Monday, January 2, 2012
Put Your Money Where Your Mass Is
Despite my hopeful post on “Paving the Way for the EF Mass”, I must admit that priests, in my experience, don’t want to change “what we’ve always done” when the people seem to be entrenched in it. Pastors are afraid people will become offended and leave the Church. Wait…check that: they are afraid people’s money will leave the church.
While it makes logical sense that collections will be larger when the congregation is larger, this is not always true. Sometimes there are a few families who make large donations that carry the parish financially, with many others making much smaller donations to round out the “big hitters”. Often, those big donors do not make a show of their contributions - nor do they make threats about withholding their funds. I know that in two parishes I attended, a family who was donating large sums stopped doing so…because they were offended by the liturgical practices of the parish. They voiced their concerns without mentioning money; their concerns were not addressed, and their money found another home.