30. The audited accounts for the past year reveal a wise administration of the charitable funds that the Faithful have generously put at the disposal of the Conference.
Of the £51,041 disbursed, only 2.27 per cent has been spent in administration.
This year, 21 Food Centres were maintained in which the poor, without any exception, could obtain each day a balanced meal. 2,379,979 meals were distributed.
Linked with these general Food Centres are the 16 Centres of Maternity Welfare, in which poor mothers received this year 117,012 special meals. In addition, 112,451 pints of milk were distributed and six thousand, one hundred and ninety-two sets of infants’ garments made available.
Again this year, the 50 Clothing Guilds of voluntary workers made up and provided £3,656 worth of clothing for the poor.
The Ambulance Service — a very useful free service for the needy — answered 325 maternity calls and 651 general calls.
It will thus be seen that the number of centres and the output of service has this year remained at an undiminished level.
In the Youth Welfare there has been an increase in the number of boys and girls (1,726), who were assisted in having a holiday. This year we have instituted a strict, scientific study of the Club position, in conjunction with the Catholic Social Welfare Bureau, the Vocational Educational Authority and the Dept. of Experimental Sociology in University College, Dublin. The results will enable the Youth Council of the Diocese to improve the training of Youth Leaders and the quality of the Clubs. At an opportune moment, and only when the facts, favourable and unfavourable, have been properly ascertained, shall we refer to the reforms that we have in mind.
The Public Authorities, the Departments of Government and the Corporation of the City of Dublin, have continued to give the Conference an ample and wise collaboration. We are grateful for a courtesy and a helpfulness that is an honour to record.
Our voluntary workers are very many: lay folk, Sisters and Clergy. They bear the chief burden of the year’s toll. We thank them for their devotedness.
But it is the Faithful of the Diocese and our many subscribers, who, by their alms make possible each year the services that alleviate the hardships of the poor.
With confidence then, we hereby prescribe that in all the Churches of the Diocese a collection be held on Sunday, the 25th September, to provide the funds for the needs of the coming year.
To one and all of our helpers we express, in the name of our Divine Lord, Whose poor we are privileged to serve, our deep and unfailing gratitude.
+JOHN CHARLES MCQUAID,
Archbishop of Dublin,
Primate of Ireland.
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