I have a quick question.
Is it wrong for a priest to ask for money during the homily (or rather pretty much instead of giving a homily)?
The church that we’ve been going to has been hammering on about a new youth building that they’re planning and asking for donations for it every single Sunday at Mass for the past few weeks. Its come to the point that I began dreading Mass because its been a horrible example to my Husband who is not Catholic, though a good enough Husband to accompany me and my children to Mass.
Today had me fuming as the Priest made that the big topic in his homily AND gave time for everyone to fill out donation envelopes and encouraged them to sign up for a three year commitment of donating. Complete with “guilt trip-y” stories.
I found it extremely distasteful and wanted to get up and leave in the middle of his homily. I wanted to shout… maybe throw something, I don’t know. But I’m really miffed at the whole thing. I’m just wanting to go to Mass, not a fundraiser!
Do I say something to this priest? Am I wrong? (I can’t imagine that I would be here… many things I am wrong about, but I can’t imagine I’m off the mark on this, right?)
Sorry for the mini-rant. And thank you.