[quote="atara, post:9, topic:239311"]
The first letter may have been general, but the second one was not. It was one of those "Hey I sent you a letter asking you to give more and you didn't."
When I upped the tithe I got a "thank you" letter.
So, obviously they are keeping very close tabs on who gives what & when.
I understand that a parish may occassionaly have to ask its parishioners to reflect upon their giving. After all, we should be supporting our local parish and the work of the Church. Optimally, these reminders would be handled in a way that would not remove the joy from our giving. Individual letters seem a bit harsh to me. How would they know someone's individual finances and other giving anyway?
I've been told that one should try to give 5% to the local parish and also try to give another 5% to other worthy causes. This seems reasonable to me. Everyone's circumstances are different, of course. I also like the idea that a person can give in other ways. Volunteering, for example. Painting, cleaning, working on landscaping. This would help the parish financially also.
In any case, I think it's important that we give with a joyful heart.