Are church envelopes proof of being a Catholic? I was recently confronted by family members saying they have been dropped from the rolls of their parishes. This, after 20–40 years of contributing to one parish or another. They are now older, some travel throughout the U. S. and no longer feel an affiliation to any particular parish.
It is their understanding that the parish priest will not offer a funeral Mass for them as they are no longer members of the parish. They have therefore decided to be cremated, their family will host a “celebration of life” at a local restaurant or park, with interment at a military or another cemetery. And many of their children and grandchildren feel they too will not be identified as practicing Catholics if they do not use parish envelopes!