The 5th commandment of the Church states that the
faithful are obliged to provide for the material needs of the Church.
Keeping this commandment is done by financially
supporting the parish on a regular basis. In our Diocese of Copenhagen the
Pastoral Council with the Bishop’s approval recommends that one contributes with
1% of one’s taxable income or according to the best of one’s ability.
In our parish here in the Faroe Islands you are strongly
encouraged to contribute to the maintenance of the parish with a regular
contribution paid into the parish account nr. 9181
1505159 at Betri Banka.
TAKS (the Faroese tax authorities) withhold along with the
state and city tax, a church tax reserved exclusively for the Faroese Lutheran
Church. Members of the Catholic Church are, of course, not obliged to pay this
tax. However, I advise you to check your tax return to see, if you do pay this
church tax. If so, have this tax eliminated. You do so by going to the tax
office bringing with you a document either from me or from Christian Gabrielsen
that confirms your membership in the Catholic Church.